Feb. 29, 2008
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Marshall University junior pitcher Steve Blevins pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out six in his second outing of the season to help lift the Herd to a 6-0 shutout victory over George Mason in the first game of Friday afternoon's non-conference double-header at the Bash at the Beach tournament at BB&T Coastal Field.
With the victory, Marshall improves to 2-2 overall, while George Mason remains winless and falls to 0-4 on the season.
Marshall plated the first run of the game in the top of the second when freshman catcher Victor Gomez knocked in junior right fielder Kurt Lipton who had reached on a single and then stole second. Sophomore first baseman Josh Valle followed that with a single through the right side before sophomore second baseman Blake Sanders drove his first collegiate-career home run, a three-run shot, to left field, giving the Herd a 4-0 lead.
After giving up four runs in the second, George Mason red-shirt senior right-handed pitcher Dan Jaycox held the Herd scoreless over the next five innings.
Blevins (1-1) pitched five strong, scoreless innings before George Mason loaded the bases and threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth with one out. Blevins was able to force a shallow pop-out to center field, and then struck out the next batter to end the inning unscathed. Marshall added a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning when junior center fielder Nate Lape tallied his fourth RBI of the season to score senior left fielder Jeff Rowley. Lape then scored on Lipton's RBI double, giving the Herd a 6-0 advantage.
Blevins finished the game allowing no runs on three hits and walked just two Patriot batters.
Sophomore right handed reliever Tyler Gatrell pitched two innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory for the Herd.
Rowley, Lape and Lipton finished with two hits apiece.
The Herd returns to Bash at the Beach action Friday, when they play host no. 26 Coastal Carolina at BB&T Coastal Field. Game-time is 4:00 p.m.