Sept. 24, 2012
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball will get the chance to go against some of the game’s top talent as it takes on the NPF All-Stars in an exhibition game Tuesday.
The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The match-up will take place at Appalachian Power Park, home of the West Virginia Power in Charleston.
In addition to the game, there will be Fan Fest beginning at 5 p.m. Inflatable games and a silent auction will take place up until game time. Fans can also receive autographs and have their pictures taken with the NPF all-stars from 5 to 6:15 p.m.
Those planning to attend are also encouraged to purchase tickets for the game by Tuesday to save $2. Box seats are $7 while general admission seats are $5 if purchased by Tuesday. Day-of-game ticket prices are $9 for box seats and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available online at WVPower.com, over the phone at 304-344-BATS (2287) or in person at the Power box office (open from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM).
Tuesday’s contest will feature a NPF roster of 12 players. Included are three former Olympians, Kelly Kretschman, Jenn Salling and Andrea Duran. Kretschman played for the United States in the Olympics twice, including the 2004 squad which won gold. Salling played for the Canadian National Team and participated for her home country in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Duran was a silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics.
Two former Thundering Herd softball players will wear the NPF uniform. Rachel Folden, a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and Amanda Williams, Marshall’s current assistant coach of four years will take field and compete against the Herd.
Marshall has 10 returners from last year’s Conference USA tournament runner-up team. Andi Williamson, a C-USA all-conference selection last year and the single-season wins holder after picking up 25 victories a season ago returns. On offense, Ashley Gue, Alysia Hively and Jazmine Valle are back in the Herd uniform for their senior year. Gue ranks fifth all-time in stolen bases at Marshall, Hively was tied for home runs (6) last season and Valle is a two-time all-conference selection.
The 2013 season will be the program’s 20th year and head coach Shonda Stanton enters her 14th year leading the Herd.
This will be the second of 21 stops for the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Back-to-School tour. The tour is scheduled to play 22 games in 16 states.
Those unable to make to the game can follow the contest in a variety of ways. Live stats via GameTracker, free live video from Herd all-access and live audio from WMUL and www.marshall.edu/wmul will all be available. Fans can also follow @Herd_Zone on twitter for game updates.