Baseball Sweeps Memphis With Sunday 11-1 Win

CHARLESTON, W.VA. - Marshall University junior shortstop Adam Yeager finished 4-for-4 and sophomore right-hander Dan Straily allowed just one hit through six innings to help lift the Thundering Herd to a 11-1 victory and series sweep of Memphis in Sunday morning's seven-inning Conference USA baseball game at Appalachian Power Park. It was Marshall's first C-USA sweep since 2006.

With its fourth consecutive victory, Marshall improves to 12-12 overall and is 3-3 in C-USA action. The series sweep of Memphis was the first over a conference opponent since 2006 when the Herd dispatched UAB in three games.

Marshall took an 11-0 lead into the seventh inning before Memphis scored its only run of the game, a bases loaded RBI ground out off the bat of right fielder Robby Graham.


Adam Yeager was 4-for-4 on Sunday and helped Marshall to a 10-run mercy of Memphis in an 11-1 win. MU swept the Tigers to go to 3-3 in Conference USA play. picture from HerdZone.com

With the conference Sunday 10-run mercy rule in effect in the seventh inning, freshman right-handed reliever Chad Johnson, who replaced Straily to start the inning, hurled a strikeout and forced a game-ending fly out to seal the victory. The last time Marshall earned a mercy rule victory was in the 2007 series finale at Memphis. Herd pitcher Jeremy Slone tossed a complete-game seven-inning shutout to complete the 11-0 victory in 2007 at Memphis.

Right fielder Kurt Lipton, and freshman DH Victor Gomez finished with two hits apiece while first baseman Josh Valle notched three runs batted in to lead the offensive attack for the Herd.

On Saturday, catcher Tommy Johnson had two hits and two RBIs in game on. and left fielder Jeff Rowley notched a pair of RBIs in game two to help lead the Herd to 6-5 and 3-2 victories over Memphis. Marshall broke a 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two when Yeager earned a free pass, advanced to second on second baseman Kenny Socorro's walk. Yeager scored on a single by Valle through the right side.

Memphis left-handed reliever Marcus Barnes, who entered the game in the previous inning, got out of the jam down 3-2. Following a scoreless eighth inning, Herd freshman Ian Kadish entered the game in the ninth and pitched a one-two-three ninth to pick up his first save of the season.The Herd's Steve Blevins allowed two runs and scattered seven hits and struck out five in eight innings of work. Blevins picked up his third win of the season and improves to 3-2 on the season.

Game one was a dandy. With the Tigers up 3-1 in fifth, the Herd loaded the bases and Tommy Johnson cleared them with a two-out three-RBI double down the left field line. Marshall extended its lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Yeager, who registered a two-out double, scored on Socorro's RBI single to right field. Memphis clawed back in the seventh with a pair of runs to even the game at 5-5.

Marshall and Memphis battled into the 10th inning before the Herd plated the game-winning run with the bases loaded on a balk by Tigers' pitcher Matt Yokey giving the Herd a 6-5 win, its 10th of the season. Yokey came on in relief of left-hander Neil Schenk who pitched 3.1 innings and took the loss for the Tigers, his first decision of the season.

Marshall began the inning with a walk, and sent Ben Jurevicius in to run. Matt Helm bunted for a base hit, then Brandon Casamassima had a sac bunt to move players up to second and third. An intentional walk to Yeager was followed by Socorro being rung up on a strikeout for the second out, but Yokey then balked in the winning run with Jurevicius crossing the plate on the miscue.

Freshman right-handed reliever Arik Sikula pitched the final 3.2 innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three batters. He walked five batters but did not let up a run en route to his first collegiate win.

Following a scoreless ninth inning, Memphis placed a runner on second, but could not get any closer, as Sikula picked up his third strikeout of game to end the inning. Herd junior left-handed starter Andrew Blain pitched the first 5.2 innings and struck out three Tigers in the no-decision.

Marshall starts an April with only six home games scheduled, including only three in Conference USA, when they play at Dayton April 1, then has on of those home game on April 2 at 3 p.m., with Morehead State at a site to be determined. The Herd will then head to New Orleans for three C-USA games with Tulane April 4-6, then play at Morehead State on April 8. Marshall will then be at East Carolina for three league games with the Pirates on April 11-13 and play at Eastern Kentucky on April 15 in Richmond, Ky., before the Colonels return the game to the Herd in Huntington on April 16. UCF will play the Herd at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., on April 18-20 in C-USA play, and Ohio comes to town on April 23.


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