April 29, 2009
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Freshman catcher Thor Meeks blasted a solo shot to lead off the 10th inning, scoring what proved to be the game-winning run as Marshall won game one of Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader at Youngstown State, 8-6 at Cene Park.
With the win, Marshall snapped its three game losing skid to improve to 17-25 on the season, while Youngstown State fell to 11-28 on the season
After playing to a 2-2 tie through all seven scheduled innings, Wednesday's game one saw a scoreless eighth frame before the teams combined to score 10 runs in the final two stanzas.
With the score deadlocked at 2-2 heading to the ninth inning, Marshall erupted for four runs when freshman first baseman Alfredo Brito singled to left field, bringing in pinch-runner Ramone Tate. Tate advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Kenny Socorro, before senior second baseman Adam Yeager singled to left field and then advanced to second on an error, sending Tate home on the play. From there, sophomore right fielder Ben Jurevicius singled to second, driving Yeager home with the second run, and advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Junior third baseman Josh Valle then singled through the right side, advanced to second on the throw, and then moved to third on the second error of the frame which allowed Jurevicius to cross the dish. Senior centerfielder Nate Lape then notched the third RBI of the stanza when he singled up the middle to plate Valle, giving the Herd a 6-2 cushion.
Youngstown responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the ninth when Jacke Healy tripled in Derek Carr. John Koehnlein then smashed an RBI single before Anthony Porter delivered a two-run single through the left side four batters later, knotting the contest at 6-6. With the bases loaded, David Leon hit into a double play which was highlighted by Yeager's game-saving dive and flip up the middle to second base to keep the score tied.
Meeks led off the top of the 10th inning with a solo bomb center field putting Marshall back on top by one. Sophomore Kevin Shackelford then singled through the left side, moved to second on a bunt single by Socorro, before a groundout moved both runners up 90 feet. Yeager was then intentionally walked to load the bases before Jurevicius lined out to left field which brought Shackelford home with the second run of the frame on the sacrifice fly. Another line out ended the stanza but the Herd had posted an 8-6 edge.
Youngstown managed to get two runners into scoring position in the last of the 10th, but both were stranded there as junior reliever Tyler Gatrell tossed a strikeout and forced a fly out to left field to seal the victory.
Gatrell pitched the final 1.2 innings of the contest and earned the win to improve to 1-2 on the season. Penguins reliever Anthony Munoz pitched just one-third of an inning and suffered the loss to fall to 1-5 overall.
Yeager finished 4-for-5 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored while Socorro added four hits in the contest. Jurevicius drove in a team-high two runs, while Valle added two hits in game one.
Herd starter Shane Farrell tossed six strong innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits while striking out five batters in the outing.
Red-shirt senior lefty Andrew Blain pitched two scoreless innings of relief, scattering three hits and striking out one.
Yeager plated Marshall's first run of the contest in the top of the first frame when the speedster scored from third on a passed ball. The Herd added its second run in the top of the third frame when Jurevicius reached on an error and then scored on a double by Valle, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Younstown State evened the game in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to an RBI double by Jeremy Banks and a run-scoring single by Eric Hymel.