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Marshall ace wins pitcher of week

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:52 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's Aaron Blair picked up another pitching honor Tuesday.

The right-hander (5-1) has been named Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The award came following his selection as the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week which were announced Monday. It was the second time in the last three weeks that Blair received the C-USA award.

Blair, who is from Las Vegas, was joined by UNC Asheville catcher Ian Graham as the NCBWA's top performers of the week.

In a series-clinching 4-0 win over No. 19 Houston on Saturday, Blair struck out 11 and walked one in an eight-inning two-hitter. He got five Cougars on called third strikes. The visitors had only four runners reach.

Since a season-opening loss at Old Dominion, Blair has gone 5-0 in his last six starts. His ERA is 0.33 in his last four starts.

Blair's next start will be Saturday against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.

Women's tennis

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall celebrates Senior Day on Wednesday when it takes on Louisville at 1 p.m. at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center. It will be the final home match for Kara Kucin, Maria Voscekova and Dominika Zaprazna.

Kucin will look to even her spring mark at 8-8, as she has gone 3-4 at No. 5 singles and 4-4 at No. 6. Voscekova is 6-3 since moving to the No. 3. Zaprazna has seven wins at No. 1. The trio's had a hand in 19 of the Thundering Herd's 29 doubles wins.

The Herd is 10-10 and Louisville is 11-7. On Friday, the Herd will visit Cincinnati for a 3 p.m. match. Next week, Marshall heads to the Conference USA Championships in Houston.

-- The Herald-Dispatch

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