April 27, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University softball gears up for its final home series of the 2011 season when it hosts UTEP on Saturday and Sunday at Dot Hicks Field. Sunday marks senior day with Melanie Stoehr and Rachel Rillo being honored in a pregame ceremony.
Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday is slated for an 11 a.m. start with a special senior day presentation prior to the first pitch.
Marshall sits with a 17-29 record on the year and is 3-14 in Conference USA after capturing two victories for the series last weekend against Southern Miss. The tandem of Alysia Hively and Rebecca Gamby continues to climb the charts to pace the Herd offense - Hively holds a club-best .300 batting average and .629 slugging percentage. In league action Gamby taps in with 13 hits and six home runs, which ranks second in C-USA.
Herd vs. Miners
Marshall owns the series 9-7, winning three of the five series between the two programs. The last time the two met was 2010 in El Paso with the Miners sweeping the Herd in a trio of one-run contests (2-1, 3-2, 2-1).
The Miners are 16-32 overall and 1-17 in C-USA. Currently on a 13-game losing streak, UTEP's win in conference action came on the road at UCF but has kept within two runs in five league games. Despite missing games after an injury during the Houston matchup three weekends ago, Chelsea Troupe leads the Miners in runs scored (37), hits (42), home runs (14), RBI (31) and batting average (.404).
In the circle Courtney Auger has a staff-best 8-14 record, starting in 21 contests to pitch 123.0 innings. UTEP's depth on the rubber goes three deep with backup averaging 56.4 innings in relief, respectively.
In their final showing at the Dot, Melanie Stoehr and Rachel Rillo will be honored for their commitment and excellence during their time at Marshall. The ceremony will celebrate their successes on and off the field and will be held prior to the series finale which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Marshall athletics would like to extend a special congratulations to both Melanie and Rachel.