Marshall Baseball Grounds Morehead State, 13-3|
May 10, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Adam Dobies (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched five shutout innings while the Marshall baseball offense posted two six-run innings in a 13-3 win over Morehead State Wednesday at University Heights Field.
Dobies (1-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out a career-best five as he earned his first career win. Brendon Smith (1-2) started for Morehead State and tossed two innings, giving up seven earned runs, four hits and four walks. The Thundering Herd featured a strong all-around offensive attack, as all but one starter recorded a hit while seven drove in at least one run. Marshall also hit four doubles to give the Herd 109 for the year, breaking the single-season school record of 105, set in 2001.
Marshall (21-25) scored in the first inning. Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) led off with a single and moved to second when Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) walked. A wild pitch advanced Monaco to third, and he scored when Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) grounded into a double play.
The Thundering Herd sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run second inning. Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) led off with a double and Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) walked. One out later, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) walked to load the bases. Monaco walked to force in a run and Frederick singled to drive home Mason and Ptacek. After a Russell walk loaded the bases, Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) cleared the bags with a double to the gap in right-center, giving Marshall a 7-0 lead.
Morehead State (15-31) cracked the scoreboard in the sixth inning against Mike Gielarowski (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) on a Ryan Kinder run-scoring single and a Mark Ford sacrifice fly.
Marshall answered with six in the bottom of the sixth. Frederick opened the scoring with a double to center to score Ptacek. Russell followed with a single to plate Frederick, and Murphy reached on an error. After a wild pitch, Stieger singled to left field to score both runners. Mason then singled and Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) doubled to bring Stieger home. Ptacek wrapped up the scoring with an RBI single to push the Marshall lead to 13-2.
The Eagles scored once in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Donald Cheney.
The Herd remains home over the weekend, playing host to New York Tech in a non-conference series beginning with a 3 p.m. game Friday.