Marshall Baseballwill travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan, this weekend to face the Eagles of Eastern Michigan in the opening round of Mid-American Conference games in 2004. The Eagles are 4-10 on the season, winning Tuesday at Detroit, and split a four-game series with UK back in February. Marshall is now 11-11 after 22 non-conference games, one of the better starts for MU in recent memory. See story on goherd.com on baseball's win over UK and weekend preview.
Marshall Football will hold its annual Coaches Clinic Friday morning and then practice in the afternoon. The travel comes with the third annual practice at historic Oakes Field in South Charleston on Saturday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. This is the fourth time in five years that MU football has practiced in the Kanawha Valley, the only Division I program in the state to appear in the Charleston-area during that time for practice. Lunch, prize giveaways, big crowds and lots of football is always part of the South Charleston experience.
The early start for football gives you the chance to return to Huntington by 1:00 p.m., when the Marshall Softball team opens Mid-American Conference play against the Broncos of Western Michigan University. MU outfielder Sarah Wilson is the MAC East Division Player of the Week for her play at the Virginia Tech Invitational over the weekend and against UNC last Wednesday. Wilson hit 9-of-16 for the week. She had two home runs (game-winning hit vs. ETSU) at the Tech tourney, a double verses the Tar Heels, and collected five runs and seven RBI over the weekend. MU (18-14) is the pre-season pick to win the MAC and is second in batting average (.280) and third in pitching (2.25 ERA) in the league, while WMU is 10-11 so far. The Broncos are eighth in hitting (.225) and seventh in pitching (2.81) in the MAC.
Other Herd teams in action this weekend include the nation's 51st-ranked team, the Marshall Women's Tennis squad. Junior Joelle Good became the fourth member of the Herd team to be named MAC Tennis Player of the Week when she was selected Wednesday of this week and is 13-1 at the number five singles position for the Herd this season. Marshall (11-3, 2-0 MAC) has a match on Saturday at conference rival Miami in Oxford, Ohio, then travels to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Monday to battle Middle Tennessee State.
The MU Men's Golf is in Greenville, South Carolina, to battle with an old Southern Conference foe, among others, at the Furman Univeristy Invitational. The MAC Men's Co-Golfer of the Week in MU freshman Shawn Warren, who was seven over and tied for sixth last week at the Marshall-hosted El Diablo Invitational in Citrus Springs, Florida. Also named as the Herd's second MAC Women's Golfer of the Week is MU frosh and women's golfer Allyson Hatcher, who tied for 10th at the MU women's El Diablo last Monday and Tuesday, leading the Herd to seventh among 17 teams. She and the Marshall Women's Golf team will be at William and Mary College Invitational this weekend. Finally, the MU Women's Track & Field team will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the North Carolina State Invitational.