May 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall baseball returns to its conference home at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. as the Herd hosts new Conference USA member Louisiana Tech beginning Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm.
The series will continue Saturday at 5:00 pm and will conclude Sunday at 11:00 am.
This is the first meeting between Marshall and LA Tech.
Marshall enters the weekend with a 12-3 home record, and a 3-2 record at Power Park.
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HAVE YOU HERD?
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.
Sophomore starter Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) is coming off his longest outing of the season, working 7.2 innings last weekend at UAB, allowing just one earned run and fanning six.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Louisiana Tech comes into Charleston hot, having won its last four games. The Bulldogs currently stand in last place in C-USA standings with a 4-17 record, but post a 14-27 record overall.
Sophomore infielder Taylor Love leads the LA Tech offense, boasting a .325 batting average with two homeruns and 14 RBI. Senior Tyler Ervine leads the team in those categories, with five homers on the season and 23 RBI. The infielder supports a .279 average.
The Bulldogs carry a team ERA of 4.60.
RHP Austin Greer vs. RHP Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.)
(1-0, 2.81 ERA, 18 K) (2-5, 3.92 ERA, 49 K)
RHP Richie Navari vs. Taylor
(5-4, 1.80 ERA, 42 K) (2-6, 2.66 ERA, 37 K)
TBA vs. RHP Chase Boster (Stafford, Va.)
(2-1, 2.53 ERA, 21 K)