March 27, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall baseball begins a home three-game series against Conference USA foe Tulane this weekend. The Herd will face the Green Wave Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at noon, and will have a special start time Sunday at 10:02 a.m.
Marshall hosts Tulane for the second consecutive year, taking a 4-3 Friday night win last season in 11 innings.
Sunday’s contest will be televised by Fox Sports South, and as always fans can follow live stats via GameTracker. Herd fans can also view the game via live-streaming. For updates during the game, follow the @HerdBaseball Twitter account.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is coming off a 4-0 loss to Ohio State Wednesday.
Junior outfielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) remains in the Top Ten in the nation for sacrifice flies, coming in this week in the seventh spot. Escobedo currently has five on the season, and smacked two doubles last weekend during the conference series at FIU.
Catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.), a Johnny Bench Award Watch List member, continues to be a presence behind the plate after catching a runner attempting to steal twice at Ohio State. Reed has not allowed a stolen base since th opening weekend, and has caught eight out of 11 runners this season.
SCOUTING THE GREEN WAVE
Tulane enters the series coming off an extra-inning 3-2 win against No. 4 LSU Tuesday.
The Green Wave is currently 5-4 in C-USA play, losing twice to East Carolina, whom Marshall took the series against in early March.
Tulane is led by sophomore Richard Carthon, junior Garrett Deschamp, and freshman Hunter Hope. Carthon leads the team with a .314 batting average, but is followed closely by Hope at .313. Deschamp leads the squad with 24 RBI, and Hope is the frontrunner in hits with 30 on the year.
Senior Andrew Garner also presents a threat, posting a .259 batting average and a team-high three homeruns.
RHP Tyler Mapes vs. RHP Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.)
4-0, 1.45 ERA, 21 K vs. 1-5, 3.56 ERA, 15 K
RHP Randy LeBlanc vs. RHP Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.)
2-1, 2.60 ERA, 29 K vs. 2-3, 3.93 ERA, 32 K
TBD vs. RHP Josh King (Troup, Ga.)
2-2, 2.60 ERA, 29 K