Marshall Thundering Herd baseball
|Marshall Thundering Herd|
|Head coach||Jeff Waggoner (8th year)|
|Home stadium||Appalachian Power Park
|Colors||Kelly Green and White
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|WVAC: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931
Buckeye: 1933, 1934, 1935
Southern: 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.
- Kennedy Center Field (Non-conference games)
- Appalachian Power Park (Conference USA games)
- Linda K. Epling Stadium (Select games)
Marshall baseball was a winning program right from the start. The Herd won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (which Marshall helped to found in 1924 as what would be known as the WVIAC) in 1928-29-30-3 under former Ohio State University and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Johnny "Blood" Stuart, then won the Buckeye Conference 1933-34-35 under Marshall and West Virginia University Halls of Fame member Roy "Legs" Hawley. The Herd then won the Southern Conference in 1978 and 1981 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1973 and 1978, all under legendary baseball Head Coach Jack Cook. Marshall 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 played in the Cape Cod League, the premier wooden bat summer college baseball league, for the Brewster Whitecaps. In 2015, outfielder Corey Bird was an All-Cape Cod League selection, then hit .300 for the 2016 Herd and led C-USA in stolen bases. In 2016, Marshall finished second in C-USA by 1/2 game behind Florida Atlantic, and the Herd advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament, losing to eventual champ Southern Miss on the Golden Eagles home stadium, 3-2, in the semis. The Herd won a Marshall record 34 games (and lost only 21), posted the first winning season since 1994 and made the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2010. Marshall was 13-2 in the final five series of the year in the league and swept three in a row on the way to winning eight C-USA series, also an all-time high. Senior Chase Boster became Marshall's biggest winning when he passed both Albie DeYoung and Grant Harper with his 20th win of his career, finishing 8-3 on the season.
Marshall has an all-time record of 1,363–1,532–12 (at end of 2016 season, 110 seasons all-time since 1896).
- Rick Reed, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Kansas City Royals, the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Mets (winning a start vs. the New York Yankees in the World Series) and the Minnesota Twins, winning 93-76 with 4.03 ERA and 970 Ks;
- Jeff Montgomery pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals, and is a member of both the Marshall Hall of Fame and the KC Royals Hall of Fame with 304 saves over 13 seasons, 46-52 with 3.27 ERA and 733 Ks;
- Joe Goddard played with the San Diego Padres in 1972, spent 1971-76 in the Minor Leagues. playing in AAA Pacific Coast League for the Hawaii Islanders for 1974-75 and finishing as a player-coach for the Amarillo Gold Sox in the AA Texas League, then coached Independence High School to a AA State Championship in 1990. Currently serves as an assistant coach with the West Virginia Miners in the Prospect (wooden bat) League in the summer for college players;
- Dan Straily, was a starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 2016, then was traded to the Miami Marlins for 2017 after starting for the Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros;
- Harry Young, College Football Hall of Fame member, starting pitcher and outfielder for Marshall 1910-12 and starting quarterback/defensive back/punter/kicker for Marshall in 1910-11, playing the first all-collegiate opponents lineup for the then Marshall Normal School (2-year degree for teaching high school, given at Marshall until 1921);
- Aaron Blair, 2013 1st Round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and has split time in 2016 as starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and the AAA Gwinnett Braves in the International League.