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Marshall Softball Welcomes Nine Newcomers

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Nov. 22, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall Softball will welcome nine new members to their squad for the 2013 season, head coach Shonda Stanton recently announced.  

Comprising the group of newcomers are Alexandra Bayne (Manvel, Texas), Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.), Alyssa Cook (West Hamlin, W.Va.), Alexandria Dawes (Tipp City, Ohio), Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.), Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.), Brittanie Fowler (Avon, Ohio), Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, CA), and Halie Vance (Tyler, TX).

"We really addressed our needs in securing competitors in the circle and athletes who can play multiple positions, especially providing depth in the infield," commented Stanton. "The pitchers we signed have all the tools for us to be a consistent, championship caliber program and the position kids are gritty ballplayers with the offensive strengths to manufacture a lot of runs." 

Stanton also praised the work of her staff, "I appreciate all of the hard work and effort from (Assistant Coach) Amanda Williams and (Pitching Coach) Chelsey Barclay in helping securing such a tremendous class of student-athletes. This is an exceptional group that will make a huge impact." 

Alexandra Bayne Ɩ 2B/SS Ɩ R/R Ɩ Manvel, Texas

Bayne posted nearly identical batting averages between her club team, Texas Storm, and her high school squad, Manvel Mavericks with .352 and .353 averages respectively. The district offensive player of the year and first team all-district team member clubbed five home runs for the Mavericks last season. She also smacked six home runs while playing for the Storm.  Bayne is in the top ten percent of her class and is a member of both the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She will major in biochemistry. 

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Alex (Bayne) has a great combination of quickness and power and will be a force at the top of the lineup.  Her athleticism gives her the ability to play both middle infield positions and the outfield.  She has great range and quickness.  She knew what she wanted out of the recruiting process and we are excited for her to pursue her goals with the Herd." 

Shaelynn Braxton Ɩ UTL Ɩ R/R Ɩ Woodbridge, Va.

Young sister of current Marshall Softball player Kristina Braxton, Shaelynn holds a long list of records and achievements as a member of the C.D Hylton High School softball team, including single season home runs (10), on-base percentage (.646), slugging percentage (1.254), hits (44), and batting average (.611). She holds the state record for single game RBI's with 7.  Most recently she was named Cardinal district player of the year, all-met and all-state, and physical education student of the year. Braxton, who plays for the club team Glory Gold plans to major in Pre-Physical Therapy. 

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Shae is a mature player and a strong athlete.  We will look for her to produce runs in the meat of the lineup.  She understands what Marshall Softball is about and is ready and equipped to step in and make a difference for the Herd."

Alyssa Cook Ɩ INF Ɩ R/R Ɩ West Hamlin, W.Va.

As a first team all-conference shortstop, Cook helped Lincoln County High School capture the 2011 West Virginia Class AAA High School Championship. She led the Panthers in hits, homeruns, and RBI's. Cook was selected as part of the all-tournament team during Lincoln County's state championship run and second team all-state. Cook is also a part of the National Honor Society for her school and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has earned a 3.9 GPA during her time at Lincoln County and plans to pursue a degree in Communication Disorders.

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Alyssa has such natural strength and great size.  Her maturity and drive to excel is refreshing.  She is the true embodiment of a student-athlete and has worked hard for the success she has enjoyed.  We will look for her to accomplish big things within our program." 

Alexandria Dawes Ɩ INF Ɩ R/R Ɩ Tipp City, OH

Dawes led Tippecanoe High School in triples and extra base hits last season, while hitting .417 at the plate. As a utility player with the Southern Ohio Cyclones seeing time at both corners, shortstop and the outfield, she recorded a .988 fielding percentage.  The first team All Central Buckeye Selection helped her high school reach the 2011 Ohio state final four. Dawes is a three time All-Academic Team member and All District selection actively involved in student government and FCA.  Dawes is interested in studying Pre-Medicine or Marketing. 

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Alex (Dawes) brings passion to the game that you cannot help but get excited about.  Having her in camp, she is coachable and willing to put in the hard work.  She has pop in her bat and good footwork to challenge for a spot in the infield.  We are excited about the enthusiasm she will bring to the program." 

