Baseball To Hold Green/White World Series

Oct. 14, 2008

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team will hold its annual Green/White World Series beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 19. First-pitch of Wednesday's game is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center on Route 2 in Huntington.

Assistant coach Tim Donnelly will manage the White squad, while assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Adkins will be at the helm for the Green team.

Taking the mound Wednesday for the Green squad is junior right-hander Dan Straily (Springfield, Ore.). He will square off against red-shirt junior southpaw Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.).

Straily finished the 2008 season with a 5-4 record and a 4.28 ERA in 82.0 innings pitched en route to earning a spot on the Conference USA All-Tournament team. Straily fanned 57 batters in 16 appearances (15 starts).

Kiel earned a 3-1 record during the 2008 campaign and registered a 4.50 ERA in 24.0 innings of work. Kiel dealt 22 strikeouts in 24 appearances, while making one start. He held opposing batters to an overall batting average of just .205.

Sophomore right-hander Shane Farrell (Westlake, Ohio) will get the ball for the Green squad in Thursday's 4:00 p.m. contest. He will face classmate, right-hander Arik Sikula (Hurricane, W.Va.).

Farrell appeared in eight games and made five starts in 2008, earning a 4.12 ERA and 1-1 record. He tossed 11 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of work in his debut season with the Thundering Herd.

Sikula, Marshall's primary closer a year ago, set the program's single-season record for saves (8), while his 28 appearances was second best for a single season. Sikula's eight saves also ranks him third on Marshall's career-saves list.



The series will continue Friday at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with Saturday and Sunday contests beginning at 12:00 p.m. each day. Pitchers for the final three games are yet to be determined.