Herd Splits Twin-Bill With Morehead State

Marshall split a second doubleheader at Morehead State University on Tuesday, winning game one behind senior pitcher Grant Harper (4-4), a Bluegrass State native pitching not far from his home in Grayson, Ky. Harper jumped out of a tie with Jeff Montgomery at 16 wins in their careers to his 17th win for Marshall in the 14-10 romp by the Herd. Harper is now tied with Greg Kappas ('74-77) and Sean Reeder ('97-2000) for second all-time and is only two from tying Albie DeYoung ('75-78) at 19 wins.

Marshall dropped game two 6-0, behind a remarkable pitching performance by Eagle starter Luke Lockwood. Making his first start since 2001, Lockwood held the Herd to five hits in the seven inning game. Lockwood (2-0) had arm surgery in 2001, missing the entire season, and was being used in the bullpen for Morehead State. His earned run average entering Tuesday's game, however, was 10.80 and the lefthander is now has a career win-loss mark of 4-10. Marshall, unfortunately, has had no success against left-handed pitching, dropping to 1-11 in games with a southpaw starter for the opposing team.

Lockwood's success is even more remarkable following the Herd's 19 hit outburst in game one. Marshall scored four runs in the first, three in the second and five more in the fourth inning to give the Herd and Harper a 12-2 lead after four complete. In the second inning, catcher Rich Russell (3-for-6 on the day, with four RBI) hit his fifth home run of the season to drive in the three runs scored by MU. In the fifth, both third baseman Adam Frederick (2-for-7, with four RBI) and left fielder Joe Glevenyak went "yard" at the oddly-configured Sonny Allen Stadium. The right field wall is only about 250-feet away from the plate, due to a creek behind the field, but a 40-foot high screen is above the outfield wall from the right field line to right centerfield. Frederick's three-run homer was only his second and Gleveyak's solo shot was his first on the year.

Glevenyak had a 5-for-5 game one, adding a double, a stolen base and two runs-batted-in to his season totals. Harper pitched six strong innings, limiting Morehead State to seven hits and just two runs, with five strikeouts. MU relief pitcher Troy Wilson was touched up for eight runs by the Eagles in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by MSU's Jesse Howell cranking a grand slam about 430-feet over the centerfield wall for four of the eight runs. Only two of the runs against Wilson were earned and Marshall turned to the bullped for relievers Mike Marchyshyn and Steve Ziroli to shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win, 14-10.

Glevenyak picked up one of the Herd's five hits in game two, along with a walk, and finished the day 6-of-7. Morehead got all the runs Lockwood would need in the third inning when Travis Rima hit a "Allen Field home run"; a pop-up that would be an out at most other fields that left the ball park over the right field wall. Second baseman for the Eagles, Lance Seasor, added a solo shot in the fifth to give MSU a 6-0 win. Marshall centerfielder Chris Monaco did give the Herd one highlite in the second game when he stole his Mid-American Conference leading 30th base. Monaco tied Greg Hill in the Herd career steal catagory with 30 and is only three short of the MU season steals mark of 33, set by Aaron Williams in 1999. Williams holds the career mark with 59 steals ('96-99), but next up in third place at Marshall is Jim Reynolds with 41 steals ('93-96). Monaco was 3-for-10 on the day at the plate and other Herd individual players with good days at the plate inclued second baseman Aaron Jamieson, who was 5-for-9 day

Marshall is off until Friday, when Central Michigan comes to town for a big MAC weekend. The Chippewas are 19-20 overall, 7-5 in the MAC West and tied for third place with Northern Illinois. Marshall is now 19-22 on the season, 3-8 in the MAC East and in fifth place in the East. Friday's game is at 3:00 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (depending on forecasted rain, these times and days might change). Marshall needs to post at least an 9-5 mark down the stretch of four MAC weekends (CMU, at Akron [20-14/7-4], at Ball State [20-16/10-5] and Buffalo [10-24/3-7]) and two games with Eastern Kentucky to post the first winning season for MU baseball in a decade (23-20 in 1994).

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