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Baseball's Offensive Onslaught Defeats St. Joseph's, 10-2

Feb. 28, 2010

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Eric Semeniuk smashed two homers and James Lavinskas connected for a solo shot to propel the Marshall University baseball team over Saint Joseph's, 10-2, on Sunday in the Herd's final game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

Semeniuk and Lavinskas combine to score six runs, knock in five and collect four extra-base hits, three of which were round trippers.  The homers notched the first for both Semeniuk and Lavinskas of their MU careers.

Isaac Ballou and Josh Valle each chipped in with two hits and two RBI to improve MU to 4-3 on the year.  St. Joseph's drops to 0-3 on the season.

Mike Mason (1-0) earned the victory on the MU bump.  The southpaw tied career-highs for innings pitched (6.0) and strikeouts (6), while surrendering two earned runs.

In the bottom of the second, the Hawks plated the first run of the game.  David Valesente and Drew Smith collected consecutive singles to start the spurt and advanced into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt.  Valesente touched home on a RBI grounder from Ryan McDonald.

The Herd brought the game square in the top of the fourth.  MU loaded the bases off St. Joseph's starter A.J. Holland (0-1) with no outs.  The righty escaped with minimal damage as he received a double play from his middle infield, which allowed Kenny Socorro to cross home and even the score.

The MU offense finally broke out in the top of the fifth chasing Holland from the game.

Lavinskas roped a double into the right field corner to plate Semeniuk all the way from first to give the Herd its first lead of the day.  Later, Ballou slapped a single to right field to send Lavinskas home with MU up, 3-1.

The offense exploded in the top of the sixth for the Herd.  Five consecutive batters reached base and scored for the Herd to extend the advantage, 8-1.  The frame included a two-run bomb from Semeniuk, RBI single from Ballou and a two-run base knock from Valle to lead the offensive onslaught.

After the Hawks scored a run on wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth, Semeniuk and Lavinskas hit back-to-back jacks in the seventh to round out the scoring for the Herd, 10-2.

James White III, Kyle Blank and Ryan Kiel each tossed a scoreless inning out of the MU bullpen, while freshman Kris Hecktor and Chris Norton each lined their first collegiate base hits.

The next road trip for the Herd is to Statesboro, Ga., to play Georgia Southern from March 5-7.