Herd Baseball Falls To Central Michigan, 12-3
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The Thundering Herd baseball team fell to the Central Michigan Chippewas in game two of this weekend’s series by a score of 12-3.
Marshall (19-24, 3-10 MAC) took an early lead on CMU (23-20, 9-5 MAC) in the bottom of the second inning when Francois Larmore (Magnolia, NJ) hit his seventh home run of the season, to lead off the inning.
Chris Cummings (Huntington, WV), in his second start, pitched three scoreless innings before running into problems in the top of the fourth. After the bases were loaded with nobody out, a run scored on a wild pitch. A double play ended the inning. Cummings was not as lucky in the fifth. He allowed two runs in the inning and with two outs, was replaced by Scott Henning (Wilmington, DE). The first batter Henning faced, Jim Geldhof, hit a home run to give CMU a 4-1 lead.
The Herd came back to make it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the inning. With two on and one out, Mike Koitsopoulos (Markham, Ont.) hit a single down the left field line to bring in a run.
The Chippewas came back in the top of the sixth with four more runs. With one out and two runs already in, Steve Ziroli (LaGrange, IL) came in to replace Henning. He hit the first batter he faced and allowed a two RBI single to give CMU an 8-2 lead. Ziroli would go on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning.
Freshman pitcher Adam Dobies (Pittsburgh, PA) came into the game in the eighth and sat the batters down in order, but the CMU bats came out swinging in the ninth as four more runs would score on five hits to take a 12-0 lead. Marshall would score one more run in the ninth inning when Joe Glevenyak (West Palm Beach, FL) scored on a CMU error, but that was where the scoring stopped as the Chippewas earned the 12-3 win.
Chippewa pitcher Ty Dunham pitched a complete game, allowing seven MU hits and three runs, two of them earned. He earned the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. Cummings took the loss and fell to 2-3.
Central tallied 16 hits to only seven by Marshall. Larmore and Brad Helm (Downington, PA) each had two hits. Rich Russell (Toronto, Ont.) recorded a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games. The home run by Larmore in the second inning was his team-leading seventh of the season, two ahead of Russell.
The Herd will try and salvage one win in the series when they host Central Michigan in the third and final game of the series. Chris Koutsavlis (Pittsburgh, PA) is projected to be the starting pitcher for Marshall. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at University Heights. Admission is free.