March 24, 2007
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CHARLESTON - Marshall starting pitcher Brian Chrisman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched a complete game and did not give up an earned run, but it was not enough, as the Tulane Green Wave capitalized on three Marshall errors to come away with a 4-1 win at Applachian Power Park in Charleston.
Marshall drops to 14-7, 0-2 in Conference USA, while Tulane improves to 18-7, 2-0 in league action.
The loss came despite a magnificent performance by Chrisman, who went the distance and gave up only five hits. However, three errors in the first two innings proved to be too costly for the Thundering Herd to overcome.
"I felt really good out there today, and I had command of all of my pitches," said Chrisman. "Personally, it's important to me to go a complete game because it saves our bullpen for Sunday, and that's big for the team."
Tulane got on the board first in the second inning, posting four runs, all of which were unearned. After the Green Wave's Warren McFadden reached base on a fielder's choice, Tulane then took advantage of two Herd errors by third basemen Matt Helm (Downingtown, Pa.) to plate McFadden and three others. Tulane's Ty Wallace knocked in two runs after a Helm error to make the score 2-0, and Cat Everett induced a bases-loaded walk to push the score to 3-0. With the bases still loaded and two outs, Tulane DH Jonny Weiss hit a ground ball to Helm, who made his second error of the inning, which allowed Nate Simon to score to make the score 4-0.
The Herd made the score 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth on another unearned run. Helm singled to center, and Bret Vincent (Bowling Green, Ky.) then singled to right. Tulane rightfielder Nick Damas
mishandled the ball, and both Helm and Vincent advanced an extra base. Brendan Murphy
(Chattanooga, Tenn.) then hit a sacrifice fly to knock in Helm.
Tulane's Shooter Hunt pitched a gem of his own, going eight innings and giving up five hits and allowing only one unearned run.
Helm, Vincent, Brandon Casamassima (Colleyville, Texas), Nate Lape (Huntington, N.Y.), and Thad Ledford (Yukon, Oka.) had the only hits for the Thundering Herd. There were no extra base hits by either team in Saturday's contest.
For Tulane, Wallace was the only Green Wave player with two hits. He also led the team with two RBI's.
Marshall returns to action Sunday morning to close out the series with the Green Wave. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.