Marshall to play South Carolina State, Presbyterian, EKU, Georgia Southern and Delaware State
Began season on the Conference USA preseason all-conference list at the designated hitter position...finished with a second team all-conference selection for the second straight year...after a stellar season, Rodriguez was the second Herd player named the C-USA Hitter of the Week after performances against Ohio and Memphis...ended the season with a career best .321 batting average...finished third on team in batting average...started 58 games for the Herd...second on the team in home runs (11), total bases (109), slugging percentage (592) and walks (20)...enjoyed team-highs in doubles (17) and RBI (51)...went 2-for-3 with two doubles against Pacific, Feb. 11...recorded a career-high six RBI in a 2-for-3, two home run performance versus Eastern Kentucky...went 2-for-2 with two RBI, one run, one double and one home run against C-USA foe, Memphis (part of her C-USA Hitter of the Week selection)...had a notable effort in the series opener against UCF March 31, and drove in three runs after hitting 2-for-four with a double...had 18 multi-hit contests, with eight coming in conference play...knocked in three RBI with a home run and scored two runs after a 3-for-4 day...concluded C-USA tournament hitting .300 with an RBI and a double...had career high three stolen bases on the season.
Enjoyed a breakout season, starting 54 games...finished fifth on the team with a .295 batting average, while hitting six home runs and driving in 31 runs...doubled her home runs from 2005 in the first six games of the 2006 season...earned second team All-Conference USA honors as a designated player...went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in an 8-0 season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State Feb. 10 at the Bama Bash...went 2-for-4 with a game-winning, three-run home run to complete a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Eastern Kentucky Feb. 11...was named to the Bama Bash All-Tournament Team, going 4-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBI in four games...went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run against Appalachian State on Feb. 17...added her fourth home run of the season later in the day, going 2-for-3 with two RBI against Winthrop...went 2-for-4 with two RBI against nationally-ranked Georgia Feb. 18...assembled a seven-game hitting streak March 4-12...went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI against Akron March 8...her two-run home run was her second walk-off home run of the season...posted back-to-back two-hit performances against UCF...went 2-for-3 with three RBI at Virginia Tech March 22...Drove in three runs in a three-game series sweep of UAB...went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in game two of a doubleheader with Ohio April 18...added three RBI in the Herd's regular season C-USA series finale at Memphis April 29.
Started in 21 games...made her first career start at UNLV on Feb. 4, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI...had a two-run double vs. Buffalo on March 26...hit her first career home run, a three-run shot - at Miami on April 10...Went 2-for-5 with an RBI against Western Michigan on May 12...hit her second home run of the season against Miami on May 12...finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Member of the Freedom High School squad that captured three consecutive NCS Championships...played summer ball for ASA Sorcerer...won two national championships with Sorcerers.
Full name is Samantha Marie Rodriguez...born on May 11, 1986...Daughter of Tony and Valerie Miranda...one sister, Kellie...majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.