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MU baseball opens season with a pair of wins

Feb. 21, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- Marshall baseball season opened Friday with the Thundering Herd recording a pair of victories at the Wake Forest Tournament.

Marshall defeated Akron, 9-3, in its first game with outfielder Nate Lape hitting a two-run home run.

Catcher Kevin Shackelford drove in two runs with a double. Shackelford had three RBIs in the game.

Third baseman David Gomez and first baseman Josh Valle both had two hits. Valle also had two RBIs.

Arik Sikula, a sophomore from Hurricane, made his first start as a pitcher and earned the victory. Sikula went five innings.

Marshall also beat Old Dominion, 3-2.

Shortstop Adam Yeager went 3-for-3 with a triple and a pair of singles. Freshman Thor Meeks of Hurricane blasted his first homer.

Herd left-hander Ryan Kiel pitched five innings and was the winner.

Marshall has two more games today. The Herd meets Old Dominion at 11 a.m. and Wake Forest at 2:30 p.m.



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