March 5, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) wrapped up a big series against Buffalo with a double, home run and five runs batted in, leading the Marshall baseball team (4-5) to a 13-7 victory over the Bulls Sunday in the series finale at University Heights Field. The Herd won three of the four contests in the series.
The Marshall offense continued to hit on all cylinders, posting its third-consecutive double-figure scoring output. The Herd scored 50 runs in the series and hit eight home runs. Murphy was tough throughout the series, going 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles, three homers, eight runs scored and 12 RBI.
For the fifth-consecutive game, Marshall scored in the first inning. Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) led off with a single and Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) drew a walk. Murphy brought both home with a double to right-center field. Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) scored Murphy with a single to center, giving Marshall a 3-0 lead.
Buffalo (3-6) tied the game in the second inning against Marshall starter Andrew Hancock (So., Ashland, Ky.) on a two-run single by Eric Flynn and an RBI double from Mike Folli. Marshall came right back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning on a towering three-run blast to left-center by Russell.
The Bulls chipped away at the lead with a run in the third on an RBI single by Flynn, but Marshall answered with two in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.).
Buffalo got a run back in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Brad Agustin and got within one, 8-7, in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Dan Quinn, which chased Hancock from the mound in favor of Jimmy Stanley (Fr., Lexington, Ky.). Stanley then put the clamps down on the Bulls offense, shutting them out in 2.2 innings of work as he notched the first win of his college career.
The Herd added a run in the fifth inning on a Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) sacrifice fly and posted four insurance runs in the eighth inning on a three-run homer to center by Russell and an RBI double by Frederick. Frederick's hit was the 187th of his career, tying him for second with Eric Pinkerton (1998-2000) on the all-time Marshall hits chart.
The Marshall bullpen of Stanley, Brendon Bump (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.), Bryson Meyers (Sr., Oakland, Md.) and Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) stepped up and shut the Bulls down, giving up just one hit over the final five innings.
Marshall returns to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday, traveling to Lexington, Ky., for a tilt with the Kentucky Wildcats.