Feb. 26, 2006
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STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern finished off a three-game series sweep with an 11-8 win over the Marshall baseball team Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.
The Herd (1-4) committed six errors in the game, leading to six unearned runs. Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched well but suffered the defeat in his first start of the season. He went 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and six runs (three earned) while walking four and striking out three.
After being shut out in the first game, Marshall quickly broke through with a run in the first inning of game two. On the game's first pitch, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) hit a single off diving first baseman Greg Dowling. One out later, after two wild pitches moved Ptacek to third, Richard Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) plated the run with a groundout to second base.
Georgia Southern (7-5) rallied for three runs in the third. With one out, the Eagles loaded the bases on a Chris Hollis hit by pitch, Matt Miller single and Greg Dowling walk. Koutsavlis induced Justin Klinger to hit a sharp grounder to shortstop, but Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) booted it, allowing two runs to score. Brett Pelfrey followed with an infield single to bring home a third run and give the Eagles a 3-1 advantage.
The Herd came right back in the fourth. With one out, Russell doubled to left and he scored an out later on a Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) single. Levinson singled on the next pitch to move Stieger to third and Jimmy Mathias (Jr., Stephens City, Va.) dropped a single into right field to plate Stieger and knot the score at 3-3.
Marshall had a great opportunity to break the tie in the fifth, loading the bases with one out and forcing Georgia Southern starter Matt Shurley from the game, but Austin Chambliss came in and struck out Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Stieger to end the threat.
The Eagles scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, again benefiting from a Marshall error. With one out, Dowling singled to center and Klinger reached on a Mathias error, which moved to Dowling to third. Griffin Benedict brought the run home with a sacrifice fly.
Georgia Southern added four runs in the sixth inning to push the lead to 8-3. Marshall responded with a two runs of its own in the seventh on a Russell sacrifice fly and Murphy double.
After the Eagles pushed the lead back to five in the bottom of the seventh, the Herd responded with three in eighth on a Chris Peak (Jr., Barboursville, W.Va.) grounder which was booted to score two runs and a Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) single.
Georgia Southern added the final run of the game in bottom of the eighth for the final of 11-8.
Marshall opens its home slate at 1 p.m. Friday, matching up with former Mid-American Conference rival Buffalo in the first game of a four-game weekend series.