March 17, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall baseball will host its first mid-week game of the season when in-state foe West Virginia comes to Charleston for the first of a two-game series. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m.
The Herd took the series with WVU last season 2-1. Marshall starter Aaron Blair and then-setup man/closer Josh King (Troup, Ga.) combined for a two-hit, 8-0 shutout at Power Park in game one in March.
Marshall fell in the second game 10-2 last April, and concluded the series in May at Epling Stadium in Beckley, W. Va. with a 6-5 come-from-behind Herd victory.
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HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is coming off a 1-2 weekend with fellow C-USA opponent Southern Miss. King pitched eight shutout innings in the first game, but was unable to grab the win after the Golden Eagles plated three runs in the 9th to steal the win.
Junior Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) earned his second C-USA win after going 6.1 innings with six strikeouts after he gave up three runs on four hits.
Fellow junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) went 6-11 on the weekend, scoring four times and knocking in a pair of runs.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
WVU returns to the Mountain State after a stint out west, facing Sacramento State, UC Riverside, UNLV, and Cal State Northridge. The Mountaineers dropped just two contests (UNLV and the second of a three-game series with Cal State Northridge).
West Virginia supports a record of 10-6 and has yet to begin Big 12 Conference play. The Mountaineers appeared in the conference tournament last season in its Big 12 debut, finishing third in the regular season and narrowly missing the championship game.
The Mountaineer bats are led by senior Ryan McBroom and junior Bobby Boyd, who post .365 and .362 averages, respectively. McBroom has five homers on the season with 23 RBI.
On the mound for WVU will be lefty John Means, who boasts a 1.64 ERA with a 3-1 record in four starts.
Marshall heads south to face No. 19 Florida International in Miami. FIU is coming off being swept by No. 15 Rice.