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Wamsley, one of best hitters ever to wear Marshall green, dies at 71

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Rusty Wamsley, an All Mid-American Conference baseball player for Marshall University in 1963 and a Point Pleasant, W.Va., native, passed away Saturday at his home in Opp, Ala., after a long bout with cancer. He was 71.

Wamsley set the Marshall season record with a .471 batting average in 1963. His .386 career average ranks second in Herd history to Greg Hill at .388.

Survivors include his wife, Jane (Oshel); daughter, Tiffany; son, Rustin; three grandchildren; three brothers; and his step-mother.

He received a business degree from Marshall in 1963.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd senior men's basketball players Rob Goff, Nigel Spikes and Dennis Tinnon are expected to join head coach Tom Herrion at Tuesday's meeting of the Tip-Off Club.

The noon luncheon is in the Marshall Foundation Hall. Cost is $15 for guests and $12 for members.

MEN'S GOLF

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Marshall's Nathan Kerns leads the individual standings and the Thundering Herd is second place after the first round in the Davidson College Invitational.

Kerns, a senior, fired a 1-under-par 71 Monday at River Run Country Club to lead Gardner-Webb's Steve Jones, Campbell's Jared Carver and Wofford's Cory Taylor by a shot.

Host Davidson shot 297 to hold the lead by a stroke over Marshall and by three over Gardner-Webb.

Other Herd scores were Jeremy Rogers, 74; Logan Lagodich, 76; Brian Anania, 77; and Jake Miller, 85.

The tournament ends Tuesday.

WOMEN'S GOLF

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Marshall is 28th out of 32 teams after two rounds in the Kiawah Island Intercollege. The Thundering Herd shot 336 Monday on the par-72 Cougar Point for a 36-hole total of 664.

Korakot Simsiriwong carded a 78 and is tied for 16th at 151. Other Marshall scores were Rachel Thompson, 82 -- 161; Maria Battaglia, 85 -- 176; Caitlyn Morrone, 91 -- 176; and Kristyn Morrone, 100 -- 197.

College of Charleston is the team leader with 596. Campbell University is second, four shots back.

Campbell's Brooke Bellomy, a Cabell Midland graduate, is one of three players tied for the individual lead with 145. The reigning West Virginia Women's Amateur champion carded a 4-under 68 on Oak Point Golf Club. Bellomy had four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys to match her career low.

Also at 145 are Tracy Martin of Richmond, who had 73 Monday, and College of Charleston's Julia Neumann, who shot 71.

Fanny Cnops of UNC Greensboro is next at 146 after turning in a 69.

The tournament wraps up Tuesday. Players from Campbell and College of Charleston are paired together. They're playing Cougar Point. Marshall's team is on Oak Point.

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