April 8, 2013
Huntington, W.Va.— After freshman Shaelynn Braxton’s extraordinary performance against Houston on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, she has been deemed Conference USA Hitter of the Week. Braxton is the second freshman in the program’s history to earn the honor, joining teammate Jazmine Valle (2010).
Braxton is the third Marshall player to grab the award this season after seniors Bri Anna Hope and Alysia Hively earned the recognition earlier in the year. Marshall leads the league in Conference USA Hitters of the Week with three, and Braxton is the first freshman to receive a C-USA honor this season.
Braxton paced the Thundering Herd with a .455 batting average during the weekend’s games against the Cougars, recording five hits in 11 at bats. She completed the series with a 1.000 slugging percentage, scoring four runs and had a team-high eight RBIs and 11 total bases.
Braxton went deep for two home runs against Houston, including a three-run shot in the first inning of the series finale. She drove in four runs in game three, propelling the Herd to a 5-4 victory. Her sacrifice fly in the fifth inning allowed what proved to be the game winning run to cross the plate.
Overall, Braxton leads the team in conference play with 15 RBIs. On the season she holds 20, trailing team-leader Valle by one (21). All of her five home runs this season have been hit in conference action.