Saturday doubleheader will now begin at 10 a.m.
D'Orazio wins the Golden Shoe Award
Marshall finished season with program record 42 wins
Marshall plays Saturday in elimination game at 2:30 p.m.
The Word on the Herd -- May 18, 2017
Marshall softball plays the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars in Charleston.
Marshall and Kentucky play a fall softball game at Dot Hicks Field Sept. 16, 2012
Players from the Herd and the NPF team sign autographs during FanFest.
2017 Team Captain
GP/GS: 54/54 … Returned to Marshall after one year away from the game and became the voice behind the team … Started all 54 games at third and made many tough catches in foul territory … Hit .295 with 51 hits, 29 runs, 12 doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases … Second all-time at Marshall in career home runs (35) and RBI (171) trailing only four-time All-American Rachel Folden (2005-08) in both categories … Third most combined career extra base hits in program history with 79 (42 doubles, 35 home runs and two triples) … Recorded a hit in 40-of-54 games … Had nine games with two or more RBI, all Herd wins … Very first game back went 2-for-4 against Lipscomb (Feb. 10) … Reached base safely in the first 21 games of the year … Drove in first run of the season against Furman (Feb. 10) … Started career-best 14-game hitting streak versus Lipscomb (Feb. 11) and ran through Georgia Southern contest (March 4) … Crushed first home run of the year versus Delaware (Feb. 17) … Moved ahead of Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer Amanda Williams (2003-06) and Samantha Rodriguez (2005-08) for second all-time in career RBI with two more against Providence (Feb. 18) … Belted a three-run home run to right-center at Georgia Southern (March 4) … Walked three times, scored three runs and stole four bases as part of Herd’s program and conference record-setting 16 steals against Delaware State (March 5) one of the NCAA record set in 1994 … Hit two home runs and drove in four runs in series sweeping win over UTSA (March 12) … Season-high six assists in game one of series at Charlotte (March 18) … Drove in two runs to help Herd defeat FAU to take series in second game and then hit a solo home run in the second inning of game three to give Marshall the lead for good and the eventual series sweep (April 9) … Hit clutch RBI double with two outs in the sixth to give Herd the lead at FIU (April 14) … Hit 33rd career home run in game two at FIU (April 14) to move into second place all-time at Marshall … Went 3-for-3 with two home runs and a double, 10 total bases, at Middle Tennessee (April 29) … Scored a combined four runs during senior weekend against UAB (May 5-6) … Hit a double and was walked once in Conference USA Tournament contest with FIU (May 12) … Became the first Herd player to play in two NCAA Regionals (2013 & 2017) … Finished 2-for-4 and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth against DePaul (May 20) at the NCAA Regionals in Lexington … Ended time in Herd uniform with 46 games of two RBI or more and drove in at least one run in 89 career games.
2015 NFCA Mideast All-Region Third Team
2015 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
2015 Conference USA Second Team
2015 Conference USA Player of the Week: March 23rd
GP/GS 50-50 ... Hit .336 for the year, played primarily at third base ... Had 50 hits … Was one of a team record five players with 50 or more hits in 2015 … 56 RBI tied third most in a single season … Was the first player since Rachel Folden in 2005-06 to have 50+ RBI in consecutive seasons … Led team with 13 multi-RBI games and season high of six vs. Ohio (3/19) … Had seven games with three or more RBI … Became the first player in Herd history with 20 stolen bases and 50+ RBI in a season … Had three multi-stolen base games including career high three at Furman (3/28) … scored 25 runs ... Was team co-leader with five home runs ... Hit 11 doubles and is one of six players in program history to record 10 or more doubles in consecutive seasons ... Walked 15 times ... Recorded 13 multi-hit games with a season high three hits twice (vs. WKU 3/14 and Ohio 3/19) … Season best nine game hitting streak from April 22-May 3 … Had a .395 on-base percentage and .510 slugging percentage ... Set Herd single season record with eight sac flies … Herd’s career leader with 11 sac flies … Has third best career slugging percentage in Marshall history .569 … Her 27 career home runs rank tied for fifth in program history ... Fourth in career RBI (140).
2014 NFCA Mideast All-Region First Team
2014 Conference USA Second Team
2014 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
GP/GS: 57/57 … Batted .351 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI … 57 RBI second highest in a season in program history … 16 home runs third best single season total in team history … Recorded a .718 slugging percentage (third best in MU history) and .418 on-base percentage … Career season with 61 hits, 14 doubles, 125 total bases (third best in MU history) and 41 runs scored (ninth best) … 19 multi-hit games including 4-for-4 game against Delaware (2/22) … 16 multi-RBI games including a Marshall single game record eight RBI while tying another MU game record of three home runs at Northern Kentucky (4/9) … The three home runs in three-straight at-bats is tied for third best in NCAA History ... Over four game stretch from April 9-12 drove in 15 runs … Over a one month span (22 games) from March 20-April 20 drove in 34 runs … Eight games with three or more RBI including three in Conference USA tournament semi-final win over East Carolina that sent the Herd to its third straight tournament championship game … 11 games with two or more runs scored including season best three, twice (vs. Albany 2/21 and NKU 4/9).
2013 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2013 Conference USA Player of the Week: April 8th
GP/GS: 53/43 ... Started all six postseason contests … Ended her rookie season hitting .257 with a .441 slugging percentage and tying for second on the team with six home runs … 27 RBI ranked second on the squad ... Was the second Marshall freshman to ever receive Conference USA Player of the Week (Jazmine Valle 4/19/10) and was the first freshman to receive the honor in the league for the 2013 season ... Earned first hit against Michigan in the USF-Demarini Tournament with a double on Feb. 8 ... First collegiate home run was a grand slam against UCF March 23 ... In the series against Houston went 5-for-11 with four runs, two home runs, eight RBI and 11 total bases ... Led the team in home runs and RBI in conference action ... Eight multi-RBI games including season best four, twice (at UCF 3/22 and at Houston 4/7) … Had at least one hit in all three NCAA Regional games … Drove in Marshall’s lone run in the 2-1 Regional opening loss to host team Kentucky … Recorded team record seven at-bats vs. Virginia Tech in NCAA Regional tournament.
High School: Holds more than 10 records at C.D. Hylton High School, , including single season home runs (10), on-base percentage (.646), slugging percentage (1.254), hits (44), and batting average (.611)...set the Virginia state single game record for runs batted in with seven...two-time first team all-state...three-time first team all-region...four-time first team all-district...three-time first team all-area...named Cardinal District Player of the Year...played her club ball for Glory Gold.
Personal: Born May 28, 1994 to parents Donnie and Cheryl Braxton ... Has four siblings … Older sister Kristina played for the Herd from 2012-15 … Sister Ashleigh (28) played basketball for George Mason ... Two younger siblings brother Aarron (20) an engineering major at University of Virginia and sister Samantha (20) attends George Mason doing integrative studies with a concentration in early elementary education ... major is health science.