May 14, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite a complete-game, three-hit effort by Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), the Marshall baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision Sunday to New York Tech at University Heights Field. Koutsavlis (6-5) allowed just two runs (one earned), did not walk a batter and struck out four. He retired 24 of the final 27 batters he faced in posting his fourth complete game of the year.
New York Tech starter Chris Perez (8-2) was equally impressive, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run, five hits and three walks while fanning nine. He allowed just three baserunners over the final five innings.
Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) and Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) each had two hits for the Thundering Herd, while Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) had Marshall's other hit.
New York Tech (28-19) got on the scoreboard in the first inning. Kraig Binick led off with a single and advanced to second on an Andrew Karkoulas sacrifice. After a flyout by Mike MacMillan, Joe Esposito lined a single off the glove of Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) to score Binick.
The Bears pushed their lead to 2-0 in the third inning. Mike Kenefick reached on a two-base error to lead off and moved to third on a groundout. He scored on a Karkoulas sacrifice fly.
Marshall (22-27) pushed a run across in the fifth inning. Ptacek led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Chris Monaco
(Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) groundout to shortstop.
Neither team had many opportunities the rest of the way, although the Herd did get a runner to third base with two outs in the ninth inning, but Perez coaxed a groundout by Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) to end the game.
Marshall hits the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at Pittsburgh. The Herd wraps up league play this weekend against top-ranked Rice. The series begins at 2 p.m. Thursday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Tickets for the three-game series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com. All three games of the series are part of doubleheaders with the West Virginia Power. One ticket is good for admission to both games.