Will Ray pitched seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts
Tommy Lane was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a homer
Reynaldo Pastrana with a go ahead solo home run in the ninth
Coach Waggoner has won 250 games at the helm of the Thundering Herd
Herd's first nine inning complete game shutout since 2004
Marshall baseball at Southern Miss on March 24, 2017. Photos by Joe Harper of Big Gold Photography.
2017 (Junior): Appeared in 50 games, starting in 45 … used primarily as an infielder and a pitcher … held a .240 batting average at the plate with a .378 on-base percentage and a .338 slugging percentage … had 37 hits, 31 runs scored, 10 RBIs, nine doubles and two home runs … tied for the team-high in stolen bases with nine … ranked tied for eighth in C-USA games only for stolen bases with six … walked 24 times … had a season-high three hits at Western Carolina (Feb. 25) and against UTSA (March 18) … scored a season-best four runs in the game at Western Carolina … had 10 multi-hit games … reached base safely in 10 straight games … pitched 44.1 innings on the mound with 14 appearances and six starts … had a 3-3 record and three saves … allowed 25 runs on 49 hits and had 28 strikeouts … wins came against ETSU (March 8), Morehead State (April 26) and WKU (May 7) … tossed seven shutout innings with a season-high seven strikeouts against WKU … finished in the field with 74 putouts, 77 assists and 10 errors for a .938 fielding percentage … named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Olney Central College (2015-16): Appeared in 57 of 58 games as a sophomore … batted .320 with 10 doubles, four triples, six home runs and drove in 39 RBIs … led the team in runs scored (60), OBP (.483), walks (41), HBPs (18), and triples … went 3-0 with one save on the mound in 16.2 innings … batted .273 with two home runs as a freshman … had a 1-0 record with one save and a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings on the mound.
High School: Attended Evansville Central High School … named to All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (SIAC) and All-Metro first team as a sophomore and a senior … All-SIAC second team as a junior … honorable mention 4A All-State, All-Metro Player of the Year and Tri-State Hot Stove League Player of the Year as a senior.
Personal: Born on Aug. 31, 1995 … son of Gregg and Patricia Ray … has two siblings, Lauren and Nolan … majoring in business management.