Six @HerdSB Players Named to NFCA Mideast Team

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Six Marshall University softball players have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast region team, the organization announced today.



Sophomore outfielder Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) was named to the first team. Three players -- senior outfielder Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio), junior outfielder Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) and freshman infielder Elicia D'Orazio (Clermont, Fla.) -- were named to the second team.


Rounding out the selections for Marshall (35-15), on the third team, were junior infielder Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) and sophomore pitcher Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.)


Zerkle's 89 hits rank tied for second in NCAA Division I (while setting the single-season Marshall record), while her .506 batting average is ranked No. 3 in Division I. Zerkle leads the nation in stolen bases, with 47 (one shy of her own school record). She also is ranked No. 10 in Division I with 62 runs. Additionally, she has been named to the All-Conference USA First Team, the Conference USA All-Academic Team and the CoSIDA All-Academic Team. She also was named the College Sports Madness Conference USA Player of the Year.


Cooper had a career year at Marshall and boasted the second highest batting average on the team (.434). She also has the fourth highest hit total (53) and had three home runs. Additionally, Cooper has been named to the All-Conference USA second team.


D'Orazio made an important mark in the Herd order and defensive lineup in her freshman campaign, showing explosiveness with her bat and reliability at second base. She was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year and to the All-C-USA first team after starting every game for the Herd. D'Orazio greatly improved her batting average during Conference USA play, hitting .458 against league foes.


Braxton batted .336 and led the team with 56 RBI, which is tied with Rachel Folden (2006) for No. 3 in a Herd season. She also had five homers this season -- tied for the team lead. Braxton also finished with 25 runs and 20 stolen bases.


Dixon's 33 wins led Division I for much of the season and she is tied for most victories in a Marshall season with Andi Williamson (2013). Dixon also ranks fourth nationally and second in Conference USA with 308 strikeouts, the second most in Herd history (Williamson had 364 in 2013). Dixon also was named to the All-C-USA second team.


Greene batted No. 2 in the Thundering Herd lineup and provided plenty of offensive firepower. She started in every game and hit .429. Her 70 hits ranked second on the team. She scored 31 runs and drove in 19. Her 27 stolen bases ranked second among the Herd.
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