Flyers Down Herd Baseball, 8-1
DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton starting pitcher Craig Stammen held the Thundering Herd to one run on three hits in six innings to lead the Flyers to an 8-1 win Thursday at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
The loss marks MU's fourth in a row and drops its record to 2-11.
Dayton (10-5) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead off of Marshall pitcher Bryson Meyers (Gaithersburg, MD), in his first start at MU. After a walk and hit batter put two on base, a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third and they would proceed to score on a passed ball and sacrifice fly to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
Marshall cut the lead in half in the top of the second. Bubba Pfaff (Florence, CO) hit a one-out single and advanced to third on a double by Roddy Stieger (Westchester, OH). A sacrifice fly by Brent Mason (Sherwood, AR) scored Pfaff.
In the bottom of the third, Dayton tagged Meyers for three more runs. Joe McSoley, Will Benoit and Roberto Ramos notched consecutive RBI hits to give UD a 5-1 lead. Andrew Hancock (Ashland, KY) replaced Meyers in the bottom of the fourth and did not fare much better, giving up two runs, including a home run to UD shortstop Michael Massa. That gave UD a 7-1 lead. They added on another run in the sixth when Bobby Getty hit an inside-the-park home run.
That is where the scoring would end as the Flyers took an 8-1 win for their tenth of the season.
Dayton out-hit the Herd, 11-5. Bubba Pfaff led the way for MU with two hits.
In his first start, Bryson Meyers gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in three innings. He took the loss, dropping to 0-1. Hancock also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Brian Knippelmeyer (Lincoln, NE) and Brendon Bump (Lawrence, KS) each threw a scoreless inning. Stammen was credited with the win, improving to 3-2 on the season.
The Herd will look to finally play its home opener, playing host to St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m. at University Heights. If any changes should arise, Herdzone will have an update.