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@HerdBaseball Readies for Three-Game Slate at FIU

Chase Boster
March 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall baseball (11-8, 1-2 C-USA) opens up its road conference schedule with a three-game series against the FIU Panthers (11-13, 1-2 C-USA), beginning on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Thundering Herd and Panthers are also scheduled to meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Friday: RHP Chase Boster (1-2, 6.28 ERA) vs. RHP Andres Nunez (2-1, 3.73 ERA)
Saturday: RHP JD Hammer (2-2, 5.52 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Mourelle (3-2, 4.91 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Parker Danciu (2-1, 6.57 ERA) vs. RHP Garrett Cave (1-2, 4.22 ERA)
Marshall has won seven out of its last 10 games, including a four-game series sweep over Brown University and come-from-behind win against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. After trailing 4-2, the Herd rallied with a two-run home run by Cory Garrastazu (Miami) and a RBI single by Andrew Zban (Huntington, W.Va.) to give itself a 5-4 win.
Despite snapping his 16-game hit streak on Tuesday, Tommy Lane (Pendleton, Ore.) did extend his reached base streak to 17 games after being plunked by a pitch. Lane’s 17 game streak is tied for the longest this season for Marshall with Sam Finfer (Bellevue, Wash.).
The state of Florida has been a big recruiting spot for Marshall baseball since head coach Jeff Waggoner arrived, and it shows, with this year’s roster. The Herd has seven players from the Sunshine State: Burris Warner, Luke Johnston, Brandon Romero, Reynaldo Pastrana, Parker Danciu, Robert Fajardo and Garrastazu. Romero, Pastrana, Fajardo and Garrastazu are from Miami.
FIU is coming off dropping two-of-three in its conference opening series against Charlotte this past weekend. Junior infielder Nick Day leads the Panthers with a .359 batting average and has a team-high four home runs.
In the Panthers win on Saturday, Zach Files went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and had his second home run of the season. Starting pitcher Christopher Mourelle tossed a complete game, with five runs allowed on 12 hits and four strikeouts.
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After the weekend series, Marshall travels to I-64 rival Morehead State for a midweek matchup on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Herd defeated the Eagles earlier this season in extra innings with a walk-off home run by Lane.