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.



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.



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)



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).



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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