March 13, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team (5-7) rode a nine-run third inning to a 13-2 victory over Niagara Monday in six innings in the second game at University Heights Field. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth because of rain and lightning.
Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI to finish the doubleheader 6-for-7 with three doubles and four RBI. Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI to finish 6-for-7 with five RBI in the doubleheader.
Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) was excellent on the mound, going all six innings while allowing just five hits and two earned runs. He walked one and fanned six to improve to 2-1 on the year. Mark Wilson (1-3) took the defeat, giving up four hits, six earned runs and four walks in two innings.
Marshall jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) ripped a double to score Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) and Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) and Mason followed with a double to plate Vincent.
The Thundering Herd knocked out starter Mark Wilson in the third inning, as it put nine runs on the board. Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) led off with a single and Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed with back-to-back walks. Ryan Virtue relieved Wilson and promptly recorded an out, but then surrendered a run-scoring double to Levinson. Murphy then stole home for his first stolen base of the year. Frederick followed with a two-run homer to center to push the lead to 8-0. The Herd continued to pile on the runs with an RBI single from Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) and two-run double by Murphy.
Niagara (4-9) got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning on a solo home run to left-center field from Mike Alati. The Herd continued its offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double from Vincent.
Marshall returns to action at 2 p.m. Friday, playing host to Cleveland State in the first of a three-game series. The Herd was scheduled to entertain Pittsburgh Tuesday, but that game has been postponed and will be played as part of a doubleheader May 16 in Pittsburgh.