Marshall Baseball to Battle Pirates in Beckley|
May 9, 2013
For Marshall’s eight seniors (Isaac Ballou, Alfredo Brito, Nathan Gomez, Matt Hummel, Matt Kirkwood, Terrence Moore, Wayland Moore, and Gray Stafford), it will be the final home series played in the state of West Virginia. “Senior Day” festivities will take place prior to Saturday’s contest.
Each game of the series can be followed online via CBS GameTracker as well as the Herd All-Access video stream.
Game times/probable starters:
Friday, 3 p.m.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
All times are subject to change.
Marshall (18-29, 5-13 C-USA) will face a red-hot East Carolina (26-22, 10-8 C-USA) squad which posted series wins in each of its last four weekends, including a series sweep of UAB in Birmingham, Ala. During the four-week stretch, the Pirates also defeated Tulane, Memphis, and Southern Miss.
Marshall was swept last season by the nationally-ranked Pirates as ECU won by way of a walkoff in game two before scoring three runs in the seventh inning of a tie ballgame to surge ahead in the finale.
This season, East Carolina is the C-USA leader in home runs (29), hits (456), and slugging percentage (.381). The Pirates rank second to Rice in overall average (.275).
Individually, pitcher/DH Drew Reynolds leads the Pirates in overall average, batting .324 at the dish while collecting a league-best 12 saves on the bump. Third baseman Zach Houchins is batting .303 with 15 doubles, five homers, and 34 RBI’s.
For Marshall, sophomore Andrew Dundon and senior Isaac Ballou continue their battle for the team lead in hitting. Dundon, who led Marshall from the beginning of March all the way through the middle of April, sits at .310 currently while Ballou is .309. Ballou’s 56 hits this season is ninth-best in C-USA.
Ballou also ranks third in doubles with 14 and is one of the main reasons Marshall is third in C-USA in that category.