Marshall Beaten 4-1 By Tulane In C-USA Play

Marshall starter Brian Chrisman gave the Herd nine innings of five hit, four run baseball, throwing 150 pitches and allowed zero earned runs. However, Tulane starter Shooter Hunt was equally sharp, allowing just five hits and one unearned run in eight innings to give the Green Wave a second-straight close win over the Herd, 4-1, at Appalachian Power Park on Saturday in Charleston, W.Va.

Chrisman was victimized by three errors in the first two innings by third baseman Matt Helm, including two in the second inning that led to the four unearned runs by Tulane (18-7, 2-0 in C-USA) on just two hits that frame. TU catcher Ty Wallace came through with a two-run single to right field to plate Warren McFadden, who reached on a fielder's choice, and Jonny Weiss, who reached on the first of Helm's errors with one out in the inning. Wallace later scored on a walk to Brad Emaus, and Nate Simon would score also after another walk and an infield hit, when Helm threw high to first baseman Brit Vincent to force in the fourth run.

Wallace had one other hit, just one of the three hits in the rest of the contest allowed by Chrisman, who fell to 3-1 with his first loss. The Herd junior struck out seven, six coming from the sixth inning on, and walked six, but only two in the final four innings. Marshall (14-7, 0-2 Conference USA) would finally push an unearned run across on Hunt (5-2) when Helm picked up his first hit of the series to lead off the sixth. Vincent, who started at first base for the first time in his Marshall career today, followed with a base hit to right that McFadden mis-handled and allowed Hunt to move to third and Vincent to second. Brendan Murphy, at the designated hitter with Vincent at first, drove in his team-leading 18th run batted in with a towering sac fly to drive in Helm. Hunt rallied to strikeout Brandon Casamassima and Josh Valle to end the threat and finished with seven strikeouts (42 on the season) and just one walk.

Centerfielder Mason Chapman and catcher Thad Ledford were 1-for-3 for the Herd, while Casamassima was 1-for-4 as was Nate Lape, who got his first start of the season for Marshall after transferring from North Carolina but breaking his arm earlier this year. In two games, Lape is 2-for-7 for the Herd and picked up a pinch-hit double on Friday night for his first MU hit. The Herd lost two games in a row for the first time this season. For Tulane, Wallace got the most of his fourth start of the season behind the dish with a 2-for-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in two. Anthony Scelfo was 1-for-3 while Preston Claiborne picked up his second save of the season in the ninth for the Green Wave by stranding Casamassima at third, after a lead-off hit. Tulane has won eight of its last ten.

Marshall will try to salvage a single win, its first of the season in league play, on Sunday at Appalachian Power Park with an 11:00 a.m. start. Airtime is 10:45 a.m. on WRVC 930 AM, with a podcast available of the broadcast available soon after games at on the web. MU's Adam Dobies (2-1, 4.30 ERA) will face Brandon Gomes (2-2, 4.06 ERA) of Tulane in the final game of the series in Charleston, where the Herd will play all of its Conference USA games at the home of the South Atlantic League's West Virginia Power for the second consecutive season. Marshall will host long-time rival Ohio on Wednesday back in Huntington at University Heights at 3 p.m. in the 146th all-time meeting between the Thundering Herd and Bobcats.

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