March 12, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall softball (10-12, 0-3 C-USA) will hit the road for a midweek game at Radford University Wednesday, March 13. The non-conference matchup will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Shonda Stanton faced Radford for the first time in her initial season as Marshall’s head coach. The Herd won 2-1 in the Winthrop Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. March 18, 2000. Since then the teams have faced twice. In 2003 they met at Dot Hicks Field for a doubleheader that split in a win (11-0) and loss (2-1) for Marshall.
The most recent contest between the two was at the RU Softball Field in 2009. The doubleheader resulted in two wins (8-2, 6-5). The 6-5 win was secured by a walk-off home run from Rebecca Gamby, who was a freshman at the time. Stanton is 4-1 against the Highlanders, and the Herd is 8-1 overall.
The Last Meeting
April 8, 2009
Marshall is looking to rebound from a weekend sweep by No. 20/21 Tulsa in Conference USA play. The Thundering Herd fell in all three games, being held to only one hit in the 8-0 loss series finale on Sunday, March 10.
Senior Ashley Gue has started all 22 games for the Herd this season and leads the regular starting lineup with a .333 average.
Senior Andi Williamson and Alysia Hively are approaching some all-time records leading into the single-game matchup against the Highlanders. Williamson has 154 strikeouts on the season - one shy of tying ninth place, Randi Nielson, who set a 155 single-season record in 2003. Hively has 397 career putouts, putting her six away from tying Deanna Tourville (2005-08) who holds sixth place with 403 total putouts.
Radford (3-12, 0-0 Big South) is coming off a 1-4 performance at the Miken Invitational in College Park, MD this past weekend. The Highlanders defeated host school Maryland University, but fell short to St. John’s, Ohio State, Binghamton and Iowa.
The Highlanders are led offensively by freshman Becky Mantel, who holds a .308 batting average and a.359 slugging percentage. Emily Naegele leads the team with eight RBIs and two home runs – one of which was hit against Binghamton in the Miken Invitational. Morgan Eye is 5-of-5 on stolen base attempts, while teammate Jessica Agee trails by one with 4-of-4 attempts.