UK baseball to play rescheduled Marshall game

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By Nick Gray | @KyKernelGray

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Sophomore right-handed pitcher Chandler Shepherd makes his first start of the season Wednesday when No. 8 UK baseball (18-5, 4-2 SEC) battles Marshall (10-12) at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but inclement weather forced the postponement to Wednesday.

Shepherd (1-0, 3.10 ERA) has not made a start since the Gary, Ind., regional championship game against Kent State in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

This season Shepherd has pitched 20.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Cats, striking out 16 and walking seven.

Marshall had yet to announce a probable starting pitcher at the time of going to press.

The Cats went 2-2 last week, falling in games to Western Kentucky and then-No. 14 Mississippi State before sweeping the Bulldogs in a doubleheader Saturday.

UK has yet to lose a series this season.

As a team, UK is in the top five in several offensive categories, including fifth in batting average (.292), fourth in runs (163), third in runs batted in (143), fourth in home runs (15), fourth in on-base percentage (.402) and fourth in slugging percentage (.414).

The Cats also place fourth in earned run average (2.55). Marshall struggles defensively, fairing last in fielding percentage (.950) and have the most errors (42) in Conference USA.

The Thundering Herd is second in opponent’s batting average (.235) but ranks next-to-last in total bases (254) in the conference.

Marshall lost two of three games at Radford and has yet to begin conference play.

The Thundering Herd will not play a single game at its Huntington, W.Va., campus this season.

Marshall plays three “home” series in Charleston, W.Va., and one “home” series in Beckley, W.Va.

Shepherd will take to the Cliff Hagan Stadium mound to get Wednesday’s game underway at 3 p.m.