March 15, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Marshall softball (11-12, 0-3 C-USA) welcomes Southern Miss (10-17, 0-3 C-USA) to Dot Hicks Field on Saturday, March 16. The Thundering Herd will be protecting home turf for only the second time in this 2013 season.
The two teams have met 22 times in the past, with Southern Miss holding a 13-9 advantage over the Herd. The teams last met in 2012 in Hattiesburg, Miss., where the Herd won the series 2-1. The first game of the weekend was a 12-inning thriller with Marshall picking up the victory on a Jazmine Valle home run in the top of the inning.
In that 12-inning game, the Herd set a Marshall record for at bats (49), putouts (36) and innings pitched (12.0). Senior Andi Williamson also faced a record-high of 47 batters in the 2012 game. Alianna Telles and Taylor Thompson both batted six times in that matchup, the most in Marshall history.
The two longest games in the Marshall record books have been against the Golden Eagles, at 12.0 last season and 11.1 in 2006.
The Herd is coming off an extra-inning victory against Radford that took place on Wednesday, March 13. Marshall defeated the Highlanders 5-1. In a dominant pitching performance, Williamson held Radford to just one run and three hits to pick up her 11th win of the season.
After a 1-1 tie forced the game into an eighth inning, the Herd scored four runs off of four hits and an error to take the 5-1 lead. The four-run advantage proved to be sufficient as Williamson and the Herd closed the game.
In Wednesday's game the Herd made two dents in the record book. Gue ran her way into third place for career stolen bases, picking up her 89th and 90th career steals. Her efforts knocked associate head coach Amanda Williams out of third place and into fourth.
Herd head coach Shonda Stanton earned her 400th victory as Marshall's head coach with the win at Radford. Stanton is in her 14th season at Marshall and now has a record of 400-336-2 with the Herd (427-361-2 overall).
Southern Miss enters the weekend series on a three-game losing streak after being swept by Houston in the opening days of conference play. The Golden Eagles are led offensively by sophomore Caroline Walker, who leads the team in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.448), runs scored (17), hits (27), doubles (9) and walks (15). Junior Mackenzie Sher is also an offensive powerhouse for the Golden Eagles. She is the category leader for slugging percentage (.563), RBIs (22), home runs (7) and total bases (45).
The Herd will be playing three games against Southern Miss. The doubleheader on Saturday, March 16 will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET, and the single game on Sunday, March 17 will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.