C-USA Competition Begins Friday for Herd Baseball


Kolin Stanley has struck out eight hitters in 7.1 innings this season

Kolin Stanley has struck out eight hitters in 7.1 innings this season

March 28, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall baseball will receive its first league test this weekend when the Thundering Herd hosts UAB in a three-game series at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. 

The series will commence Friday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday’s games are tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. 

Marshall (10-13, 0-0 Conference USA) will use freshman right-hander Chase Boster (1-3, 3.72) in the series opener before turning to reigning C-USA Pitcher of the Week Aaron Blair (3-1, 2.83) for game two and freshman Michael Taylor (3-1, 1.45) for game three. 

UAB (10-14, 0-3 C-USA) is projected to throw senior right-hander Tanner Bryant (2-2, 2-84) in game one.  Saturday and Sunday’s starters are TBD. 

The Last Meeting
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March 25, 2012
Birmingham, Ala.
Herd Falls in Game Three 5-1; Loses Series to UAB
The Marshall baseball team gave up four runs in the bottom half of the second inning and fell to the UAB Blazers in game three of the conference opening series 5-1 Sunday at Young Memorial Field.


In last year’s meeting, Alfredo Brito hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lift Marshall to a 7-4 victory over the Blazers in game one, but UAB came back to win games two and three, each by scores of 5-1. 

The last time the two teams met in Charleston, Marshall lost a 2-1 decision in a 14-inning pitcher’s duel.   

Marshall trails the all-time series 14-11. 

Sophomore second baseman Andrew Dundon will enter the weekend with three-hit performances in his last two games.  Such efforts have seen the Lincoln Park, N.J., native rise to a fourth-place ranking in C-USA statistics.  Dundon has a trio of three-hit games this season to go along with six two-hit games. 

Senior Isaac Ballou has reached base in Marshall’s previous 15 games and boasts an on-base percentage of .507 during that time.  Ballou’s season OBP of .413 ranks eighth in C-USA.  The centerfielder also ranks fourth in runs scored (21) and walks (18). 

UAB boasts C-USA’s second-best hitter John Frost.  The senior bats .368 through 24 games and also has the fourth highest OBP (.423). 

Frost provided the game-winning RBI in the Blazer’s midweek 1-0 win over Alabama on Tuesday.  In that contest, five UAB arms combined for a four-hit shutout of the Crimson Tide. 

The victory put an end to the Blazer’s five-game losing streak as UAB was dealt a sweep at home in its C-USA opener last weekend.  Sunday’s finale saw UCF pull off a nail-biter in the 10th. 

The weekend series can be followed online through CBS GameTracker and Herd All-Access.  Fans in the area can also listen to radio play-by-play through the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network (94.1FM and AM 930).