May 5, 2006
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Marshall baseball team received a fine starting pitching performance from Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.), but it was not enough as No. 17 Tulane emerged with a 3-0 victory Friday in front of 2,611 spectators at Zephyr Field in New Orleans.
Chrisman had one of his best starts of the season, allowing just five hits and three runs (one earned) in seven innings. Chrisman (2-6) walked three and struck out four. He was overshadowed by Tulane starter Sean Morgan (7-4), who pitched eight innings and surrendered just five hits and five walks while fanning five. Daniel Latham pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 11th save.
Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) reached base three times on a single and two walks to lead the Thundering Herd offense.
Tulane (32-16, 8-8 C-USA) got to Chrisman for two unearned runs in the third inning. Tim Guidry led off with a double and scored two outs later when Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) committed a throwing error on a Cat Everett grounder. It was just the second error for Mason this season. Everett went to second when the throw went into the dugout and scored on a Warren McFadden single up the middle.
The Green Wave tacked on a run in the eighth inning, but Marshall reliever Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) wiggled out of a bases loaded, no outs jam to avoid any further damage.
Marshall (20-22, 6-13) had its opportunities but could not capitalize. The Herd had the bases loaded with two outs in the third inning, but Roddy Stieger
(Sr., West Chester, Ohio) hit a sinking liner to center field that was caught to end the inning. In the sixth inning, Marshall put the first two batters on, but Stieger lined out to second base, which the Green Wave turned into a 4-6-3 triple play. In the seventh, the Herd put runners on first and third with one out, but Adam Ptacek
(Sr., Assaria, Kan.) grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Marshall and Tulane return for game two of the series at 3 p.m. Saturday.