March 4, 2007
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EAST BANK, W.Va. - Brian Chrisman (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), Andrew Hancock (Jr., Ashland, Ky.) and Nick Wolle (Sr., Coatesville, Pa.) combined on a five-hit shutout to push the Marshall baseball team to 1-0 triumph over Buffalo Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at Epling Field. The Thundering Herd (5-2) also won the second game of its doubleheader Saturday by a 1-0 count, marking the first time in program history that Marshall has won back-to-back games by a 1-0 score.
The consecutive shutouts - Marshall's first since back-to-back blankings of Kentucky Christian in 1987 - extended the Marshall pitching staff's streak of scoreless innings to 24.
Chrisman (1-0) blanked Buffalo (1-5) for seven innings, allowing just five hits and a walk. He struck out a career-best 11 hitters, topping his previous high of nine, set twice last season. He retired the last 10 batters he faced.
Hancock tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth, and Wolle fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save in as many tries.
Adam Ruszkowski (0-1) threw a complete game for Buffalo, giving up five hits and a run while striking out four.
Brit Vincent (Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.) had two of the Herd's four hits.
Marshall manufactured the lone run of the game in the sixth inning. Thad Ledford (Sr., Yukon, Okla.) led off with a single to left, then moved to second on a bunt from Matt Helm (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.). Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) pushed Ledford to third with a groundout to second base. Mason Chapman (Fr., Barboursville, W.Va.) then hit a grounder that caromed off Ruszkowski's glove for a single, scoring Ledford.