Herd Chases Another Conference Win


Freshman Katalin Lucas leads the Herd in doubles in conference action.

Freshman Katalin Lucas leads the Herd in doubles in conference action.

April 4, 2013

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Huntington, W. Va.--The Marshall softball team (23-12, 9-3 C-USA) will hit the road this weekend to face off against Houston (22-10, 8-1 C-USA) at Cougar Softball Stadium. The three-game series will begin with a 2:00 p.m. ET doubleheader on Saturday, April 6 and end with a single game at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7.

The Thundering Herd is coming off a five-game home stand that extended its home-win record to 20 consecutive games, dating back to April of 2012. Overall, Marshall is on a 13-game win streak, including nine straight Conference USA wins. The Herd has swept each of its last three conference opponents - Southern Miss, UCF, and Memphis - a first in Marshall softball history.

The Last Meeting
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March 11, 2012
Dot Hicks Softball Complex
Rally Falls Short as Softball Falls to Houston, 3-2
After winning both games on Saturday in the first conference series of the year, Marshall fell to Houston 3-2, Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.


Houston currently leads the all-time series between the two with a 16-5-1 record. The teams last met in 2012, when Marshall ensured the series win with two victories in a Saturday doubleheader. In game one, senior Jazmine Valle was responsible for the last two runs that won the contest with a two-run shot to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Ashley Gue scored the lone run in game two after reaching base on a fielder's choice, and senior hurler Andi Williamson earned the shut-out victory, only allowing the Cougars to a single hit. Houston avoided the sweep with a 3-2 win in the final game of the series, holding the Herd to just two hits.

Marshall sits in fourth place in C-USA with the freshman class leading the team offensively. Kaelynn Greene and Raquel Escareno split the top spot with a .400 batting average. Escareno has a team-high .840 slugging percentage over the 12-game span and ties senior Alysia Hively for the first place slot with three home runs. Escareno leads the team with 21 total bases, while Greene has a team-high of 16 hits in C-USA play and also leads the team with nine stolen bases. Katalin Lucas is the forerunner with four doubles and is in a three-way tie for the most runs with Hively and senior Bri Anna Hope with a total of seven runs. Shaelynn Braxton has seven RBIs, trailing team-leader Hively by one and defensively, Halie Vance is the sole pitcher with a save in conference action.

Williamson will look to continue her streak of stellar performances when the Herd gets to Houston. Williamson went 4-0 last week, earning her first save of the season against Wright State. She recorded 36 strikeouts during the five-game home stand and posted a .88 ERA. Williamson has a 9-3 record in conference play with two shutout victories. She has thrown seven complete games and recorded 77 strike outs against conference opponents en route to an overall 2.61 ERA.

Houston currently sits just above the Herd in third place in conference. The Cougars will be coming off a doubleheader against Lamar, scheduled for Thursday afternoon. In C-USA action, the Cougars have recorded two series sweeps against Southern Miss and East Carolina, with their lone conference loss coming in a 4-3 defeat against UCF.

Senior Holly Anderson leads the Cougars with a .381 batting average and 37 hits. Junior Haley Outon is another offensive powerhouse for Houston, leading the team in total bases (27) behind five doubles and nine home runs. Outon also has team-high 27 RBIs, in addition to crossing the plate 22 times.

Junior Bailey Watts has pitched in 18 games for Houston, starting 15. She currently has a 13-3 record with a 1.86 ERA and has allowed just 29 earned runs.