After seeing their seven-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in Sacred Heart, the Marshall A's responded in a big way in their next outing Saturday in Minneota. Behind a strong pitching performance by Cody Curry and a huge night at the plate by the top of the order, the A's cruised to a 15-1 win over the Mudhens in seven innings to improve to 10-2 on the year.
Curry tossed a complete game, allowing just one unearned run on four hits. He struck out six batters and gave up one walk in his first start of the season.
"He got into one jam in the fifth, bases loaded with nobody out, but he got out of it giving up just one run," A's manager Sean Culhane said. "Overall, it was a good start. He threw well and was consistent. He got a little tired there at the end and during that fifth inning, but he really battled well for not throwing a ton of innings this year."
Marshall's offense made it easy for Curry to feel comfortable on the mound. The A's pounded 20 hits in the game, with the top four batters in the lineup each collecting three or more hits. Zach Olson, the No. 5 hitter in the order, had two hits, including a home run, and six RBIs.
"(Olson) had a big day," Culhane said of his right fielder. "His home run was a bomb, one I haven't seen in a long time. It was to dead center and I think it went over the grandstand. But that's Ole, he can hit and has hit on a consistent basis for us."
Shortstop Ben Korger went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored, left fielder Jason Minett was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, center fielder Jordon Kontz had a game-high four hits with two RBIs and two runs, and third baseman Andrew Kinney was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
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Minneota000 010 0-1 4 0
MAR-Cody Curry. MIN-Cal Swedzinski, Danny Hennen (5). WP-Curry. LP-Swedzinski. 2B: MAR-Jason Minett, Taylor Rignell; MIN-Tony Shaikoski. 3B: MAR-Ben Korger. HR: MAR-Zach Olson.
Marshall's offense didn't ignite until the fifth inning when the A's put four runs on the board to go up 6-0. They tacked on three more in the sixth and six in the seventh to end the game early.
Culhane said Minneota starter Cal Swedzinski, who lasted 4 1/3 innings, was a bit tough to figure out for his lineup on its initial go-around.
"He kind of kept us off balance right away. We were going out of the strike zone a little bit," Culhane said. "He wasn't overpowering or anything in terms of speed, but after the second time through we started to really see him well.
"They brought in Danny Hennen after that and we've seen him a lot so we knew how to hit him."
About the lone blemish on the day for the A's was that they finished with four errors, while Minneota had none.
Marshall is back home today for a game against Corn Belt League foe Willmar at 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field.