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Marshall announces 2019 baseball schedule; Lovely headed into sophomore season with Herd

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Magoffin County High School graduate Jaren Lovely is preparing to take the field for his sophomore season with the Marshall University baseball team in mid-February. Marshall Athletics released its 2019 baseball schedule recently.

The Thundering Herd will travel to Kissimmee, Fla. for games against Milwaukee, George Mason, Pittsburgh and Iowa before heading to Wilmington, N.C. for games against the host Seahawks, Iona and Indiana State.

Marshall will open its home slate with a three game series with Binghamton at Kennedy Center Field, which will also be the site for the Thundering Herd's Conference USA contests this season.

"We are really looking forward to this spring," said Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner. "We will return a senior group that is very special and has played for a regular-season league title during its time on campus. This schedule features challenging teams and they will test us."

"I would also like to thank our administration for its efforts to ensure that all of our home games are played here this season. That means a great deal to myself, our staff and our student-athletes." 

The team will play Southern Miss, the defending league champion, in Hattiesburg on April 5-7.

"We are pleased to have our team play all of its home games closer to Huntington," Thundering Herd Associate AD and Chief of Staff Jeff O'Malley said. "With the help of the YMCA, we are making enhancements to the Kennedy Center field, which will not only allow us to play Conference USA games there but it will enhance the experience of our baseball student-athletes. However, this is only a temporary solution as we have already begun designing and securing funds for a permanent stadium close to campus."

Lovely appeared in 17 games with one start during his freshman season. He batted .250. 

Lovely recorded a season-high one hit in four separate games. He pitched three innings versus Louisiana Tech, allowing just two hits with a 3.00 ERA. 

Lovely compiled a .487 batting average and a 7-2 record as a pitcher at Magoffin County High School.

The 2019 Conference USA Tournament will be held in Biloxi, Miss. May 22-26.
 

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