Owls crush Santa Fe, 11-0
It's hard to tell which was the more impressive performance by Marshall hurler Duffin Makings, his one-hit shutout or his three-for-three with four runs scored on offense during an 11-0, five-inning non-conference home win Thursday over Santa Fe.
Either way, the junior southpaw dominated, but he wasn't alone. Senior Kyle Weber was four-for-four at the plate with six runs driven in and senior Cameron Morrison had three hits and two runs knocked in for the Owls, who banged out 15 hits.
After yielding a one-out single to senior Peyton Sowers in the top of the first, Makings didn't let the Chiefs (3-14) put another runner on base, setting down 14 straight batters -- seven with strikeouts.
Marshall's first two batters walked and Weber singled in a run to put Marshall in front in the first inning. The Owls added to their lead in the second inning with three runs, the first crossing on Makings' single and Weber doubling in the rest.
Morrison doubled in the third, but faced being stranded before Marshall banged out four two-out hits: an RBI double by senior A.T. William, Makings' single, a bases-loaded walk to senior Antonio Martinez and Weber's single.
The Owls ended the contest with three runs in the fifth, a rally which started with a Makings double. Martinez singled him home, Weber singled and a walk loaded the bases for Morrison to plate two runs with a single to end the game on the 10-run "mercy" rule.
Marshall (15-6) will be at home Friday for a rematch with fourth-ranked Boonville, which nipped the visiting Owls in Tuesday's NCMC tilt, 3-2.
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