May 9, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Rhett Stafford produced a breakout 4-for-4 day at the plate including his third homer of the season, but the Marshall University baseball team dropped the third game of a Conference USA series to No. 25 Rice, 14-4 on Sunday at Appalachian Power Park.
Stafford laced two doubles, a homer, scored twice and collected two RBI as Marshall now sits at 22-26 overall and 11-10 in C-USA. Rice upped its record to 30-17 and 13-5 against league opponents.
Kirby Pellant chipped in with two singles and one RBI, while Thor Meeks knocked in a run in the loss.
The Owls touched home twice in the first and two more times in the second to take an early 4-0 advantage after just two innings. Arik Sikula (6-3) gave up a two-run bloop double off the bat of Diego Seastrunk with two down in the first. In the second, Chad Mozingo connected for a two-run homer to right field to account for the early four runs.
Pellant knocked in Stafford with a RBI groundout in the third to put the first run on the scoreboard for the Thundering Herd.
Rice tallied three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth, to own a 10-1 cushion entering the bottom of the frame. Stafford smoked his second homer of the series, a solo shot, off Rice starter Jared Rogers for the Herd’s second run.
Rogers fired 6.1 innings, surrendering four earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts to up his record to 6-1 on the season.
The Herd scored twice in the sixth thanks to a sac fly from Meeks and RBI double off the bat of Stafford, but MU could not overcome the Rice lead, falling by the final score of 14-4.
MU is off until a midweek matchup with Morehead State on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at the Kennedy Center.