The winter showcase is scheduled for Jan. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 2011 Herd Challenge winner is Isaac Ballou
Waggoner's team wins 5-1 over Blain's
The series resumes on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The annual Green and White World Series will feature six games over two weekends.
Blain enters his first year with the Marshall baseball program after being a former player for Coach Waggoner from 2005-2009. He will work mainly with the outfielders and pitchers, and will also serve as a liaison to the strength and conditioning staff.
For the past year, Blain lived in Washington, PA working for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation.
During his time at Marshall, Blain was a left-handed pitcher for the Herd. He led the team in ERA as a freshman in 2006 with a 2.25, and again as a senior in 2009 at 2.35. He is currently third at MU in career appearances with 82. Blain was also the Herd Challenge champion his sophomore year and received the baseball leadership award in 2007 and 2009. Along with being the Herd Champion, Blain was named "Lifter of the Year" in 2007. He was awarded the Cam Henderson Scholarship in 2007.
"I'm very excited to have Andrew Blain join our staff this year", commented Coach Waggoner. "Andrew and I have talked ever since he graduated about coming back and helping the program. I know Andrew wants to become a college baseball coach and I respect what Andrew did here on and off the field. He was a true leader in the program and one of the hardest workers I have ever been a part of. The players will benefit having Andrew as a part of this coaching staff."
Blain graduated from Marshall in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, and in 2010 with a Master's of Science in Exercise Science/Cardiac Rehabilitation. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Arts and Teaching degree in Health/Physical Education.
Blain is the son of David and Marsha Blain and has a sister, Courtney Green. He is a native of Huntington, W. Va, where he graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2004. He is currently residing in Huntington with his wife Laura.