Marshall one of 14 programs selected in Division I
Fall Camp to take place Saturday, Oct. 1
First game Saturday Sept. 24 at Kentucky Christian
Former UNLV standout entering her fourth season with the Herd
Three sessions to take place October 1
Associate head coach Kendall Fearn just finished her fourth season as Marshall's hitting and outfield coach. During Fearn’s four seasons, Marshall hit .313, recorded over 440 hits every year, stole 588 bases, scored 1,082 runs including three of the top four scoring seasons in program history and won 135 games.
Marshall turned in possibly its greatest season in program history in Fearn’s fourth season. In 2017, the Herd won a program-best 42 games, finished the season ranked 24th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and spent most of the year with a top 30 RPI. Marshall set a team record with a 17-game winning streak while going undefeated in the month of March. The Herd went 20-4 in Conference USA winning the regular season championship and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2017, Marshall batters hit over .300 and broke the team record for most steals in a season for the third-straight time. The Herd led the nation with 162 stolen bases and junior Elicia D’Orazio led individually with a team and Conference USA record 59 thefts. On March 5, the Herd set the team, Conference USA record and was one away from the NCAA record with 16 stolen bases against Delaware State. Under Fearn’s tutelage, senior Morgan Zerkle hit over .400 for the third time and established all-time Herd records in career batting average (.451), stolen bases (162) and triples (14). Zerkle finished in the top five in numerous other categories including second all-time in runs scored (141) and hits (289). While working with Zerkle, the USA National Team member saw her extra base hits total increase from seven to 28 and her slugging percentage rise almost 200 points. The Herd averaged over eight hits per game and recorded 10 or more hits 18 times. Junior Taylor McCord saw an incredible increase in her offensive numbers during her third season working with Fearn. McCord hit .349 and led Marshall with 12 home runs and 52 runs batted in. By the end of the season, Marshall hitters were honored three times as C-USA players of the week, the C-USA Player of the Year (Zerkle), five selected to all-conference teams, three NFCA Mideast All-Region members and a NFCA All-America Second Team pick (Zerkle).
In 2016, the Herd finished with a 30-26 record and a .310 team batting average, second in Conference USA. Five hitters batted over .300 with Senior Kaelynn Greene (.486) and Junior Morgan Zerkle (.482) leading the way for the Herd offensively. The Herd continued its ways with a speed dominated offense as they led the conference with 154 swiped bags (team record) and ranked third nationally in stolen bases per game (2.75). Six players earned All-C-USA honors and three landed a spot on the NFCA Mideast All-Region team. Fearn coached Greene for three seasons and each year saw her batting average rise as well as setting career marks in hits (299), stolen bases (141) and sacrifice hits (38).
In 2015, Marshall finished 35-15, had six NFCA All-Mideast region selections, five All-C-USA honors and the conference freshman of the year (Elicia D’Orazio). 2015 was also a record breaking season as the Herd’s offense shattered the programs record book. The Herd led the country in total stolen bases (153) and per game (3.06) along with sophomore Morgan Zerkle receiving the “Golden Shoe Award” for individually leading the nation with .94 thefts per game. Marshall registered a .345 team batting average that broke the old team record of .294 set in 2004. The .345 average ranked first in C-USA and 11th in the nation. A team record seven players all finished hitting over .300.
Other team records set in 2015:
Highest on-base percentage .407 (41 points higher than the previous mark of .366 in 2008)
Most runs per game average of 5.4
Most hits per game with 9.28
Most RBI per game with 4.56
Most sac flies with 17
First time with more than one batter over .400 (Morgan Zerkle .506, Emileigh Cooper .434 & Kaelynn Greene .429)
First time with five players recording 50 hits or more (Zerkle 89, Greene 70, D’Orazio 57, Cooper 53 & Shaelynn Braxton 50)
First time with two players recording 70 or more hits
First time with two players with an on base percentage of .500 or better (Zerkle .549 & Cooper .500)
First time since 2003 that Marshall had four players score 30 or more runs for the year (Zerkle 62, D’Orazio 34, Cooper 32 & Greene 31)
During the record-breaking season 13 players combined for 122 multi-hit games, 11 players combined for 23 perfect games at the plate (at least 2-for-2), seven players combined for 30 multi-stolen base games, 11 players combined for 48 multi-RBI games and five players combined for 14 hitting streaks of five games or more.
In the 2014 season, Fearn helped the Herd continue its winning tradition in the Conference USA Tournament with a third consecutive trip to the final game against Tulsa. Four batters hit above .300, including Kaelynn Greene's .397 average. The Herd had 448 hits and 282 runs scored.
Fearn came to Marshall with three years of coaching experience, all of which came at the Division I level. She served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, her alma mater, while working to earn a master's degree in athletic administration from 2010-11. Fearn accepted a position on the UNLV coaching staff in 2011 and spent an additional year with the Rebels before heading east in 2012.
Fearn spent the 2013 season as an assistant at Georgia Southern University, where she helped guide the Eagles to an NCAA Gainesville Regional appearance after they captured the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament title.
In her student-athlete days, Fearn was a four-time letter winner at UNLV and team captain. She was a two-time Mountain West All-Conference Team selection and earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors twice. Fearn helped lead the Rebels to a NCAA Regional Appearance in 2009.
Academically, she was a three time All Mountain West Academic team member and a Mountain West Scholar Athlete in 2010.
Over her career, Fearn played in 228 games and started in 227 at first base and third base. She owned a batting average of .298 with 186 hits, 75 of which went for extra bases. Fearn left UNLV ranked in seven categories in UNLV'S career record book.