April 23, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Chris Koutsavlis tossed his third complete game of the season helping Marshall to a 5-3 win over East Carolina Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Marshall (17-19, 5-10) plated the go ahead runs in the seventh when Brendan Murphy doubled down the right field line scoring Roddy Stieger from first. Adam Ptacek's sacrifice fly scored Murphy to close out the frame.
Koutsavlis, who improved to 6-3 on the season, allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out six without a walk.
Brody Taylor fell to 5-2 on the year, despite giving up five runs on four hits and tossing his second complete game of the season.
Murphy led the Herd offensively going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and four RBI. Adam Frederick (1-for-4) and Steiger (1-for-4) were the other Marshall batters to collect hits on the day.
For the third straight game Marshall jumped out to an early lead on the Pirates in the top of the first on Murphy's three-run bomb to left-center putting the Herd up 3-0. Frederick started the inning with a one-out double to right-center but was forced out at third on Stieger's fielder's choice. Rich Russell scored the first run after being hit by a Taylor pitch.
Mattox put ECU on the board in the bottom half of the first inning with a solo shot down the left field line pulling ECU within two, 3-1.
Witter's team leading eighth home run in fourth inning cut the Marshall lead to one, 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Harrison Eldridge tied the game at three on his fielder's choice that scored Batts from third.
The Pirates will continue their current home stand next weekend when they host Tulane in a three-game series at Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.