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Herd softball tries to finish strong at home

On May 1, 2014

Marshall University softball will return home Saturday for its final home and conference series of the regular season against Louisiana Tech. First pitch Saturday will be thrown at 1 p.m. for a double header, with action resuming noon Saturday.

La Tech is currently 7-13 in conference, while Marshall is 10-11. This will also be the first meeting between the teams, as La Tech is a Conference USA newcomer.

Assistant coach Kendall Fearn said the team needs this win in order to get itself back to the tournament.

“We’ve got to win in order to advance to Boca,” Fearn said. “We put ourselves in a good position and have it laid out so we can control our destiny. We can’t rely on other teams to put us in a good seed.”

Marshall is tied for eighth in conference standing, and only the top eight teams will be able to compete in the tournament. Fearn said this places a lot of pressure on the team, but she also wants them to have fun while playing.

“We want them to step up and have a really great run,” Fearn said. “This is the part of the season where we should be playing our best ball, which makes it enjoyable to play.”

One of the major aspects Fearn said the team needed to work on for this game was improving its performance offensively.

“We need to hit the ball,” Fearn said. “Our bats were a bit dead last weekend, but we need to come out swinging and put runs up on the board.”

Chanda Bell, the pitching coach for the team, said she needs the pitchers to step up and perform well this weekend in order to keep the game going.

“Pitching is going to be huge,” Bell said. “Keeping them off base and allowing us to stay in long enough to be able to push across those runs is going to be the biggest deal.”

Marshall will be recognizing its seniors during the game. Bell said she is excited to have seen the seniors step up lately and hopes they will do the same this weekend.

“It may be their last weekend, so we really want to see them do big things,” Bell said.

Bell also said the entire team needs to step up this weekend, not just the seniors.

“It’s always nice when you can get underclassmen to step up for their seniors, but we get great things out of all of our players, which is the most important thing, Bell said. ”

Gabi Warwick can be contacted at warwick@marshall.edu.

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