Burdette, who has had Marshall coaches at several games this year, sports a 15-2 mark with a 0.93 ERA and 147 punchouts in 98 innings with two no-hitters. She bats .500 with 43 RBIs, 14 doubles, five triples and six home runs.
"They're both just great assets to our program,'' Moore said. "They set a great example for our young kids. Work ethic is the main thing.
"Our kids look up to them because they know they're going to put the hours in. It's just phenomenal how they've stepped up and the other kids are stepping up to play their game better, too.''
Parkins' and Burdette's careers began intersecting several years ago when they started playing together in Little League and through middle school. They also were on the same basketball teams in middle school and at Buffalo.
The pair has never allowed animosity or jealously become part of the team dynamic.
"We know a lot about each other and have become really good friends over the years, not only on the softball field but off,'' said Burdette. "We went to the movies this weekend. We hang out and have the same classes and always talk.''
"We're really good friends,'' added Parkins. "We just have each others' back through anything.''
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