First pitch with the former Mid-American Conference foe set for 3 p.m. from Dot Hicks Field
Herd to play Oakland, USF, Missouri, UMass-Lowell and No. 10 Tennessee
Marshall lands player, pitcher and coach of the year
Three-game series begins Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. EDT
Senior taken 26th overall
2004: Had the seventh best ERA (1.67) in the MAC in 2004...went 13-17 and led all Herd pitchers in strikeouts (130) and innings pitched (163)...blanked UNC- Wilmington with one hitter on March 12...named MAC East Pitcher of the Week on March 8, picking up two wins on the mound, including a relief win against Pittsburgh in which she gave up no hits to the Panthers, after surrendering only two hits in an earlier loss to the Big East foe and also struck out seven in five innings of work in a win over Eastern Michigan....started the year at 4-0, including a 5-0 win against #24 Southern Illinois on Feb. 6...struck out 11 against Central Florida for a 2-1 win on Feb. 7...threw a two-hitter against Kent State on May 8 as the Herd fought to stay in tournament contention...started in 28 contests.
2003: MAC Pitcher of the Year...Second-team All-Mideast Region selection...Her 23 wins were the most in a season in Marshall history and the 23rd most in the country in 2003...Led the MAC in nearly every pitching category including ERA (.093 in MAC play, 1.93 overall), strikeouts (155), shutouts (8) and wins (23)...Was ranked as high as 12th in the country in win-loss percentage...Her ERA was ranked her 47th in the nation...Also tossed four one-hitters...her 3.47 grade point average also helped her achieve All-MAC Academic recognition.
2002: Pitched more innings (115) than any other Herd hurler...also led pitching staff in strike outs (78), complete games (9) and batting average against (.251)...gave up only five hits in seven innings while striking out four in first collegiate start versus the University of Mississippi...tossed a no-hitter, walking only one batter and striking out six against Appalachian State...earned 3-2 win over Oakland University while giving up only two hits in nine innings...struck out seven batters on March 16th versus Dayton for a career high...posted a 3.21 ERA...had 10 put outs 32 assists and only three errors in the field... MAC Honor Roll recipient.
High School: Lettered in soccer and softball at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, AZ....softball team won the Arizona state championship in 2001....named second team all Sonoran in 2001 and had lowest E.R.A. in 2000....four year honor roll student
Personal: Born Nov. 14, 1982...daughter of Ronald and Linda Nielson...father played AAA baseball....business major.