Oct. 14, 2008
2009 Marshall Baseball Schedule
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - With the winningest season in program history just a few short months in the rearview mirror, the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball schedule for the 2009 season was announced today.
Fifty-six games dot Marshall's upcoming campaign, including 21 home contests. The Herd's Conference USA home slate, which features 2008 NCAA Regional participants East Carolina, Houston and Tulane, along with UAB, will be played at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Marshall's nine remaining home contests will be played at the Kennedy Center on Route 2 in Huntington.
The Herd will also play eight road games against four NCAA Regional teams from a year ago, including midweek tilts against Virginia and Kentucky, as well as three-game sets with C-USA foes Southern Miss and Rice. The schedule also features three new opponents, as Marshall will meet Old Dominion, Radford and South Florida for the first time in program history.
For the second time in as many years, Marshall will travel to North Carolina to open its season. The Herd will participate in the four-team Wake Forest University Tournament to open the season, beginning with a Feb. 20 match-up with Akron. Marshall will play a pair of games against Old Dominion and a contest against tournament host Wake Forest. The Herd will stay in the Carolinas, traveling to Charleston, S.C. for The Citadel Tournament. The tournament field includes Tennessee Tech, Radford and the host Bulldogs. Marshall will then play its ninth straight road match in Oxford, Ohio, against Miami University.
Marshall will play the first of its nine non-conference home games beginning with a showdown with Morehead State, March 4 at the Kennedy Center. The Herd's non-conference home schedule includes midweek battles with Kent State, Xavier, Eastern Kentucky, Ohio, Miami University and a three-game set with Youngstown State.
League competition starts March 20-22 when the Herd travels to Memphis, Tenn., for a showdown with the Tigers. Marshall then welcomes East Carolina to West Virginia and Power Park for its first C-USA home series, March 27-29.
Among Marshall's conference games is a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., where the Golden Eagles will host the Herd April 3-5. Southern Miss. will also be the site of the 2009 C-USA Baseball Championship. After the Golden Eagles took the regular season series 2-1 and the first of three meetings during the 2008 C-USA Baseball Championship, Marshall defeated Southern Miss 6-3 and then 5-3 to earn a spot in the championship game against Houston.
Marshall concludes its regular season slate with a three-game set with Tulane at Power Park. The Herd also took two decisions from last year's conference tournament host Green Wave during Marshall's Cindarella postseason run. The 2009 C-USA Baseball Championship will take place May 20-24 in Hattiesburg, Miss., with the NCAA Regionals beginning May 29-31.