It marks the 25th time since 1896 the Herd has topped 20 runs in a baseball game. Chris Monaco, Roddy Stieger and Brent Mason drove in a five runs apiece for the Herd - a career high for each. Monaco hit his first career home run - a grand slam - to punctuate the evening in the eighth inning. Adam Frederick had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and Adam Ptacek also had a three-hit night. The Herd scored at least two runs off each of UAB's six pitchers.
Jeremy Slone earned the victory to move to 2-4 on the season. He tossed six innings, allowing five runs (two earned), nine hits and two walks while striking out six. Mike Gielarowski earned his first career save by tossing the final three innings. UAB starter Jacob Legg (1-2) took the defeat after giving up three runs and four hits in one-plus inning. Marshall (14-16, 2-8 C-USA) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Stieger, then tacked on five in the second, as Stieger laced a two-run single and Mason hit a bases-clearing double.
UAB (13-22, 0-7 C-USA) countered with back-to-back two-run innings to slice the lead to 7-4, but Marshall answered with a five-run fourth inning to take a 12-4 lead. Mason had a two-run double to start the scoring. Ptacek had a two-run single, and Brit Vincent scampered home on a fielding error. The Herd added two in the fifth. Stieger grounded into a double play to score Frederick, and Vincent ripped a single to score Brendan Murphy. Marshall pushed the lead to 18-4 in the sixth on a Monaco RBI single, a UAB fielding error which scored Monaco and a Murphy sacrifice fly.
After UAB scored a run in the sixth, Marshall played add-on in the seventh with a run on a Ptacek single. The Herd tacked four more in the eighth on Monaco's grand slam. UAB scored three runs in the ninth to round out the busy night of scoring. Marshall and UAB will face off Saturday and Sunday in Birmingham.
The Herd topped 20 runs in the second documented season of baseball for Marshall, back in 1899, beating a team from nearby Guyandotte, W.Va., 23-7. The Herd also won a game over what was probably Huntington High School that same year by the score of 27-16 and were 5-0 that season after going 3-0 in 1896. In 1902, Marshall was 12-0 and outscored their greatest rival, Morris Harvey College (today's University of Charleston), at that time in nearby Barboursville, W.Va., by the score of 32-3. Marshall set the all-time runs scored mark the following year, again against MHC as they routed the Golden Eagles 42-7 in 1903.
Marshall has since scored 22 or more runs on the following occasions: 1912, 22-4 over Ohio University; 1916, 35-4 over Bethany (W.Va.) College; 1933, 29-1 over Marietta (Ohio) College; 1963, 24-16 over Toledo in MAC play; 1965, 24-4 over Rio Grande (Ohio) College; 1971, 23-2 over Rio Grande (today, University); 1975, 22-10 over West Virginia State College (today, University); 1990, 35-6 over Morehead State (Ky.) University at Morehead, when the Herd hit a team-record nine home runs; and 2001, when Marshall beat The University At Buffalo (N.Y.) 22-8 in MAC play.
The Herd's record wins in each of their all-time conferences include the West Virginia Athletic Conference (1925-33)-21-2 over Fairmont State College in 1928, the first of four consecutive WVAC titles for the Herd in the league its President, Dr. Morris Shawkey, helped to found in 1924 (today's NCAA Division II WVIAC). In the Buckeye Conference (1933-39), Marshall won the league title in each of the first three years. The Herd's big win in the Buckeye came over Ohio Wesleyan University in 1934, 18-2. Next up was the Ohio Valley Conference (1948-52), and a 12-6 win over Eastern Kentucky in 1951. In the MAC (1953-69; 1997-2005) came the wins over Toledo and Buffalo. In the Southern Conference (1977-97), the Herd posted a 21-9 win over East Tennessee State University (now in the Atlantic Sun Conference) in 1985 and a 21-7 win at Virginia Military Institute (now in the Big South Conference) in 1988.