March 13, 2007
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Youngstown State took advantage of a Marshall error in the sixth inning, scoring three runs to rally and top the Thundering Herd, 5-3, Tuesday in baseball action at University Heights Field. In dropping its first home game of 2007, the Herd had plenty of opportunities to score, leaving a season-high 11 runners on base.
Josh Valle (Fr., Brentwood, N.Y.) went a career-best 3-for-4 and also scored a run and stole a base. Mason Chapman (Fr., Barboursville, W.Va.) added two hits for Marshall (9-4). Ryan Kiel (So., Los Gatos, Calif.) threw a career-high seven innings, but was saddled with the hard-luck loss to fall to 2-1. He allowed four runs (two earned) and seven hits and did not walk a batter. He also struck out five.
Lucas Engle (1-2) earned the win for YSU (1-8) after tossing 6 1/3 innings and allowing three runs (two earned), nine hits and three walks while fanning four. Andy Svitak pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save. Lou Gattozzi led the Penguins' offense with two hits, including a double.
Youngstown State forged ahead for good with a three-run sixth inning. With one out, Erich Diedrich and Gattozzi hit back-to-back singles. Thomas Clayton then singled to right field to score Diedrich, and when the ball slipped under the glove of rightfielder Nick Damas (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.), Gattozzi scored and Clayton went to third. Clayton then scored on a groundout to second base by Eric Marzec.
The Penguins added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Anthony Munoz.
Marshall took a 2-0 lead on a second-inning throwing error by Engle to score Valle from second base and a third-inning sacrifice fly by Brendan Murphy (Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) to plate Chapman.
YSU sliced the lead in half on a Munoz sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, but Marshall quickly answered with a run of its own in the fifth on a Brandon Casamassima (So., Colleyville, Texas) RBI single.
The teams play the final game of their series at 1 p.m. Wednesday at University Heights Field. The game will be broadcast by WMUL 88.1-FM and will be streamed online at www.marshall.edu/wmul.