May 7, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- GameÂ Marshall baseball (8-30, 8-16 C-USA) will play its final home series of 2015 this weekend, welcoming league newcomer Western Kentucky (23-24, 9-15 C-USA) to Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., for a three-game series beginning Friday, May 8.
The last time the Herd faced the Hilltoppers was in 1999, where Marshall took an early two-run lead before falling 6-2 in contest held in late February in Bowling Green, Ky.
It will be Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, as the Herd will special pink jerseys for Sunday's game. The jerseys will be sold for 50$ a piece, and can be pre-purchased during Friday and Saturday's games and can be picked up immediately after Sunday's finale.
Game 1: Friday, May 8, 1 p.m.
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Game 2: Saturday, May 9, 1 p.m.
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Game 3: Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.
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G1: . WKU's John Harman, LHP v. MU's Chase Boster, RHP
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (4.47 ERA, 4-3) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (2.59 ERA, 5-1)
G2: WKU's Brennan Pearson, RHP v. MU's JD Hammer, RHP
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (2.75 ERA, 0-4) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (4.09 ERA, 1-5)
G3:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TBA v. MU's Michael Taylor, RHP
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SENIOR SHOUT OUT
Saturday, Marshall will honor its seven seniors on the squad. In four seasons of playing eligibility, the veterans have logged 479 hits, 223 runs, and the pitchers have fanned 411 batters Â in 490.2 innings pitched entering into the weekend. Two seniors have already broke into the Herd record book with pitchers Josh King and Kolin Stanley.
TJ Diffenderfer, Infielder, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Andrew Dundon, Infielder, Lincoln Park, N.J.
Josh King, Pitcher/Utility, Troup, Ga.
Sergio Leon, Infielder, Miami
Matt Margaritonda, Pitcher, Freehold, N.J.
Kolin Stanley, Pitcher, Beloit, Ohio
Clint Wilson, Pitcher, Austin, Texas
HAVE YOU HERD?
After suffering a weekend sweep against Southern Miss, Marshall looks to remain in the race for the Conference USA Tournament, sitting one game back from WKU and two back from eighth place. For the fifth consecutive weekend, the Herd has recorded more strikeouts than its opponent. The MU pitching staff has 309 K's to WKU's 298.
Junior DJ Gee (Seattle) failed to reach base last Saturday, snapping a 16-conference games reached base streak. Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made a return to the starting lineup Sunday, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Dundon was one of 10 players in the nation (along with shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami)) to have started 155 consecutive games or more. Dundon was at 187 prior to the April 10th weekend. Leon remains on the list with 191 consecutive starts.
SCOUTING THE HILLTOPPERS
Western Kentucky enters the weekend one game ahead of the Herd, despite getting swept by Middle Tennessee last weekend. Sophomore Leiff Clarkson leads the Hilltopper offense with a .326 batting average. Senior utility man Anderson Miller carries a team-high 12 home runs, and junior Danny Hudzina has brought in squad-best 35 RBI.
Marshall closes out its regular season in Ruston, La., to face C-USA Â foe Louisiana Tech in a three-game series beginning Thursday, May 16.