Baseball Rounds Out 2011 with Trip to UCF





May 18, 2011

ORLANDO – The Marshall University baseball team closes out the 2011 season with a three-game series at UCF, beginning on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  The Thundering Herd was mathematically eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament after dropping two-of-three against Tulane last weekend and UCF sweeping the UAB Blazers in Birmingham, Ala.

Marshall:  19-29, 6-15 C-USA
UCF:  34-19, 10-11 C-USA

All-Time Series:  Marshall leads 10-5

Game 1:  Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
MU:  RHP Aaron Blair (1-3, 3.26 ERA)
UCF:  LHP Brian Adkins (6-3, 3.42 ERA)

Game 2:  Friday, 6:30 p.m.
MU:  LHP Mike Mason (3-3, 4.48 ERA)
UCF: RHP Danny Winkler (3-4, 4.73 ERA)

Game 3:  Saturday, 12 p.m.
MU:  RHP Arik Sikula (2-5, 5.24 ERA)
UCF:  TBA

Marshall Player to Watch:  Kenny Socorro, SS
Socorro has made the most of his senior year and gets to play his final collegiate series in his home state of Florida.  He is hitting an amazing .456 in conference games, tops in the league, and .351 for the season.  He is just two hits shy of reaching 200 for his career, which would make him just the fifth in school history to reach that milestone.  Socorro also is two RBI away from collecting 100 over his four years.

UCF Player to Watch:  D.J. Hicks, INF
Hicks tops the Knights in hits (69) and RBI (57) along with a team-best batting average of .356.  UCF has launched 46 homers as a team, including 13 from Hicks, which is second on the squad to Jonathan Griffin.