Marshall Baseball Fends Off Campbell Rally, 9-8, in Game One
Murphy, Casamassima homer in Herd victory
March 9, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team held off a furious Campbell ninth-inning rally to post a 9-8 win Friday in the first game of a doubleheader at University Heights Field. The Camels scored six runs in the ninth to cut a 9-2 lead to a single run, but with the tying run on third base and two outs, Nick Wolle (Sr., Coatesville, Pa.) struck out Rob Meng to seal the win.
Jeremy Slone (Sr., Paintsville, Ky.) pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win of 2007. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out three. Wolle came on to get the final two outs and record his fourth save. Quinn Lesage (0-4) started and tossed five innings for Campbell, giving up seven earned runs, nine hits and a walk while also recording a strikeout.
Brendan Murphy (Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Brandon Casamassima (So., Colleywood, Texas) each homered for the Herd to lead an 11-hit attack. Jacob Allen went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI for Campbell.
Marshall jumped out to 5-0 lead in the third inning, as Murphy hit a three-run home run, then Casamassima came up two batters later and swatted a two-run shot.
Campbell scored single runs in the fourth and fifth inning, but Marshall responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Josh Valle (Fr., Brentwood, N.Y.) run-scoring single and a Lesage balk. The Herd added two more in the sixth inning on a Brit Vincent (Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.) RBI single and a Jeff Rowley (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.
Campbell nearly made a miraculous comeback in the ninth inning. Three of the first four hitters reached base against Slone, prompting Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner to summon Andrew Hancock (Jr., Ashland, Ky.) from the bullpen. The next three hitters reached base, forcing Waggoner to bring in Wolle with a 9-6 lead. He gave up a two-run single to Ryan Hamme to cut the lead to 9-8, then fired two wild pitches to push Hamme to third before striking out Meng swinging on a 3-2 pitch to close out the win.