The Herd is the sole team entering the tournament with a 0-0 record
Chanda Bell enters her first season as Marshall's pitching coach. She joins the Thundering Herd's staff after a decorated playing career at the University of Kentucky. Bell has one year of coaching experience after serving as a student assistant coach with the Wildcats last season.
During her playing days, she earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Academic Team and an SEC Freshman Player of the Week accolade as a rookie. She made UK history against Western Kentucky, pitching the Wildcats' first no-hitter. Bell claimed the school record for strikeouts in a season and broke the UK single-game record with 15 strikeouts on three occasions, setting a precedent for herself for later years to come.
As a sophomore, she earned All-SEC Academic Team honors, broke her own single-season record with 288 strikeouts and earned an NCAA win over Ohio State. In her 2011 junior season, she became the first UK player to rack up 700 or more strikeouts in a career. She threw the school's first SEC no-hitter against Mississippi State, and the school's first perfect game against Austin Peay. She took her second NCAA victory against Michigan in the third game of the NCAA regional.
As a senior, she threw 208 strikeouts, being the only pitcher in UK history to have four seasons with 200 or more K's. She earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors two consecutive weeks, while also taking NFCA National Player of the Week - the first player in history to receive the accolade. She became the Wildcats' all-time winningest pitcher and earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in the 2012 season.
Bell went 68-44 with six saves and 17 shutouts. She had a career ERA of 2.55 and pitched 910 strikeouts in 724 innings.