Herd Travels to Morehead Ky. for Last Nonconference Game

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Marshall softball (29-19, 11-9 C-USA) will travel to Morehead State (23-19, 9-11 Ohio Valley) on Wednesday, May 1 for its last nonconference game of the regular season. The previous scheduled doubleheader has been changed to a single game, which will be played at 3 p.m. ET.

The two schools have met in 16 of the 20 softball seasons, since the program was established in 1994. The two teams have played a total of 34 games against each other with the Thundering Herd holding a 26-8 advantage – the .764 win percentage is the third highest against an opponent that the Marshall has faced more than 12 times (Eastern Michigan: 11-2, .846; Toledo: 12-3, .800). The only opponent the Herd has faced more than the Eagles is Ohio, which Marshall has faced 47 times.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Marshall swept a doubleheader at Dot Hicks Field. In game one, the Herd secured a victory via the mercy rule, winning 10-1 in five innings. Senior Ashley Gue went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored, while sophomore Emileigh Cooper and senior Bri Anna Hope also scored for the Herd. Senior Andi Williamson threw a complete game and allowed just two hits and one earned run, while striking out nine Eagle batters. In game two, Gue crossed the dish twice en route to a 7-4 Marshall victory. Last season, the Herd recorded five stolen bases in a single game against the Eagles, which Marshall has yet to accomplish again.

The upperclassmen have an edge in nonconference play with Gue leading the Herd with a .372 batting average, 29 hits and 21 stolen bases. She and Hope are tied for the most runs scored at 14. Senior Alysia Hively’s four home runs are a team high against nonconference opponents. She is followed closely by senior Jazmine Valle and junior Savannah Webster, who each have three long balls. Valle and Hively are separated by two RBIs in nonconference action – Valle (14), Hively (12) – and are trailed by Hope and Webster, who hold nine-a-piece. Valle also leads the team in doubles (9) and total bases (38) against nonconference foes.

Williamson has a 15-9 record in the circle for the Herd in nonconference action, posting a 1.87 ERA. She has recorded 206 strikeouts and has thrown 14 complete games against nonconference talent.

Williamson and the Herd’s pitching staff will face senior Amber Riddle, who leads Morehead State with a .390 average and 39 RBIs. Her eight home runs on the season are a team high. Senior Kayla Ashbrook is another offensive powerhouse for the Eagles, leading the team with ten doubles. She is just behind Riddle with seven home runs and 34 RBIs.

Senior Katie Pfost has a 14-10 record to lead the Morehead State pitching staff. She has a 2.66 ERA and has thrown 17 complete games, while recording 155 strike outs.

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