Baseball Drops Game 1 Of Doubleheader
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Jacksonville State scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 5-4 and would not look back as they defeated the Thundering Herd baseball team, 5-4, in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
Freshman David Slovak (Louisville, KY), in his first career start, had a strong outing, going seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. In the eighth inning, Slovak left the game in favor of Brendon Bump (Lawrence, KS). Bump, who won Friday's game, was not as lucky on Saturday, giving up two runs and two hits in 2/3 of an inning, including the game winner.
Marshall (1-7) had its share of base runners early in the game, putting six batters on base in the first two innings, but came away with only one run. In the second, Roddy Stieger (Westchester, OH) singled with one out and was followed by Adam Ptacek (Assaria, KS), who walked. After a single by Brent Mason (Sherwood, AR) loaded the bases, JSU pitcher Tony Drinkard threw a wild pitch, which scored Stieger. The final two batters of the inning for MU struck out to end the run.
In the bottom of the second, JSU (2-3) came back to tie the game. With two outs, Matt Page walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A single by JSU catcher Richard Turner would score Page in a close play at the plate.
Two innings later, in the bottom of the fourth, the Gamecocks took their first lead of the game. Their first two batters of the inning reached on an error and a walk and moved to second and third on a ground out. With one out, Richard Turner notched his second RBI of the day, hitting into a fielder's choice to score the run.
Herd catcher Rich Russell (Toronto, Ont.) gave the lead back to MU in the top of the fifth. With one out, Joe Glevenyak (West Palm Beach, FL) and Aaron Jamieson (Lindsay, Ont.) recorded consecutive singles. With Russell on deck, JSU made a pitching change, pulling Drinkard, their leftie starter, in favor of Clark Jinks, a right hander. The move did not pay off for JSU, though, as Russell drove the second pitch he saw to deep right center to clear the bases and put MU back ahead, 3-2.
Another run was added on by MU in the top of the sixth. Ptacek led the inning off with his third walk of the day. After stealing second, he was brought in to score on a single by Joe Glevenyak.
Jacksonville State got one run back in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 4-3 game. With two outs, Brian Piazza was brought in to pinch hit and responded, hitting a triple to right center. Up next was 2B Bret Pettus, who hit a single to right to bring in the run.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Gamecocks scored two runs with two outs to take a 5-4 lead. Brendon Bump came into the game in relief of David Slovak, but did not fare as well as he did on Friday as Matt Page and Winston Pearson had RBI doubles to bring in the two runs. In the ninth, JSU pitcher Lee Drinkard kept the Herd scoreless and gave Jacksonville State their second win of the season. Drinkard also was credited with the win while Bump took the loss, dropping to 1-1 on the season.
MU out hit JSU, 8-7, but left ten runners on base. Glevenyak and Russell tallied two hits to lead the team. Russell also led the team with two RBI's.
Game two will start at approximately 6 p.m., Herdzone will have a score and story following the game.