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Softball Seniors eye sweep in home finale

By MIRANDA PEMBERTON
On May 2, 2013

The Marshall University softball team is looking to send its seniors off with a weekend of softball. Coming off of a win against Morehead State and bringing their record to 30 wins, the seniors are expecting nothing short of wins in the series against UTEP. The games will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Dot Hicks Field.Along with Senior Day, there will be the Pink Zone game to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, said Cory Booker, marketing and promotions assistant.“We will have Cold Stone Creamery coming to give out free ice cream during the series as well,” Booker said.While the seniors look ahead to graduation and the conference championships, they are taking a moment to look back as well.Jazmine Valle, a senior from California said her best memory was the game against UAB last year in the semi-finals of the Conference USA championship games.“I can’t believe this is my last series,” Valle said. “I’ve had so much fun, and I’ve really learned so much on the field.”Valle said she cannot believe how much she has grown on the field and how many memories she has made in the past years.Valle said she is also looking ahead to what plans she has after college.“I’ll be here for another two years,” Valle said. “I plan to get my masters in health care administration.”Valle had many accomplishments throughout her years, but one thing she accomplished this year was being named pre-season all conference.“It motivated me to keep working hard,” Valle said. “It really helped me strive to achieve some goals I have and to finish the season with a bang.Alysia Hively, senior from Clay, W.Va., said she tried not to think about this being her last series on the Dot.“I tend to get really emotional [thinking about it],” Hively said. “We want to go out with a bang and show everybody that this is what we came here for.”Hively and Valle said her best memory was beating UAB in the semi-finals last season.Leading the team with six home runs, Hively said there is no pressure for her.“There’s been ups and downs with all of us,” Hively said. “Somebody new steps up each and every week, so we don’t really have to rely on specific people because each and every person on the team is getting it done.”Hively will stay around Huntington as well.“I’ll be taking a year off of school because physical therapy school doesn’t start until next May,” Hively said.Pitcher Andi Williamson, a senior from Harts, W.Va., said realizing this was her last series made her sad, but she knows that once she is done she will end up coaching if she does not get to play softball anywhere else.Williamson also has had many accomplishments this season, but she wants to be remembered for something more than that.“I would like to be remembered as the local girl who got the chance to play for her home school and state,” Williamson said. “It’s really been such a great opportunity.”Williamson said keeping her tradition of family participating in Marshall sports was something she was happy to accomplish.“I’ve grown up watching Marshall,” Williamson said. “My dad played basketball for Marshall, and I couldn’t imagine spending my years anywhere else.”Williamson said she is looking into the near future and making memories instead of looking back.“There’s been a lot of great memories with this team,” Williamson said. “But I know my greatest memory will be when we win the conference championship.”Miranda Pemberton can be contacted at pemberton23@marshall.edu.

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