Marshall Baseball Scores Late to Knock Off Buffalo, 10-9|
March 4, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team (2-5) scored two runs in the sixth inning to break an 8-all tie and held on for a 10-9 win Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at University Heights Field.
Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) had his best game of the young season, going 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI. Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) continued his torrid hitting with a 2-for-4 performance, including a double and two runs scored.
For the third-consecutive game, Marshall scored in its half of the first inning. With one out Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) reached on a fielding error. With Monaco running, Russell ripped a double up the gap in left center field, scoring Monaco. After walks to Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Frederick, Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) hit a run-scoring single to left and Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) followed with an RBI walk to give Marshall a three-run first inning.
Buffalo (3-4) responded with a run in the second. James Kingsley led off with a double and scored after back-to-back fielder's choices.
The Herd tacked on a run in the third inning on Frederick's first home run of the year, then put a four-spot on the board in the fourth inning, highlighted by Murphy's two-run double, an RBI single from Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) and an RBI fielder's choice by Frederick, which gave Marshall an 8-3 lead.
Buffalo came right back in the fifth inning with five runs to tie the game. The Bulls sent 11 batters to the plate, knocking out Marshall starter Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.). Brad Agustin had a key two-run triple for the Bulls.
Marshall took the lead back for good in the sixth inning against Buffalo reliever Matt Johnson. With two outs, Frederick plated Murphy with a double to right-center field. Levinson followed with an RBI single to push the lead to 10-8.
The Bulls attempted to stage one final rally in the seventh against Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) as James Piazza had an RBI single, but they fell one run short as David Nowak struck out to end the contest. Knippelmeyer earned his second save of the season.
Bryson Meyers (Sr., Oakland, Md.) earned the win after coaxing the final out of the sixth inning. He is 1-0 this season. Johnson (0-1) took the loss.