Marshall Travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to Open Conference Action
Marshall will open Conference USA action against Florida Atlantic University
March 4, 2014
GAME 1: MARSHALL (4-11) VS. FAU (11-8)
GAME 2: MARSHALL (4-11) VS. FAU (11-8)
Wednesday, March 5 | 6 p.m. | 7 p.m.
Boca Raton, Fla. | FAU Softball Stadium
Twitter | Live Stats (Game 1) | Live State (Game 2)
GAME 4: MARSHALL (4-11) VS. SOUTH ALABAMA (15-2)
GAME 5: MARSHALL (4-11) VS. MICHIGAN STATE (5-10)
Friday, March 7 | 10 a.m. | Noon
Boca Raton, Fla. | FAU Softball Stadium
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball is traveling to Boca Raton, Fla. to open Conference USA action against new C-USA member Florida Atlantic University. The Thundering Herd will compete in FAU’s Parents’ Weekend Tournament March 7, against No.14 South Alabama and Michigan State, before traveling home.
Live stats will be available for the three conference games, but information about Friday’s live stats has yet to be determined. Final results can be found on HerdZone.com at the completion of each day. For live updates follow @HerdSB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall ended the Coastal Carolina Invitational 2-3, falling to the host-school twice (10-1, 2-1) and Samford (4-1). The Herd’s victories were over UMES (5-4) and St. Peter’s (11-3) in its first run-rule victory of the 2014 season.
The Herd’s offense had a .266 average in the three-day tournament. The bulk of it came from the speedy duo of sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) and freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.). The two combined for a .393 average, a combined 13 hits, six runs and six stolen bases.
Freshman Taylor Estes (Danville, Ky.) had her first plate appearance in the first Marshall-Coastal Carolina faceoff. The rookie had the Herd’s sole hit of the game with a solo-shot over the left-field fence, which ruined the host-school’s no hitter and possible shutout victory.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) earned her first victory of the season against UMES, and had both of the weekend’s wins with a 1.83 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.
Fadnek and Zerkle both received a spot on the all-tournament team.
SCOUTING THE OWLS (11-8)
FAU played in the USF Under Armour Invitational last weekend. The Owls went 4-1 with its sole loss coming at the hands of Mount Saint Mary in a 1-0 defeat.
The team is led offensively by senior Whitley Herb, who is sitting at a .361 average. Not too far behind her is sophomore Christina Martinez with a .321 average, two doubles and a team-leading two triples.
The Owls’ strong suit is their defense. FAU has a .977 fielding percentage behind a pitching staff that holds a 1.65 ERA.
Leading in the circle is freshman Kylee Hanson, who boasts a 1.15 ERA and has three of the Owls’ wins and the most complete games (7). Junior Samantha Messer and freshman Amanda Wilson both have four victories under their belts and have a 1.69 and 2.14 ERA, respectively.
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS (15-2)
South Alabama is Marshall’s second ranked opponent of the season. The No. 14 ranked team last saw action in the Gulf Coast Softball Classic. The Jaguars had one sole loss, a shutout defeat from Baylor University (1-0).
Sophomore Stephanie Pilkington has a team-leading .377 average and three triples. She boasts a .585 slugging percentage and a perfect fielding percentage.
The Jaguars hurling staff has two pitchers with an ERA below 1.00. Nine of the South Alabama victories have been won over by junior Farish Beard, who has a 0.15 ERA, four shutouts and 90 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched. Senior Hannah Campbell has four wins and a 0.75 ERA. Her 65 strikeouts have been thrown in 55.2 innings pitched.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS (5-10)
Michigan State last competed in the FGCU Tournament and went 1-3 in two days. The Spartans lost in two shutouts and one extra inning game. Its only victory was over LIU Brooklyn in a four-run win (7-3).
This season, Michigan State has two players hitting in the .300’s – junior Freimuth McKinzie and sophomore Thomas Shanin.
McKinzie has a .325 batting average and has the most hits (13), triples (2) and runs (8) on the team. Shanin Thomas has an even .300 batting average and a team-leading .500 slugging percentage.
As a team, the Spartans have a 4.73 ERA and are led by freshman Valerie Kaff, who has three of Michigan State’s wins and a 3.79 ERA after 44.1 innings pitched.
Marshall will have its first home game March 11 against No. 8 Kentucky at Dot Hicks Field at 4 p.m. The Herd will not travel again until the following week, staying in Huntington, W.Va. through the weekend (March 15-16) to face No. 21 Tulsa as its second conference opponent.