Baseball Rally Falls Run Short, 9-8, at Miami (Ohio)

May 9, 2006

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OXFORD, Ohio - The Marshall baseball team fell into an 8-1 hole at Miami (Ohio) before rallying but fell just short, 9-8, Tuesday night at McKie Field at Hayden Park in Oxford, Ohio. The Thundering Herd had an opportunity to take the lead in the ninth inning but left the bases loaded.

Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) went 4-for-5 with two RBI for Marshall as he notched his third four-hit game of the season. The Herd hit four doubles in the contest and now has 105 this season, tying the single-season school record, set in 2001.

Marshall's Chris Cummings (Sr., Huntington, W.Va.) pitched 3.2 innings, giving up six runs (five earned), five hits and five walks while striking out four. He falls to 2-1 on the year. Miami starter Sam Shorts (4-2) lasted five innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Matt Long pitched the final 1.1 innings to notch his seventh save.

Miami (25-22) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. With one out, Evan Armitage reached on a bunt single. One out later, Geoff Orr walked and both runners moved up on a Cummings balk. Jeff Carroll followed with a two-run single to give Miami a 2-0 advantage.

The RedHawks tacked on four runs in the fourth. Eric Darlage started the scoring with a single through the left side of the infield. With one out, Brandon Hillier drew a bases-loaded walk, and Orr followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, which also prompted the Herd to make a pitching change in favor of Jimmy Stanley (Fr., Lexington, Ky.). Stanley threw a wild pitch to allow the runners to move up and Tommy Johnson's (So., Gaithersburg, Md.) throw to third went into left field to allow another run to score.



Marshall (20-25) scored its first run in the fifth inning. With two outs, Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) singled to right field. He then stole second and third base and came home on a Frederick infield single. Miami countered with two runs in its half of the inning to push the lead to 8-1.

The Herd added four runs in the sixth inning. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio). Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) followed with a double down the left-field line to score both runners and knock Shorts from the game. Chris Niro entered the game and was greeted by Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) with a double to move Mason to third. Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) brought Mason home with a sacrifice fly, and Johnson plated Vincent with a groundout.

The RedHawks got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Jason Brown, but Marshall answered with two in the seventh inning. Stieger hit a single to bring home Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario). Mason then struck out on a ball in the dirt. The throw to first by Darlage was wide and went into right field, allowing Mason to reach and Stieger to come from second to score.

Marshall continued to chip away in the eighth inning, scoring when Frederick singled to bring in Monaco.

The Herd returns home to take on Morehead State at 3 p.m. Wednesday, then plays host to New York Tech over the weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. game Friday.