Softball Set For Doubleheader versus Cleveland State

Senior Joscelyn Bitner is coming off an 6-for-9 weekend with four runs against UTEP.

Senior Joscelyn Bitner is coming off an 6-for-9 weekend with four runs against UTEP.

March 18, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University softball team continues its home stretch with its first of four non-conference home doubleheaders this season at the Thundering Herd take on the Cleveland State Vikings Thursday March 19. The action is set to begin with a first pitch at 1:00 p.m. EST at Dot Hicks Field.

The midweek doubleheader between Marshall and Cleveland State will mark the seventh and eighth time these two teams will clash. The Thundering Herd leads the series over the Vikings currently 4-2. All four of those wins came in Huntington at the Radisson Softball Classic hosted by Marshall in 2003 and 2004.

Cleveland State took the first two games in 2000 (2-1) at the Winthrop Tournament and 2002 in the Marshall Tournament in Huntington (4-3). Since then the Herd has enjoyed a four-game streak against the Vikings.

Marshall opened up Conference USA play this past weekend with a sweep of UTEP in Huntington. The sweep was the first for the Herd since 2007 against Memphis. With the 3-0 start, the Herd currently sits in first place in the conference two games ahead of Houston and Tulsa.

Thus far into the 2009 season, the Vikings sit even at 8-8 and is yet to start into its conference schedule in the Horizon League.

The team is led offensively by Amanda Houchlin and Lia Gordon. Houchlin leads the team in hits (17) and tied for RBIs (13) with Gordon. With five home runs, Gordon seems to be the power side of the line-up batting .326 while Houchlin bats .354. Natalie DeMatteis leads the team in batting average at .400 playing in 13 out of 16 games.

In the circle, Cleveland State is led by Amanda Macenko, who leads the team with 57 strikeouts and is 5-6 on the year. The best ERA belongs to Kala Allred however sitting at 4.30 in three appearances. Allred is 2-0 on the season.

For this weekend's tournament, there will be live gametracker for all of the game along with radio broadcast from WMUL 88.1 FM. Their broadcast can also be heard online at



All of the Herd's contests will be available via video streaming for members of Herd All-Access. Along with the live video there will be audio from WMUL's broadcast.