July 24, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball head coach Jen Steele announced Monday the addition of Blakely Burch. The sophomore infielder played the 2017 season at Atlantic Sun Champion and NCAA Regional participant USC Upstate.
“I am thrilled about the addition of Blakely,” Herd coach Steele said. “She is a fast, powerful, dynamic athlete who will easily fit into my system. She can steal bases and hit the long ball, immediately impacting our offensive attack.
“A natural infielder, she has the ability to play almost every position on the field. She has been well-coached by the USC Upstate staff, knows how to work hard, and has been in a program that is accustomed to winning. She has the perfect combination of athleticism and competitiveness to help us as we continue our quest to be at the top of Conference USA.”
Burch made 23 appearances for the Spartans and started 11 games, mostly at third base. She finished the season batting .257 with nine hits, scored six runs, four doubles and five RBI. Defensively, she had had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 10 chances.
The Live Oak, Fla., native recorded her first hit Feb. 11 at Charleston Southern. Burch drove in her first run on Feb. 18 against Colgate with a 2-of-2 performance and her first career double. Her best game of the season came on Feb. 24 versus Howard. Burch went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI.
The USC Upstate Spartans finished the season with a record of 45-13 before falling in the Knoxville Regional.
Burch graduated from Suwannee High School and lettered in soccer, swimming, golf and weightlifting along with softball.