March 3, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. – The Marshall University baseball team makes its third road trip in as many weekends to take part in the Caravelle Resort Invitational hosted by No. 27 Coastal Carolina on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th. Other teams competing in the two-day tournament include Ball State and Quinnipiac.
Due to the possibility of heavy precipitation on Sunday, tournament officials opted to change the dates and times for all games to avoid rain outs. Below is the weekend schedule for the Herd:
(V) Marshall vs. (H) Quinnipiac – 11:30 a.m.
(V) Quinnipiac vs. (H) Marshall – 2:30 p.m.
(V) Marshall vs. (H) #27 Coastal Carolina – 12 p.m.
(V) Marshall vs. (H) Ball State – 3:30 p.m.
MARSHALL SCOUTING REPORT (3-3)
The Herd enters the weekend with even .500 record after dropping two-of-three against Lipscomb in Nashville last weekend. MU captured the first game, 3-2, before falling 3-1 and 7-3 to the Bison.
The pair of doubleheaders over a two-day span will put lots of pressure on the MU pitching staff, which has excelled so far in 2011. Entering the weekend with a team ERA of 3.91, RHP Shane Farrell anchors the starters with a 1-0 record and 0.93 ERA, giving up only one run over 9.2 innings on the bump. Other starters for the Herd this weekend include LHP Mike Mason (0-1, 4.00 ERA), Ryan Butler (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Hunter May (0-0, 9.00 ERA).
The MU bullpen shined even brighter than it already had against three different opponents at the CofC Invitational, when a total of 10 different relievers combined to toss 11.1 innings of relief. Over that span, the MU bullpen arms gave up only one run, which was earned, on seven hits with eight strikeouts against Lipscomb.
After struggling in the opening series, Victor Gomez was one of the few bright spots for the Herd offense that managed just a .194 batting average as a team. V.Gomez roped seven hits in 12 at bats for a .583 average and had multi-hit performances in all three games of the series.
QUINNIPIAC SCOUTING REPORT (0-0)
The Bobcats hail from Hamden, Conn., and were picked to finish in seventh place according to the Northeast Conference preseason poll. The doubleheader against the Herd will be the mark the first games of the 2011 season for the Quinnipiac baseball team.
Ben Farina is the top returner on offense, as the senior posted a .344 batting average and scored 42 runs last year.
#27 COASTAL CAROLINA SCOUTING REPORT (5-4)
The Chanticleers picked up a win against in-state ranked opponent, No. 18 College of Charleston, at Patriots Point (12-3) behind the bat of Daniel Bowman. The rightfielder launched two homers and knocked in six runs in the victory.
Hayes Orton tops the team with a .306 batting average (11-for-36), while Stefan del Pino is 1-0 on the mound through two starts, logging 12 innings, giving up just one earned run for a 0.75 ERA.
BALL STATE SCOUTING REPORT (1-5)
The Cardinals sport a 1-5 record to start the season, by losing two-of-three against Southeast Missouri State. Ball State was swept in its first series, falling three times to Kennesaw State.
Ball State’s pitching staff has been roughed through six games, posting a team ERA of 8.94.
At the dish, Cody Elliott leads the charge with a .400 (12-for-30) batting average. He has laced two doubles, two triples and knocked in nine.
Live stats and the live game chat will be available for all four games through HerdZone.com. Radio and video streaming links will be available for the Coastal Carolina game on Saturday and can also be viewed through HerdZone.com.