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Herd Squares Off with WVU Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Aaron Blair will make his fifth start Tuesday against West Virginia

March 18, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In the first midweek contest of the season, Marshall will meet West Virginia in game one of a three-game season series Tuesday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.  First pitch is set for 6 p.m. 

Marshall’s Aaron Blair (2-1, 3.57) is scheduled for the start versus WVU’s Zach Bargeron (0-0, 5.06). 

While their series history dates back to 1910, Marshall (8-10) and West Virginia (8-11) have met only one time in the past 15 seasons.  That contest came in 2008 in an out-of-state matchup at the Bash at the Beach tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina.  The Mountaineers won 5-3. 

Marshall trails the all-time series 38-21, which includes losses in the previous nine meetings. 

The Mountaineers are batting .310 as a team, led by Jacob Rice (.413) and Bobby Boyd (.410) who account for the bulk of the WVU offense.  The outfielders rank third and fourth in overall batting average in the Big 12 Conference. 

West Virginia opened up play in the Big 12 last weekend with a series loss to Kansas State in the conference opener.  WVU rolled by the Wildcats 13-2 in game one but dropped back-to-back one-run decisions in games two and three to lose the series. 

In Saturday’s finale, WVU was held scoreless over the final eight innings and lost 4-3. 

Prior to the series with K-State, West Virginia succumbed to back-to-back 12-inning losses to Maine and Iowa. 

In Bargeron’s last outing, the junior lasted only 1.1 innings, walking two and surrendering a hit and an earned run in the bottom of the second before being pulled in the second inning against Pitt. 

Marshall sophomore Andrew Dundon continues his brilliance at the dish, leading the Thundering Herd with a .356 average.  Dundon, who has struck out only eight times this year, has recorded seven multihit games in 18 chances. 

In its last time out, Marshall snuck past Central Michigan in a four-game series finale, dodging a late rally that would have given CMU the sweep.  Isaac Ballou walked six times in the series and climbed to second place in career walks by a Herd player (104).  The senior now trails only Josh Valle who drew a base-on-balls 120 times in his career from 2007 to 2010. 

Tuesday’s meeting between the Herd and Mountaineers will be available through CBS GameTracker and live stream.  Coverage of the game can also be heard on the Thundering Herd/IMG Network on SuperTalk 930 AM & 94.1 FM with veterans Steve Cotton and Woody Woodrum calling the action.