April 18, 2006
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - After taking an early 3-0 lead, the Marshall baseball team was stymied by Virginia Tech starting pitcher Nicky Bowers in a 9-4 loss to the Hokies Tuesday at English Field in Blacksburg, Va.
Bowers (2-4) was outstanding for Virginia Tech, tossing a complete game and setting down 15 Herd batters in a row from the fourth through eighth innings before Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) singled to lead off the ninth inning. Bowers allowed four runs (two earned) and 10 hits while striking out eight. He did not walk a batter.
Alan Gentry (Jr., Hot Springs, Ark.) took the defeat for Marshall, going two innings in relief and allowing four earned runs, six hits and a walk to fall to 0-1 this season. Marshall pitchers struggled with control throughout the game, as they combined to walk a season-high 13 batters.
Vincent, Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) and Matt Helm (So., Downingtown, Pa.) each had two hits for the Thundering Herd, while Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) doubled in the first inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.
Marshall (16-17) took an early lead with three runs in the second inning. Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) reached base on an error to lead off. Vincent followed with a single, and Tommy Johnson (So., Gaithersburg, Md.) doubled to score Levinson. Helm then blooped a single to center to score Vincent. Two outs later, Russell singled to center to bring home Helm.
Virginia Tech (15-22) matched Marshall with three runs of its own in the bottom of the second. Adam Dobies
(Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) retired the first batter, then ran into trouble as Luke Padgett tripled and scored on a Matt Foley double. Dobies then walked Sean Ryan and Nate Parks and was lifted for Chris Cummings
(Sr., Huntington, W.Va.), who walked Warren Schaeffer to force in a run. The Hokies tied the game on a Bryan Thomas fielder's choice to third base but left the bases loaded as Cummings fanned Jose Cueto.
The Hokies took the lead in the fifth inning against Alan Gentry (Jr., Hot Springs, Ark.), as Schaeffer ripped a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to plate Padgett and Ryan. Virginia tacked onto the lead the following inning, as Padgett stroked a two-run double to center field to give the Hokies a 7-3 lead.
Virginia Tech added some insurance runs with two runs in the eighth inning, as Foley hit a sacrifice fly and Ryan ripped an RBI single through the drawn-in infield.
The Herd broke through for a run in the ninth inning, as Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) grounded out to score Johnson.
Marshall finishes its eight-game road trip this weekend at East Carolina. The teams start the series at 7 p.m. Friday, then play at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.