Herd and Pirates Face Off|
May 8, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Conference USA Softball Tournament has arrived, and Marshall is ready to compete. The Thundering Herd ended the season on a 32-20 record and holds a fourth seed in C-USA after posting a 13-10 record in conference.
The 2013 Marshall squad accomplished two of Marshall’s longest streaks – 14 straight wins, 22 straight home wins. The Herd swept three conference opponents in back-to-back series’ for the first time in history – Southern Miss, UCF and Memphis. The team holds a .278 batting average in conference and .270 on the season, connecting for 352 hits, 162 in conference.
As of now, the Herd holds several rankings, both nationally and in conference. Nationally, Marshall ranks No. 2 in stolen bases with 121, averaging 2.33 per game. Senior Ashley Gue ranks No. 26 with 31 (.60 pg) and freshman Kaelynn Greene ranks No. 32 with 30 (.59 pg). In the circle, senior Andi Williamson holds a national No. 3 ranking for batters struck out (332) and ties No. 3 in wins (29).
Entering the tournament, the team ranks No. 1 in home runs (40) and stolen bases (121). The Herd is No. 3 in batting average and runs – trailing Tulsa and Houston in both categories.
Junior Savanah Webster enters the week tied at No. 1 with a 1.000 fielding percentage, while teammates Greene and Gue trail each other for the top spot in conference stolen bases – Greene (13), Gue (11). Williamson has the most wins amongst conference hurlers with 13 and the second-most strikeouts with 120 struck out conference opponents.
Marshall’s first-round challenger will be ECU, which swept the Herd at Dot Hicks Field April 13-14. The Herd and Pirates have been matched-up in the first round of the conference tournament twice, and the teams hold a 1-1 record against each other. The two will face off at 7 p.m. CT and will play the winner of UAB and Southern Miss, should the Herd win.