May 7, 2006
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NEW ORLEANS - Despite a spectacular pitching performance by Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.), the Marshall baseball team dropped a 2-1, 10-inning decision Sunday at No. 17 Tulane at Zephyr Field in New Orleans. With the win, the Green Wave completed a hard-fought three-game sweep. All three games in the series were decided by three runs or fewer, with Tulane taking the final two by a run in its final at bat.
Slone (3-5) went a career-high 9.1 innings, giving up two earned runs, 10 hits and one walk while striking out four. It was his second career complete game. Tulane starter Billy Mohl was impressive as well, firing nine innings and allowing one run, eight hits and one walk while striking out two. Trey Martin (4-0) earned the win after tossing a scoreless 10th inning.
Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) had two hits to lead the Thundering Herd offense. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) had a single and an RBI to finish a productive week with four home runs and a dozen RBI.
Tulane (34-16, 10-8 C-USA) took the lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run to center field by Mark Hamilton. It was his league-leading 16th home run of the season.
Marshall (20-24, 6-15) had a great opportunity in the seventh inning. Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) led off with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.). Brit Vincent (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) bunted Mason over and Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) was intentionally walked. Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
The Herd cracked the scoreboard in the eighth inning. With one out, Adam Frederick
(Sr., Franklin, Pa.) singled to right-center. He then stole second and advanced to third on a flyout by Russell. On the first pitch, Murphy ripped a single to left to score Frederick and knot the score at one.
Marshall had runners at the first and second with one out in the 10th, but Martin induced Russell into a 5-4-3 double play.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Matt Riser led off with a single to right field. After Cat Everett struck out attempting to bunt, Warren McFadden hit an infield single. After a 10-pitch at bat, Hamilton walked. On the ensuing pitch, Nathan Southard singled to left field to bring home Riser with the winning run.
Marshall returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Miami (Ohio). The Herd is back home at University Heights Field at 3 p.m. Wednesday to take on Morehead State, then battles New York Tech in a three-game nonconference series beginning Friday.