Baseball Sweeps Twinbill Against Coppin State|
April 21, 2010
BECKLEY, W.Va. – Thor Meeks clubbed two homers and drove in six runs to highlight a game two victory as the Marshall University baseball team swept Coppin State in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Epling Stadium. The Herd won the first game 10-4, and knocked off the Eagles in second part of the twinbill by a 7-3 score.
Marshall ups its overall record to 17-20 on the season and takes Thursday off prior to hosting UCF for a three-game Conference USA series at Appalachian Power Park, beginning Friday at 2:05 p.m.
Coppin State falls to 11-22 for the year.
Game 1: Marshall 10, Coppin State 4
Kurt Lipton was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two triples, two runs scored and three RBI to put the Herd offense in cruise control to victory.
The Eagles struck in the top of the first on a RBI single from Dwight Robinson. The 1-0 advantage for CSU would be short lived as the Thundering Herd hit for the cycle in the bottom of the frame, exploding for five runs on five hits off starter Andrew Kiessling (1-4).
Socorro and Lipton tagged back-to-back triples prior to a sac fly from V. Gomez. Next up was Nathan Gomez, who launched a solo no doubt round tripper to right-centerfield, the first of his career. Later in the inning Kris Hecktor bounced a two-run single up the middle to give the Herd five runs in the first frame.
MU pushed across a trio of runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Lipton and another sac fly from V. Gomez, extending the advantage to 8-1.
In the top of the sixth, CSU tacked on three runs thanks to three-straight run scoring base knocks.
The Herd rebounded to add its final run of the first game when V. Gomez drove in his third run to make the score 10-4.
LHP Ben Frith (2-1) tossed the first two innings to pick up the victory as the Herd went pitcher by committee. Mike Cavalli fired three scoreless innings out of the pen, while James White III retired all four batters he faced to help secure the win.
Game 2: Marshall 7, Coppin State 3
Meeks hit a pair of three-run no doubt blasts to nearly the exact same spot in right center, as the sophomore catcher drove in a career-high six RBI to help the Herd earn a sweep of the doubleheader.
Meeks’ first three-run bomb came in the second and he was followed by a solo deep fly from Eric Semeniuk for back-to-back jacks to spark the four-run frame. It marked the second time this season the Herd hit consecutive homers as Semeniuk and James Lavinskas completed the feat against St. Joseph’s at the Citadel Tournament in Charleston, S.C. (2/28/10).
LHP Ryan Kiel (1-1) picked up his first victory of the season logging the first three frames. Kevin Schakelford and Kyle Blank, future pitchers for the West Virginia Miners this summer, each worked an inning and collected a strikeout a piece.