Owls pull out extra-inning win
ODESSA -- The Marshall baseball team scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning Monday to win for the ninth time in 12 decisions, an 8-7 non-conference victory at Odessa.
The Owls had to battle back from a six-run deficit to do it, much of the credit going to sophomore southpaw Collin Porter.
The Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning off of junior Jordan Pannell, who began the frame with the first of the three walks he issued -- the next two with bases loaded. He also hit a batter, but the key blow was a bases-loaded, two-out triple by senior Thad Madsen.
Porter took over to start the third, and didn't give up a run in over four innings of work. Meanwhile, Marshall got back in the game with four tallies in the fourth.
The Owls got the comeback started with back-to-back one-out triples from sophomore Zach Bishop and senior John Lozano. Smith singled in a run, Porter reached on an error and a balk put both runners into scoring position -- knocked home by junior Aaron Skinner's two-out double.
Sophomore Henry Tietz drew a free pass with one out in the fifth and scored on a second triple by Lozano -- who came in with the tying run on Smith's single.
Marshall threatened in the seventh when singles by Bishop, Lozano and Smith packed the sacks with one out. But, for the second time in the game, Odessa got out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.
After Porter was pulled with one out in the seventh, having thrown 63 pitches in relief -- and with four more games to play this week -- the 'Dogs got a runner on base with an error. However, a grounder to Smith at shortstop -- taking over when Lozano went to the mound -- produced a 6-4-3 double dip.
The bottom of the Owls' order produced their runs in the eighth. Senior Brock Musick was plunked to lead off the frame and was bunted to second base by Skinner. Senior Tanner Dillon singled in the go-ahead run and then completed the circuit on junior Collin Brennan's pinch-hit double.
Odessa (10-13) got the winning run on base with no outs when senior Denton Schulte and junior Chris Swearingen singled around a walk to junior Colton Hilbrenner.
Lozano induced an infield pop-up for the first out, but then forced a runner home with a walk. With the tying run on 90 feet from home, Smith scooped up a roller to begin Marshall's third double play to end the game.
Lozano and Smith each had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Owls (11-9), who will play their home finale today against eighth-ranked Boonville -- which has already clinched the NCMC championship.
Boys' Tennis: Marshall 8, Columbia 1
The Marshall boys' tennis team clinched a victory in singles play Monday during an 8-1 win over visiting Columbia Independent School in the first round of the Class 1, District 8 Team Tournament.
The Lions (0-7) got a 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 1 singles by senior Kristian Robe over senior Jason Hadley, but were swept the rest of the way.
Getting straight-set singles wins for the Owls were seniors Patrick Butler (6-1, 6-0) and Jeremy Jalilvand (6-1, 6-0) and sophomores Trent Clause (6-1, 6-3), Jacob Ringlen (6-0, 6-1) and Ryan Vereyken (6-1, 6-0).
Although Marshall had already nailed down a victory, the teams played the doubles matches. The Owls had no problems winning all three behind the pairs of Hadley-Butler (10-3), Clause-Jalilvand (10-3) and Ringlen-Vereyken (10-2).
Marshall (8-10) will be back in action today with a rematch at No. 2 seed Helias in the semifinal round, the Crusaders having won the previous meeting, 8-1, on April 20.
Girls' Soccer: Moberly 3, Marshall 0
MOBERLY -- Moberly wrapped up its third straight undefeated NCMC season Monday with a 3-0 home win over the Marshall girls' soccer team.
The Lady Spartans have won 36 league contests in a row, but was held scoreless during the first half. Moberly broke through 10 minutes into the second period when a corner kick bounced into the crease and junior Kelly Ross directed it into the net.
Sophomore Taylor Fusselman and junior Lindsey Boyer also scored for the Lady Spartans (17-2-1, 12-0 NCMC), who allowed only one shot on goal -- by junior Allea Summers in the second half.
Junior Stephanie Stark made 11 saves for the Lady Owls (4-16, 0-11), who host Fulton in their regular season finale Thursday.