June 2, 2005
Oklahoma City, Okla. -
Marshall freshman Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif.) became the first Thundering Herd player in Marshall softball history to be named to the National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American team, a collection of 54 outstanding players from around the country that were selected by NFCA-member, NCAA Division I coaching representatives, based on nominations from the 2005 season.
Folden, a third-team selection, had an outstanding freshman season for the 2005 MAC regular season champions. The first baseman/catcher was named MAC Freshman of the Year earlier this month, and was a force at the plate all season for Marshall. The freshman led the conference in the regular season in slugging percentage (.661), RBI (56), doubles (19) and total bases (111), while ranking second in batting average (.415), runs (33) and hits (68). The catcher tallied three MAC East Player of the Week nods in her first campaign in the Green and White. Folden's exploits also re-wrote the single-sesaon Thundering Herd record book. Including conference tournament statistics, Folden is now the single season leader all-time in RBI's (60), doubles (19), total bases (119), and second in home runs (9) and hits (73), and fourth in batting average (.406).
"This is an incredible honor for Rachel, and it recognizes her as being one of the nation's top hitters," said Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton. "Her accomplishments are also a reflection of where our program has been and it is a glimpse of where it can be in the future."
Folden was the only member of the Mid-American Conference and the new Conference USA to make the 54-member team.