Baseball beats Ohio, look to boost standings against Tulane
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 00:04
With a Conference USA tournament position at stake, the Marshall University baseball team enters a big weekend with a three-game series against Tulane. The series will be the Thundering Herd’s last at Appalachian Power Park this season.
Marshall faced Tulane in the last series of the 2012 season, and the team went out with a bang, defeating the Green Wave 10-0 in seven innings in the final game.
“Looking back to that day, we definitely came out and played well,” outfielder Gray Stafford said of the contest. “Tulane is going to play tough this weekend, and we have to take it one game at a time.”
Stafford went 2-4 and scored twice in that final game a season ago. The senior will play in Power Park this weekend for the last time.
“It’s crazy that this is my last series at Power Park. It seems like yesterday I was getting ready for my first conference series; no doubt this has all flown by.”
Marshall is currently 4-3 at the Charleston ballpark, winning two games against then nationally ranked Houston, taking one in the UAB series and the dominating shutout of WVU in March.
The Herd is coming off a 4-2 win Wednesday against border rival Ohio. The teams were tied going into the fourth inning until freshman Chase Vogelbach broke the stalemate with his first career home run.
“It was awesome to get that,” Vogelbach said. “The only better feeling is winning.”
Vogelbach is hitting .294 on the season.
Marshall improved its record to 15-24, and junior pitcher Josh King earned his fourth save of the season.
The Green Wave sits one above the Herd in conference standings with a 5-7 conference record. Marshall currently holds a 4-8 record in conference play and sits in eighth place in C-USA standings. Only eight teams qualify for the tournament.
“It would mean everything to me and the team to make the tournament,” Stafford said. “We set that as one of our goals at the beginning of the year, and I feel like we are all still hungry to get it done.”
Vogelbach agreed with Stafford and said making the tournament would be a great way to send off the seniors.
“Every team in the country plays to get to Omaha [the site of the College World Series], and if we don’t make it to the tournament, we can’t make it to Omaha,” Vogelbach said. “It would be great for the team to send the seniors out the right way. Every junior, sophomore and freshman hasn’t been there, so it would be great to make it and have all our hard work pay off.”
The last time Marshall made the tournament was in 2010. Only three members of the current Herd roster return from that squad.
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