Feb. 17, 2006
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Led by a stellar outing on the mound by Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.), the Marshall baseball team (1-1) earned its first win of 2006, 7-5 in seven innings, against Belmont in the second game of a doubleheader at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Competing in his first game since May 16, 2004, after sitting out last season with an injury, Chrisman was dominant, allowing just three hits and two earned runs in 4.2 innings while striking out nine. In a stretch from the first to third innings, Chrisman fanned seven-consecutive batters.
Belmont (1-1) cracked the scoreboard first in the opening frame on an RBI triple by Wilson Tucker, which scored Ben Petsch. Marshall responded with a run in the third inning. With one out, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) doubled to right center. After moving to third on a balk, Ptacek crossed the plate on Adam Frederick's (Franklin, Pa.) single through a drawn-in infield.
Belmont countered the Herd's third-inning run with one of its own in the bottom of the inning, as Tucker stroked a run-scoring single.
The Herd broke the tie with a three-run fifth. Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) led off with a walk and moved to second on passed ball. Ptacek then beat out a bunt for a single, moving Monaco to third. Frederick followed with a walk and on ball four, Josh Moffitt uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Monaco to score. Richard Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) was then hit by a pitch - his third hit by pitch of the doubleheader - to load the bases with no outs. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed with a sacrifice fly to deep right to move up the first two runners, and Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) got the third run home with a slow grounder to first base, giving Marshall a 5-2 advantage.
Marshall manufactured a run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. With one out, Wolle and Monaco coaxed back-to-back walks. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, Ptacek hit a slow grounder to first that scored Wolle.
Marshall tacked on two runs in the seventh inning, on Murphy's second sacrifice fly of the contest and an RBI single from Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.). The runs ended up being critical, as Belmont rallied for three in the bottom of the seventh against Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) before he slammed the door for the first save of his Marshall career.
Weather permitting, the Herd and Bruins will square off in the third game of the series Saturday at 3 p.m.