Huntington, W. Va. - Marshall softball (20-12, 6-3 C-USA) will return to Dot Hicks Field for a Conference USA doubleheader against Memphis (14-22, 3-6 C-USA) on Friday, March 29 that is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The conference opponents have met 20 times in the past, with the Thundering Herd holding a 15-5 advantage. Last season, Marshall swept Memphis at the Tigers Softball Complex and held the home team scoreless in all three games. Senior Andi Williamson and junior Natalee Pulver each allowed only two hits in complete-game performances to pick up the first two victories of the series, both by a 1-0 score. In game three, Williamson and Pulver combined for another shut-out victory, with Williamson picking up the win.
The Herd welcomes the Tigers for the weekend series in the midst of two record-breaking winning streaks. The Herd has won ten straight games, the most in program history -- six of those victories came in sweeps of C-USA opponents Southern Miss and UCF. In light of the ten games, Marshall has also won 17 straight home games, dating back to the 2012 season.
The Herd picked up two "Dot" victories Wednesday, March 27 after defeating Wright State in both games of the doubleheader. In game one, freshman Shaelynn Braxton's two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth drove in the only two runs of the game, propelling the Herd to a 2-0 win. Freshman Halie Vance took the circle for the second game of the day and earned her first collegiate win, as Marshall defeated the Raiders 6-4.
In conference, Marshall has won six consecutive games against Southern Miss and UCF. Williamson earned all six of the victories. Freshman Kaelynn Greene leads the Herd offensively in conference play with a .484 batting average and a team-high 15 hits. Senior Alysia Hively has five RBIs on seven hits - two of which were home runs - in C-USA action.
Memphis enters the weekend on a five-game losing streak after being swept by UAB and dropping both games of a doubleheader against Jackson State. The Tigers are led offensively by senior Morgan Mosby. Mosby has the team's highest batting average at .336, in addition to leading the team with 36 hits, two home runs, and 15 RBIs.
Memphis' junior hurler Ellen Roberts has started 21 games for the Tigers - winning two and appearing in nine relief efforts to earn two saves.
The Herd is looking forward to great weather on the home-Easter weekend. Marshall and Memphis will close out the conference series with a single game on Saturday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET.