Monday, 25 March 2013 13:29

Blair is C-USA Pitcher of the Week; Herd at UK moved to Wednesday, as is Wright State at Marshall Softball

Written by  WOODY WOODRUM, Herd Insider Publisher

Blair Earns Conference USA Pitcher of the Week Nod

HUNTINGTON — Marshall right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 24.

In his only outing of the week, Blair kept rival West Virginia hitless and scoreless over six innings while striking out a season high 11 hitters in an 8-0 win over the Big 12’s Mountaineers.

The junior was lifted at the end of the sixth due to being over 100 pitches.

WVU ended the game with only two hits in Josh King’s save of the win, Marshall’s first over West Virginia since 1991 — breaking a nine-game losing streak to the Herd’s in-state rivals in the first of three games this year.

Blair took himself out of bases loaded, no outs trouble in the first inning of Tuesday’s contest by striking out the side. 

 Beyond the first, Blair allowed only three base runners.
Only two Mountaineer hitters were able to get the ball out of the infield in Blair’s six innings.

 

Josh King has picked up two saves in two chances over the last week, against WVU and Radford. (HI photo by Marcus Constantino)


Herd-UK baseball game moved to Wednesday, due to weather

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s baseball game versus No. 8 Kentucky, originally scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., has been moved to Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The location stays the same, at Cliff Hagen Stadium on the Kentucky campus, where UK has won 22 of 30 against Marshall all-time.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Herd 30-13 (in MU records; 28-11 in UK records), back to 1934 when Marshall swept a pair of games, and have met on a nearly yearly basis since 1980.

The two teams have split the last two games.
Marshall beat the Wildcats, 6-4, in 2011 in a game played at the College of Charleston Invitational in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

UK won 7-3 last season at home.

UK is ranked No. 8 in the nation at 18-5, 4-2 in the SEC, and play the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend.

The Herd is 10-12 on the season, having split a doubleheader on Saturday at Radford, and opens Conference USA play this Friday against the Blazers of UAB at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., the Herd’s C-USA home park.

A three-game series with UAB is set for Friday night and Saturday night at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Saturday and Sunday games can be heard on the Thundering Herd/IMG Network on Marshall flagship SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930, with Steve Cotton and Woody Woodrum, as well as streaming at supertalk941.com on the web.

Game two of the year with WVU is set for April 2 in Morgantown, a 6 p.m. first pitch at Hawley Field — named for Roy “Legs” Hawley, the former WVU player and Athletic Director (1938-54) and who also served as the former Marshall baseball coach (1933-35) and Director of Athletics (1927-35).

 

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Softball moves Wright State home game to Wednesday

Huntington - Marshall softball (18-12, 6-3 C-USA) will begin its five-game home stand on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET against Wright State (3-16, 0-0 Horizon League). The Thundering Herd is going to be defending its 15-game home win streak, which began April 18, 2012 with a 10-1 win over Morehead State and continued into the 2013 season. The streak is the longest in school history.

This will be the 13th meeting between the two schools with Marshall leading the series 9-3. The Herd defeated the Raiders at Dot Hicks Field last season 6-2 behind four RBIs from senior Jazmine Valle. Senior Andi Williamson threw six innings, allowed five hits, held the Raiders to two runs and picked up the win.

Marshall will welcome Wright State to Dot Hicks Field on an eight-game win streak that most recently includes a UCF sweep in Orlando this past weekend. In eight games, the Herd swept two Conference USA opponents (Southern Miss and UCF) in consecutive weekends for the second time in school history. The last time this was achieved was March 18-19/24-25 in the 2006 season against UCF and UAB.

Williamson went 3-0 over the weekend with a 1.75 ERA. She held the Knights to ten hits over 16 innings pitched. Offensively, Alysia Hively enters the Tuesday doubleheader tied for sixth place in the Herd's record book with 20 career home runs. Hively tied associate head coach Amanda Williams' record Wednesday, March 20 against Stetson with her sixth home run of the season.

Wright State is currently on a three-game losing streak after dropping both games of a double header against Bowling Green and falling to Central Michigan in the Hoosier Classic. The Raiders' most recent win was March 16 in the Hoosier Classic with a win over Michigan State, 2-1.

Jess Gorman's .281 batting average leads the Raiders this season. She holds a team-high five doubles, 21 total bases and a .368 slugging percentage.

In the circle for Wright State, Krystian DeWitt has a 3.05 ERA on-the-season average and in Wright State's first game against Bowling Green struck out 11 hitters in 7.0 innings, while teammate Montana Wear holds a season average of 3.46 ERA and retired 10 in game two.

Marshall will be playing at Dot Hicks Field through the end of the week. After Wednesday's games, the Herd will host C-USA opponent Memphis for a doubleheader Friday, March 29 and single game Saturday, March 30. 

 

Woody Woodrum is Herd Insider Publisher, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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