Baseball Hosts Le Moyne in Home Opening Series

March 18, 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team will host Le Moyne College for a four-game series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Kennedy Center off Route 2.  The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon and close out with game four slated for 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Probable Pitching Matchups
MU:  RHP Ian Kadish (1-2, 6.87 ERA) vs. LM: RHP Jeff Tardiff (2-2, 5.76 ERA)

MU:  RHP Shane Farrell (1-1, 5.89 ERA) vs. LM: LHP Cory Nelson (0-1, 3.38 ERA)
MU:  LHP Mike Mason (2-1, 5.23 ERA) vs. LM:  LHP Mark Kuzma (0-1, 7.23 ERA)

MU: LHP Ryan Kiel (0-0, 8.44 ERA) vs. LM:  RHP Jerome Werniuk (1-3, 10.90 ERA)



Marshall (7-6)

The Thundering Herd enters the four-game set with Le Moyne after an impressive showing at the Arby's Classic hosted by Tennessee.  The MU offense hit .339 as a club in the three-game tournament, led by a quartet of sluggers.  Victor Gomez, Josh Valle, Alfredo Brito and Kurt Lipton all busted out the bats against the three opponents, which included No. 17 Ohio State, Connecticut and Tennessee. 


MU played two games last Saturday, dominating OSU, 17-1, followed up with an 11-8 victory over UConn.  The Herd fell in the tournament finale to UT, 13-8.  Entering the tournament, the Herd had scored 50 runs in 10 games and crossed home an impressive 36 times in three contests in Knoxville.


Gomez, the reigning Conference USA co-Hitter of the Week posted a .571 batting average (8-for-14) with two homers, seven runs scored and 11 RBI in the tournament. 


Valle went 6-for-11 (.545) with eight runs scored and four walks, reaching base 10 times in 15 plate appearances.  Brito collected five hits in 10 at bats with six RBI, while Lipton was 5-for-12 with two bombs and four RBI.


The Herd bullpen was flawless in the Arby's Classic.  A total of seven relievers were used and none of them allowed an earned run in a total of 12.1 innings on the mound.  The seven slingers held opponents to a mind boggling .135 batting average, while totaling eight strikeouts.


Game one starter Ian Kadish fired one of the top outings of his career with the Herd.  The righty tossed 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run on seven hits, all singles, to earn the win against OSU.  The Buckeyes had entered the game averaging 10.6 runs per game and hitting .367 as a team, but Kadish and three relievers silenced the OSU bats in a 17-1 win.


Le Moyne (5-10)

The Dolphins make the trek from Syracuse, N.Y., losers of four-straight games, dropping all three at the Dunn Hospitality Diamond Classic to Purdue, Morehead State and tournament-host Evansville.  Le Moyne did take two-of-three against C-USA foe Southern Miss earlier in the season.


Matt Marra is the leader in the batter's box for Le Moyne, entering the weekend with a team-best .421 batting average along with 12 RBI.  Chris Edmondson tops the Dolphins in RBI (15) and has four doubles, two homers and a .295 average.