April 5, 2006
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ATHENS, Ohio - Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) had four hits to break the all-time Marshall hits record in the Thundering Herd's 8-6 victory at Ohio Tuesday at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Frederick went 4-for-5 and now has 211 career hits, breaking the previous record of 208, set by David Colangelo from 1999-02.
Frederick came in just one hit shy of the record and wasted no time breaking it, as he hit an opposite-field single in the first inning, then singled to right field in the second inning.
Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) went 3-for-5 and fell a triple shy of the cycle while hitting a three-run home run and driving in four runs for Marshall. Willie Walker hit two homers and drove in five runs for Ohio.
In his first outing of the season after an injury, Chris Cummings (Sr., Huntington, W.Va.) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to win his first game of the season. Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) tossed the final 1.1 innings to earn his fourth save. Zeke Isaacs (0-1) took the defeat for the Bobcats.
Marshall (12-13) got off to a good start with two runs in the first inning. With one out, Frederick singled and moved to third on a Russell single. A walk to Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) loaded the bases. With two outs, Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) ripped a 3-2 pitch to left to score Frederick and Russell and give Marshall a 2-0 lead.
Ohio (8-12) scored a run without a hit in the first inning as Herd starter Tom Ponietowicz
(So., Norristown, Pa.) struggled with his control and walked in a run after walking two batters and hitting another.
The Herd added two runs in the bottom of the second on run-scoring doubles by Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) and Russell.
Marshall continued to increase its lead in the fourth inning. Ptacek and Frederick led off with singles and Russell followed with a home run to right center, a rocket which ricocheted off the light pole. The Herd added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Tommy Johnson (So., Gaithersburg, Md.), pushing the Marshall lead to 8-1.
Ohio cut a big chunk out of the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Walker clubbed a three-run homer to right center off Ponietowicz. The Bobcats cut the lead further in the seventh inning, as Walker crushed a two-run homer off Andrew Hancock (So., Ashland, Ky.) to slice the lead to 8-6.
Marshall returns to Conference USA action at 2 p.m. Friday, playing host to Memphis at Appalachian Power Park. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the single-A West Virginia Power. Tickets for all Conference USA games at Appalachian Power Park are on sale now by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com. One ticket is good for admission to both games.