March 3, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite clubbing a season-high three home runs, the Marshall baseball team could not hold onto an early lead as it fell 8-7 Friday to Buffalo at University Heights Field.
Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario), Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) all hit long balls for the Herd, but they were offset by three Buffalo home runs, including a Jacob Rosenbeck grand slam to cap a six-run seventh inning.
Marshall (1-4) jumped out quickly in the first inning against Buffalo starter Shane Wolf. With one out Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) drew a walk. He then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch, which came on ball four to Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario). Monaco scored when Dan Quinn's throw to third sailed into left field, giving the Herd a 1-0 lead.
Buffalo (3-3) got on the board in the fourth inning off Marshall starter Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.) on a Mike Folli solo home run, but Marshall responded with two of its own in the bottom of the frame when Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) ripped a double to score Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.), and a second run scored on the play when Rosenbeck overthrew his toss to second base for an error. The damage could have been worse, but an Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) single at the end of the inning was overruled after the umpires conferred and called an out after David Amaro made a diving play on the ball.
Marshall pushed its lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning on solo blasts by Russell and Stieger.
The Bulls batted around in the seventh inning while scoring six runs against Slone, Brendon Bump (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) and Bryson Meyers (Sr., Oakland, Md.). James Piazza started the scoring with an RBI single. After an intentional walk, Bump relieved Slone and gave up an RBI infield single to Brad Agustin. Meyers came on to face Rosenbeck with the bases loaded, and on the first pitch Rosenbeck launched a shot over the right-center field fence to give the Bulls their first lead of the game, 7-5.
Marshall came right back in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Russell hit a single and Murphy followed with his first homer as a member of the Herd. But Buffalo rallied in the eighth inning as Quinn turned on a Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.) fastball and ripped it over the fence in center to give the Bulls the lead back at 8-7.
Slone was solid until he ran into trouble in the seventh inning. He went 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, five earned runs and three walks while striking out three. Wolle took the defeat for Marshall.
Adam Ruszkowski (1-0) earned the win after pitching the seventh inning for Buffalo. Steve Geltz pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save.
The teams return for a doubleheader at noon Saturday.