March 19, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team posted a 6-1 victory Sunday over Cleveland State at University Heights Field in Huntington to earn a three-game sweep over the Vikings. The Thundering Herd (8-7) also extends its winning streak to four games while moving over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.) started for Marshall on the mound and went 6.1 innings, allowing just seven hits and one run while walking one and striking out five. Slone earned the win to improve to 1-2 on the year.
After the teams went scoreless for the first three and a half innings, Marshall broke into the scoring column in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.), which also scored Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.), who had reached on a double. The home run was Murphy's team-leading sixth of the season.
Cleveland State (1-11) countered with a run in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single by Steve Chinn to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
Marshall scored four runs in the sixth inning. The Herd loaded the bases with no outs, and Murphy brought the first home with a slow grounder to third base, and Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) followed with a rocket to left field for a three-run home run. The home run, Stieger's third of the year, pushed the Marshall lead to 6-1. It also extended Stieger's hitting streak to a career-best 14 games.
Marshall finished the three-game series with 42 runs, while hitting .440 as a team.
The Thundering Herd makes its Conference USA debut at 8 p.m. Friday with a visit to Houston to face the Cougars at Cougar Field.