Marshall Baseball Routs Bryant 16-2 to Split Saturday Series


Joe Church threw four strikeouts in two innings against Canisius

Joe Church threw four strikeouts in two innings against Canisius

Feb. 18, 2012

Final Stats - Canisius

Final Stats - Bryant

CARY, N.C. -- The Marshall baseball team scored early and scored often in Saturday's second game at the USA Baseball Complex to improve to 1-2 on the season and pick up its first win of 2012. 

Minutes after falling to Canisius in another close battle, the Thundering Herd came to life as nine different players recorded hits against Bryant, and the Marshall pitching staff breezed through a four-hitter.  Eight of those nine batters had multi-hit days, including Isaac Ballou (7-for-12 with two home runs), Eric Semeniuk (6-for-10 with three RBIs and three runs scored), and Adrian Farris (5-for-9 with his first collegiate hit).  Sergio Leon also had his first collegiate hit, a single to left field in the third inning of game two. 

Mike Mason threw a one-hitter in his five-inning effort and took the win over Bryant.  The senior fanned six while walking just two.  Freshman Joe McGillicuddy, in his first appearance for the Herd, struck out the side in his single inning of work.

Game One

Canisius 7, Marshall 5, Ryan Hopkins L (0-1), Garrett Cortright W (1-0), Jon Fitzsimmons S (1)

Similar to the NC State game on Friday, Marshall once again pounced early in game one.  A base hit, a sacrifice, and an error in the third allowed Leon to score and give the Herd a 1-0 lead. 


 

 

Canisius answered immediately, however, with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead 3-1.

Ballou cut that lead in half with a solo home run that he pulled down the right field line in the fifth, but again, the Golden Griffins responded with a three-run inning in the sixth.  Canisius recorded four sacrifice bunts in that inning, including a suicide squeeze that plated the team's fourth run.

Facing a 6-2 deficit, Ballou sent another one deep in his succeeding at-bat in the seventh, and the Herd added two more runs in the eighth to cut the Canisius lead to one. 

Joe Church pitched the final two frames for the Herd.  The junior struck out four of the nine batters he faced while conceding a run in the bottom of the eighth which allowed Canisius to expand the lead to 7-5.

Game Two

Marshall 16, Bryant 2, Mike Mason W (1-0), Kevin McAvoy L (0-1)

In game two, the Herd got on the board in the third inning, but unlike its last two games, Marshall put the game well out of reach with seven runs on eight hits where six different guys batted in runs.  In fact, 10 straight either made it to first or drove in a run in that inning.

Mason pitched through the fifth, allowing only three base runners and striking out six.  The senior displayed excellent location with his fastball, touching the low 90s while painting the corners.  His six strikeouts gave him 163 for his career, nine away from Mark Doboney at number 10 all-time.

Matt Hummel, Joe McGillicuddy, Kyle Kessler, and Jesse Fernandez each pitched an inning of relief.  The Marshall pitching staff combined for eleven strikeouts and allowed just four hits. 

Ballou's 5-for-7 outing marked the first time a member of the Herd recorded five hits in a game since Rhett Stafford did it in 2009.  Further, his stolen base in the seventh moved him to 7th all-time in the Marshall record book with 33 career swipes.

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With Sunday's game cancelled due to inclement weather, the Herd will return to the diamond at Charleston Southern (Charleston, S.C.) for a four-game series at the end of next week.  The schedule will include single games on Friday and Sunday with a double-header taking place Saturday.  Each game can be followed through live chats, Gametracker, and Twitter.