Feb. 27, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Marshall baseball (3-4) returns to the Carolinas for its third straight weekend, this time taking residence in Myrtle Beach, S.C,. for the Caravelle Resort Tournament.
The Herd will face James Madison on Friday at 10:30 a.m., take on Duke on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Coastal Carolina that night at 8:30 p.m. Marshall will close the weekend with a Sunday matchup against Rhode Island at 10 a.m.
All games will be held at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C., home of the city’s Class A Carolina League team.
The Herd is coming off a two-loss weekend at North Carolina A&T, losing by one run in both defeats.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall freshman Cory Garrastazu (Miami) remained hot in his second week of college play, going 7-for-14 with two RBI and two runs. The outfielder is tied for second in Conference USA with a .500 batting average.
Senior starting pitcher Josh King (Troup, Ga.) earned his first win of the season last weekend in Friday’s match with A&T, scattering three hits and a walk while fanning six in six innings of work.
Sophomore Chase Vogelbach (Fort Myers, Fla.) has reached base in every game this season. The designated hitter is hitting .292 with two doubles and five runs through Marshall’s seven games.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
James Madison boasts a 4-5 record. The Dukes fell twice to C-USA opponent East Carolina and are coming off a 13-6 loss against Maryland.
JMU is led offensively by junior Kevin Husum, who supports a .438 average with 14 hits and 7 RBI, and redshirt senior Matt Tenaglia with a .414 average and 11 RBI.
Senior Ty McFarland already has four homers on the season, and senior Conner Brown has two.
The Dukes went 25-30 in 2013, and 11-15 in Colonial Athletic Association play.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils bring the best record to the tournament of the Herd’s competitors at 5-3, coming off an 11-1 victory over Norfolk State. Duke achieved a season-high 12 hits in the contest.
The Blue Devils’ attack is anchored by redshirt junior Chris Marconcini, who has a .467 average. The utility player has two home runs and 14 hits.
Duke posted a 2013 record in 26-29, with a 9-21 ACC record.
SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS
Coastal enters the tournament with a 2-5 record, its most recent loss coming in a 10-0 defeat to Wichita State.
The Chants are fronted offensively by redshirt sophomore Richard Carter, who is hitting .455 with 10 hits on the season and freshman GK Young- leader in RBI (5) and home runs (1).
Coastal Carolina was 37-23 in 2013 and 18-6 in the Big South Conference. The Chanticleers made an NCAA Regional appearance, losing to Oklahoma 7-3 and Virginia Tech 9-1.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Rhode Island has just one win coming into the weekend, a 6-5 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
The Rams have three players hitting above .300 (junior Tim Caputo, freshman Martin Taveras, and redshirt junior Shane O’Connell), but only Taveras has played in every game for Rhode Island.
Caputo was selected to participate in the 2013 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. The shortstop has played in four games this season with nine hits in 16 at bats.
The squad posted results of 35-24 (17-7 Atlantic 10) last season.
Game 1: King will take to the mound against Patrick Toohers, who is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA. The righty has thrown seven innings in two starts has just three strikeouts on the season. Friday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Game 2: Sophomore Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) (1-1, 1.50 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against the Blue Devils. Duke has not announced their starter. Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m.
Game 3: Junior righty Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) will man the bump versus Coastal Carolina, facing right-hander Cole Schaefer. Schaefer is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 4.2 innings pitched with seven strikeouts. Saturday, March 1, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4: Freshman Roscoe Blackburn (Worthington, Ohio) will return to a starting role this weekend. The southpaw boasts a 3.60 ERA with three strikeouts in five innings this season. He will battle Rhode Island’s Lou Distasio, a right-hander with a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA. Sunday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Each game can be followed via GameTracker for live stats and the @HerdBaseball Twitter account for in-game updates.
Marshall will once again return to North Carolina, as the Herd opens Conference USA play with a three-game series at East Carolina next weekend.