Bucs Trample Herd 6-2February 16, 2007
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Buccaneers used two homeruns to break open a close game, taking the 6-2 victory, Friday afternoon at Buccaneer Field in game one of a three-game set against Marshall. The Bucs improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Thundering Herd fell to 0-1.
Marshall struck early, but CSU starter Brandon Roberts settled down to pitch four innings, giving up just two hits. Cody Higgins pitched five innings in relief, giving up just one hit. The Buccaneer offense recorded 12 hits, handing starter Jeremy Slone a loss after giving up nine hits in five innings of work.
Justin Fyle, Stephen Herzog and Chris Krogmeier each had two hits for CSU. Herzog was 2-2, scoring twice and knocking in one RBI.
Marshall put each of the first three hitters of the game on base, as Brit Vincent led the game with a single, followed by a Jeff Rowley double. Brendan Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the bases right away. Tommy Johnson hit a ground ball to the short stop for the first out, but scoring the first run of the game to give Marshall the 1-0 lead. Roberts would get both of his strikeouts to get out of the early jam, and keep it a one-run game.
CSU would answer in the bottom of the first with two singles by Wes Brundridge and Fyle. A sacrifice bunt would move them around to second and third, allowing Brundridge to score on a looper to centerfield.
The Bucs would take the lead in the second when the Bucs led off with a pair of singles by Krogmeier and Mark Perry. An error on a ground ball by third basemen Will Rodriguez brought both around to score, putting CSU up 3-1.
Marshall would plate their final run of the day in the third when one of five hit-batters came around to haunt the Bucs, when Vincent was hit, getting to third on two passed balls, scoring on a sacrifice fly.
From there it was all Bucs, as Herzog and Anthony Hayes each hit a homerun in the fifth to give CSU some breathing room. It was Herzog’s second homerun of the season, while Hayes went deep for the first time in 2007.
CSU would add one more in the seventh, when a sacrifice fly by Krogmeier allowed Herzog to score after the Bucs executed a double-steal to get him on third.
Charleston Southern and Marshall will play the second game, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Buccaneer Field, concluding the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Collins Park.Related Item: Box Score