Vikings Score Five Runs in the Fourth in a 7-2 Win Over Marshall

Vikings Score Five Runs in the Fourth in a 7-2 Win Over Marshall

March 15, 2011

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Contact: Dan Carr

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The Cleveland State baseball team scored five runs in the fourth inning and kept the Thundering Herd off the board for six innings in a 7-2 victory over Marshall on Tuesday (March 15).

On the mound for CSU was Nate Dick (1-0), who allowed six hits and just one run in seven innings of work. The junior also had two strikeouts.

"Nate pitched a great game, and that was really the key to the win today," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "He kept pounding the zone kept them off the board for most of the game, which took the pressure off our offense. He did what we asked him to do, and as a result we got the win."

Offensively, the Vikings had 16 hits, including five in the fourth inning. RBI doubles by Tyler Wynn and Matt Kirkwood got CSU on the board, and a two RBI double from Anthony Sambula helped build the lead to 5-0 by the end of the frame. Kirkwood later helped CSU pad its lead with a homerun in the eighth inning and an RBI single in the ninth.

Kirkwood finished with four hits and three RBI while scoring twice. Tom Carter and John Calhoun each had three hits and Sambula had two hits with two RBI.

Cleveland State also stole six bases in the win, including two by Carter.

The game was the first midweek contest of the season for CSU, and it was also the first played on a neutral field. The game, originally scheduled to be played at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, W. Va., had to be moved to Chillicothe, Ohio due to inclement weather.

Having been on the road for the last five weeks, the Vikings (3-10) will return to Avon this weekend for their home-opening series with Bowling Green. CSU will host the Falcons in a double header on Saturday (March 19) beginning at 1:00 p.m., and the two teams will also meet for a 12:00 noon contest on Sunday (March 20).

"Our goal now is to keep the momentum going," Kocks said. "We'd like to take two of three from Bowling Green, or even possibly get the sweep, but we're just going to take it one game at a time."