Owls win third straight, 2-1 over Santa Fe
Senior right-hander Eric Brayman didn't allow an earned run and struck out nine as the Marshall baseball team won its third straight game Wednesday, a 2-1 non-conference home decision over neighboring Santa Fe.
Each of those victories was by one run, the Owls having lost three of their previous one-run contests.
Senior Ben Hinz was nearly as effective for the Chiefs, both of the runs scored on him unearned.
Senior Lukas Jakubin reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the first inning, stole second base and scored when a throw following Brayman's single was off the mark.
A dropped third strike led to Santa Fe's only run. Sophomore Blake Schreiman got to second on an error, swiped third and came in to tie the score on senior Dillon Caton's squeeze bunt.
Hinz yielded four hits over four frames, getting help when senior Zach Maupin was gunned down at the plate while attempting to score on Jakubin's single.
Marshall cashed in a mistake in the sixth. Junior Kaleb Bishop stroked a one-out single, stole a base, got to third on a grounder and dashed home with the go-ahead run on a passed ball.
After throwing 89 pitches, 67 for strikes, Brayman was lifted in the seventh for freshman Isaac Yung -- who retired the side in order for his second save of the season.
The Chiefs (11-6), ranked fourth in the Class 1 poll released Monday, will play at Holden on Friday. The Owls (10-12) will also be in action Friday, hosting Higginsville.
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