Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Quinnipiac





March 4, 2011

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CONWAY, S.C. – The Marshall University baseball team split a doubleheader with Quinnipiac, dropping the first game, 8-3 and bouncing back to take game two, 7-3 on Friday afternoon at Watson Stadium as part of the Caravelle Resort Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Marshall is now 4-4 overall on the season, while Quinnipiac sits at 1-1.

Game 1:  Quinnipiac 8, Marshall 3
The Marshall University baseball team held a 3-1 lead through five and a half innings, but the advantage quickly evaporated as Quinnipiac scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Thundering Herd, 8-3.

MU scored three times in the top of the second, highlighted by RBI singles from Kenny Socorro and Ben Jurevicius and looked to be in control in the first game of the doubleheader.

In the bottom of the sixth, QU batted around and plated six runs without the courtesy of an extra-base hit.  The Bobcats used five singles and two walks to break the game open and put out of reach for the Herd.

Herd starter Shane Farrell’s start was spoiled as the junior righthander worked the first five innings and was in line for his second victory when he departed.  He allowed just one earned run on four hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. 

MU managed just one hit after the third frame, a single to center by Victor Ramos in the ninth. 

Ramos and Jurevicius each finished the game with two hits apiece.

QU’s Kyle Birdsall (1-0) earned the victory, tossing the first six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts.

Jesse Fernandez (0-1) suffered the loss out of the Herd bullpen.

Game 2:  Marshall 7, Quinnipiac 3
James Lavinskas was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and freshman Hunter May earned the win in his first collegiate start as the Herd rebounded and captured game two, 7-3.

After spotting QU a run in the top of the first, MU answered with sac flies off the bat of both Rhett and Gray Stafford to hold a 2-1 edge after two innings of play. 

The Bobcats threatened in the top of the seventh, with the Herd leading 5-2 when they made the sacks packed by stringing together three-straight singles with two down against reliever Josh King.  DH Zak Palmer hit what appeared to be a two-run single to rightfield, but second baseman Victor Ramos made a diving stop in the hole to keep the lead intact and eventually earn the twinbill split.

Lavinskas roped three doubles and scored three runs, while Victor Gomez and Ramos each smacked two hits each.  Socorro added some insurance runs with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth, which extended his hit streak to eight games on the season.

The right arm of May (1-0) was impressive on the MU bump, logging the first five innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits with four punch outs.

May gave way to fellow freshman Josh King who looked overpowering out of the Herd bullpen.  King pitched the sixth through eighth frames, surrendering just three singles and striking out four.

Ian Kadish recorded the final three outs of the game and pulled a baseball statistic rarity – he struck out four batters in one inning.

NEXT UP:  The Herd will play another twinbill on Saturday against No. 27 Coastal Carolina (12 p.m.) and Ball State (3:30 p.m.).

GAME NOTES:  Socorro has now started 109 consecutive games… Jurevicius started his 100th career game…Socorro’s hit streak extended to eight games…Kadish struck out four batters in one inning…V.Gomez collected his 78th career multi-hit game.