Basketball just ended with both the men’s and women’s teams making improbably runs to the CUSA semifinal rounds. Football starts with spring practice in a little over 24 hours. There is talk of potential transfers into the basketball program, and fans are wondering who is going to play corner and wide receiver on the football field.
Hang on a minute though, the Marshall baseball team is off to a 13 – 9 start, which includes a 3-3 record in CUSA. Marshall opened the season taking 1 of 3 against powerhouse Southern Miss, then bounced back this weekend by taking 2 of 3 on the road to a post season experienced FIU squad.
Coach Jeff Waggoner is off to one of his best starts in some time led by two speedy players in DJ Gee and Corey Bird. Gee is hitting .293 and is 11 for 13 in stolen base attempts. Bird is a “304 boy,” ala Stevie Browning and John Elmore from the basketball team. Bird is from nearby Herbert Hoover High school and is hitting .267 but has stolen 12 bases in just 13 attempts.
Marshall’s leading hitter and biggest asset at the plate would have to be junior infielder Tommy Lane. The JC transfer leads the Herd with a .330 batting average and he has blasted 7 homeruns and has 21 RBI’s.
The pitching staff is solid and is led by the three weekend starters in JD Hammer, Parker Danciu and Chase Boster. The closer, Burris Warner has 6 saves and is averaging a little over one strikeout per inning.
Marshall heads back home this weekend in CUSA play to take on Louisiana Tech for three games in Charleston.
LA Tech is also 3 – 3 in CUSA play.
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