March 8, 2007
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team returns to University Heights this weekend, taking on the Campbell Camels Friday and Saturday. The teams will play a doubleheader (one 9-inning game, one 7-inning game) beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. Saturday, the teams will play a single game at noon. Please note the changes from the original schedule.
WMUL 88.1-FM will carry all of the games and will stream them online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. Live statistics will be available at www.herdzone.com.
Marshall (6-3) dropped a 7-2 decision Wednesday at Morehead State to snap a four-game winning streak. The Herd was stifled by Eagles starter Henry Mabee, who allowed just an earned run and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Marshall managed just seven hits on the day, including the first Marshall home run for Jeff Rowley (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y.)
The Marshall bats have struggled over the last seven games, hitting just .227 with five extra-base hits. Despite this, the pitching has been excellent and has carried the Herd with a 2.17 ERA while holding opponents to a .207 batting average. Marshall has held its opponents to three runs or fewer in five of the last seven games.
Campbell (4-10) makes its first trip to Huntington with a 4-10 overall record and three-game winning streak after a Sunday win over Seton Hall and consecutive victories over Holy Cross. Carlton Floyd has a .365 batting average to lead the team. Brandon Scott and Rob Meng are tied for the team lead in home runs with two each. The Camels also have struggled at the plate, hitting .246 thus far. Campbell is coached by first-year mentor Chris Wiley, who took over the program in January.
Marshall and Campbell have met just two times previously. The programs played a two-game series at Campbell to begin the 1999 season, and the Camels came out with 17-8 and 22-7 victories.
Marshall continues its homestand next week, playing Youngstown State at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.