By JACK BOGACZYK
HERD INSIDER EDITOR
HUNTINGTON – The euphoria has stopped, and the cheering has waned, but the echoes of the biggest weekends in Marshall’s 20-year softball history still reverberate at Dot Hicks Field.
After the Thundering Herd’s first NCAA regionals bid achieved with a first-time Conference USA Tournament title, Coach Shonda Stanton isn’t letting go of her team’s 36-22 season, while looking ahead in hopes to adding to the success of this spring.
“It’s been unbelievable,” Stanton said of the loud applause for the Herd at the NCAA and after going 1-2 in the regional at Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium last weekend. “Our team was so impressed with how that stadium was rocking Friday night. It was the third-largest crowd over the 16 regional sites, behind only Alabama and Michigan, I think. The 1,699, there had to be one more person there somewhere, right, 1,700 maybe?
“But really, we had half of those, if not more. It wasn’t just 800 fans sitting at a game, it was 800 rocking, lots of cheers, ‘We are …,’ ‘Let’s go Herd!’ And it was constant. It was just great.
“Here, just the buzz around town. I got 147 missed texts from the game, just people congratulating us, how hard we played, how we fought, everybody’s just proud of us right now.”