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Softball players earn academic honors

May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A trio of Marshall University softball players earned Academic All-District 2 first team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Marshall seniors Ashley Gue, Alysia Hively and Andi Williamson are standouts in the classroom as well as on the field.

Gue is a biology major from Huntington (Cabell Midland High School) with minors in chemistry and psychology and a 3.49 GPA.

Entering Saturday's games she was second in Marshall history with 104 stolen bases. She was hitting .336, the second-highest average on the team.

Hively will graduate with a double major in exercise physiology and psychology and a 3.89 GPA.

The Clay, W.Va., native was leading the Thundering Herd with nine home runs, the fourth-most this season in Conference USA. She received a C-USA Hitter of the Week award earlier in the season.

Williamson, a Harts, W.Va., product is working toward a major in PE and Health Education with a 3.69 GPA.

The Herd pitcher entered the weekend ranked second in the nation (first in C-USA) with 312 strikeouts. She also was leading the conference with a school-record 27 wins, was third in ERA (2.32) and was listed third in opposing batting average (.187).

TRACK AND FIELD

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's women tuned up for the C-USA Outdoor Championships with some solid performances Friday at the Ohio Open in Athens, Ohio.

The conference meet is Wednesday through Saturday at Houston.

Amanda Kennedy finished first in the shot put (38.78 meters).

Amanda Hottenstein won the hammer throw (50.18) and was third in the shot put (12.77). Bethany Drury placed fourth in the shot put (12.72).

Julia Galloway finished fourth in the 5000-meter run (19:27.79).

Celia Leonard took sixth place in the 1500-meter run (4:48.78) and Lexie McEntire was sixth in the 800 (2:24.29). Paige Govey was seventh in the 800 (2:24.87).

Only the Herd throwers and distance runners competed.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University women's soccer will play its first match in the new stadium Aug. 23 against the Campbell Camels.

Marshall head coach Kevin Long announced the 2013 schedule.

The Thundering Herd plays its first four regular season matches in the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex being built at Fifth Avenue and 26th Street.

Other opponents in the four-match homestand are Kent State (Aug. 25), James Madison (Aug. 30) and Akron (Sept. 1).

Marshall goes to Philadelphia, Pa., to face a pair of teams that went to the NCAA tournament last season -- Sept. 6 at Temple and Sept. 8 at LaSalle.

Matches Sept. 15 at Liberty and Sept. 22 at home against Miami (Ohio) complete the non-conference schedule. Miami (Ohio) was also in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

Conference USA matches at home are against Old Dominion (Sept. 27), UAB (Sept. 29), Florida Atlantic (Oct. 18), Middle Tennessee State (Oct. 20) and Tulsa (Oct. 27).

UAB is the defending conference champion.

MARSHALL WOMEN'S SOCCER

Aug. 10 Alumni Game-x, TBA

Aug. 14 at VMI-x, 4 p.m.

Aug. 16 at Cincinnati-x, 3 p.m.

Aug. 23 Campbell, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25 Kent State, 1 p.m.

Aug. 30 James Madison, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 Akron, 1 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Temple, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at LaSalle, 1 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Liberty, 2 p.m.

Sept. 22 Miami (Ohio), Noon

Sept. 27 Old Dominion, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29, UAB, 1 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Southern Miss, 1 p.m.

Oct. 13 at East Carolina, 1 p.m.

Oct. 18 Florida Atlantic, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Middle Tennessee St., 1 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 Tulsa, 1 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Florida International, 7 p.m.

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