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Moberly rallies to beat Owls

Monday, April 30, 2012

Moberly came back from a two-run deficit to the Marshall baseball team with a six-run sixth inning Friday to claim a 10-7 NCMC road win.

After two walks and back-to-back RBI doubles by sophomore Blake Joiner and senior Jeff Feltner in the top of the second inning gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead, the Owls banged out four hits and benefited from two errors to score five times in the bottom half of the frame.

A dropped third strike began Marshall's rally, followed by a walk and run-scoring singles from senior Aaron Skinner and junior Darion Lawrence. Junior Henry Tietz doubled in the go-ahead run, but a throw from senior Ryan Crutcher in left field caught Tietz wide of the bag.

That cost the Owls a run when junior Zach Bishop followed with his second homer in as many days.

Joiner led off the Moberly fourth with a single, with two errors and senior Tyler Garnett's single producing two runs.

Marshall got one of them back in the fifth when senior Collin Brennan reached on an error. He eventually scored on a wild pitch following a Skinner single. Two walks and a single by Tietz loaded the bases with two out, but senior Austin Nickerson ended the threat with a strikeout.

The Spartans' big inning began with an error, followed by singles from Nickerson and Garnett. A walk, hit batter and RBI singles from Crutcher and Feltner put Moberly up by two runs, with two more crossing on sophomore Justin Connaway's single.

Senior Collin Porter singled with one out in the sixth, with a botched fielder's choice and two walks forcing him in, but Garnett relieved and got a strikeout and grounder to get out of the jam -- the Owls stranding three runners.

After being roughed up the previous frame, Marshall junior Trent Toliver retired the side in order in the seventh, but his team wasn't able to get a hit off Garnett during its final at-bat.

Garnett had three hits and picked up a save for the Spartans (5-10, 3-7 NCMC).

Bishop's three hits paced the Owls, who are 4-6 after getting off to a school-record 7-0 start. Marshall (11-6, 6-4) will compete this week in the Fulton Tournament, with the first two rounds postponed until Wednesday.

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