Marshall Baseball Golf, Alumni Game Oct. 3-4

While football is kicking off the season this weekend, Marshall baseball is hoping to continue gathering momentum from last year's 30-30-1 mark and the appearance in the Conference USA Championship game in New Orleans. There will be two special events coming up on October 3-4 for former players and those who want to support the program financially.

The Marshall Dugout Club, the booster club for baseball, is proud to announce its first annual Green-White Alumni Game and 14th annual Golf Tournament, coming up in conjunction with the Herd hosting Cincinnati in football on Friday, October 3. The golf event will be at the Riviera Country Club on Route 2, north of Huntington, and sign-up begins at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 At 9:30 p.m., there will be a putting contest followed by a 10 a.m. "shotgun" start.

The cost is only $100 per person, and that will include a tailgate before the 8 p.m. ESPN kickoff with the Bearcats of the Big East Conference and admission to the Green-White Alumni Game on Saturday, October 4. At the football game, the 2008 team will be honored for winning a MU record 30 games, plus playing for the C-USA title. Also being honored is the 1978 MU baseball team who won the Southern Conference and advanced to the NCAA Regional with 27 wins, beating Clemson and Florida State before falling to Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. to just miss the College World Series.

A foursome can save by registering for $350. Sponsorships are also available at $1,000 for the tournament, or sponsor of a tee box or green for just $150. Call Josh Brown of the Dugout Club at 304-633-2171 for more info, or call the baseball office at 304-696-5277. Prizes include a "half-the-pot" for the putting contest, prizes for "closet to the pin" and "longest drive" and for first place in the scramble. There will be many door prizes drawn for, and there is a $10,000 Hole In One hole as well at "The Riv."


Nate Lape, Marshall's All-Conference USA center fielder, was a key player for the 2008 Herd's run to the championship game in New Orleans in the C-USA Tournament. photo courtesy of HerdZone.com.

On Saturday, the Alumni will play a game prior to the Green-White game for the 2009 team. Coaches will be former head coaches/players/MU Hall of Fame members Dave Piepenbrink, who hit .373 for his career and won 170 games as head coach, and the legendary Jack Cook, who played from 1949-52, then won 422 games starting as an interim head coach in 1955, then as head coach from 1967-89, leading the . 11:30 a.m. is batting practice at the YMCA Kennedy Center, where the Herd will play home games at George Smailes Field this coming season, and the game will start at 1 p.m.

For those who don't golf, the tailgate and luncheon after the Alumni game cost just $25. All alumni of MU baseball are asked to come to the game, even if they are not playing, to meet Coach Jeff Waggoner and his Thundering Herd C-USA Runners-up. MU has signed eight players since the spring to add to a lineup that returns Nate Lape and Adam Yeager, who both played this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

Next week, the MU baseball team will have a different event. The team will hold its Fall Skills Camp Sept. 6-7 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., where the Herd plays its C-USA games. The camp will be held for kids in grades 9-12 and the cost is $150 per player. The deadline to register for the camp is Sept. 1. Check-in will take place at 8:00 a.m., Sept. 6.

Events will include introductions, a skills test and a series of games. The camp will also feature lectures on academics and strength training before concluding at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 7. An online form can also be found on the Marshall Baseball page at www.HerdZone.com or contact the Marshall Baseball office at (304) 696-6454.

The Marshall University baseball program will conduct walk-on tryouts, Monday, Sept. 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center on Route 2. Anyone interested must contact the Marshall University Compliance office before trying out. Participants should bring a baseball glove, cleats and baseball pants to the tryout.


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