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Baseball: What to know for Marshall, how to watch

The Bobcats will be back in Bob Wren Stadium for a nonconference game Wednesday. Ohio will take on Marshall for the first time in two seasons.

There’s no denying that Ohio has had a rocky nonconference stint this season. It hasn’t had much luck in series play, but it bodes well in single games. Ohio is 2-0 when playing a nonconference opponent in a one-off game. 

It is up in the air if the Bobcats will face the same fate against the Thundering Herd. Here’s what to know about Marshall:

Game Information 

Opponent: Marshall 

Location: Bob Wren Stadium 

Time: 4 p.m. 

How to watch: watch the game here.

Live stats: Live stats can be followed here.

Meet the opponent

Head coach: Jeff Waggoner (16th season)

Possible pitchers

Patrick Copen (1-0, 2.65 ERA)

Jeffrey Purnell (2-0, 1.64 ERA)

Raymond Pacella (1-1, 3.60 ERA)

Individual statistical leaders 

Batting average: Avery Lee (.500)

Hits: Luke Edwards (27)

Doubles: Ryan Leitch (7)

RBIs: Leitch (24)

Slugging percentage: Elijah Vogelsong (.833)

On-base percentage: Travis Sankovich (.439)

Walks: Geordon Blanton (15)

Series History 

Ohio is 2-8 in its last 10 games against Marshall. The Bobcats’ losses range from one-run stumbles to wide margins, and they are on a seven-game losing streak against the Thundering Herd. The two teams last faced off on March 11, 2020, when the Bobcats lost 2-3.The Thundering Herd has won their last five games at Bob Wren Stadium.

The series is also the most played in Marshall program history. The two teams have played each other 170 times.

Ohio was supposed to play Marshall last season, but the series was canceled due to COVID-19 and subsequent contact tracing issues with Ohio’s roster. The Bobcats were supposed to play one game in Athens and two in Huntington, West Virginia. 

Player to watch

Leitch — The sophomore has started in 16 games for the Thundering Herd this season. He has a hit or more in all but four games and leads the team in RBIs and doubles. If Leitch is able to have his way with the Bobcat pitchers, it could lead to a problem. 


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