Baseball Shut Out at Houston in C-USA Debut

March 24, 2006

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HOUSTON, Texas - In its inaugural game in Conference USA play, the Marshall baseball team was shut out, 7-0, Friday night to the Houston Cougars at Cougar Field in Houston, Texas. It marked the first-ever meeting in baseball between the two schools.

Houston starter Brad Lincoln (5-1), a preseason All-American, had his best stuff working, firing a complete-game, three-hit shutout. He walked two and struck out eight.

Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched well for the Thundering Herd (8-9, 0-1 C-USA) but was the hard-luck loser, dropping to 1-3 on the year. He went six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out three.

The pitchers went back and forth for the first four innings before Houston broke the deadlock in the fifth. With one out, Josh Stirneman beat out a roller on the infield for a single. Travis Cougot followed with a triple to the gap in right-center to plate Stirneman and give Houston a 1-0 advantage.

In the sixth, the Cougars (14-12, 1-0 C-USA) tacked on some insurance runs on a two-out, two-run home run by Bryan Tully. Houston put up four runs - one earned - in the eighth on a single by Luis Flores, a fielding error by Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) and a two-run triple by Stirneman.

Marshall put runners on base in each of the first three innings against Lincoln. But after giving up a walk to Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) to lead off the third, Lincoln shut the door, retiring 13 straight batters before surrendering a single to Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the seventh inning.



Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) got the Herd off to a quick start with a single on the game's first pitch but was promptly thrown out attempting to steal first base. Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) added a double for the Herd's lone extra-base knock of the evening.

Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) went 0-for-3 in the game and saw his career-best 15-game hitting streak come to an end.

The Thundering Herd and Cougars continue their three-game series at 8 p.m. ET Saturday at Cougar Field.