Sports Year Winds Down At Marshall

The sports year, the first in Conference USA for the Thundering Herd is winding down as Marshall University's 169th Commencement is set for Saturday, May 6, at the Big Sandy Super Stores Arena in downtown Huntington. Finals are about done, as are the seasons for baseball, softball, track & field and other spring sports for MU student-athletes. On the other hand, that means the opportunities for Herd fans to get up close and personal with Marshall coaches and staff is coming up starting May 13.

Herd baseball will play at Tulane May 5-6-7, then return home for the final two weekends of the season. Marshall will host Morehead State in a single game on May 10, then New York Tech on May 12-13-14, all at University Heights. The Herd will then close out the regular season by hosting No. 1 Rice at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park on May 18-19-20, all part of a day-night doubleheader with the West Virginia Power. Marshall will play in the C-USA tournament May 24 through the 28 in Houston, Texas.

Herd softball and track & field are off this week, but will move into Conference USA post-season play on May 11-12. Softball is waiting to see if it will be a No. 1, 2 or 3 seed for the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the women's track and field, which has re-written the MU record book the last few weekends, will move to El Paso, Texas for the C-USA meet. Tennis is waiting to see if the No. 55th-ranked Herd will get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while expecting a bid for the doubles team of Kellie Schmitt and Lynzee Kever. Schmitt topped Marshall's Conference USA accolades as the Pittsburgh, Pa., native was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year by the league office. Schmitt was also named to the All-Conference first team along with teammate, Kever, who is a junior. Schmitt and Kever were also tabbed the doubles team of the championship for C-USA.

But May also signals the start of summertime events for fans of the Herd to meet with coaches, staff and former Thundering Herd stars. First up is the Annual Herd Hoops 5K Fun Run/Walk at Ritter Park on Saturday, May 13. Contact the basketball office at 304-696-6460 for more information. The next weekend is the Mike Bartrum and Troy Brown annual football camp/auction/golf outing, beginning on May 20. You can have your children work out with Bartrum, Brown, Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Chris Crocker, Chris Hanson and many other former MU and current NFL stars at the camp (www.bartrumandbrown.com for information). The charity auction on Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel is always great fun and fantastic sports items you can purchase, and then play golf on Sunday with the same stars your kids learned from on Saturday at the Esquire Golf Club.

The Annual M Club Golf outing is the following day, also at Esquire. The M Club is funding an endowded scholarship with the yearly tournament and expects a full field. For information, call the M Club office at 304-696-3978.

Events later in May for Herd fans include the MAD4MU Big Green Club Golf and Outdoor Event at Tug Valley Country Club in Sprigg, W.Va. on Thursday, May 24. Play a challenging course that crosses into Kentucky before ending back in the Mountain State. Contact John Smith with the Marshall Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-4661 for more information. May 26th is the MGM Big Green Club's annual golf tournament at Riverside Golf Course in Mason, W.Va. David Steele is the contact on this event, with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Call the MU athletic department at 304-696-5408 for information on the annual event for Herd supporters in Meigs and Gallia Counties in Ohio and Mason County, West Virginia.


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