Softball Faces Morehead State Thursday


Senior Kelly Nielson

Senior Kelly Nielson

April 22, 2009

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University softball team will start off its final home stand of the 2009 season starting against Morehead State Thursday with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. EST at Dot Hicks Field.

The Thundering Herd and Eagles will meet for the 27th and 28th times this Thursday. Currently, Marshall is on a seven game winning streak against Morehead dating back to 2001. The first five of those wins came in Huntington.

Last season at Morehead, the Herd hit two milestones, first hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs and head coach Shonda Stanton claimed her 300th career win. Marshall took both games by finals of 3-1 and 5-4.

The Eagles last visited Huntington in 2007 at the former Dot Hicks Field and lost both contests by a final of 2-0 and 5-4. Before 2007, the teams last played in 2003 taking a four year break from the series.

Over the weekend, Marshall lost two out of three against UAB in Birmingham, Ala. The Blazers took game one Saturday 4-1 before the Herd came back in game two with a 7-1 win. The rubber match went down as a 6-4 win for UAB as Marshall tried to battle out of a 6-1 hole in the last few innings falling short.

Morehead States comes to Huntington Thursday riding an 11-game winning streak. Currently, the Eagles sit in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference at 11-7 in league play and 30-14 overall.

In the circle, Alex Gjevre comes to town with an ERA of 0.97 and 21 wins. She is just one strikeout away from 200 on the year pitching in 187.2 innings this year. Behind her is Sarah Funston who has eight wins and a 3.05 ERA in 2009.

Rebecca Butler leads the line up in batting average (.359), hits (47), home runs (6) and RBI (31). As a team, they are batting .292. The Eagles have five players batting over .300.

Gametracker will be available for both contests. Live broadcast can be heard on WMUL 88.1 FM and at http://www.marshall.edu/wmul. Herd All-Access will also be providing live video and audio from WMUL's airwaves.