Feb. 28, 2007
EAST BANK, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday in West Virginia Tech senior righthander Marty Weisler, who tossed a complete game, no-hitter in leading the Golden Bears to a 2-0 victory over Marshall at Epling Field in East Bank, W.Va. Weisler (2-0) struck out six and walked five.
Weisler's performance overshadowed a strong pitching display from the Marshall staff. The Thundering Herd (2-2), playing for the first time in 10 days, used seven pitchers who combined to allow just one earned run and five hits in their seven innings of work. Three Marshall pitchers - starter Adam Kuhr (Jr., Mason, Ohio) and freshman relievers Sean Rigney (Lancaster, Pa.) and Tyler Gatrell (Ashland, Ky.) all made their first career appearances. Kuhr tossed two scoreless innings, and each of the six relievers threw one frame.
West Virginia Tech (6-0) took the lead in the third inning. Gabby Santiago scored from second base when Marshall shortstop Brandon Casamassima (So., Colleyville, Texas) overthrew first on a Chad Smith hit up the middle.
The Golden Bears added a run in the sixth inning. Nate Himes led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Jeremiah Mills. Mills stole second on a called third-strike and scored on a Curtis Morgan single to push the Tech lead to 2-0.
In the top of the ninth, Wiesler struck out Matt Helm (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.) to lead off the inning. Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) then hit a shot to left-center but centerfielder Justin Maynard made a diving catch. Mason Chapman (Fr., Barboursville, W.Va.) grounded out to finish the no-hit win.
Marshall reliever Tom Ponietowicz
(So., Norristown, Pa.) took the loss and fell to 0-1 after allowing the unearned run in the third inning.
Marshall is back in action Saturday and Sunday, taking on Buffalo in a pair of doubleheaders. The first game of each doubleheader begins at 11 a.m. each day. The teams will play a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning contest each day.