April 15, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team is slated to host Southern Miss for a three-game Conference USA series, beginning Friday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. before wrapping up the series with 10:35 a.m. Sunday start.
Southern Miss leads 13-5
Probable Pitching Matchups
Marshall (13-19, 4-5 C-USA)
MU: Ian Kadish, RHP (1-2, 4.89 ERA) vs. USM: Scott Copeland, RHP (4-0, 3.79 ERA)
MU: Mike Mason, LHP (2-5, 9.34 ERA) vs. USM: Todd McInnis, RHP (2-3, 3.04 ERA)
MU: Arik Sikula, RHP (4-2, 3.89 ERA) vs. USM: TBA
The Thundering Herd played outstanding last weekend in Birmingham, Ala., taking two-of-three from the UAB Blazers. Unfortunately those winnings ways eluded MU during the two midweek affairs, as the Herd lost to a pair of Ohio Valley Conference opponents in Morehead State (15-6) and Eastern Kentucky (10-0).
RHP Ian Kadish will toe the rubber in the first game. The righty allowed just three earned runs on two hits in his Friday start at UAB, but struggled with his control walking nine batters.
Kirby Pellant has been the catalyst at the top of the Thundering Herd order. Against UAB the 2B was 7-for-13 (.538) with two triples, three doubles and five RBI.
SS Kenny Socorro enters the three-game set on a 15-game hit streak. The junior went 4-for-5 against Morehead State and collected a base knock against the EKU Colonels.
Southern Miss (17-14, 1-5 C-USA)
The Golden Eagles find themselves in the basement of the Conference USA standing after being swept last weekend by the UCF Golden Knights. USM was able to knock off the University of New Orleans (3-2) to snap a four-game losing streak.
Saturday's starter for the Black and Gold, Todd McInnis, tops the conference statistics in ERA (3.04) and second in strikeouts (61). He has also logged 53.1 innings on the year, which is second best in that category.
As a team, USM owns the third best on-base percentage in the conference (.421) and three players individually rank in the top-10 in that statistic.
Taylor Walker, Adam Doleac and B.A. Vollmuth have been a three-headed monster for the Golden Eagles offense. The trio is all hitting at least .380 at the plate and combine for 15 homers and 107 RBI.
GameTracker can be followed along for the series by logging onto HerdZone.com.