Baseball Heads South to Open Season at Samford|
Feb. 18, 2010
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.
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.
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.
GameTracker will be available for the entire series by logging onto www.HerdZone.com