Former Marshall Thundering Herd softballer Emileigh Cooper was killed in a tragic car accident Friday night in Jackson County, Ohio. She was 22.
Cooper was en route from her home in Ohio to work a Herd softball camp in Huntington when the wreck happened. According to news reports, an octogenarian fellow motorist pulled out of a residential driveway without yielding and struck Cooper's vehicle, which then traveled across the median and into oncoming traffic.
Since graduating from Marshall in spring of 2015, Cooper had worked as a junior college & high school coach and was preparing for her first season as an assistant with the Rio Grande Community College softball program.
As a member of the Herd softballing unit from 2015-2015, Cooper ended her career in on a high note, registering a .434 average at the plate in 2015. She recorded a stat line of .434/3/13 with an even .500 on-base percentage and was an all-conference and all-region selection that year.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Cooper's family, teammates, and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.