Marshall Thundering Herd baseball
|Marshall Thundering Herd|
|Head Coach||Jeff Waggoner (7th year)|
|Home Stadium||Appalachian Power Park
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|WVAC: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931
Buckeye: 1933, 1934, 1935
SoCon: 1978, 1981
The Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team represents the Marshall University in NCAA Division I college baseball and competes in Conference USA. The current head coach of the Herd is Jeff Waggoner. Marshall currently plays their conference home games off-campus in Charleston, West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park.
Marshall baseball, who won the Southern Conference in 1978 and 1981 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1973 and 1978, finished as runner-up in the 2008 C-USA Baseball Tournament, falling in the finals to Houston, 3–2, but winning a MU record 30 games without a home field to use in Huntington for the entire season (Marshall has played C-USA games at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park since joining the league in 2006). For the first time since 1994, MU had players drafted in the June 5–6 Major League Baseball Draft with a school-record three being selected, plus one recruit in 2008. Steve Blevins, who tied the single-season wins mark with a 9–3 mark, signed with the Minnesota Twins on June 11, while Nate Lape was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and Tommy Johnson by the Seattle Mariners. Lape and second baseman Adam Yeager are playing this summer in the Cape Cod League, the premier wooden bat summer college baseball league, for the Brewster Whitecaps.
Marshall has an all time record of 1,232–1,346–12 (prior to the 2011 season).
Tulane University and the Herd baseball team now seem to be bitter rivals as MU was 3–1–1 against the Green Wave in 2008, winning its first game ever back in April in New Orleans. Marshall returned to the "Big Easy" in May and knocked Tulane out of the C-USA Tournament on the Green Wave home field, Turchin Stadium, in the C-USA Tournament, 10–5 and 8–7. Yeager stole a league-record five bases against TU in the opening win, while Jeff Rowley scored the winning run in game two on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
- Rick Reed
- Jeff Montgomery
- Dan Straily, starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics
- Harry Young, College Football Hall of Fame member
- Aaron Blair, 2013 1st Round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks
- "2011 Marshall Baseball Media Guide ." 2011 Marshall University Baseball Media Guide Retrieved on March 16, 2011.