Raquel Escareno Ɩ SS/RHP Ɩ R/R Ɩ Wellington, Colo.

A recently named Poudre Player of the Week, Escareno pitched a perfect game and hit a grand slam to help propel the her high school Poudre Impalas into Regional play. Escareno wrapped up a successful 2011 high school campaign with Poudre Impalas batting .571, while scoring 28 runs and finishing with a .980 fielding percentage. Her accolades include first team all-conference and all-state selection. Additionally she was honored as the Colorado Pitcher of the Year. Escareno is also a member of the Colorado Buckaroos club team where she led the squad in home runs. She will major in biological sciences with a focus in pre-dentistry.

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Raquel brings power to the plate and the versatility to play a number of positions." Even though we have recruited her as a shortstop, she has the credentials to pitch at the next level as well.  She is a ballplayer and demonstrates a competitive desire to win."       

Lindsey Fadnek Ɩ RHP Ɩ R/R Ɩ Coalfield, Tenn.

As a member of the Coalfield High School Lady Jackets, Fadnek has struck out 1,358 batters during her career, which included 408 strikeouts in the 2011 season. During her three years, she has recorded a .73 ERA on the rubber while also batting .413. In both the 2009 and 2011 seasons she helped the Lady Jackets reach the Tennessee state tournament for their first ever appearances. Fadnek is a NFCA First Team All-American and four time Tennessee Sports Writers First Team All-State.  Fadnek is currently undecided on her major. 

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Lindsey is an outstanding competitor that will bring a lot of experience and leadership to our program. She is a proven winner on the mound with great command of her pitches. We cannot wait to see what she will do throughout her career here at Marshall."

Brittanie Fowler Ɩ RHP Ɩ R/R Ɩ Avon, Ohio

Fowler comes to Marshall via Avon High School where she holds the school record for most strikeouts in a single season with 276, a West Shore Conference record.  Fowler owns Avon High's school record for career K's and carries a career .94 ERA and .146 opponent batting average. As a part of the Eagles, Fowler has earned All-Conference, All-district, and All-State honors. She ended the 2011 season with 40 consecutive scoreless innings. She competes for the Ohio TidalWaves club team and plans on majoring in criminology. 

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Brittanie is an athlete in the circle and someone who has a lot of passion for the game. She has the ability to keep the ball down in the zone and hit her spots with good movement on her pitches. We are excited to have her competing for the Herd."

Katalin Lucas Ɩ C, 3B Ɩ R/R Ɩ Agua Dulce, Calif.

A three year starter at Village Christian High School, Lucas split time between catcher and third base, where she compiled a .956 fielding percentage.  A consistent performer at the plate, the California native has a solid batting average of .396, plus a .688 slugging percentage.  Lucas has earned all-league honors all three seasons as a Crusader, with first team honors this past year. Katie competes for the club team, California TeamSmith and plans on majoring in Biology with a Pre-Veterinary focus.   She currently enjoys training a Seeing Eye dog.   

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Katie is such a hardnosed competitor.  Her size is deceptive for what a force she is behind the plate.  She can be a game changer on both sides of the ball and her fiery play is contagious.   We cannot wait to have her wearing the green and white."

Halie Vance Ɩ P/1B Ɩ R/R Ɩ Tyler, Texas

With the Sneaky Cleats Mean Green club team, Vance compiled a 17-2 record on the rubber with 150 strikeouts and a 1.31 era in 96 innings pitched. The Texas product also excelled at the plate with a .392 batting average and 20 runs batted in.  At the 2011 ASA Nationals, Halie logged eight starts with an 11 inning, 15 strikeout performance.  The First-Team All-District pitcher is a standout volleyball athlete and soccer goalkeeper for Chapel Hill High School, having earned All-District honors in both sports. Vance will major in Elementary Education.

Comments from the coaching staff:

"Halie has all the assets a top Division I pitcher should have. She has a true presence on the mound and great movement, which will allow her to be a force to be reckoned with in Conference USA.  We cannot wait for her to dominate hitters for the Herd."