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
Tribolet moves to Herd from Florida junior college
Greene and Zerkle named first team with Dixon second team
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.