March 20, 2007
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team fell 12-4 at James Madison Tuesday at Long Field/Mauck Stadium. Brendan Murphy (Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) homered and drove in three runs for Marshall, while JMU's Matt Townsend hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Dukes.
James Madison (6-13) battered Marshall pitching for 12 runs and 16 hits, both season highs for a Marshall opponent. The Herd also committed a season-high three errors.
Townsend homered in the second and third innings for JMU. It snapped a 15-game homerless streak for Marshall opponents. Marshall (13-5) fell behind 4-1 after three innings, but closed to within 4-3 in the fifth on Murphy's two-run home run, his fifth blast of the year. But the Dukes countered in the bottom of the fifth by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs to knock Herd starting pitcher Adam Dobies (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) from the game.
JMU pushed its lead to 11-3 with two runs in the sixth inning on a Townsend sacrifice fly and Rob Altieri RBI single. Marshall scored its final run on a Tommy Johnson (Jr., Gaithersburg, Md.) single in the eighth inning before the Dukes posted the game's final run in the bottom of the eighth on a Matt Browning RBI single.
Dobies (2-1) pitched four-plus innings, allowing eight runs (six earned), eight hits and three walks while striking out three. JMU's Jacob Cook (1-3) earned the win after working five innings and giving up three earned runs, six hits and three walks while fanning three.
(Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.) and Nick Damas
(Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) each added two hits for Marshall. Brandon Casamassima
(So., Colleyville, Texas) went 1-for-5 in the contest to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, a team high for the season.
The teams play the finale of the two-game series at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Marshall then begins Conference USA play Friday against Tulane at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Tickets for all home Conference USA games are available now at www.herdzone.com or by calling 1-800-THE-HERD.