The Parthenon

New softball coach readies for Marshall tenure

Marshall's softball team lines up for the national anthem prior to its home game against Charlotte last season.

Rick Farlow, Sports Editor

October 30, 2018

After nine years as head softball coach for the University of Kansas, Megan Smith moved east this summer and took over as Marshall University softball’s new head coach. Smith, a Walkertown, North Carolina, native and University of North Carolina alumna, was officially hired by Marshall in mid-July. ...

Softball falls to 2-1 to Western Kentucky in three-game series

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

April 23, 2018

Herd softball dropped Sunday’s game against Western Kentucky at WKU Softball Field, 4-1, to fall 2-1 in the series. With the loss, Marshall is now 23-24-1 overall and 11-9-1 in Conference USA. “Unfortunately, today’s result isn’t surprising,” Marshall head coach Jen Steele said. “We didn’t...

Herd softball wins weekend C-USA series over Charlotte

Freshman infielder Grayson Radcliffe exclaims in celebration after Marshall’s game three win over Charlotte this past weekend. Radcliffe continues her freshman season as she is early in her collegiate career.

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

April 16, 2018

Marshall softball clinched its three-game weekend series 2-1 with a Sunday victory against Charlotte at Dot Hicks Field. “Every league game matters, and I’m really happy we found a way to secure the series win,” head coach Jen Steele said. Marshall (21-22-1, 10-7-1 C-USA) took game one by a score ...

Softball takes two of three from UTSA

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

April 9, 2018

Marshall softball clinched its three-game series against UTSA 2-1 this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas. In day one of play, a Saturday doubleheader, the Herd (18-20-1, 8-6-1 C-USA) won the first game 3-0 and the second game 4-2. In the series, senior outfielder Jordan Colliflower extended her hittin...

Herd softball drops two of three against FIU

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

April 2, 2018

Thundering Herd softball dropped two of its three games against Conference USA east region rival Florida International this past weekend at Dot Hicks Field. With the series loss, the Herd falls to 15-18-1 overall and 6-5-1 in conference. “Success is fleeting, and it leaves you the second you think...

Herd softball loses series against FAU, remains third in conference standings

Senior catcher Taylor McCord, sophomore pitcher Kailee Williamson and sophomore infielder  Blakely Burch greet one another during pre-game introductions. Williamson would pitch 5 1/3 innings in Marshall’s game three rubber match, while Birch and McCord would combine for seven total hits throughout the three-game series.

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

March 26, 2018

A strong series-opening game was hindered by consecutive losses over the weekend, as Marshall softball (14-16-1, 5-3-1 C-USA) dropped two of three games on the road at fellow Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic (19-16, 7-2 C-USA). “We worked hard to battle back after falling behind early,” head c...

Herd outmatched at Carolina Classic, drops four games

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

March 5, 2018

Marshall softball traveled to South Carolina this past weekend for the Carolina Classic—a five-game tournament in which the Herd went 1-4—and is now 8-12 on the season. South Carolina competed as host institution, while Liberty and George Washington joined Marshall as visiting schools. The Herd...

Herd softball returns home, welcomes Golden Flashes for midweek game

Luke Creasy, Reporter

February 26, 2018

After playing its first thirteen games away from Huntington, Marshall Softball will play in its home opener against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Dot Hicks Softball Field, 3 p.m. Wednesday. Marshall is currently 6-8 after competing in early season tournaments in Alabama and Florida. The Herd is...

Herd softball wins three at Michelle Smith Pediatric Cancer Invite

Kieran Intemann, Assistant Sports Editor

February 19, 2018

Marshall softball quadrupled its win total over the weekend at the Michelle Smith Pediatric Cancer Invite in Clearwater, Florida. The Herd entered the tournament with one win on the season, but went 3-2 over the three-day tournament, including an upset of Missouri and a near-upset of No. 10 Tennessee....

Softball legend inspires Herd before season

Marshall's 2018 softball team poses for a photo with three-time National Pro Fastpitch Most Valuable Player Kelly Kretschman at the Herd's annual Diamond Club banquet.

Luke Creasy, Reporter

February 5, 2018

Marshall University softball celebrated its 25th year as a program at its 7th Annual Diamond Club Banquet Friday, while also introducing new players and staff. Those in attendance were introduced to 10 newcomers to the team, nine freshmen and one transfer, as well as a new coaching staff after former...

D’Orazio conquers pressure, readies for senior season with Herd softball

Elicia D’Orazio fields a line drive at second base in a regular season home game. D’Orazio plays all over the infield, primarily at second base.

Courtney Andrews, Reporter

February 1, 2018

Every college athlete has certain amount of pressure put on them. Whether it’s how they perform in their sport or in the classroom, the pressure is felt almost every day. But, there’s an added pressure when an athlete performs so well that the new expectation is to always be great. Marshall Univ...

Ellis having continued success off the field

The Marshall Softball team celebrates a win after beating Wirght State April 5.

Caroline Kimbro, Contributer

April 17, 2017

The cliché of winning on and off the field is as old as sports reporting, but Hayden Ellis exemplifies these qualities. If one were to look up the Marshall University softball team, Ellis would be found listed on the roster. And upon clicking on Ellis’ name, one would find basic information about...