March 18, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Senior Alysia Hively has won the Conference USA Hitter of the Week honor for her outstanding performance against the Radford Highlanders and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. This is Hively’s first time receiving this recognition.
Hively is the second Marshall player to win this respect in the 2013 season. The last time two or more members of the Herd won this accolade was in 2008.
Hively hit .417 this week. She was 5-for-12 with three runs scored, six RBIs, 12 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage. On Wednesday, March 13 against Radford, Hively went 2-for-4 with an RBI-double that scored one of the four runs that aided the Herd to win in extra innings, 5-1. On Sunday she went 2-for-3 with two homeruns that proved to be crucial in the final game of the series against Southern Miss. The first homer gave Marshall its first lead of the game, 6-5, and the second was a game-ending, walk-off hit over the left field fence that allowed the Herd to walk away with a victory and maintain a perfect 7-0 home record.
Sunday’s two home runs against the Golden Eagles was not the first time that Hively hit two home runs in a single game this season. She hit two against Robert Morris in the Marshall Invitational on March 1. Last season, she also hit two home runs in a single game against Ohio on April 11.
Defensively, Hively also contributed much to her team. She had 26 putouts this weekend giving her a career total of 523, pushing Deanna Tourville (2005-08) down to seventh place and taking sixth in the record books. After her two home runs this weekend, Hively also takes eighth place in career home runs with 19 total, passing Tourville, 18, and putting her one behind associate head coach Amanda Williams, 20, (2003-06) and five behind teammate Jazmine Valle, 24.
On the season, Hively leads the team in slugging percentage (.559), RBIs (14), home runs (5) and total bases (38).