Marshall Baseball Upends Southern Miss, 6-3|
April 28, 2006
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team knocked off Southern Miss, 6-3, Friday night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. In a battle of the top two hitting teams in Conference USA, the pitchers ruled, as Marshall hurlers Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.), Andrew Blain (Fr., Huntington, W.Va.) and Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) combined to hold the league's top offense to just three runs and nine hits.
Offensively for the Thundering Herd, Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) had three hits, while Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) and Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) each added a pair of hits. Every Southern Miss starter had one hit to account for the nine Golden Eagle hits.
Slone (3-4) allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks, while striking out six over 5.2 innings. Knippelmeyer tossed the final 2.1 innings to earn his fifth save. Jonathon Johnston (0-1) gave up a run on four hits in four innings of relief and took the loss for Southern Miss.
Marshall (19-19, 6-10 C-USA) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Monaco tripled on the first pitch. Frederick walked and Russell was hit by a pitch, and one out later, Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) walked to force in a run. Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) followed with a fielder's choice to score a run.
Southern Miss (29-16, 5-8) scored a run in the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Marc Maddox, then tied the game on a RBI single by Jody Blount in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Marshall re-took the lead when Frederick launched the first offering of the inning from Johnston over the right-center field wall for his career-best ninth home run of the season.
The Herd tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth inning against Southern Miss closer Daniel Best and Patrick Ezell. With one out, Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) singled to center. On the ensuing pitch, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) doubled down the left-field line to plate Vincent. Best, the Conference USA saves leader with nine, was then pulled, but one out later, Monaco notched his third hit, scoring Ptacek. After a Frederick single to move Monaco to third, Russell hit an infield single to bring home Monaco and give the Herd a 6-2 advantage.
Southern Miss got a two-out solo home run in the ninth inning from Toddric Johnson to round out the scoring.
The two teams are back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for all Conference USA games are on sale now by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com.