Feb. 26, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Kurt Lipton collected three hits, including a home run, while Arik Sikula and Austin Coan combine to pitch four scoreless innings of relief to push the Marshall University baseball team past Radford, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
The MU (3-2) offense was led by Lipton who ended the game 3-for-4 with a homer. Ben Jurevicius, making his first start of the season, chipped in with a pair of hits, including a double and two runs scored.
Matt Mack collected two hits and Tyren Rivers hit a homer for Radford, which dropped to 0-4 on the season.
Sikula (1-1) earned his first victory of the early 2010 campaign, tossing 3.0 hitless innings with three strikeouts in place of Thundering Herd starter Ian Kadish. The right-handed starter worked the first 5.0 innings surrendering two earned runs on seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Entering the bottom of the fourth inning both clubs had each stranded three base runners a piece and unable to crack the scoreboard. The Herd received a one out solo blast from outfielder Lipton down the leftfield line to break the scoreless tie. Jurevicius lined a two-out single to center and promptly stole his first base of the year. He would later come around on a single up-the-middle by Kenny Socorro to take a 2-0 advantage.
The Highlanders answered right back when Rivers connected for homer to lead off the top of the fifth. Brett Mollenhauer followed with a double to leftfield and touched home on a two-out base knock from Raphael Turner to even the score.
The game was held at a standstill until the bottom of the eighth. Jurevicius reached base on a fielder's choice off Radford reliever Derrick Brewer (0-1). Second baseman Kirby Pellant laced a base hit to right field to put MU runners on the corners with one down. With two strikes, Socorro was able to put the ball in play, which appeared to be an inning ending double play back to reliever Abram Williams. The righty opted to throw to first and retire Socorro rather than turning two.
The game appeared to be heading to the ninth with the game still knotted, 2-2 when leadoff hitter Isaac Ballou struck out against Williams. The pitch bounced away from the catcher allowing Ballou time to race towards first base. An errant throw by the Highlanders backstop allowed the freshman to reach safely and Jurevicius time to motor home, which turned out to be the winning run.
Coan picked up his second save of the season, and for the third time in as many appearances struck out the final batter of the game to secure the one-run victory.
MU takes the field tomorrow to play tournament-host The Citadel at 2:30 p.m. at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. GameTracker will be available by logging onto HerdZone.com and live video streaming can be watched at citadelsports.com.