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Thundering Herd Football Camps Start Thursday

HUNTINGTON – Marshall football starts its camp season with its one-day camps on Thursday and Saturday. The Herd will also have 7 vs. 7 camps and a Big Man camp on June 14-15 as well as an Elite Showcase camp on July 23. Register at

The Herd opens the 2017 season with Miami-Ohio at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Sept. 2.



MUGOLF Thomas Frazier qualifies for WV Amateur June 12-15

Men’s golf junior Thomas Frazier qualifies for WV Amateur by winning at Sleepy Hollow

HURRICANE, W.Va. – Marshall men’s golf junior Thomas Frazier shot an even-par 72 on Monday to win the West Virginia Amateur qualifier by four strokes at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. The victory advanced Frazier to the 98th annual West Virginia Amateur from June 12-15 on the Cobb Course at Glade Springs.

This spring, the junior had a 75.4 stroke average, which was good for No. 3 on the team. The Huntington, W.Va., native had two finishes in the top-30 during the 2016-17 season.


2014 Marshall Baseball vs Ohio

Sam Finfer semifinalist for Breakout Player of the Year award

OMAHA, Neb. – Marshall baseball senior Sam Finfer has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports. The award honors college baseball’s Breakout Player of the Year and is awarded annually to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season. The semifinalist list consists of 25 players from NCAA Division I. Finfer is the only player from Conference USA to be named to the list.

After receiving no preseason recognition, Finfer turned in a stellar senior season that resulted in being named to the All-Conference USA First Team. The Bellevue, Wash., native led C-USA with 18 home runs and a .692 slugging percentage at the end of the regular season. His home run total was tied for the fifth-best in a single season in Marshall history.

Finfer finished the season hitting .338 while holding a team-high 68 hits, 17 doubles, 51 runs batted in, 139 total bases, and a .410 on-base percentage. He had 19 multi-hit games, including two games with four hits. He was second on the team with 11 multiple RBI games. Finfer raised his batting average by 120 points, his slugging percentage by 301 points and his on-base percentage by 25 points. He had 34 more hits, 24 more RBIs, 23 more extra-base hits and 16 more runs scored than he did his junior year.

Finalists for the Gregg Olson Award will be announced during NCAA Super Regional action. The winner will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series.


MUSB 2017 Elicia D'Orazio with Golden Shoe for leading nation in stolen bases

Elicia D’Orazio Wins Golden Shoe Award for leading nation in Stolen Bases

HUNTINGTON – Junior Elicia D’Orazio and the Marshall softball team finished the season atop the nation in stolen bases. D’Orazio wins the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award as the individual leader. The junior stole a team and Conference USA record 59 bases, an average of 1.09 per game. Marshall led the country with 162 total and 3.00 per game.

“This is one of the most exciting awards for our program because we pride ourselves on wanting the next 60 feet,” Herd coach Shonda Stanton said. “Elicia is one of the most exciting base runners I have ever coached and can single-handedly manufacture runs. We are pleased for her to receive this recognition.”

D’Orazio has been among the nation’s leaders in stolen bases throughout most of the season. The fleet-footed junior recorded at least one theft in 36 of 54 games. Seventeen times she stole more than one base and tied her career-high with four against UAB on May 5. In that same contest, D’Orazio broke Marshall’s single-season record of 51 set by Kaelynn Greene in 2016. Against Wright State (April 5), D’Orazio became the sixth player in Marshall history to reach 100 career stolen bases. She is now fourth all-time with 122.

She began the season with two steals in the 2017 opener against Lipscomb and even stole home in the bottom of the eighth to give Marshall the 2-1 win. The Clermont, Fla., native ripped off two steals at No. 3 Florida State on Feb. 11. The Puerto Rico National Team member was not done with stealing in just the regular season. D’Orazio nabbed six more stolen bases through the Conference USA Tournament and the NCAA Regionals in Lexington, Ky. After setting her sights on Marshall’s record, D’Orazio went after the C-USA single-season mark of 57 set by Chrystal Stevens of Southern Miss in 2000.

Needing just one more to break the record, and Marshall trailing 1-0 to DePaul at Regionals, D’Orazio got on base in the bottom of the sixth with an infield single. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, the speedster stole third to break the C-USA record. She accomplished the feat in 23 fewer games than Stevens. Still not done, the nation’s leader in thefts stole home two pitches later to tie the game at 1-1.

Marshall has become public enemy number one in grand larceny on the bases. The Herd led the country in stolen bases for the third time in the past seven seasons and is the only program to lead the country more than twice since 2000. Marshall first accomplished the feat in 2011 and then again in 2015.

The Herd shattered the team and Conference USA single-game record with 16 thefts against Delaware State on March 5. It was one away from the NCAA record of 17 set by Nicholls State against Saint Peter’s on April 1, 1994. Marshall’s old record of 11 was set against Middle Tennessee on April 10, 2015. The old C-USA record of 12 was done by East Carolina against UNC Wilmington on March 28, 2012.

The Herd has recorded over 100 steals in a season nine consecutive years and 11 times in program history. The team has broken the program record in three consecutive seasons as well. Marshall has been ranked in the Top 10 in the country (11) more times than any other school since Shonda Stanton took over in 2000. Alabama is next at seven.

In 2015, the Herd also sported the Golden Shoe Award winner in then sophomore Morgan Zerkle who had 47 and an average of .94 per game. Zerkle was named to the Senior CLASS Award First Team last week.

Softball 2017 Winner

Name Position School
Alex Powers First Base Florida State University

First Team

Name Position School
Kasey Cooper Infielder Auburn University
Sara Groenewegen Pitcher/Utility University of Minnesota
Delaney Spaulding Shortstop UCLA
Morgan Zerkle Utility Marshall University

Second Team

Name Position School
Ali Aguilar Infielder University of Washington
Hannah Flippen Second Base Utah
Delanie Gourley Pitcher University of Florida
Kylee Hanson Pitcher Florida Atlantic
MJ Knighten Third Base Nebraska

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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