May 12, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) had a career-high four hits and drove in six runs to propel the Marshall baseball team to an 18-5 triumph Friday over New York Tech at University Heights Field. Murphy pushed his season RBI total to 68, which is second-most in Marshall history, behind only Jason Brooks' 73 in 2001.
Murphy hit his 14th home run - a grand slam - and also doubled twice to give him 18 for the season - the third-highest single-season mark in school history. Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI, while Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) and Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) each scored three times.
After falling behind 3-0 after two and a half innings, Marshall erupted on offense, scoring three runs in the third inning, five in the fourth, two in the sixth and eight in the seventh.
Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) tossed five innings, giving up three earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three. He improved to 3-6 on the year. New York Tech's Jon Burke (3-3) absorbed the loss after allowing eight earned runs, seven hits and a walk over 3.1 innings.
New York Tech (26-19) jumped to a 3-0 lead, scoring twice in the first on an RBI single by Joe Esposito and a groundout by David Johnson, and then adding a run in the third on a Mike MacMillan single to score Kraig Binick.
Marshall (22-25) responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the score. Ptacek was hit by a pitch to lead off and Levinson doubled to left to move Ptacek to third. Chris Monaco
(Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) grounded out to score Ptacek and Frederick followed with a walk. Rich Russell
(Sr., Toronto, Ontario) then grounded out to score one run and Murphy followed with a run-scoring double to make it a 3-3 game.
The Herd tacked on five runs in the fourth. Monaco began the scoring with a two-run single, and Frederick followed with a two-run double. Russell then knocked home a run on an RBI groundout to shortstop.
NYIT scored a run in the sixth on a Marshall fielding error, but the Herd quickly got that run back with two in the bottom of the inning, as Murphy doubled in Frederick and Russell scored on a wild pitch.
Marshall sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Murphy's third grand slam of the season, a moonshot to center field. It ties the school record for grand slams in one season, set by John Piepenbrink in 1990.
NYIT scored once in the eighth on a Tom Leonick double to round out the scoring.
Game two of the series is at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.