Feb. 26, 2006
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STATESBORO, Ga. - The Marshall baseball team suffered a 4-0 defeat Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. Georgia Southern lefthander Josh Lairsey fired 5.2 innings of shutout baseball and was aided by two Eagle two-run home runs in the victory.
Marshall (1-3) had opportunities in several innings but left nine runners on base. Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) and Richard Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) each had two hits, including a double, for the Herd.
Georgia Southern (6-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning off Marshall starter Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) After a leadoff walk by Chris Hollis, Brett Pelfrey lifted a towering home run to left field for his second homer of the season.
The Eagles doubled their lead in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Justin Klinger, which knocked out Chrisman.
Marshall (1-3) had a golden opportunity in the sixth inning but could not capitalize. With one out, Russell and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) were both hit with pitches. Stieger followed with a bloop single to center to load the bases, but Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) struck out looking. After Lairsey was lifted for A.J. Battisto, Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) struck out looking.
Chrisman (1-1) went 4.1 innings for the Herd, allowing seven hits and four earned runs while walking four and fanning seven. The Herd bullpen of Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.), Bryson Meyers (Sr., Oakland, Md.) and Brendon Bump (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) was stellar, combining to allow just one hit and one walk over the final 3.2 innings while striking out three.