The 2014 campaign was another historic season for Shonda Stanton and Marshall softball
Started in all 55 games as a junior...second best batting average hitting .360 and in hits as well with 62...finished the season with nine doubles, three homeruns and 25 RBIs...leads returning players in runs with 26...hit 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs against Ohio State, April 2...went 6-for-11 in the series against UTEP with a homerun...hit 3-for-3 against UAB April 13 with two RBIs and two runs...went 2-for-5 with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs against Georgetown...had 17 multi-hit games...had seven multi-RBI games...named to the NFCA Midwest All-Region second team...received All C-USA Second Team honors.
Became an everyday player for the Herd starting in 54 contests...improved hitting stats in every category including 37 hits, three doubles and 13 RBI...only player on the team to record a triple and ended with a .345 slugging percentage...hit 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI against Western Carolina, Feb. 23...recorded first career double in the series opener with East Carolina, March 24...had five multi-hit performances....went a combined 4-for-8 with three RBI, two doubles and two runs in a three-game series with Memphis.
Made her first career start in right field in the Herd's 8-0 season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State Feb. 10...went 1-for-3 with two RBI...started six consecutive games to begin the season...combined to go 3-for-7 with one run scored in two games against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 11...went 1-for-3 in at Alabama Feb. 12.
Was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Wendy Close at Cascade HS...also lettered a year in volleyball...batted .583 with a .783 slugging percentage (.671 on-base) during senior season...was a two-time MVP...named Most Inspirational as senior...named to the Washington All-Star team...named to the Seattle Times All-Area Team, and was a three-time first team All-WESCO selection and a second team All-WESCO pick...also a first team All-Area and second team All-State selection...played summer ball for the Washington Hurricanes....member of National Honor Society and was on the honor roll from 2000-04.
Full name is Rachael Irene Marie Sofie...born on October 24, 1986...daughter of Rob and Debbie Sofie...has an older brother, Robert (24), and an older sister, Jillian (27)...majoring in dietetics with a minor in exercise physiology.