March 25, 2006
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HOUSTON, Texas - Despite a complete-game six-hitter by starting pitcher Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.), the Marshall baseball team (8-10, 0-2 C-USA) was handed a 4-1 loss by Houston Saturday night in front of 1,058 spectators at Cougar Field in Houston, Texas.
Slone (1-4) notched his first career complete game and went a career-best eight innings, allowing seven hits, four earned runs and five walks while striking out four. He got off to a shaky start, giving up all four runs and three walks in the first two innings but settled down to shut the Cougars down for the final six innings.
Jake Stewart's bases-clearing double in the second inning provided the go-ahead runs for Houston. Ricky Hargrove (3-2) pitched very well for the Cougars, going seven innings and allowing five hits and one run while fanning a career-high eight batters. Clayton Boone picked up his second save after pitching the final two innings.
Houston (15-12, 2-0) drew first blood in the opening inning on an RBI double by Dustin Kingsbury, but Marshall responded in the top of the second with a run of its own. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a balk. One out later, Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) plated Murphy with a groundout to second base.
The Cougars quickly broke the tie in the second inning. After Houston loaded the bases on a Brad Lincoln single and walks to Bryan Tully and Travis Cougot, Stewart cleared the bags with a double to the corner in left field to give the Cougars a 4-1 advantage.
The pitchers took over from there and put zeroes on the scoreboard the rest of the way. Slone allowed just four hits and two walks over the final six innings.
Frederick paced the Thundering Herd offense with a 2-for-4 performance and an RBI.
The Thundering Herd and Cougars wrap up their series at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Cougar Field.