Alumni Weekend Busy As Well For Thundering Herd

As the MU Alumni Association ( celebrates "Swing Time at Marshall" with the annual Alumni Weekend, the Thundering Herd athletic teams have another busy weekend coming up. Football will have the annual Green-White Spring Game at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, while Herd Baseball hosts Miami in MAC action. MU Softball, leading the MAC for a second-straight season, is home for the Rockets of Toledo in MAC action. Your chance to buy Herd uniforms comes as well on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Marshall will hold its Second-Annual Auction of old uniforms and other athletic gear in the West Parking Lot of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium at 11:00 a.m., prior to the Green-White Game kickoff at 3:00 p.m. Woody Woodrum and Mike Kirtner of Marshall's flagship stations, WDGG "The Dawg," 93.7 FM and 930 AM, WRVC, will act as auctioneers for an event that saw over $10,000 of jerseys sold in 2003. Cash or check only and all sales are final, please.

The Green-White Spring Football Game kickoffs at 3:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on WRVC 930 AM, with Robert Harper calling the play-by-play and Woodrum doing color. Cost of admission is $5 per person, with proceeds going to the MU Quarterback Club. The MU defense has nine starters back and is loaded to win the Mid-American Conference in Marshall's last season before joining Conference USA in 2005. The offense is featuring some young talent this spring, with the coaches and fans excited about youthful quarterbacks Jimmy Skinner and Bernard Morris; freshman guard John Inman and sophomores in center Zac Elcess and Seth Cook; a slew of young receivers, including freshman tight end Brian Shope, Huntington sophomore Hiram Moore, junior Wilbur Hargrove, true freshman "gray-shirt" Marcus Fitzgerald and 6'6" freshman Shawn Lauzon; and converted lineback turned running back Donte' Newsome, sophomore Tank Tunstalle and freshman Will Albin.

Marshall Softball (20-14, 2-0 MAC) is looking to win its second-consecutive MAC regular season title, coming off last weekend's sweep of Western Michigan at MU's Dot Hicks Field to go to 2-0 in league play. The Herd will travel to Bowling Green for a double-header on Wednesday, but return home for two games with Toledo on Saturday and a single game Sunday, starting both days at 1:00 p.m. For the fourth consecutive week, the Herd team had the MAC Player of the Week for the East Division when Leigh Wintter was recognized for her play against WMU. Wintter was 4-of-6, with four runs-batted-in and a three-run home run. She leads the league with 34 RBI and nine homers.

Marshall Baseball (11-14, 0-3 MAC) will try to rebound from a dissapointing start to MAC play, when the Herd dropped three close games at Eastern Michigan. Marshall will host long-time rival Miami in three games: Friday at 3:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. each day. Sunday's game will be broadcast on WRVC 930 AM, with Harper and Woodrum calling the action of the Herd and RedHawks from University Heights. Senior Grant Harper (3-3) will try to pass Herd and KC Royal Hall of Fame member Jeff Montgomery for third all-time in wins with Sunday's start. They are tied for third with 16 career wins.

Marshall Tennis (13-3, 3-0 MAC) and ranked #48 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll (higest ranking in MU Tennis history) leads the "Road Warriors" for MU this weekend. Tennis will travel to Buffalo and Akron for MAC contests this weekend as MU looks to win its third consecutive MAC title and receive its third consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. Men's Golf is at the University of Kentucky for the Johnny Owens Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Women's Golf, with 41-year old, mother of two and sophomore golfer Tammy Mahar (with a four-page feature in the March 29th issue of Sports Illustrated), will be at the Indiana University Women's Invitational in Bloomington, In. Women's Track and Field will make the quick trip to Athens, Ohio, for Saturday's McDonald's Invitaional. The Herd is led by senior Shelby Pride, who was 19th in the 5,000 meter run at the Raleigh (NC) Relays last weekend.

The complete MU schedule for this weekend (*MAC Contest):

March 30 at Louisville, Cardinal Stadium 3:00 p.m.
April 2 *Miami, University Heights 3:00 p.m.
April 3 *Miami, University Heights 1:00 p.m.
April 4 *Miami, University Heights 1:00 p.m.
(Live Broadcast-WRVC 930 AM)

April 2 Annual Green-White Spring Game, Joan C. Edwards Stadium, 3:00 p.m.
(Live Broadcast-WRVC 930 AM)

April 2-3 at Kentucky/Johnny Owens Invitational, Lexington, KY

April 3-4 at Indiana University Invitational, Bloomington, IN

March 31 at *Bowling Green-DH, Bowling Green, Ohio 2:00 p.m.
April 3 *Toledo-DH, Dot Hicks Field 1:00 p.m.
April 4 *Toledo, Dot Hicks Field 1:00 p.m.

Swimming and Diving-Women's
April 2-4 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis, Indiana

April 2 at *University At Buffalo, Amherst, NY 1:00 p.m.
April 3 at *University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 2:30 p.m.

Track and Field-Women's
April 3 at McDonald's Invitational, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

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