Baseball Sweeps Past Coppin State
Herd Welcomes Houston on Friday
April 13, 2011
BECKLEY, W.Va. – The Marshall University baseball team captured both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 9-0 and 3-2 against Coppin State on Wednesday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Marshall ups its record to 13-18, while Coppin State falls to 3-26 on the season.
Game 1: Marshall 9, Coppin State 0
The Thundering Herd used multi-hit games from four different players and fired its first shutout of the season, cruising to a game one victory over the Eagles.
The Gomez and Stafford brothers combined for nine of the Thundering Herd’s 14 hits, led by Rhett Stafford’s perfect 3-for-3 day.
Leading 3-0, MU busted out the whooping stick with a six pack of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Highlighting the scoring spree was a two-run single by N.Gomez and sac flies from iron man Kenny Socorro and Huntington’s own Justin Maynard to round out the scoring.
Greg Williams (1-0) picked up the victory firing the first two innings with a pair of punch outs as the game was a staff effort in the shutout.
The shutout marked the first for the Herd since March 7, 2010, when MU blanked Georgia Southern, 8-0 in Statesboro, Ga.
Game 2: Marshall 3, Coppin State 2
The Herd trailed CSU 2-1 entering the top of the sixth and the Eagles would threaten against reliever Josh King (1-1). The visitors would load the bases with one down, but King buckled down and posted back-to-back strikeouts to escape any damage and swing the momentum pendulum in the Herd’s favor.
It was clear that King getting out of the jam ignited the Gomez brothers in the bottom half of the frame. Following R.Stafford being plunked by a Jim Vagnier (0-7) offering, V. Gomez hit a laser off the right-field wall for a RBI triple to bring the score even, 2-2. Younger brother Nathan hit a sac fly to left, which proved to be the game winner.
Ian Kadish fired a scoreless bottom of the seventh to tally his third save in secure of King’s first collegiate victory.
V.Gomez ended the second game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
NEXT UP: Marshall hosts Conference USA foe Houston for a three-game series starting on Friday at Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. First pitch against the Cougars is scheduled for 7 p.m.