Nov. 18, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Elicia D’Orazio and Taylor McCord have signed National Letters of Intent with Marshall, softball coach Shonda Stanton announced, Monday.
The first pair of softball signees of 2014 plan to enter the athletic training undergraduate program at Marshall.
“What I enjoy most about watching, both Elicia [D’Orazio] and Taylor [McCord] play is how much they love the game,” Stanton said.
D’Orazio, a Montverde, Fla., native, currently attends Montverde Academy and as a junior, was crowned the Central Florida Athlete of the Year, earned first-team all-state honors and played with the Puerto Rico women’s national team.
"I chose Marshall because I instantly fell in love with it,” D’Orazio said. “Marshall is a school that has its history, and I love that the town and everyone around is so supportive. It gives that home feeling, and coming all the way from Florida, that is what I was looking for."
The 5’5” infielder, along with her Wagners Gold-Dunn team, finished second in the American Softball Association 18-under Gold Nationals. Her coaches, Sean Dunn and Anthony Ocasio shared some insight on D’Orazio on studentsports.com, referring to her as a prototypical leadoff hitter, who would run through a fence.
“Elicia [D'Orazio] is a baller and such a versatile athlete, who can play multiple positions for us,” Stanton said. "She will be a huge spark plug to our office with her quickness. She has such natural aggressive instincts on the bases that fit right into our style of play.”
McCord hails from Gilbert, Ariz., attends Gilbert High School and plays on the Arizona Firecrackers travel team.
“Marshall was the one place that I could see myself really succeeding,” McCord said. “After visiting Marshall I knew it was where I wanted to spend my college career, and I couldn’t be any more excited about the decision I have made. I love the school. It was an easy decision for me. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
In her junior high school season, McCord hit .435 and boasted a .722 slugging percentage for her alma mater. She led the fastpitch division with 60 RBIs, hit .465 and earned a .513 on base percentage.
“Taylor [McCord] is so fundamentally sound as a catcher and pretty refined already behind the plate,” Stanton said. “She has an accurate and very strong arm with the ability to play the corner, as well. She has the power potential to be a middle-of-lineup hitter for the Herd.”
The 5’7” utility player lettered as a freshman on varsity, was named honorable mention as a freshman on the all-state team, was second all-region and first team all-city.
“Elicia [D'Orazio] and Taylor [McCord] are smart ballplayers and understand the game well, which will make for an easier transition at the next level,” Stanton concluded.