Baseball Opens Season at College of Charleston Invitational on Friday|
Feb. 17, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Even with the recent spike in temperature in the surrounding Tri-State area, the Marshall University baseball team will head south to Charleston, S.C., to open the season in a four-team tournament hosted by the College of Charleston at The Ballpark at Patriots Point.
Tournament Schedule & Pitching Matchups
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Marshall Scouting Report: A season ago, the Thundering Herd won its most Conference USA games in school history (12) and its best league finish (4th). From the 2010 squad, Marshall returns some key components, with hopes to improve on the 27-31 overall record.
Top position players that are back from a season ago include senior first baseman Victor Gomez, who was named a Preseason NCBWA Third Team All-American and First Team C-USA honoree, along with younger brother Nathan Gomez (So., OF), Ben Jurevicius (Sr., OF) and James Lavinskas (Sr., INF).
N. Gomez makes the move to the outfield after seeing most of his time at first base. He is expected to be in the middle of the Herd lineup, as the lefty will provide protection to his brother. Jurevicius hit .389 against C-USA pitchers last season and is expected to be towards the top of the MU lineup and Lavinskas makes the move from the third base to second and hit at a .342 clip in his year in Huntington.
All three weekend starters are back in Ian Kadish, Mike Mason and 2010 First Team All-C-USA righty Arik Sikula, accompanied by a promising group of young arms. Kadish makes the move to the closer’s role, with redshirt junior Shane Farrell taking his spot in the rotation after missing much of last season due to injury.
Player to Watch: OF Isaac Ballou, So.
Miami Scouting Report: The Redhawks finished 2010 with an even 28-28 overall record and 13-14 in the Mid-American Conference, good for third place in the East Division. Miami returns all three weekend starters from last season, as the Herd will face team ace Mac Thoreson who earned five victories and fired two complete games last season.
Player to Watch: SS Taylor Black, Sr.
College of Charleston Scouting Report: Ranked No. 20 in the country by Baseball America, the Cougars return an incredibly deep team that came within a run from advancing to the Super Regionals in 2010, finishing with a 44-19 overall record. As a team, C of C launched 105 homers last season, which ranked fifth in the country along with an impressive team slugging percentage of .540.