Herd Migrates South for USC Upstate, Wofford|
Feb. 28, 2013
Game times/probable starters:
Friday, 4 p.m. vs. USC Upstate
Saturday, 2 p.m. vs. Wofford (DH game one)
Saturday, 5 p.m. vs. Wofford (DH game two)
Sunday, 1 p.m. vs. USC Upstate
Friday's contest with the Spartans will take place at Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park and will represent the first meeting between Marshall (3-3) and Upstate (5-2).
The Spartans are coming off a midweek loss to Furman where they blew a five-run lead and succumbed to a walk-off hit in the ninth. Furman roared back from a 5-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth to tie and Paul Nitto's two-out, two-strike single to right in the ninth to win. The loss for Upstate was only the second defeat of the season as the Spartans fell to No. 8 Kentucky 11-10 during the first week of the season.
The pair of losses bookended a midweek victory over Presbyterian and a series sweep of George Washington.
Six Spartans are batting over .300 for the season, including Trey Richardson (.480) and Tyler Miller (.400) who rank among the hitting leaders in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Wofford (4-4) leads Marshall 4-2 in the all-time series, but the Thundering Herd has been triumphant in the previous two meetings. Those two victories, which came in 1999, helped Marshall take a 2-1 series win over the Terriers under former head coach Dave Piepenbrink.
Saturday's doubleheader at Russell C. King Field will pit Marshall against junior Jesse Morris who has gone 3-0 in three starts. Morris has allowed only three runs - two earned - over 16.0 innings this season. Classmate Josh Hyman leads the team in batting with 14 hits in 27 at-bats (.519). Hyman has doubled five times, tripled twice, and homered once to lift his slugging percentage to .963.
In Wofford's last time out, Hyman went 0-for-3 as the Terriers fell to Presbyterian 4-3 on the road Wednesday evening.
Senior Gray Stafford, one of the Herd's hitting leaders, has reached base in Marshall's last 15 games, dating back to the East Carolina series in May, 2012. Stafford is batting .333 with four doubles and ranks second on the team in hitting to sophomore Eric Escobedo (.368).
Live video and stats will be provided for games at USC Upstate, while live stats will be available for the Wofford doubleheader. Links can be found above.