Nov. 23, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball continues its great tradition of the Diamond Club Dinner for 2017 as the Herd welcomes four-time National Champion and current ESPN/SEC Network analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill as the keynote speaker. The annual dinner will be held Feb. 3 in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center.
"This dinner is always a highlight to kick off our season," head coach Shonda Stanton said. "Our student-athletes do an exceptional job of putting the event together and we are pleased to have Jenny Dalton Hill join us this year.
"Jenny is a dynamic individual whose accomplishments speak volumes to the athlete and competitor she is. As a coach and analyst she continues to impact our game and I am excited for our athletes to have the opportunity to interact with such a tremendous role model in our sport."
Dalton-Hill was a four-time National Champion while at Arizona. She starred at second base and helped lead the Wildcats to championships in 1993-94 and 1996. She won her fourth national title in 1997 as a coach for Arizona. In 1996, Dalton-Hill was the first player in PAC-10, now the PAC-12, history to win the triple crown and only one player has done it since. She was a three-time, first team All-American from 1994-96 and was named the PAC-10 Player of the Year as a senior in 1996.
Since finishing with the Wildcats, Dalton-Hill played with Team USA and won the gold medal in the Pan-Am Qualifier. She coached with Arizona in 1997-98 and then at Kentucky in 1999-2000. In 1997 she played for the Colorado Silver Bullets professional baseball team. Dalton-Hill spent three seasons coaching the USA Women's Baseball team and serves as the secretary of the USA Baseball Board of Directors.
Dalton-Hill began her career as a sports analyst in 2010 as the color commentator for IGM Sports Network and in 2011 moved to working with ESPN as a softball color commentator.
Head coach Shonda Stanton enters her 18th season leading the Herd softball program. This season, Marshall features a record-breaking trio as seniors in speedster Morgan Zerkle, pitching ace Jordan Dixon and slugger Shaelynn Braxton. The strong upper-class continues with junior infielders Elicia D'Orazio and Madi Marshall, catchers Taylor McCord and Caitlin Gale and outfielders Jordan Colliflower and newcomer Eloise Tribolet.
The sophomore class features Conference USA All-Freshman team selections Briana Daiss and Samantha Loose. Fellow sophomores Hayden Ellis, Ali Burdette, Abigial Estrada and Abigail Tolbert have all seen significant playing time. Rounding out the talent for Marshall in 2017 are two freshmen in pitcher Kailee Williamson and catcher Elizabeth DeShields.
Marshall begins it season Feb. 10, 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla., for the Florida State University Tournament.