March 4, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's home-opener against Morehead State Wednesday afternoon was suspended at a 4-4 tie because of darkness. The teams will resume today's contest next Wednesday, March 11 at Morehead State, prior to the originally scheduled game which is set for a 3:00 p.m. ET start.
Marshall (3-3) got off to an early lead in Wednesday's home-opener, the first-ever game played at George T. Smailes Field at the Kennedy Center on Route 2. The Thundering Herd got things rolling with two runs in the bottom of the second inning on the strength of a sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Ben Jurevicius.
Morehead State answered in the top of the fourth, but Jurevicius singled in red-shirt freshman left fielder Rhett Stafford who previously reached on a double, allowing the Herd to maintain a two-run edge at 3-1.
The sides traded runs again in the fifth frame, as senior second baseman Brandon Casamassima put the Herd back on top by two with a solo shot to right center field, making the tally 4-2. Casamassima's blast marks the first-ever home run to be hit at The Kennedy Center.
The Eagles knotted the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning as Morehead State crossed the dish twice thanks to a pair of bases-loaded walks (a hit batter and a walk).
From there, the teams played through five innings of shutout baseball.
Casamassima, Jurevicius, Stafford, senior shortstop Adam Yeager, senior centerfielder Nate Lape, and freshman designated hitter Thor Meeks each have a hit for Marshall, while Michael Bottoms leads the way for the Eagles with two of the team's seven hits.
Marshall takes to the road, traveling to Tampa Bay, Fla. for a three-game weekend set with the USF Bulls, March 6-8. Friday and Saturday's games are set for a 7:00 p.m. ET start, with Sunday's first-pitch set for 11:00 a.m.