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Herd's Braxton hitter of the week

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall freshman Shaelynn Braxton busted onto the Conference USA scene this weekend by busting out some aluminum.

Braxton finished with a .455 batting average while blasting a pair of home runs in the weekend series win over Houston.

It was Braxton who got the Herd out to a lead in Sunday's rubber match when she connected for a three-run home run to start the scoring.

After Houston got back into the game and trimmed the deficit, Braxton added a sacrifice fly to score what proved to be the game-winning run in the Herd 5-4 win.

Braxton also got the Herd rolling in the series-opening 13-1 win, singling to score Ashley Gue with the game's first run.

In the third inning, she homered to left field as part of a three-run third inning that broke the game open a bit.

She later singled home Gue in a six-run fourth inning that buried the Cougars.

Braxton has been on a tear in Conference USA play, connecting for all five of her home runs and 15 of her 20 runs batted in since the Herd got into conference play.

Behind Braxton's surge, Marshall has also been on its own surge, winning 15 of its last 16 games with Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Cougars being the lone blemish.

Marshall now sits at 25-13 overall and 11-4 in Conference USA.

The Herd travels to Kentucky on Tuesday before a doubleheader with Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. Marshall gets back into conference play this weekend when East Carolina comes to Dot Hicks Field for a three-game series, started with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

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