Herd to play Oakland, USF, Missouri, UMass-Lowell and No. 10 Tennessee
Zerkle named second team and Dixon named third team
Marshall lands player, pitcher and coach of the year
Senior Morgan Zerkle named CoSIDA Academic All-District
Three-game series begins Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. EDT
Guided the Herd to the C-USA semifinal...named to the 2007 Conference USA First Team and earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic team with a 3.20 cumulative GPA...became the second player in school history to be named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team for a third consecutive season...earned Louisville Slugger/NCFA All-American Second Team honors for a second straight season...finished her junior season as the C-USA leader with a career best .408 batting average...league leader in slugging percentage (.758), on-base percentage (.560), runs scored (47) and walks (51)...second among the league's elite in home runs (14), fourth in RBI (47) and eighth in stolen bases (12)...first player in school history to record more than 100 total bases for three straight seasons...holds the all-time Marshall records for home runs (41) and RBI (163)...enters the upcoming season fourth on the all-time list in runs (116), second in doubles (43) and second in total bases (367)...defenisvely, Folden led the team with 10 runners picked off...had three multi-homerun games, including a 3-for-3 five RBI performance against Kentucky, March 21...had another five RBI performance with two homeruns against Pacific, Feb. 11...third on team with 12 steals...was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team...hit a single in the bottom of the seventh to capture an upset victory over the 24th-ranked N.C. State Wolfpack...garnered the C-USA Player of the Week Award, Feb. 19...played for the Southern California Hurricanes and finished fourth at the ASA Women's Major Nationals...2007 Fellowship Christian Athlete Female of the Year.
Helped guide the Thundering Herd to its second straight conference championship game...named the 2006 C-USA Preseason and Regular Season Player of the Year...named to the All-Conference USA and NFCA All-Mideast Region first teams...earned All-America honors for the second straight season, being named to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger second team...won the elusive Conference USA "Triple Crown", leading C-USA in batting average, home runs and RBI...she tied the Conference USA single-season home run record with a school-record of 18 home runs...she is tied with Leigh Wintter as Marshall's all-time home run leader with 27 blasts...became the first player in school history to amass 50-plus RBI in consecutive seasons...picked off a conference-best seven runners, while throwing out 13 more along the base paths...finished the 2006 season tied for 12th nationally in home runs...also finished as the C-USA leader in conference-only home runs (7) and RBI (23)...on March 4, she became the first player in school history to hit three home runs in a game, accomplishing the feat against Austin Peay...she tied the C-USA single-game record set by Houston's Kristen Glowacz in 2004...Went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI in a 9-1 win over Appalachian State on Feb. 17...launched five home runs at the Buzz Classic in Atlanta, earning Buzz Classic All-Tournament honors...Folden finished the classic with five home runs and 10 RBI, earning Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Week honors for March 6...set the school single-season home run record at Southern Miss on March 12...added her 14th home run of the season at Virginia Tech on March 22, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader...went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the first game of a doubleheader against Tulsa April 22...Clinched her second C-USA Hitter of the Week honor on May 1 after tying the C-USA single-season home run mark in the final weekend of the regular season.
Made an immediate impact as a freshman, leading the Thundering Herd to its second Mid-American Conference regular season championship in the last three seasons...was a three-time MAC East Division Player of the Week honoree (March 21, April 25, May 2)...led the Herd in batting average (.406), hits (73), doubles (19), RBI (60), total bases (119), slugging percentage (.661), on-base percentage (.468) and fielding percentage (.993)...Was one of only three players to start all 58 games in 2005...Had 20 multi-hit and 16 multi-RBI games...Began her college career with a nine-game hitting streak that included six multi-hit games...Launched first career home run against CS-Northridge on Feb. 5...Went 3-for-4 with two RBI vs. Indiana on Feb. 6...Drove in three runs vs. East Carolina on March 5...went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI vs. Oakland on March 18...Named MAC East Division Player of the Week for March 21...launched two home runs, going 3-for-4 with three RBI vs. Bowling Green on April 22...Went 4-for-4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and a career-high five RBI in the second half of a doubleheader at Ball State on April 25...Named MAC East Division Player of the Week for April 25...Drove in three runs at Kent State on May 7 and vs. Western Michigan on May 12 at the MAC Tournament.
Hit .531 as a senior at Diamond Bar HS en route to being named Sierra League MVP, first team All-Area, first team All-State and a member of the Los Angeles Times All-State team...member of the 2004 team that was ranked 30th in the country...named Sierra League MVP in her junior campaign as well as tallying first team All-CIF Southern Section accolades...also named to the Underclass All-State team in 2003...inducted into the Diamond Bar Brahma Hall of Fame and also had jersey retired...played club ball for the California Thunder and Corona Angels.
Full name is Rachel Leanne Folden...born on January 13, 1987...Daughter of Michael and Gina Folden...has two older brothers, Leo (28) and Russell (24)...Majoring in mathematics.