Defending the 'Dot' Pushed Back to Wednesday|
March 25, 2013
Huntington, W. Va.--Marshall softball (18-12, 6-3 C-USA) will begin its five-game home stand on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET against Wright State (3-16, 0-0 Horizon League). The Thundering Herd is going to be defending its 15-game home win streak, which began April 18, 2012 with a 10-1 win over Morehead State and continued into the 2013 season. The streak is the longest in school history.
Marshall will welcome Wright State to Dot Hicks Field on an eight-game win streak that most recently includes a UCF sweep in Orlando this past weekend. In eight games, the Herd swept two Conference USA opponents (Southern Miss and UCF) in consecutive weekends for the second time in school history. The last time this was achieved was March 18-19/24-25 in the 2006 season against UCF and UAB.
Williamson went 3-0 over the weekend with a 1.75 ERA. She held the Knights to ten hits over 16 innings pitched. Offensively, Alysia Hively enters the Tuesday doubleheader tied for sixth place in the Herd's record book with 20 career home runs. Hively tied associate head coach Amanda Williams' record Wednesday, March 20 against Stetson with her sixth home run of the season.
Wright State is currently on a three-game losing streak after dropping both games of a double header against Bowling Green and falling to Central Michigan in the Hoosier Classic. The Raiders' most recent win was March 16 in the Hoosier Classic with a win over Michigan State, 2-1.
Jess Gorman's .281 batting average leads the Raiders this season. She holds a team-high five doubles, 21 total bases and a .368 slugging percentage.
In the circle for Wright State, Krystian DeWitt has a 3.05 ERA on-the-season average and in Wright State's first game against Bowling Green struck out 11 hitters in 7.0 innings, while teammate Montana Wear holds a season average of 3.46 ERA and retired 10 in game two.
Marshall will be playing at Dot Hicks Field through the end of the week. After Wednesday's games, the Herd will host C-USA opponent Memphis for a doubleheader Friday, March 29 and single game Saturday, March 30.