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Herd hosts top team in C-USA

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- First-place Houston is visiting the Marshall Thundering Herd for a Conference USA baseball series at Appalachian Power Park.

Games are Friday and Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission to Marshall home games in Charleston is $7.

Houston comes in a 23-7 overall and is 5-1 in the conference. The Cougars are ranked 19th in the nation this week by Baseball America.

Daniel Poncedeleon of the Cougars was the recipient of C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing a five-hit complete game in a 3-1 victory at Memphis. The right-hander has a 4-2 record and 2.62 ERA. Houston right-hander Austin Pruitt is 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA.

Poncedeleon is Friday's scheduled starter against Marshall right-hander Chase Boster (1-4, 4.08 ERA).

The Cougars are hitting .276 as a team and led by Justin Montemayor (.325), Kyke Kirk (.309) and Jush Vidales (.301). Caleb Barker (.274) has three home runs and 25 RBIs.

Marshall's pitching staff is led by right-handed Aaron Blair with a 4-1 record and 2.60 ERA. Blair is scheduled for a Saturday start.

The Herd's .262 team batting average includes Andrew Dundon (.327), Isaac Ballou (.289), Nathan Gomez (.284) and Chase Vogelbach (280).

SOFTBALL

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall softball plays a Conference USA weekend series at Houston in Cougar Softball Stadium.

A Saturday doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. Sunday's 1 p.m. game is a Fox Sports Net telecast on Root Sports.

Marshall (23-12, 9-3conference) is on a 13-game win streak. Houston is 22-10 overall and 8-1 in the conference.

TRACK

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall and Ohio women's track and field teams square off Saturday in the Ohio Team Challenge on Goldsberry Track at Pruitt Field in Athens, Ohio.

Competition begins at noon and should wrap up by 5:30 p.m.

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