March 7, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -Marshall's baseball team will face Northern Kentucky for the first time in program history when it begins a four-game series with the Norse this Friday.
The series schedule has the Thundering Herd and NKU playing single games Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.) at UC Health Stadium, home of the Frontier League's Florence Freedom in Florence, Ky. A doubleheader will follow on Sunday (12 p.m.) at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights, Ky.
All times and locations are subject to change.
Game times/probable starters
Friday, 3 p.m. (Florence, Ky.)
RHP Chase Boster (0-1, 3.46) vs. LHP Cody Cooper (0-0, 7.95)
Saturday, 6 p.m. (Florence, Ky.)
LHP Wayland Moore (1-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Blake Bagshaw (0-2, 4.63)
Sunday, 12 p.m. DH (Highland Heights, Ky.)
Game one: RHP Michael Taylor (0-1, 3.38) vs. LHP Matt Jefferson (0-2, 5.40)
Game two: RHP Aaron Blair (1-1, 5.17) vs. RHP Brett Cisper (0-1, 9.26)
After the first two games of the series take place in Florence, Ky., Northern Kentucky (2-8) will throw junior Matt Jefferson in its official 2013 home opener on Sunday inside the confines of a recently renovated ballpark. During the past offseason, NKU made significant alterations to its home site, including the addition of synthetic artificial turf in the infield, as it enters its first season as a member of NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference.
At the NCAA II level, NKU advanced to the national tournament for the fifth consecutive season after finishing 2012 with a record of 36-22.
Jefferson is one of five NKU selections to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason watch list. The southpaw, who is 0-2 in three starts for the Norse this season, will meet Herd freshman Michael Taylor.
Northern Kentucky is also led by seniors 1B Brad Clement and RHP Brett Loeding who were honored as second-team selections to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region team at the conclusion of last season. Clement and Loeding were also named to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason watch list and currently lead the Norse offense/defense.
Clement bats .415 with seven runs and seven RBIs while Loeding maintains a team-best 3.44 ERA over six appearances out of the bullpen (18.1 innings).
This season, NKU was swept by Lamar in a four-game bid to open the season before coming from behind to defeat Saint Louis 5-3 in 14 innings. Since then, NKU has won one of its last five, the lone victory coming in game one of a three-game series against Texas State last weekend.
Marshall (3-7) enters the weekend hoping to turn things around and extinguish its current five-game losing skid.
Sophomore Andrew Dundon leads the team in hitting (.406) after going 8-for-14 (.517) in the last five games.
All four games can be followed online via live stats and audio. Links are located at the top of this page.