Brooks Sets MAC Record In Loss At Ohio
Jason Brooks is now the all-time home run leader from Marshall
ATHENS, Ohio - On a day that might otherwise be termed the low point of the season for the Marshall baseball team, first baseman Jason Brooks gave Herd fans something to smile about.
Brooks, a senior from Sayre, Okla., hit a pair of two-run homers in Marshall's 22-7 loss at Ohio. The two bombs give Brooks 23 on the year, which is a new school season record, and 39 for his career, which breaks the old school record of 38 set by Jason Nixon in four seasons from 1986-89. Brooks is playing in just his second, and final, season at Marshall.
In addition to the home runs, which leave him just two shy of tying the Mid-American Conference mark of 25, set by Central Michigan's Tony Kominek in 1995, the four RBI in the game give him 73 for the season, surpassing the old MAC record of 71 set by Ball State's Matt Wood in 1999.
Brooks also now has 155 total bases on the year, one shy of the school record set by Tom Kuempel in 1998, and his .847 slugging percentage is just .001 behind Kuempel's average from that same year.
In addition to the score of the game, there were, however, plenty of reasons for the Herd to be unhappy with the weekend's play. The team was swept by Ohio, ending any chance at earning a berth in the MAC tournament. The four losses are a part of a season-worst six-game losing streak that has dropped the team four games under .500 for the year (22-26) with just five games left to play.
In addition, the team played the entire weekend without sophomore starting pitcher Chris Wean, who suffered a severe bruise on his throwing hand in a freak accident. The team also saw sophomore pitcher Rick Suter slip on the mound Sunday, injuring his throwing had, and junior designated hitter David Colangelo was hit on the left wrist by a pitch, forcing him out of the game.
Sunday's game turning into a continuation of Saturday's action as Ohio (26-21, 13-10) continued to hammer Marshall pitching. The Bobcats scored in every inning, hit seven more home runs (to go with 11 on Saturday), and put themselves into position to earn a spot in the MAC tournament with a strong finish.
The big guns in the Ohio lineup -- Ryan Kyes, Andrew See and Rob Shrawder -- again feasted at the plate. Kyes had four hits, including his 11th homer, scored four runs and drove in three. See hit a pair of home runs, giving him 16, scored four runs and drove in five. Shrawder had the biggest day, with three home runs, four runs and five RBI.
Besides Brooks, who had three hits and four RBI, the Herd got a two-run homer from Jason Ricceri, his 19th, and got two hits from Joe Shetler.
Ohio starter Marc Cornell (3-2) went seven innings, allowing six runs on eight hits to get the win. Marshall starter Grant Harper (4-3) took the loss for the second time in the series. He was the first of four Marshall hurlers, none of whom fared well against the potent Bobcats attack.
Marshall will attempt to snap out of it's skid on Tuesday in the final home game of the season at University Heights. The Herd will honor it's five seniors prior to the 3 p.m. first pitch against Eastern Kentucky.