March 10, 2007
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team notched a three-game series sweep of Campbell with an 8-4 victory Saturday at University Heights Field. Marshall has now won seven of its last eight games and is unbeaten in seven home contests this season.
"We had great pitching and defense all weekend," Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner said. "Our offense did a good job with situational hitting. The guys were down in two of the games and came back while staying in the game mentally."
Brian Chrisman (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) started for Marshall and threw a career-best eight innings to move to 2-0 this season. Chrisman allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Chris England (1-4) took the loss for the Camels after giving up the two go-ahead runs in the sixth inning.
Marshall (9-3) finished with a dozen hits, led by Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) with a career-best three hits and three runs batted in. Matt Helm (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.) added two hits and three runs scored, while Brandon Casamassima (So., Colleywood, Texas) finished off a 7-for-10 weekend with two hits and two runs scored. Brandon Scott went 1-for-3 with three RBI and also pitched three innings of relief for the Camels.
Campbell (4-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. With one out, Daniel Smith and Carlton Floyd hit back-to-back singles. Both scored on a double by Brandon Scott, who then scored on Ryan Hamme sacrifice fly.
Marshall answered with a three-run fourth inning against Campbell starter Matt Martinez. Jeff Rowley
(Jr., Buffalo, N.Y.) brought Brendan Murphy
(Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) home with a sacrifice fly, and Helm followed with a single to score Casamassima. One out later, Thad Ledford
(Sr., Yukon, Okla.) singled to plate Helm and knot the score at three.
The Herd took the lead in the sixth inning when Ledford hit a squeeze bunt to score Helm. Damas followed with a single to plate Josh Valle (Fr., Brentwood, N.Y.) and give Marshall a 5-3 lead.
Marshall added to its lead in the seventh inning, scoring three times. Helm brought Casamassima home with another squeeze bunt, which was mishandled by second baseman Zach Johnson to allow Helm to reach. One out later, Damas singled to score Helm and Rowley and give Marshall an 8-3 lead.
The Camels scored their final run in the eighth on a Scott sacrifice fly.
Marshall continues its homestand at 1 p.m. Tuesday against Youngstown State at University Heights.