March 3, 2007
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EAST BANK, W.Va. - Mason Chapman (Fr., Barboursville, W.Va.) hit the game-winning single to score Josh Valle (Fr., Brentwood, N.Y.) in the 10th inning and propel the Marshall baseball team to a 9-8 victory over Buffalo Saturday at Epling Field in the first game of a doubleheader. For the second time in five games this season, Marshall rallied from a five-run deficit to earn the victory.
Andrew Blain (So., Huntington, W.Va.) tossed a career-best three innings to earn the win. He allowed just one baserunner and struck out four. Buffalo's Mark Tourangeau (0-1) also was strong out of the bullpen, going the final 5 1/3 innings and allowing just a run, two hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Jeremy Slone (Sr., Paintsville, Ky.) overcame a slow start to pitch a strong game for Marshall. He went seven innings and surrendered eight runs (three earned), seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. After giving up eight runs in the first two frames, Slone regrouped and allowed just two runners to reach base over the final four innings.
Buffalo starter Chris Ciesla lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs (five earned), seven hits and four walks while walking four. He also hit two batters.
Marshall started its 10th inning rally when Valle was hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a Thad Ledford (Sr., Yukon, Okla.) sacrifice. After Matt Helm (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.) was intentionally walked, both runners moved up on a Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) groundout. Chapman then took the 1-0 pitch and ripped it through the right side of the infield to plate Valle with the winning run.
Buffalo jumped out quickly with a three-run first inning, but Marshall responded with three of its own in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run to left-center field by Brandon Casamassima
(So., Colleyville, Texas), his first of the season. Casamassima finished with a career-best four RBI.
The Bulls took advantage of two Marshall errors to post five unearned runs in the second inning to re-take the lead, 8-3. Mike Folli had a two-run double and Eric Flynn added a two-run single to key the inning.
Marshall sliced the lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the second, scoring three unearned runs of its own. With one out, Chapman doubled to left. Brendan Murphy (Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) then grounded to second, but shortstop Brad Augustin misplayed the throw, allowing Chapman to score. After Jeff Rowley (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Casamassima lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Brit Vincent (Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.). A Ciesla balk then scored Murphy with the third run of the inning.
Marshall knotted the score in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Ledford and a run-scoring single by Valle. The hit was Valle's first career hit.