April 26, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back, riding the strong pitching of Jimmy Stanley (Fr., Lexington, Ky.) to a 6-3 win Wednesday at University Heights Field.
Stanley (3-0) made his first career start a good one, holding the Colonels to just a run and three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four. Nick Barte (1-5) started for Eastern Kentucky and took the defeat after giving up six earned runs, 10 hits and two walks in three innings.
Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) led the Marshall offense with hits in all three of his at bats and two RBI. Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) added two doubles for the Thundering Herd.
Marshall (18-19) took control early with a five-run first inning. With one out, the Thundering Herd strung together five-consecutive hits - a double by Frederick, an RBI single from Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario), an RBI double from Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.), a two-run double by Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) and an RBI single from Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.).
The Herd pushed the lead to 6-0 in the third on a Ptacek single that scored Murphy. Eastern Kentucky (19-18) got the run back in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run by Chris O'Dell.
Eastern Kentucky continued to chip away in the seventh inning against reliever Chris Cummings (Sr., Huntington, W.Va.), scoring twice on a double to the left-center field gap by Lucas Waters.
The Colonels threatened in the ninth, putting two runners on with two out, but Bryson Meyers (Sr., Oakland, Md.) recorded the final out to post his first save of the season.
Marshall takes on Southern Miss at 7 p.m. Friday in Conference USA action at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Tickets for all Conference USA games at Appalachian Power Park are on sale now by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com.