Herd and Cougars Set to Tangle in C-USA Opener

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WVDefending Conference USA champion Houston Cougars will invade Dot Hicks Field to do battle with Marshall softball for a three game set beginning Saturday afternoon.

The C-USA opener for both squads will have two facing off on Saturday at 1 and 3 PM and a single game at 11 AM Sunday. Admission is free to all games.

Marshall (10-9) enters the conference opener after a successful weekend with their bats during the Marshall Invitational. Twice MU posted double digit runs and during five games of action the Thundering Herd had 49 hits and 34 runs scored. MU hit for a .402 average and had nine players bat .300 or better. The Herd also collected 71 total bases and drove in 29 runs.

Rebecca Gamby was on the many reasons her squad was able to push its batting average to .304 on the season. The senior catcher hit .538 for the weekend, which included a team high seven hits and team best slugging percentage of .923. Her performance raised her batting average to .392 and slugging percentage to a team high .647 on the season.

Junior Andi Williamson has been both Marshall’s ace on the rubber this season and the top pitcher among her conference mates. Her earned run average (2.15) and opposing batting average (.206) are both the best in C-USA and steadily in front of her fellow pitchers. The Harts, West Virginia native has struck out 71 batters, second best in conference.

Houston comes to Huntington with a record of 10-11. The Cougars have with them Melissa Gregson, the C-USA preseason player of the year pick. The senior outfielder has 10 runs batted in and an average of .321 at the dish. Reina Gaber is the Cougars top offensive threat this season with a team-high .431 batting average. She also has also scored 15 times and drove in the same amount.

The Cougars and the Herd both have similar numbers on offensive. In a majority of statistical categories in conference, both rank next to each other, including being the two fastest teams on the base paths. Marshall leads the conference with 66 stolen bases, while Houston ranks second with 43.

GameTracker from HerdZone.com will be available for each game and live video streaming is available to all-access subscribers. Updates throughout each game will be available by following the twitter accounts of @MUHerd_Softball and @Herd_Zone.

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