Baseball Faces North Carolina A&T, Coastal Carolina this Week|
Feb. 20, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall baseball will travel to Greensboro, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. for games against North Carolina A&T and Coastal Carolina this week.
The series opener with NC A&T has been moved to Thursday with first pitch set for 3 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. All other game dates and times are to be determined. Follow @HerdZone on Twitter or visit Marshall baseball's schedule page for up-to-date information.
Marshall (1-1) leads the all-time series with NC A&T 6-3. In 2000, the Thundering Herd took a three-game series sweep over the Aggies only to split a four-game series the following year.
A&T (2-1) is led by Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason all-conference selection Luke Tendler. Tendler is a repeat honoree of the preseason award and a member of last year's MEAC all-conference second team and all-tournament team. The junior second baseman batted .305 with a team-most 55 runs batted in through the 2012 season.
Coastal Carolina (2-1), winner of the Big South Conference title in each of the last six seasons, posted a 42-19 record in 2012 and received an invitation to the NCAA Regional in Columbia. The Chanticleers are the third winningest team in the nation since 1999 (Florida, Rice) and boast the Big South's preseason pitcher of the year in senior Aaron Burke (10-5, 1.58 in 2012). The right-handed reliever saved seven games in 35 appearances last season. Burke's latest outing saw him strike out two and walk two in a single inning of relief against No. 1 North Carolina.
Marshall trails Coastal 5-2 in the all-time series. In the most recent meeting (2011), No. 27 Coastal Carolina handed the Herd a 4-2 loss in Conway, S.C.
Marshall's official baseball Twitter account, @MU_Baseball, will offer regular in-game updates.