Feb. 24, 2006
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STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern used back-to-back three-run innings to break open a tie game, leading the Eagles to a 8-1 victory over the Marshall baseball team Friday night in front of 1,284 spectators at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. The Eagles also benefited from four Marshall errors, which led to three unearned runs.
Jimmy Mathias (Jr., Stephens City, Va.) paced the Herd at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.
Georgia Southern (5-5) scored first with a run in the third inning off Marshall starter Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.). Brian Pierce led off with a single and moved to second on an Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) throwing error. Chris Hollis moved the runner up with a grounder to second, and Brett Pelfrey knocked home the run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Marshall (1-2) knotted the score in the fifth inning off Georgia Southern southpaw Everett Teaford. With one out, Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) singled to center. An out later, Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) coaxed a walk. On a 3-2 count with the runners moving, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) singled to center, scoring Vincent.
The Eagles came right back in the bottom of the fifth to break the deadlock. After the Eagles loaded the bases with no outs, Griffin Benedict flew out to shallow left field. Derrick Smith followed with a sharp grounder to first, but the throw to second by Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) sailed into left field, allowing two runs to score. Parker then hit a sacrifice fly to center that Ptacek caught just in front of the wall, pushing the Georgia Southern lead to 4-1.
Georgia Southern tacked on some insurance runs in the sixth inning off Andrew Hancock (So., Ashland, Ky.) on a two-out, two-run double on an 0-2 count by Greg Dowling to increase the lead to 6-1. Griffin Benedict followed with a single to plate Dowling and bump the lead to 7-1.
The Eagles added an unearned run in the seventh inning against Tom Ponietowicz (Fr., Norristown, Pa.), who was making his first appearance as a member of the Thundering Herd.
Slone (0-2) took the defeat, firing five innings and allowing four runs (two earned) and six hits while walking two and striking out three. Teaford (2-1) gave up five hits and an earned run in five innings. He walked three and fanned six.
The teams return to action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.