WVU-Marshall Renew Baseball Series

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 18, 2013 05:00 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team is set to travel to Charleston on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

It will be the first time the two teams have faced off since the 2008 season, when WVU defeated the Thundering Herd, 5-3, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the first to be played in-state since WVU defeated Marshall, 12-11, in 1998 in Charleston.

The game is the first of a three-game series throughout the state as the teams will face off in Morgantown (April 2) and Beckley (May 14).

The game will be carried by WVUsports.com and select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station. Fans can access links to live video and live stats at WVUsports.com.

The Mountaineers went 2-2 last week with a win at Pitt and going 1-2 in the opening Big 12 series at Kansas State. WVU batted .345 as a team with nine doubles, two triples, six homers and 28 RBIs.

Mazey will send junior left-hander Zach Bargeron (0-0, 5.06 ERA) to the mound for his third-consecutive Tuesday start. Bargeron earned a no-decision at Pitt last week, allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings.

Marshall will counter with staff ace, right-hander Aaron Blair (2-1, 3.57 ERA). He last pitched against Northern Kentucky in a 2-0 shutout win, allowing three hits in 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

WVU designated Matt Frazer led the team offensively last week, batting .444 (8-for-18) with six runs, one double, one triple, three home runs and eight RBIs. He recorded a hit in all four games, including going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs against Pitt.

Left fielder Jacob Rice also had a stellar week, batting .444 (8-for-18) with six runs, one double, one homer, two RBIs and a stolen base. Rice continues to lead the team in batting average (.413) and runs (14).

Marshall is led at the plate by sophomore infielder Andrew Dundon, who is hitting .356 on the year with four doubles and nine RBIs. Senior outfielder Gray Stafford is batting .329 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 12 RBIs, and senior infielder Nathan Gomez is hitting .316 with three doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs.

Marshall is batting .275 as a team with 33 doubles, two triples, four homers and 15 steals in 23 attempts.

WVU leads Marshall, 38-21, in a series that began with a 5-2 win in 1910. The Thundering Herd hold a 13-9 advantage when hosting the game.