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Herd takes on the Norse

Assistant Sports Editor

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 00:03

The Marshall University baseball team hopes that warmer weather will help it land a few wins this weekend.

The Thundering Herd will head to Highland Heights, Ky., to face Northern Kentucky Norse in a pair of twin bills Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected in the high 50s and low 60s.

“I don’t believe weather plays a factor for our team,” outfielder Eric Escobedo said. “We have had many practices out in the cold, rain and snow, so we’re prepared for whatever the weather brings.”

The sophomore boasts a .294 batting average and is one of three sophomore players returning as a starter.

The Georgia native said his role on the team has not changed.

“My role on the team is to produce as many runs as possible and help maintain a strong defense,” Escobedo said. “I do those things so I can help the team win as many games as possible.”

The Norse are currently 2-8 on the year. The Herd will look to rebound from four losses last weekend that dropped the team to an overall record of 3-7.

“Our record is not the best at the moment, but we are becoming closer and closer every game helping each other so we can win as a team,” Escobedo said.

“We’ve been working on hitting so we can have a lot more successful at bats. We’ve been taking ground balls and fly balls so our defense will continue to keep getting better. We have even been working on dirt ball reads so we can be more aggressive on the bases.”

Escobedo said he has had his own agenda this week for things to improve on.

“I’ve been focusing on my hitting and being more smart when it comes to hitting in the middle of the lineup,” Escobedo said. “I’ve been taking fly balls and ground balls and doing everything I possibly can to help the team get four wins this weekend.”

“We have a tremendous amount of talent on this team and great coaches who always have good plans going into each and every game.”

Fellow sophomore Andrew Dundon is a sample of the talent Escobedo referred to. The second baseman is fifth in Conference USA with a .406 batting average. Dundon leads the team with 13 hits.

Escobedo said despite the Herd’s record, the team is more than capable of being victorious.

“We can beat anybody as long as we come ready to play, stay focused, and trust each other,” Escobedo said. “Once we all start playing together more as a team we’re going to start winning a lot and it will definitely show when people look at our record.”

The Herd will feature the same rotation this weekend with freshmen Chase Boster and Michael Taylor, junior Aaron Blair, and senior Wayland Moore. Boster and Moore will take the mound Saturday, with Taylor and Blair slated to start Sunday’s matchups.

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