April 22, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Marshall baseball will head to Morgantown for the first of two 2014 games against in-state foe West Virginia. The game is scheduled Wednesday at 6 p.m. at WVU’s Hawley Field.
The two teams will meet again in at Power Park in Charleston, W. Va. at 6:00 p.m. on April 30.
The Herd took the series with WVU last season, 2-1. Marshall starter Aaron Blair and then-setup man/closer Josh King (Troup, Ga.) combined for a two-hit, 8-0 shutout at Appalachian Power Park in Game 1 in March.
Marshall fell in the second game, 10-2, at WVU, and concluded the series in May at Epling Stadium in Beckley with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd is coming off a four-game sweep against West Virginia Tech, and has won five straight to improve to 18-20 on the year.
Junior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) blasted his second home run and second triple of the season during the series. He hit .545 with two runs and eight RBI against the Golden Bears. On the season, the first baseman has a .269 average with 20 RBI.
Leading the Herd bats is freshman centerfielder Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) who supports a .288 average on the season.
Getting the start for the Herd will be redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami), who has made two starts in 10 appearances this season and boasts a 2.00 ERA with 13 strikeouts. Elder started nine games as a freshman in 2012, including seven as a weekend starter in Conference USA play, before sitting out last season after surgery.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
WVU owns a 19-17 overall record (4-7 Big 12) after taking two of three games at Oklahoma over the weekend. The Mountaineers face visiting Maryland on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Mountaineers are led offensively by juniors Bobby Boyd (.383) and Billy Fleming (.353), and senior Ryan McBroom (.331). McBroom leads the team in RBI (36) and home runs (6).
WVU has not announced a starter for the contest, but the Mountaineer pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.59.