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MU ace moves on to pro league

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- National Pro Fastpitch is Andi Williamson's new address.

Marshall University's star softball pitcher signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bandits.

"I couldn't have done this without my three coaches, who have helped me develop as a person and player," Williamson said. "I am thankful for the support from the Marshall community, and I am proud to say that I will always be a part of the Thundering Herd.

"The Chicago Bandits are a top-notch organization and I'm very excited to be a part of the Bandit family."

Williamson had a banner senior season for Marshall (36-22) that included winning the Conference USA tournament and playing in the NCAA Lexington Regional.

She posted a 33-18 record, 1.93 ERA and 364 strikeouts in 322.2 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .198 batting average. The Harts, W.Va., native set Marshall season record for wins and strikeouts and a career strikeout mark with 731 in three seasons.

Her season honors included being named to the all-region and All-CUSA second teams.

"The signing of Andi was a move that we had to start looking into right away," said Chicago Bandits general manager Aaron M. Moore. "After Jolene Henderson suffered an unfortunate injury late in the (2012) season, we knew we had to add another pitcher.

"We're excited about the addition of Andi. She had a great career at Marshall and her right handed pitching will add much needed depth to our pitching staff."

Williamson's name will be announced along with the rest of the 2013 Chicago roster June 5 when the Bandits open the season against the Akron Racers at the Ballpark at Rosemont, Ill.

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