Marshall Baseball Wins Third Straight
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – For the second straight game, Marshall University cruised past the Drexel Dragons with a 10-4 victory in baseball action at University Heights on Monday.
Chris Koutsavlis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got the start on the mound for the Thundering Herd and pitched 5.0 innings with four hits, three runs and four strikeouts to up his record to 3-1. The freshman has given up only 12 extra base hits in his 30 innings pitched in 2003, and is evolving into the “go-to-guy” that head coach Dave Piepenbrink envisioned him as being.
“Koutsavlis wins,” Piepenbrink said. “He was very effective all day and will get us a victory if we can put up four to five runs when he pitches. Our bullpen did a tremendous job today, too.”
Andrew Davis (Charleston, W.Va.) and Rick Suter (St. Clairsville, Ohio) each pitched 2.0 innings in relief. Suter did not allow a hit and struck out two Dragons.
Marshall (8-11-1) took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after loading the bases with its first three hitters. Francois Larmore (Magnolia, N.J.) hit a fielder’s choice RBI to score leadoff man Mike Koitsopoulos (Markham, Ont.). Corie O’Bryan (Frederick, Md.) then lifted a ball into right field for a sacrifice fly that scored Scott Henning (Wilmington, Del.).
Roddy Stieger (Westchester, Ohio) hit his first career home run in the second frame to extend the Thundering Herd lead to 3-0.
Nic Beecher pitched 5.0 innings for Drexel and surrendered six earned runs on nine hits. Beecher (1-3) struck out seven Marshall hitters and walked one.
The Dragons (3-12) tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning when Brent Heaberlin and Jeff Lamb both scored, followed by a Jason Bailey solo home run to center field.
The Herd plated four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by an O’Bryan double down the left field line with the bases loaded that scored three runs.
O’Bryan was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and one run scored.
Larmore led off the seventh inning with his third home run in as many games to give him eight on the season, tops in the Mid-American Conference. Matt LaFleur (Chesapeake, Va.) struck a pinch-hit single to right field to score O’Bryan and Josh McConnell (Phenix City, Ala.) provided a sacrifice bunt RBI to score Rich Russell (Toronto, Ont.) to finish off Marshall’s scoring at 10 runs.
Larmore finished the day with three RBIs, going 2-for-5, while Koitsopoulos and Henning both went 2-for-4.
The Herd and Dragons will square off one final time on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Marshall will be attempting to notch its first three-game sweep of 2003, while Drexel will try to snap its two-game losing streak.