A 13-1 win over Owensboro Friday gave Marion its first back-to-back wins of the season and set the team record for runs scored in a game in the club's brief two-year history.
Backed by a pair of four-run innings and two home runs, the Marion's offense bested a team record 11 runs scored July 24, 2008, at Union City and picked up a game on the league-leading Oilers. Bo Daves, who pitched seven strong innings for Marion, picked up his first win of the year while Jacob Martin and Rob Dyer notched their first home runs of the season.
Owensboro's starter, Jordan Grinestaff (4-2), took the loss after giving up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Oilers used five pitchers on the night, issuing 10 walks and allowing 10 hits. Poor defense also added to the Oilers' woes, contributing five errors that lead to five of Marion's 13 runs.
For the Bobcats, Andrew Harris, Martin, Dyer and Pat Murphy each contributed two hits, with Fred Rossi and Daniel Pugh adding a double and single, respectively. And while the bottom third of Marion's order went only 2-for-10, Murphy, Mike DeSanto and Mike Rizzuto reached base enough to account for six runs, each scoring twice. Harris, Martin and Dyer also reached home twice. Designated hitter Fred Rossi scored after batting in Rizzuto with his double in the second.
But the big night on offense went second baseman Martin. Aside from his two hits and two runs, Martin had four RBI, including a three-run homer in the third just over the fence down the right field line to cap a four-run inning.
Marion also put four on the board in the second inning. In fact, the Bobcats scored at least one run in each of the first five innings off Owensboro pitchers. Dyer's long home run to left-center was the final score in a 12-run flurry over that period.
Friday was the first time in 2009 the Bobcats pushed their scoring to double digits and only the fourth time in team history.
On the basepaths, Harris and DeSanto each had a stolen base, putting runners in scoring position for the rest of the order.
The output was a welcome sight to fans who packed Guess Field for one of the largest crowds this season on Crittenden Health Systems Night. The offense for Marion has struggled at times this season, scoring three or fewer runs in 13 of the club's 15 losses. Of that total, the Bobcats were shut out three times and held to only one run five other times.
But on Friday, Daves needed little offense to have captured the win. The righty kept the Oilers' bats quiet after giving up an unearned run in the first. He allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out four. Nathan Ball pitched the final two innings for Marion, walking and striking out a pair.
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