Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Miami
OXFORD, Ohio - The Thundering Herd baseball team split a doubleheader with the Miami RedHawks on Sunday afternoon. Marshall took the first game by a 10-9 score before Miami used a late rally to win game two by a 4-3 margin.
In game one, the Herd (8-16, 3-3 MAC) had to overcome an early deficit as the RedHawks (15-11, 4-2 MAC) tagged Marshall starter Chris Cummings (Huntington, WV) for six runs in three innings. After scoring once in the first, Miami added three runs in the second and two in the third. Miami scored the three runs in the second on two hits and a Marshall error. In the third, two runs scored on two hits, a walk and an error. Cummings left the game after the third, giving up six runs, only three earned, on four hits.
Cummings was replaced by Jeremy Slone (Paintsville, KY), who held the RedHawk offense in check while the Herd made its comeback. After being held to one hit over the first four innings, the Thundering Herd got on the board in the fifth, with three runs crossing the plate. Roddy Stieger (Westchester, OH) and Tommy Johnson (Gaithersburg, MD) both singled to lead off the inning. After advancing to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Brent Mason (Sherwood, AR), Marshall Murray (Walnut Creek, CA) singled in the Herd's first run of the game. Two batters later, Aaron Levinson (Seattle, WA) knocked in two more runs with a single to make it a 6-3 game.
An RBI single by Miami left fielder Ryne Robinson in the sixth gave Miami a 7-3 lead, but in the top of the eighth, Marshall equaled its top offensive output for an inning thus far in the season, scoring seven runs to take a 10-3 lead. Levinson, who recorded his third hit of the day, and Adam Frederick (Franklin, PA) singled to start the inning and Aaron Jamieson (Lindsay, Ont.) walked to load the bases with no outs. Joe Glevenyak (West Beach, FL) was hit by a pitch to bring in one run, and was followed by Stieger, who recorded his second hit of the day, a two-RBI single, to make the score 7-6.
Nick Wolle (Coatesville, PA) walked to load the bases once again to bring up Brent Mason. Mason came through with a base clearing triple to give Marshall its first lead of the game. The seventh run crossed the plate when Adam Ptacek (Assaria, KS) laid down a bunt for the suicide squeeze play to put the Herd up 10-7.
Jeremy Slone, who came into the game in the fourth inning, had the best outing of his career. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing one run on five hits. With one out and a three run lead in the ninth, he was taken out of the game in favor of Brendon Bump (Lawrence, KS). Bump made things interesting, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, but with two outs and the bases loaded, Bump got pinch hitter Sam Sellery to ground out to third to finish off the game.
Slone earned his first career win in the outing while Bump notched his second save of the season. Connor Graham, who pitched the final two innings, took the loss. He gave up three runs on three hits.
The Marshall offense had another solid outing, registering 11 hits. Aaron Levinson led the way, going 4-5 with four RBI's. Roddy Stieger went 2-5 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Brent Mason was also solid, going 1-3 with a three-RBI triple.
In game two, Marshall jumped on the board first, scoring twice in the top of the fourth. Aaron Jamieson singled with one out to bring up Joe Glevenyak, who recorded his team-leading fifth home run of the season to put Marshall up 2-0.
Miami cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning when Paul Frietch hit a solo shot to make it 2-1. The Herd got the run right back in the top half of the fifth when Adam Ptacek recorded an RBI single to left-center.
In the bottom of the sixth, the RedHawks tied the game up off of Herd starter David Slovak (Louisville, KY). With two outs, Miami loaded the bases to bring Brandon Hillier to the plate. Hillier would single to center to bring in two runs.
Brian Knippelmeyer (Lincoln, NE) entered the game in the seventh inning and allowed one hit. He was not as lucky in the eighth as Miami would take the lead for good. With runners on the corners and one out, the RedHawks pulled off their second double steal of the day. Geoff Orr, who reached on a fielder's choice, was on first and took off for second. Brian Canada, who was on third, took off for home. Catcher Nick Wolle threw down to Jamieson at second. After Canada took off for home, Jamieson threw back to Wolle, but Canada slid in just before the throw to score what would prove to be the game-winning run.
John Ely, Miami's freshman starting pitcher, downed the Herd in order in the ninth to seal the win. Ely went the distance, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits. It was his second complete game of the season. Knippelmeyer took the loss for Marshall, falling to 2-5.
The Herd tallied only six hits in the game. Joe Glevenyak had the top offensive day, going 1-4 with his two-run home run. Adam Ptacek had the other RBI.
Next weekend, the Thundering Herd will return home for a three-game series against the defending Mid-American Conference champions, Kent State. The series starts on Friday at 3 p.m. while the games on Saturday and Sunday will start at 1 p.m.. Saturday's game can be heard on 930 WRVC. Robert Harper and Woody Woodrum will call the action from University Heights.