06/06/2017 7:00 AM -
Conroe, TX – JUNE 5, 2017
Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager, Connie May, announced today the signing of Marshall and USA Women’s National Team member standout Morgan Zerkle. The outfielder’s contract extends through the 2018 season with the Dawgs.
Zerkle was an offensive juggernaut for The Herd, finishing her senior campaign hitting .476 and knocking in 43 runs. In addition, Zerkle amassed 13 doubles and a .789 slugging percentage. Zerkle rounded out her career at Marshall with Conference USA Player of the Year honors.
Zerkle’s speed will make an impact on the Dawgs’ offensive efforts – as a senior, she stole 39 bases in 47 attempts. In her sophomore season, she was the recipient of the Golden Shoe Award as the nation’s leader in stolen bases with 48.
“Being a part of the NPF is an opportunity I never dreamed of having,” Zerkle said. “Being able to continue a softball career is an amazing feeling. I am very excited to be a Dawg.”
Zerkle was a standout immediately at Marshall. In her freshman season, she collected 67 hits – third most of any freshman in Herd history. In her sophomore campaign, Zerkle claimed one of the best seasons in Marshall history, hitting .506 with 89 hits.
The West Milton, W.Va., native was named to the All-Mideast Region First Team
in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2016, Zerkle was invited to join the USA Women’s National Elite Team, where she hit .482 with 54 hits, while stealing 28 bases.
“Morgan’s attributes epitomize what it is to be a Scrap Yard Dawg,” said GM Connie May. “She will be a major threat for us on the base paths and has the ability to be a game-changer.”
Born Morgan Leigh Zerkle in Huntington, W. Va., she attended Cabell Midland High School in Ona, W.Va. where she was named first-team all MSAC in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She was named MSAC Player of the Year and West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013. That same season she hit a staggering .651.