April 11, 2012
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BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Led by freshman Sergio Leon’s six hits, the Marshall baseball team came away with two definitive wins in a twinbill against Coppin State Tuesday at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
The 18-1 and 19-1 victories were the biggest wins for Marshall since defeating Memphis by 16 runs in April, 2011.
Leon went 2-for-5 in game one and 4-for-5 in game two while combining four RBIs and five runs scored for the day. The freshman had two doubles and was one of eight Thundering Herd players with an extra base hit as Gray Stafford launched two home runs while Isaac Ballou, Louie Helmburg, and Eric Semeniuk all had triples.
Game one could not have started any better for the Herd as Marshall (13-19, 1-5 C-USA) starting pitcher Wayland Moore struck out the side in the top half of the first before the Herd batted around its order in each of the first two innings, plating nine runs.
Moore (1-1) went on to strike out seven in three innings of work, allowing one hit in his first victory of the season. Meanwhile, the Herd offense added to its lead with runs in all but one frame for the rest of game one.
Game two was more of the same as Marshall grabbed three runs in the first and eight in the second to put the game away early. Coppin State (0-31) put its lone run of the game on the board in the second when a lead-off base hit came around to score via a bases-loaded walk.
Freshman Kyle Kessler (1-0) took his first collegiate win in game two after relieving Brett Mays in the second inning.