Feb. 16, 2014
Box Score (Winthrop)
AUBURN, Ala. – Marshall softball (1-4) concluded its opening weekend at the three-day Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Ala. on Sunday. The Thundering Herd dropped its sole contest of the day to Winthrop (3-5) by two runs, 7-5.
The Herd ended the weekend with six home runs from four sophomores: Shaelynn Braxton (3), Katalin Lucas (1), Alyssa Cook (1) and Raquel Escareno (1).
Marshall will travel to Orlando, Fla. on Thursday to compete in the Citrus Classic in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Marshall will face five teams: No. 17 Georgia, Albany, Delaware, Fairfield and Mercer. Its first opponent will be the Bulldogs on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m.
Winthrop 7, Marshall 5
The Herd struggled to settle in early in the first inning, giving up three runs to the Eagles to start the game off of two hits, two walks and an error.
After two innings of silence, sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) hit an infield double to put herself in scoring position. Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) slapped a single over the Eagles’ second baseman’s head to bring Greene home and put the Herd on the board in the third inning, 3-1.
With two-out pressure in the fourth, Winthrop capitalized on Marshall’s mistakes and with a string of singles scored four runs to extend its lead to 7-1.
Marshall started the fifth strong, loading the bases with no outs threatening the inning.
Sophomores Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) and Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) reached base on a hit-by-pitch and base on balls, and Greene singled to load the bases. Senior pinch hitter Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) hit an RBI-ground out that allowed Cooper to score, but the Herd was unable to bring the other runners home.
Marshall battled hard in the final inning of action with a leadoff double from junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.). A triple from Zerkle shrunk the Eagles’ lead by one, and a two-out home run from Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) put the Herd within two, 7-5.
Marshall was unable to keep the seventh-inning rally going and fell to Winthrop by two runs.
The Herd ended the game with seven hits and four errors, while the Eagles remained errorless through seven innings and connected for eight hits.