Herd and Monarchs to Tango in Norfolk

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall baseball (11-24, 4-11 C-USA) will begin its final half of conference play this weekend as the team travels  southeast for a three-game series against Old Dominion (17-19, 5-10 C-USA) at Bob Matheny Baseball Complex in Norfolk, Va., beginning Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m.

 

Friday’s game will be the eighth meeting all-time between the two schools, with the last meeting resulting in an 8-3 Herd defeat.

 

Live video streaming and live stats will be available via Old Dominion’s website. Fans can follow the @HerdBaseball Twitter account for in-game updates.

 

Game 1: Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.

Game 2: Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m.

Game 3: Sunday, April 19, 1 p.m.

 

HAVE YOU HERD?

Marshall suffered its second shutout of the season on Tuesday, falling 7-0 against Akron. Prior to that, the Herd picked up its first series win in C-USA after taking two of three from Charlotte last weekend.

 

In that series, senior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) went 7-of-13, including turning in a four-RBI performance in the Herd’s Sunday 8-6 victory. The first baseman cranked an “almost home run,” as the ball bounced on top of the wall in left field before falling back into play for a triple to accompany a bases-clearing double. Diffenderfer is 10th in the league with a .426 on-base percentage. He enters the weekend on a current team-high six-game hitting and on-base streak.

 

THE MOUND MAKEUP

G1: Herd junior Chase Boster, RHP (2.21 ERA, 3-0) vs. ODU senior Greg Tomchick, RHP (2.88 ERA, 3-3)

G2: Herd junior JD Hammer, RHP (4.50 ERA, 0-3) vs. ODU sophomore Nick Hartman, RHP (6.38 ERA, 0-3)

G3: Herd junior Michael Taylor, RHP (3.11 ERA, 1-3) vs. ODU sophomore Adam Bainbridge, LHP (2.49 ERA, 2-1)

 

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS

ODU carries reigning Player Of the Week in junior PJ Higgins, who had multiple hits in each game last week, including five extra base hits. Higgins leads the Monarchs with a .380 batting average and 60 hits on the season. Senior Taylor Ostrich has a team-high 32 RBI, and junior Connor Myers has swiped 16 stolen bases this season (second best in C-USA).

 

UP NEXT

Marshall will travel north to face in-state rival West Virginia in Morgantown at the brand new Monongalia County Ballpark on Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m.

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