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Herd Hosts First Home Midweek Game

Sophomore Brandyn Sittinger will make his first start of 2014

April 1, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall baseball will play its first game at the Kennedy Center Route 2 Field, its non-conference home, of the 2014 season at 3:00 pm Tuesday.

The Herd hosts the Akron Zips and lead the series 25-13 all-time. The last time the two teams met was in 2009, when coach Jeff Waggoner led Marshall to a 9-3 victory.

Fans can follow the game via GameTracker for live stats and follow the @HerdBaseball Twitter account for live updates during the game.

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Marshall is coming off its second conference series win of the season, as the Herd swept Tulane in two games over the weekend.

The Herd came back to defeat the Green Wave Friday in walk-off fashion, after junior outfielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) hit a two RBI single up the middle for Marshall to win 3-2.

Marshall took the sweep after redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) hit a drop-in single to left field to score sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) and give the Herd the 2-1 victory in a seven inning, rain-shortened game.

The Herd will start sophomore RHP Brandyn Sittinger (LaGrange, Ohio), who has made six appearances in 2014. This will be the right-hander’s first start of the season.



Akron enters Tuesday’s matchup with a 12-11 record, most recently falling in a 4-3 loss to conference foe Toledo.



The Zips’ bats are led by redshirt juniors Devin Ahart and Joey Havrilak. Ahart leads the team with a .371 average, while Havrilak follows closely with .309. Both outfielders have posted three homers on the year, with Ahart ringing in 14 RBI and Havrilak a team-leading 16.

Akron has a collective ERA of 4.36. Getting the nod for the Zips will be lefty Pat Dyers, who posts a  5.89 ERA with a  1-1 record and 14 K in four starts, 18.1 innings pitched.