Marshall Baseball Rides Arm of Koutsavlis to 9-2 Win at UAB

April 15, 2006

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Marshall baseball team scored six runs in the first two innings, then rode the sterling pitching of Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) to a 9-2 win Saturday at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala.

Koutsavlis fired his second complete game of the year, allowing two earned runs and seven hits while striking out six in nine innings. He threw 115 pitches (80 strikes) to move to 5-3 on the year, as he moved into a tie for third all-time at Marshall with Sean Reeder (1997-00) with 17 career wins. Mitch Thorn (2-3) took the loss for UAB after lasting just 1.2 innings and giving up seven hits and six earned runs.

Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) had a team-best three hits and drove in three runs to give him eight RBI for the series. Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) drilled a two-run homer, and Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) and Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) each had two hits to lead the offensive attack.

Marshall (15-16, 3-8 C-USA) scored three runs in each of the first two frames to take a 6-0 lead to the middle of the second inning. In the first, the Thundering Herd mounted a one-out rally, as Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) singled to shortstop to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and Russell followed with a walk. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) doubled to center field to score Frederick, and Mason followed with a single to score Russell and Murphy and give the Herd a 3-0 lead.



In the second, Chris Monaco hit an RBI single to score Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) and one out later, Russell hit his fourth home run of the season to push the lead to 6-0.

UAB (13-23, 0-8) scored once in the fifth on a Ryne Lovdahl solo home run, but Marshall countered with a run in the sixth on a Monaco RBI double, then the Herd tacked on two in the eighth on an Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) groundout and a Monaco RBI single to extend the lead to 9-1.

The Blazers scored once in the eighth to wrap up the scoring.

Marshall goes for the series sweep at 2 p.m. Sunday.