Softball Prepares for Home Opener Friday|
Feb. 28, 2013
Huntington, W.Va. - Marshall Softball (6-9) prepares to host the Marshall Invitational this weekend, inviting Buffalo (2-7), Robert Morris (4-2) and Eastern Illinois (4-4) to the Dot Hicks Softball Field. The four teams will contend Friday through Sunday (Mar. 1-3).
The Thundering Herd will walk onto the field for its first home game Friday following a 3-2 weekend at the Spartan Classic in Greensboro, N.C. Shaelynn Braxton hit the team’s first triple of the season, while Andi Williamson matched her career-high of 14 strikeouts. Savanah Webster, Jazmine Valle, Katalin Lucas, Alysia Hively and Bri Anna Hope all hit their first homeruns of the season this past weekend.
Buffalo will be entering the tournament after a 7-6 loss in the Cardinal Classic to Eastern Illinois. Alexis Curtiss, who has started all nine games, holds the team-high slugging percentage (.423) and RBI’s (5). The Bulls have a team .948 fielding percentage and have scored 20 runs in nine games.
Robert Morris’ Tess Apke has started all six games for the Colonials and has a .316 batting average and a .632 slugging percentage. Their last game ended in a 3-2 win over Charlotte after eight innings, with a Haileigh Stocks grand slam in her first-ever college at bat. The freshman claimed Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for her performance in the 49ers Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. Offensively, the Colonials have a .316 on base percentage and have stolen 11-of-11 attempted bases.
Eastern Illinois’ Hanna Mennenga earned the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week Honor and holds the team’s best record (3-1) and ERA (1.12). She has 36 strikeouts in six appearances and three starts. The Panthers were the runner up at the Cardinal Classic, defeating Kent State and Buffalo (twice), but dropped one to No. 18 ranked Louisville.