Marshall Prepares for Final Midweek Games
The Herd will face EKU Tuesday and WVU Wednesday to closeout midweek season
April 28, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Marshall baseball will conclude its midweek schedule when the Herd hosts Eastern Kentucky, Tuesday April 29, at the Kennedy Center in Huntington, W.Va. at 3:00 pm and in-state foe West Virginia, Wednesday, April 30 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. at 6:00 p.m.
Marshall has not been beaten at the Kennedy Center this season and posts a 12-3 home record between its two home fields.
The Herd will look to take the series with EKU, after losing 4-1 earlier in the year before taking a 7-3 victory at the beginning of April at the Kennedy Center.
Marshall faced WVU last week in Morgantown, W.Va. falling 10-3. Last year at Appalachian Power Park, Herd starter Aaron Blair and reliever Josh King (Troup, Ga.) combined for a two-hit 8-0 shutout against the Mountaineers.
Fans can listen live to Tuesday's game via the stream provided, and can follow @HerdBaseball for updates in the game. Wednesday's contest will be video streamed live for fans with a Marshall or All-Access CBS subscription and live stats will be available via GameTracker.
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Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) enters the week with an 11 game on-base streak and leads the team with 11 stolen bases on the season after picking up three over the weekend against UAB. Bird also supports the highest batting average on the team with .291.
Redshirt sophomore Caleb Ross (Barboursville, W.Va.) entered the Herd record books over the weekend, after tying for fifth in Single Season Pitching Appearances with 28. Ross pitched in his 29th game of the season Sunday to take sole possession of fifth place.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) will enter the week with an eight game hitting streak and eight game on base streak. The outfielder leads the team with 21.
Freshman lefty Roscoe Blackburn (Worthington, Ohio) will get the start Tuesday. In his last outing, Blackburn allowed just one hit in six shutout innings and picked up his first win of the year, a 7-0 victory over West Virginia Tech.
SCOUTING THE COLONELS
Eastern Kentucky enters the series finale with a 21-23 record (10-11 OVC).
Senior Bryan Soloman leads the Colonels with a .356 average. The utility man leads the team in both home runs (10) and RBI (42). Soloman went 1-for-4 with a run and RBI in the last meeting.
First baseman Ben Fisher turned in a 2-for-3 with a run performance the last outing against the Herd, and left fielder Taylor Blair posted a 3-for-4 day. Fisher and Blair both support a season batting average of .305.
The Colonels will send righty Chris Cervantes to the mound. Cervantes started in the last contest between the two teams, going 5.1 innings allowing seven hits, four runs, and a walk. Cervantes boasts a season ERA of 6.88.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia is coming off a Big 12 conference sweep against Kansas State, putting them at 24-16 on the year with a .500 conference record at 7-7.
RBI. McBroom is third on the team with a .348 average, but leads the Mountaineers with six homeruns and 36 RBI.
Junior Cam O’Brien also went 3-for-4, scoring three times in the contest. The catcher posts a .243 batting average on the year.
The Mountaineers have yet to name a starter for Wednesday’s contest, but have a team ERA of 3.38.