Herd Baseball To Face Demanding Schedule
2002 Slate Features 31 Home Games
The Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team, after posting the most victories in 15 seasons last spring, will play a 2002 schedule that will feature 31 home games on 26 dates.
Herd head coach Dave Piepenbrink led his squad to a 24-29 mark last year despite playing just 17 home games. The slate this spring features a much more conducive home schedule at Marshall?s cozy University Heights Field.
In addition to the heavy home schedule, the Herd will face a host of top notch opponents in 2002. The highlights of the schedule include a tournament at Charleston, SC, road trips to face regular NCAA Tournament teams Auburn and Winthrop and a big game against Kentucky in Lexington.
"We are looking forward to the increased amount of home games this season," Piepenbrink said. "It gives our fans the chance to come out and support our team against some quality competition."
Marshall will start the season with a series of February road dates. Opening day will be at Winthrop, which returns a talented squad from an NCAA Regional team last year. The Herd will follow that with February trips to Auburn and Charleston, SC, for a tournament that will include host Charleston Southern as well as Hofstra and Maryland.
The Herd will travel to face Kentucky of the Southeastern Conference on April 9.
"Our trips to Withrop, Auburn and Kentucky give us a chance to play against some great, successful teams," Piepenbrink said.
The Herd will spend much of the second month of the year at home, with dates scheduled against Wright State and Youngstown State from the Horizon Conference, UNC Asheville from the Southern Conference and Division II schools West Virginia State and Concord.
Marshall will open play in the Mid-American Conference at home against Toledo on March 23-24.
Other home MAC series include Akron (April 13-14), Miami (April 26-28), Ohio (May 10 & 12) and Eastern Michigan (May 17-19). League road series will include at Buffalo (March 29-31), at Bowling Green (April 19-21), at Kent State (May 3-5) and at Ohio (May 11).
The Herd returns five starters and a host of young pitchers for the 2002 season. The team is currently going through fall practice at University Heights, and all practices are open for the public.