Herd Downs Flyers, 16-6
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The Marshall University offense registered 16 runs on 18 hits to down the Dayton Flyers, 16-6, Tuesday afternoon at University Heights.
Twelve Marshall batters recorded hits and ten of them batted in runs. Catcher Nick Wolle (Coatesville, PA) led the team with three hits while first baseman Roddy Stieger (Westchester, OH) continued his hot hitting of late, going 2-4 with a team-leading three runs batted in.
The 16 runs marked a season high for the Herd, topping its previous high of 14, which was done in the second game against Eastern Michigan in March. It has been over two years since the Herd has mustered up this many runs. The last time was in a 19-2 win over Western Michigan in 2003.
Dayton (26-20, 11-7 A-10) got on the board first when center fielder Bobby Getty took an Andrew Hancock (Ashland, KY) pitch out of park for a solo home run. Marshall (15-28, 7-11 MAC) came right back, taking a 2-1 lead after the first, and later extending it to a 5-1 lead after two innings. In the first, Adam Frederick (Franklin, PA) recorded a one-out single and would later steal second. He was brought home on a single to center by Joe Glevenyak (West Palm Beach, FL). Glevenyak scored on a double by designated hitter Tommy Johnson (Gaithersburg, MD).
In the second, Adam Ptacek (Assaria, KS) brought in the first run of the inning with a double to center. That run brought in Roddy Stieger, who was hit by a pitch. Adam Frederick brought in the next two runs when he reached on a throwing error by the Dayton second baseman. Nick Wolle scored on the play, along with Ptacek, who scored from second.
The Flyer offense had its top offensive output in the third inning, tying the game by scoring four runs. UD recorded four hits in the inning, capped off by a three-run home run by right fielder Brandon Godzik.
Adam Frederick's second single of the day in the fourth inning gave Marshall the lead right back. The hit brought in Wolle, who doubled to right to lead off the inning. Another Herd run would cross the plate in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Ptacek. The fly ball scored Brad Helm (Downingtown, PA), who doubled to left earlier in the inning.
The seventh inning saw the Thundering Herd tag on four more runs to take an 11-5 lead. Brent Mason (Sherwood, AR) and Brad Helm had RBI hits while Stieger would finish it off with a two-run home run to left. For Stieger, it marked the second straight game in which he has homered. It was also his third home run in the last five games. Mason's hit, a triple, marked his team-leading third of the season.
After Dayton added on its sixth run of the game to begin the eighth, Marshall closed out the inning with five runs crossing the plate. Chris Peak (Barboursville, WV) doubled to lead off and scored when Matt Helm (Downingtown, PA) reached on an error. After a single by Joe Glevenyak, Derek Hagen (Milton, WV) notched the first hit of his career to load up the bases for Marshall Murray (Walnut Creek, CA), who singled through the left side to bring in a run. With two outs, Stieger batted in his third run of the day with a single to bring up Wolle, who completed the scoring with a two-RBI single.
Freshman David Slovak (Louisville, KY) closed the deal in the ninth, recording his third career save, pitching three innings, giving up two hits and a run. Hancock, who pitched six innings and gave up five runs, took the win, his second of the season. For the Flyers, reliever Drew Cheseboro took the loss, allowing six runs in five innings. He dropped to 1-2.
Recording multi-hit games for MU was Frederick, Glevenyak, Brad Helm, Stieger and Wolle. Several Herd players batted in multiple runs including: Ptacek, Frederick, Stieger and Wolle.
On Wednesday, MU will travel to Morehead State for a 6 p.m. game before returning home for a three-game set against Ball State over the weekend. It will mark the final home series of the year. On Sunday, the five seniors on the team will be recognized prior to the game for Senior Day. Friday's opener against the Cardinals is set for a 3 p.m. start time at University Heights.