Big Inning from No. 9 Rice Dooms Herd to 5-1 Defeat|
April 14, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Although held scoreless in eight innings of play, No. 9 Rice scored five times in the top of the fifth and defeated the Thundering Herd baseball team 5-1 Saturday at Appalachian Power Park.
With the victory, Rice won the series and improved to 26-11 (8-3 C-USA). Marshall dropped to 13-21 (1-7 C-USA).
Defensive mistakes were the demise for the Herd, which committed seven errors for the game and allowed four unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Mike Mason, who pitched his way out of error-imposed trouble in the first and third, was unable to escape the fifth, which saw Marshall's defense commit a throwing error with two out and the bases loaded. The Owls went on to score four more that inning. Mason (3-5) allowed eight hits, struck out two, and walked two in six innings pitched; he also took the loss.
Rice's Austin Kubitza (4-3) grabbed the win after going 6.2 innings and striking out six.
Like Mason, Kubitza worked through trouble in the early innings. Marshall put two runners on base in the first and third but could not find a way to bring anyone around.
For the game, the Herd went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and only Sergio Leon's base hit to left field with runners on first and second scored anyone. That hit came with two out in the bottom of the ninth and helped the Herd avoid being shutout for the second game in a row.
Marshall stranded eleven base runners in the loss, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.
Game three's first pitch is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m.