Marshall Baseball Rallies for Doubleheader Sweep|
March 9, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Marshall baseball team scored four unanswered runs to rally and down Campbell, 6-5, Friday in a seven-inning game to earn a doubleheader sweep at University Heights Field. The Thundering Herd also won the opener, 9-8.
Marshall (8-3) fell behind in the top of the sixth when the Camels broke a 2-2 tie to take their first lead of the day. Brandon York scored on an Andrew Blain (So., Huntington, W.Va.) wild pitch, then Carlton Floyd plated two more runs with a single up the middle to score Matt Gardner and Daniel Smith to stretch the lead to 5-2.
The Thundering Herd quickly answered in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Casamassima (So., Colleyville, Texas) launched Justin Lilly's first pitch over the left-field field for his second home run of the doubleheader. The next three batters reached to load the bases with no outs. Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) then brought Josh Valle (Fr., Brentwood, N.Y.) home with a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Brit Vincent (Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.) plated Thad Ledford (Sr., Yukon, Okla.) with an infield single to tie the game. Matt Helm (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.) then scampered home on a Blake Herring (1-4) wild pitch to give the Herd the 6-5 lead.
Blain (2-0) retired the first batter in the seventh inning, then Nick Wolle (Sr., Coatesville, Pa.) got the final two outs to earn his second save of the doubleheader and fifth overall this year, which already is just one shy of Chris Meadows' single-season record of six, set in 2003.
Adam Dobies (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) started for Marshall and surrendered four earned runs, six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out three. Lilly tossed five-plus innings for Campbell, allowing four earned runs and seven hits while fanning five.
Casamassima finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and went 5-for-6 with two homers and three RBI in the doubleheader. Ledford added two hits for the Herd. Campbell (4-12) was paced offensively in the second game by Floyd, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The two teams return to University Heights Saturday for a single game at noon.