Herd Tangles in Triangle Classic
Raleigh, N.C. Next Stop For Softball
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Marshall University softball team will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to participate in the Triangle Classic, which begins Friday at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
MU (3-2) is one of 20 teams participating in the three-day tournament that concludes with championship play on Sunday.
Fordham University (11 a.m.) and UNC-Wilmington (1 p.m.) will be the first two tests for the Herd on Friday and the only decisive opponents in the tournament. Based on the results of those games, MU will continue play in either the gold or silver bracket throughout the entirety of the event.
Fordham (0-0), like Marshall, is coming off their most successful season to date. After notching a dismal 14-43 record in 2002, the Rams went on to finish the year 37-19 in 2003. The victory count also proved to be the only winning season in the 19-year tenure of the program. The Rams 23 1/2 game turnaround was the seventh best single season improvement in NCAA history.
After competing for five years in the Southern Conference, UNC-Wilmington (0-0) makes the jump to the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2004 stint. The Seahawks will need to utilize a depleted flock with a mere 13 players on their roster after going 22-36 a year ago. UNC-W returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last season.
Other potential opponents for the Herd include fellow Mid-American Conference members Miami (Ohio) and Kent State and 2003 fall opponent Louisville.
Marshall took home wins over #24 Southern Illinois, Central Florida and Indiana last weekend in St. Augustine, Fla. and had a huge offensive breakout in the tourney cap against the Hoosiers, mustering 11 hits, including two homeruns from sophomore Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.).
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