March 13, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team opens defense of its 2013 Conference USA regular-season title this weekend when they travel to Charleston, W.Va., to face Marshall in a three-game set.
The series will be played at Appalachian Power Park, which is about 45 minutes from the Marshall campus, with game times set for 3:05 p.m., CT on both Friday and Saturday with a 10:05 a.m., CT contest on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network.
The Golden Eagles have captured the C-USA league crown in two of the last three seasons and posted a 59-37 record in league games under Scott Berry in his previous four seasons at the helm of the program.
Southern Miss enters league play looking to rebound from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night at home to South Alabama as the team holds with a 7-10 record going into the weekend.
Marshall is 5-10 overall on the year, but opened league play last weekend by beating East Carolina two of three games in Greenville.
The Golden Eagles have enjoyed success in the series with Marshall dating back to the 2005 season. Southern Miss leads 22-8 overall and have won seven of eight league series, including a sweep of the Herd in Hattiesburg last season.
Southern Miss will go with a little different rotation for the weekend as senior right-hander Conor Fisk will not pitch due to an ankle injury. Instead, junior righty Christian Talley (0-1, 2.87 ERA) gets the nod in the opener against the Herd, while senior left-hander A.J. Glasshof (1-1, 7.36 ERA) is scheduled to pitch on Saturday, before right-hander Cameron Giannini (1-1, 1.42 ERA) on Sunday.
Marshall will counter with the trio of right-handers against the Golden Eagles with Josh King (2-0, 2.95 ERA), Michael Taylor (1-3, 1.54 ERA) and Matt Margaritonda (1-2, 3.38 ERA) in the three-game set.
Following the Marshall series, the Golden Eagles return home next Tuesday to entertain ULM at Pete Taylor Park in a 6 p.m. contest.