Herd Hosts Central Michigan in Beckley


Isaac Ballou has driven in eight runs this season, second on the team to Nathan Gomez

Isaac Ballou has driven in eight runs this season, second on the team to Nathan Gomez

March 14, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Following a successful road trip to Northern Kentucky last weekend, Marshall’s baseball team will return to action Friday when it meets Central Michigan for a four-game set at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, W.Va. 

Game times/probable starters:

Friday, 12 p.m. DH
Game one: RHP Chase Boster (1-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Jordan Foley (3-0, 0.99)
Game two: LHP Alex Thackston (0-0, 2.53) vs. RHP Pat Kaminska (1-3, 6.43)

Saturday, 12 p.m.
LHP Wayland Moore (2-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Dylan Rheault (0-0, 6.00)

Sunday, 12 p.m.
RHP Michael Taylor (1-1, 1.17) vs. LHP Rick Dodridge (1-2, 2.19)

Central Michigan (6-9) enters the weekend having snapped a three-game winning streak with a 15-inning loss to Georgetown its last time out.  The loss prevented the Chippewas from sweeping the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

CMU leads the all-time series against Marshall 11-1, which includes victories in the last eight meetings.  The last time the two programs met was in 2005 when Marshall was in its final season as a member of the Mid-American Conference.  In that series, the Chippewas swept the Thundering Herd with victories of 15-2, 8-1, and 12-4 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. 

Freshman outfielder Logan Regnier leads Central Michigan’s offense with a .328 average while his older brother, sophomore Nick Regnier, bats a second-best .318.  Together, the pair has belted out 40 hits, which includes eight doubles, four triples, and three home runs, while batting in 23 runs and scoring 17.  Nick Regnier’s 14 RBIs lead the MAC. 

Sophomore right-hander Jordan Foley boasts an earned run average of 0.99 along with three winning decisions in four starts.  In his most recent outing, Foley tossed a complete game in a 4-1 triumph over West Virginia.  Foley gave up seven hits, two walks, and the one earned run in the winning effort. 

Marshall (7-7) sophomore second baseman Andrew Dundon continues to lead the Herd in hitting at .370, ranking sixth in that category in Conference USA.  Senior Gray Stafford’s outstanding efforts in the Herd’s sweep of NKU last weekend saw his average climb to .339, and he currently leads the league in doubles with seven. 

On the hill, freshman Chase Boster has maintained a 2.84 ERA over 19.0 innings and will look to keep the Herd on the winning track when he makes his fifth start Friday afternoon. 

All four games can be followed via CBS GameTracker, available through HerdZone.com.