Marshall baseball takes on Brown in four-game series

The Marshall University baseball team welcomes Brown University this weekend for a four-game series.

The Herd enters its fourth weekend of non-conference play on its home turf Friday with a double-header starting 12 p.m. at the Kennedy Center off Route 2 in Huntington.

In Marshall’s last outing, the team fell to Ohio University, 4-1, Wednesday. The Herd dropped to 4-6 on the season with the loss.

Leo Valenti, a junior from Olympia, Washington, said the team’s main focus is to compete every pitch.

“This week, we worked on our situational hitting,” Valenti said. “That’s something that we haven’t executed very well this season. Defensively, we have been focusing more on getting back to the fundamentals. We just need to focus on scoring runs this weekend.”

JD Hammer, a pitcher from Fort Collins, Colorado, said the pitchers are looking forward to playing Brown after a solid week of preparation.

“The pitchers worked both sides of the plate in their bullpens, focusing on the outer-third of the plate, which if we execute that during the game, we will be really effective as a staff this weekend,” Hammer said. “We’re excited to have a good team coming in this weekend, and I think Chase Boster is going to set the tone for this weekend on the mound. But we also have freshmen Patrick Murphy coming in for his first start this weekend, which will be a different look for this team.

Hammer said overall, the team is excited about the weekend and that the pitchers’ main focus is to work on getting the first out of each inning.

Hammer said the team is looking forward to getting closer to its first weekend of conference play.

After sweeping Lehigh University last weekend, Hammer said Marshall is looking to pick up four more wins this weekend in hopes of heading into conference play with a winning record.

Marshall’s double-header is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday followed by a single game on Saturday and Sunday.

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