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Jeff Waggoner enters his fourth season at the helm of the Marshall baseball program

Jeff Waggoner enters his fourth season at the helm of the Marshall baseball program

Feb. 18, 2010


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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team hits the road for a four-game series at Samford in Birmingham, Ala., to begin the 2010 season.  The first game is slated for the Thundering Herd on Friday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. EST at Joe Lee Griffin Stadium.  Game time was pushed up from the original time of 7 p.m. due to low temperatures forecasted for the area.

Following opening day for both clubs, the Herd and the Bulldogs will play a twin bill on Saturday.  First pitch will be thrown at 2 p.m. EST, followed by the second game at 5 p.m. EST.  The series finale is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.

Game 1:
MU - Ian Kadish, RHP (0-1, 6.17 ERA) | SU - Jonathan Stephens, RHP (7-0, 2.88 ERA*)
Game 2:
MU - Mike Mason, LHP (1-1, 6.43 ERA) | SU - Kyle Putkonen, RHP (4-3, 8.44 ERA)
Game 3:
MU - Shane Farrell, RHP (1-7, 3.88 ERA) | SU - Arthur Strauss, RHP (N/A)
Game 4:
MU - Ryan Kiel, LHP (4-3, 6.15 ERA) | SU - TBA

*2008 statistics

Marshall is coming off a 22-32 overall record in 2009 with 19 letterwinners returning.  Four of the top six hitters are back for the green and white with C/INF Victor Gomez leading the charge.  The junior was selected to the preseason first team All-Conference USA squad after an impressive 2009 campaign.  Last season, Gomez launched a team-best 18 homers and 62 RBI.

Senior INF Josh Valle led the club last year in batting average (.337) and hit even stronger against C-USA competition (.420).  Redshirt sophomore Rhett Stafford registered a .293 batting clip with six homers, while junior Kenny Socorro returns as the incumbent at shortstop for the Herd.  Socorro recorded a .280 average in 2009 and led the team in assists (140) and helped convert 38 double plays.

Right-handed pitcher Ian Kadish will take the ball from head coach Jeff Waggoner in the first game of the series.  The junior was used strictly as a reliever a year ago, making all 19 appearances out of the bullpen, had a standout fall for the Herd.  Kadish earned MVP honors in the fall Green/White Series by posting a 2-0 record allowing only two earned runs in 11.0 innings with 14 strikeouts.

The host Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 17-35 and bring back all starting position players from last season's team.  Samford, who competes in the Southern Conference, will look to David Schulze as an offensive force.  Schulze, a senior OF, batted .335 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 2009.  Wayne Miller returns to roam CF for the Bulldogs after hitting .339 along with swiping 24-of-26 steal attempts.

Jonathan Stephens is slated to toe the rubber in the season opener.  A redshirt senior, Stephens sat out the 2009 season due to an injury.  In 2008, he went a perfect 7-0 on the hill with a 2.88 ERA. 

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