April 9, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- In its first midweek doubleheader of the season, the Thundering Herd baseball team will face the winless Eagles of Coppin State at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, W.Va. Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Wayland Moore (LHP) vs. Paul Hawk (RHP)
Brett Mays (RHP) vs. Myles Taylor (RHP)
Marshall (11-19, 1-5 C-USA) is 4-0 in the all-time series with Coppin State (0-29, 0-8 MEAC), claiming doubleheader sweeps in each of the last two seasons. In the most recent meeting, the Herd needed two runs in the sixth to retake the lead over the Eagles and narrowly win 3-2. The other three meetings featured an average margin of victory of over six runs.
The Herd enters the doubleheader after being swept by the Memphis Tigers in a Conference USA series over the weekend. Marshall has lost eight of its last nine games with the only victory being a come-from-behind win over the Liberty Flames two weekends ago.
Freshman shortstop Andrew Dundon led the Herd bats in the Memphis series as he went 3-for-7 (.429) with three runs scored and increased his season average to .224. Junior first baseman Nathan Gomez also had three hits in the series and reclaimed the status as the Herd’s hitting leader at .319.
Coppin State enters Tuesday having lost all 29 games of its season so far as well as its last 35 games, dating back to April of 2011. The Eagles have lost 10 games by 10 runs or more in 2012.
As a team, Coppin State is hitting .199 while allowing 7.85 earned runs per game. Freshman Alex Brown’s batting average of .267 leads the Eagle offense. Brown has 24 hits in 90 at-bats and has driven in a team-leading 13 runs.
The only common opponent between the Herd and Eagles this season is Liberty, which swept Coppin State (14-0, 2-0, and 3-1) four weeks prior to defeating Marshall in a three-game series two games to one.
Tuesday’s doubleheader can be followed via Gametracker.