March 12, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host Youngstown State in a three-game non-conference weekend baseball series beginning Friday, March 13-15 at George T. Smailes Field at The Kennedy Center in Huntington.
Friday's first-pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. ET with Saturday and Sunday start times slated for 1:00 p.m.
The Herd and Penguins last met in 2007 with Marshall claiming in a 4-3 victory. The Herd owns a 7-4 record in the overall series between the squads.
Youngstown State enters weekend action with a 2-9 overall record and has not won a contest since taking two from VMI on Feb. 27 and 28.
The Penguin offense is led by John Koehnlein who has a .438 batting average over the team's first 11 games. He has 14 hits, a double, an RBI and is 3-5 in stolen bases.
Jacke Healey has a .425 batting average and leads Youngstown State in runs scored (12), hits (17), doubles (8), RBIs (14), slugging percentage (.775) and is tied for the team lead in homers with two.
On the mound, Trent Wood has both victories and is 2-1 on the season in seven appearances. He is second on the squad with 10 strikeouts in 10.1 innings of work and has amassed an ERA of 12.19.
Marshall (5-7) dropped a pair of midweek contests, falling 15-10 to No. 21 Kent State at The Kennedy Center, Tuesday, and 16-6 at Morehead State on Wednesday.
Marshall built a 10-5 lead against the Golden Flashes through six innings, but 10 unanswered runs over the next three innings by KSU propelled the Golden Flashes to its eighth win of the season.
The Herd scored quickly against Morehead State in Wednesday's game, but was held scoreless over the next eight frames en route to facing a 16-1 deficit heading to the ninth. Marshall plated five in the final frame and that was as close as it would get.
The Herd and Eagles completed last Wednesday's suspended game, with Marshall breaking out for a 6-4 win thanks to a sophomore infielder Kenny Socorro walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 16th stanza.
Marshall will travel to Charlottesville, N.C. for a midweek battle with Virginia, Tuesday, March 17. From there, the Herd returns to Huntington for a midweek tilt against West Virginia State at 3:00 p.m. ET before heading to Tennessee to take on Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both teams.