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Baseball Primed for Series at Ohio

March 11, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team will play a pair of doubleheaders at Ohio University, starting on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio.  The second game on Saturday is schedule for 4 p.m., with identical times slated for Sunday's twinbill.  Marshall will serve as the away team for the entire series even though two of the games were originally planned to be played in Huntington.

Marshall:  5-6
Ohio:  4-7

>OU owns the all-times series with a 108-42-1 tally.
>Split the 2010 series (1-1).
>MU won on March 24, 2010 by a 10-4 score in Huntington.
>OU defeated the Herd 15-5 in Athens on April 7, 2010.
>Marshall is 3-1 all-time vs. Ohio under head coach Jeff Waggoner.
>In the last three wins against the Bobcats, Marshall has scored 10-or-more runs.
>Victor Gomez is 10-for-16 (.625 average) with four doubles, three homers and 11 RBI against Ohio in four career games.
>Kenny Socorro is 6-for-11 (.545 average) with five runs scored against Ohio in his career.
>RHP Shane Farrell earned the win in his one previous start against the Bobcats in 2008.



G1:  Saturday, 1 p.m.
Marshall:  RHP Shane Farrell (1-0, 1.23 ERA)
Ohio:  RHP Seth Streich (0-1, 4.70 ERA)

G2:  Saturday, 4 p.m.
Marshall:  RHP Hunter May (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Ohio:  LHP Matt Robin (2-1, 4.61 ERA)

G3:  Sunday, 1 p.m.
Marshall:  LHP Mike Mason (0-2, 4.20 ERA)
Ohio:  LHP Brent Choban (1-1, 4.50 ERA)

G4:  Sunday, 4 p.m.
Marshall:  RHP Ryan Butler (0-0, 5.06 ERA)
Ohio:  RHP Jason Moulton (0-1, 21.00 ERA)

The Thundering Herd leaves Huntington for yet another road trip as the Kennedy Center Field on Route 2 is unplayable due to inclement weather that washed through the Tri-State area.  It marks the fourth-straight weekend the Herd will serve as the visitors after playing a pair of tournaments in South Carolina, sandwiched around a three-game series in Nashville against Lipscomb.

As a staff, MU sports a 3.79 ERA through 11 games, led by junior Shane Farrell.  The Westlake, Ohio, native will start the first game of the series and has solidified himself as the team ace, as he has registered a miniscule 1.23 ERA through 14.2 innings on the bump.  Farrell is holding opponents to a .196 batting average against him and he has only issued four walks and given up three extra-base hits through three starts.

Despite connecting for just one homer on the season, MU bats have started to come around thanks to a productive weekend at the plate in Myrtle Beach at the Caravelle Resort Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Victor Ramos and James Lavinskas broke out during the four-game tournament to propel the offense as the Herd finished with a 2-2 record.  Ramos went 7-for-14 (.500 batting average) with three doubles, a triple and three runs knocked in, while Lavinskas roped seven hits in 13 at bats (.538 average) with four doubles and three RBI.

On the season, Ramos is the leader in batting average a .351, while Victor Gomez has the most hits with 14.

Senior Arik Sikula and freshman Josh King held the No. 6 Virginia offense from not scoring an earned run, but the Cavaliers crossed home with an unearned run in the fourth which proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win in Charlottesville, Va.

Sikula worked the first six innings, scattering six hits and three walks, while striking out two to suffer the tough-luck loss.

Marshall outhit Virginia, eight to seven, as Isaac Ballou tied a career-high with three hits.

The Bobcats are riding high with a two-game win streak, after taking two-of-three at Tennessee Tech, which included a 4-0 shutout in the series finale.  The series with Marshall marks the first home games of the season for the Bobcats.

Ohio started the season, losers of five of its first six contests, but turned it around and look to battle the Herd at Wren Stadium.

Trace Voshell enters the weekend as the Bobcats top RBI man, with 14, along with two homers, three doubles and a .375 batting average.  Dan Ward is hitting at a .333 clip and has connected for a team-best three round trippers.

Sunday starter Brent Choban had an impressive start last weekend at Tennessee Tech, tossing 7.1 innings of shutout baseball, scattering four hits, three walks and striking out three to earn his first win of the season.  A trio of pitchers combined on the shutout of TTU as Marck Paliotto recorded the last five outs to earn his second save.

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