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.
ON THE MOUND
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)
HAVE YOU HERD?
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.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
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.