May 13, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - New York Tech's Joe Esposito allowed just one hit in a complete-game effort in a 5-1 win over the Marshall baseball team Saturday at University Heights Field. Esposito (5-3) did not surrender a hit until a two-out Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) single in the sixth inning. He gave up just an unearned run and seven walks while striking out nine.
Kraig Binick and Mike MacMillan each had three hits as part of NYIT's 17-hit attack.
Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.) tossed 7.1 innings for Marshall, giving up three runs (none earned), 13 hits and two walks while striking out one as he fell to 3-6 on the year.
Marshall (22-26) scored its lone run without the benefit of a hit in the third inning. With one out, Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) walked. He advanced to second on a passed ball, then moved up on a wild pitch and scored when catcher Mike Kenefick's throw to third sailed into left field.
NYIT (27-19) tied the game in the fifth inning, scoring when David Johnson singled to left field. Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) bobbled the ball, allowing Andrew Karkoulas to score from third base.
The Bears forged ahead in the eighth inning. Baker DeCamp led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by Denten Neill. Tom Murray then bunted, but first baseman Roddy Stieger's (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) throw to second went into center field. A Mike LaLuna sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, and Slone was then replaced by Andrew Blain (Fr., Huntington, W.Va.). Kenefick followed with a run-scoring infield single. Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) came on to give up a sacrifice fly to Binick, which gave NYIT a 3-1 lead.
NYIT tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth inning on a two-run home run by Bryan Pastor.
The rubber match of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.