March 13, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Marshall University baseball team received three-hit efforts from four different players as the Thundering Herd pounded out 19 hits in a dominating 17-1 victory over No.17 Ohio State in the first game of the Arby's Classic Tournament at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Josh Valle, Victor Gomez, Kurt Lipton and Alfredo Brito each had three hits to help improve the Herd to 6-5 on the season. V. Gomez and Brito knocked in three runs and Lipton launched a three-run homer, his third of the season, as the Herd earned its seventh victory against a ranked team in four seasons under head coach Jeff Waggoner, including the second straight against the Buckeyes.
OSU falls to 8-3 as right-hander Dean Wolosiansky (1-2) was tagged with the loss.
The team total of 19 hits are the most since the MU tallied 16 base knocks versus Southern Miss on May 2, 2008 and the 17 runs are the most in an outing since 15 runs were scored against Youngstown State (3/15/09) last season.
Overshadowed by the hit brigade was the work of junior Ian Kadish (1-2). The Buckeyes checked into the game averaging 10.6 runs per game and hitting .367 as a team. The junior fired the best pitching performance of his career, working a career-high 6.0 innings, and giving up just one earned run on seven hits with two strikeouts. OSU had scored four-or-more runs in all 10 games prior to facing Kadish and relievers Tyler Gatrell, James White III and Mike Cavalli. The three relievers did not allow a hit in the final 3.0 innings on the hill.
The Herd went down in order in the first two innings before busting out the bats in the top of the third by batting around and putting up an eight spot against OSU starter Wolosiansky. Rhett Stafford began the frame with a base hit to center. Later on, third baseman Valle laced a RBI single to right to put the Herd on the board.
With the bases full of thunder, V. Gomez lined a two-run single to left to continue the offensive outbreak. Lipton reloaded the bases with an infield single, followed by a RBI base knock from Thor Meeks back up the box. Next up for the Herd stepped Brito who just missed his first homer of the season, tattooing a double off the leftfield wall to bring around another MU run. Kris Hecktor rounded out the inning by dumping in a two-out two-run single to center to put the Herd up 8-0.
OSU bounced right back in the bottom of the inning, collecting three-straight singles to load the bases. Cleanup hitter Michael Stevens hit a sac fly to score the lone run of the day off Kadish. With one out and runners on the corners, Herd backstop V. Gomez fired a strike to Valle at third to pick off a base runner and take the wind out of the offensive sails of the Buckeyes and help Kadish escape the threat.
MU tacked on three runs in the seventh on a RBI groundout from Meeks and a two-strike two-run base hit to left-centerfield from Brito.
V.Gomez collected a RBI single in the eighth, followed by a mammoth three-run bomb off the bat of Lipton to give the Herd a 15-1 cushion.
In the top of the ninth, the Herd bats continued to roll scoring two more runs on a base hit from Nathan Gomez to give MU the 17-1 victory.
MU plays its second game of the day against Connecticut with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.