May 12, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Senior centerfielder Nate Lape blasted a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to pull Marshall to within one, but the Thundering Herd could not plate the tying run as Miami (Ohio) held on for an 8-7 extra-inning victory in Tuesday afternoon's non-conference baseball game at George T. Smailes Field at The Kennedy Center.
With the loss, Marshall falls 21-28 on the season while Miami improves to 27-21 overall.
With the score knotted at six in the top of the 10th, Miami scored a pair of runs on a hit and a Marshall error, highlighted by an RBI double to left field by Tommy Nurre, giving the Redhawks an 8-6 lead.
Lape answered in the home half of the frame when he launched his 10th homer of the season over the fence in left field, cutting the gap to one at 8-7. Red-shirt freshman Rhett Stafford then singled through the left side before reliever Matt Rosinski was able to toss a strikeout and use an interference call on the same play to post two outs in the inning. From there, a fly out to right field sealed the game for Miami.
Sam Dawes, who pitched the final two outs of the ninth, earned the victory, his first of the season to improve to 1-0. Marshall sophomore reliever Justin Moore pitched the 10th and suffered the loss and moves to 1-1 on the season. Rosinski earned his second save of the season.
Trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth, the Redhawks exploded for four runs as an RBI single by Brad Gschwind followed by a bases-load triple by Adam Eaton put Miami on top, 6-5.
In the bottom of the ninth, senior right fielder Adam Yeager earned a one-out walk, stole second and then scored on an RBI single to center by senior second baseman Brandon Casamassima. Dawes replaced reliever Reece Asbury on the hill for Miami and used a fielder's choice and a fly out to record the final two outs of the frame to keep the score even at 6-6.
Marshall starter Shane Farrell was fantastic through the first five innings, holding the Redhawks hitless with seven strikeouts. The sophomore right-hander struck out the side in the second and finished with nine on the day.
The Herd plated its first run in the top of the second when Lape singled through the left side, stole second and then came full circle on a run-scoring two-bagger by Stafford.
Marshall added three in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore shortstop Kenny Socorro singled to short and then moved to second on an errant throw on a failed pickoff attempt. He then raced to third on a wild pitch before Yeager earned a free pass. Yeager then stole second to give the Herd a pair of runners in scoring position. A walk to Casamassima loaded the bases for junior third baseman Josh Valle who singled to right field and then moved to second on the throw, plating both Socorro and Yeager and sending Casamassima to third. A sacrifice fly by Victor Gomez drove in the squad's third run of the frame before a strikeout ended the stanza with the score 4-0.
Miami finally got to Farrell for three hits in the sixth inning, scoring its first run of the contest on an RBI single to right center by Jordan Petraitis. From there, Farrell used a double play to get out of the jam to set the score at 4-1.
The Herd upped its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Yeager led off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a groundout and sprinted to third on wild pitch before Valle drew a walk to give Marshall runners on the corners. A fielder's choice grounder allowed Yeager to score but forced Valle out at second on the play. Gomez reached second on a wild pitch but a strikeout stranded him there.
The Redhawks crossed the dish for the second time when Chris Nadeau singled in Gschwind who had singled to lead off the eighth, bringing the score to 5-2. Red-shirt junior lefty Ryan Kiel tossed a strikeout before sophomore righty Arik Sikula pitched the final out of the frame to keep the lead at three.
Lape and Stafford finished with two hits apiece while Valle and Gomez drove in two runs each. Yeager scored three runs and swiped a pair of bases, while Casamassima finished 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored in the losing effort.
Nadeau, Nurre and Gschwind totaled two hits each to highlight the win for Miami.
Marshall concludes regular season action beginning Thursday, May 14-16 when it hosts Conference USA rival Tulane for a three-game set at Appalachian Power Park. Each game is slated for a 2:05 p.m. ET start.