Herd heads to Beckley for conference matchup

The Marshall University baseball team looks to add three C-USA wins with a series against University of North Carolina at Charlotte this weekend at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

The Thundering Herd enters play on a four game losing streak and struggling at the bat. The Herd put up 10 runs total in that stretch.

Sophomore outfielder Corey Byrd attributes the team’s hitting woes to trying to hit the perfect ball instead of taking what they can get.

“I think we’re trying too hard,” Byrd said. “Our focus is there, we’re ready to hit, but things just aren’t going our wa. And that’s kind of a reflection on the season.”

The Herd lost its last game to Ohio University 4-2, on a bases clearing double in the top of the ninth inning.

The 49ers will go into the weekend on a two game losing streak after dropping the final two games of their series to Old Dominion University by a combined score of 22-3.

Marshall will need to win at least half of its remaining C-USA games to make the conference tournament.

Byrd said he considers this the most important weekend so far this season because of the need for wins to climb the conference ranks.

“These next three games are extremely important to us,” Byrd said. “It’s an opponent that’s right where we are in statistics. Record-wise, we need to win these three games to stay in the race in C-USA so this weekend is the most important weekend we’ve had so far.”

The last time these two teams faced off was Feb. 25 when Charlotte came out on top 7-3, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A sweep will raise the Thundering Herd’s record to 12-22 (5-9) while the 49ers will drop to 11-18 (5-13) on the season.

First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. Games two and three are set 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday respectively.

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