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Lovely's season cut short


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University junior outfielder Jaren Lovely, a native of Salyersville, had his latest season on the diamond cut short on Monday. Following a unanimous vote of the Conference USA Board of Directors, all spring sport competition and championships were canceled.

Sports teams across have the nation have been sidelined following the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

However, the NCAA has said it would grant student-athletes an extra year of eligibility. 

A Magoffin County High School graduate, Lovely batted .243 in 13 games for the Thundering Herd in the abbreviated 2020 college baseball season. Lovely connected for two home runs and nine RBIs. He shared the team lead for home runs with Johnson Central graduate Geordon Blanton and ranked third on the squad in runs batted in. 

Marshall compiled a 5-10-1 record through its first 16 games in the 2020 season. 

Lovely appeared in 33 games for the Thundering Herd during the 2019 college baseball season, making 18 starts. He batted .240 with 18 hits and 11 runs. Lovely exited the 2019 season with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBIs. 

Marshall finished runner-up to Rice in the 2019 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. The Thundering Herd completed the 2019 season with a 29-28 record. 

With Lovely headed into his junior year, Marshall will return to the field for the 2020 season in February. 

As a freshman in 2018, Lovely appeared in 17 games and made one start. He batted .250 in 2018. Lovely recorded one hit in four separate games during his freshman season and pitched three innings in a contest versus Louisiana Tech. He allowed only two hits with a 3.00 ERA in his pitching appearance.

Prior to coming to Marshall University, Lovely held a .487 batting average and a 7-2 record as a pitcher at Magoffin County High School.

The son of Jeff and Melissa Lovely, Jaren Lovely is majoring in Cytotechnology.



Steve LeMaster

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