Story was first featured in the Marshall football program on Sept. 10 against Morgan State
Marshall explodes for nine runs in the third
Former UNLV standout entering her fourth season with the Herd
Boster, Kiekover, Phares and Zerkle among 18 honorees from 2015-16
Zerkle, D’Orazio and Bennett will be playing in Oklahoma City, July 5-10
Summer of 2016: Played in the World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City ... Team finished fourth with a record of 4-1 ... Hit .667 (4-for-6), scored five runs, three RBI and two stolen bases ... Blasted a home run in her first plate appearance of the tournament vs. Mexico.
2016 Top 50 Watch List USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
2016 Top 25 Finalist USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
2016 NFCA Mideast All-Region First Team
2016 All-Conference USA First Team
2016 Conference USA All-Academic Team
2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2016 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award
GP/GS: 34/33 ... Picked up right where she left off from the 2015 season ... Invited to the ASA/USA National Team tryout in California and selected to the ASA/USA Women’s National Elite Team ... Missed 22 games due to ankle injury ... Hit .482 with 54 hits in 34 games and stole 28 bases ... Through first 20 games before injury was leading team in average (.500), runs (20), hits (33), on base percentage (.515) and tied for lead in steals (20) ... The fastest player to 100 career stolen bases in Herd history in just 114th game played vs. Hofstra Feb. 20 ... Became the fastest player to reach 200 career hits in program history in 137th career game vs. FIU May 1 (old record was 159 games) ... Began the season with seven straight games of two or more hits ... Recorded a hit in 30 of 34 games played ... Ended 2016 on 12-game hitting streak ... 15 Multi-hit games including season best 4-for-4 with three RBI at WKU in regular season finale May 8 ... Nine Multi-SB games including season best four vs. Hofstra Feb. 20 ... Stole home vs. #15 Arizona at the BAMA Bash Feb. 28 ... Hit two triples and is second all-time with eight career ... Marshall’s career leader in batting average (.442) ... One of two Marshall players to bat over .400 in two seasons (Kaelynn Greene the other) ... Third all-time in career stolen bases (123) ... Hit a double in second at-bat back from injury at FAU April 16 off of C-USA Pitcher of the Year Kylee Hanson ... Belted second home run and triple of the season in the series sweep of Middle Tennessee State, just second series returning from injury (April 23-24) ... Hit walk-off bunt single vs. UTSA in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament to give the Herd the 1-0 victory (May 11).
2015 Golden Shoe Award Winner: Nation’s Leader in Stolen Bases
2015 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
2015 NFCA Mideast All-Region First Team
2015 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
2015 CoSida Academic All-District Team
2015 All-Conference USA First Team
2015 Conference USA All-Academic Team
2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2015 College Sports Madness Conference USA Player of the Year
2015 Conference USA Player of the Week: February 16th & March 9th
2015 Marshall Female Athlete of the Year
2015 Top 10 NCAA Stolen Bases Per Game (1st - .94)
2015 Top 10 NCAA Stolen Bases (1st - 47)
2015 Top 10 NCAA Batting Average (2nd - .506)
2015 Top 10 NCAA Hits (T4th - 89)
GP/GS: 50/50 ... Had one of the best single seasons in program history ... Began the season with a 27-game hitting streak ... Combined 33-game hitting streak with final 6 games of 2014 ... Recorded a hit in 47 of 50 games ... Her .506 average set the new school and Conference USA record and ranked No. 2 in Division I ... 89 hits set a new school record ... Zerkle’s 47 stolen bases and .94 stolen bases per game led Division I ... Finished with 62 runs (most in a single season) and her 1.64 runs per game ranked No. 6 in DI and No. 1 in Conference USA ... Drove in 28 RBI ... Walked 16 times ... Had a .549 on-base percentage (third highest in program history) and .631 slugging percentage (sixth highest) ... Set Marshall single game high for hits going 5-for-5 with 4 runs and 3 RBI against Bucknell on Feb. 14 ... Finished with 26 multi-hit games ... Had 14 multi-stolen bases games ... Sixth most total bases (111) ... Fourth all-time in career stolen bases.
2014 NFCA Mideast All-Region Second Team
2014 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
2014 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2014 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
2014 Conference USA Academic Medalist
2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2014 Top 10 NCAA Stolen Bases Per Game (T4th - .81)
2014 Top 10 NCAA Stolen Bases (T2nd - 48)
GP/GS: 59/59 ... Hit .358 for the season tied for third highest by a freshman in Marshall history ... Collected 67 hits (third highest by a freshman at Marshall), 43 runs (second highest by a freshman), 20 RBI, 13 walks and 72 total bases (fifth highest by a freshman) in 2014 ... Successfully stole a Herd record 48 bases out of 50 attempted ... Finished the season with a .385 slugging percentage and a .401 on-base percentage ... Hit two triples in 2014, against Winthrop on Feb. 16 and Louisiana Tech on May 4 ... Hit a double against Middle Tennessee on April 5 ... Scored three runs in three separate games in 2014 ... Tied the MU single game record stealing four bases against UNC Wilmington on March 20 ... Recorded first career hit, run and stolen base against Western Illinois on Feb. 14 ... Ranked third in highest single season stolen base percentage with .960 ... Tied for ninth in school history for most games played in a single season with 59 ... Tied for eighth in total games started in single season school history with 59 ... Tied for eighth most at bats in a single season with 187 ... Her 43 runs and 67 hits ranked as seventh and eighth highest in program history respectively ... Had three hitting streaks of at least six games.
High School: Earned first team MSAC honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013 ... named first team all-state in 2011 and 2013 ... MSAC Player of the Year in 2013 ... WV Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 ... recorded .651 batting average and 23 RBIs while hitting four home runs and eight triples with a .683 on-base percentage during her senior year.
Personal: Daughter of Tammy Workman and Matthew Zerkle ... has four siblings Haley, Madison, Tanner and Blake ... majoring in exercise science.