Marshall Falls to Lamar and Mercer
The Herd ended 1-4 in the Citrus Classic
Feb. 23, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Thundering Herd softball team (2-8) fell to the Cardinals (1-5) and Bears (9-3) by the means of a walk-off single (3-2) and a near shutout (7-1) on Sunday.
The Herd concluded the three-day tournament 1-4 and now, looks ahead to its third tournament of the season in Conway, S.C.
Marshall will face four teams in the Coastal Carolina Invitational Feb. 28- March 2. Aside from the host-school Coastal Carolina, the Herd will take on University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Samford and Saint Peter's.
Lamar 3, Marshall 2
For the first time in the 2014 Marshall season, the Herd was tied at zero through one complete inning.
With no hits in the second, the Cardinals managed to score two runs, capitalizing on a walk and two throwing errors in bunt situations, 2-0.
Marshall redeemed itself in the top of the fourth inning, tying the game at two apiece. Sophomore Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) led the way with a leadoff-bunt single and stolen base. Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) followed with a pop up in a spot too shallow for the third baseman, who missed the diving catch, which allowed Marshall to take the corners.
Freshman Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) pinch ran for Winton and in an attempt to steal second, distracted the defense long enough for Cooper to cross the dish and shrink the Lamar lead, 2-1. On two outs, freshman Rebecca Myslenski (Seabrook, Texas) singled over the third baseman's head to reach base and scored to tie the game on a clutch RBI-triple from junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.), 2-2.
Marshall got out of a bases-loaded jam after two walks and a single loaded the bases for the Cardinals in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Brittanie Fowler (Avon, Ohio) and the Herd got two force outs at home to conclude the inning with no damage done.
The Cardinals threatened again, leading the bottom of the fifth with a single and hit by pitch on no outs. Marshall replied by bringing in freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) to take over the circle. A fly out to center turned into a double play and a ground out to first ended the risky inning quickly.
Neither team found a way to score through three innings of action.
A leadoff single and costly fielding mistake put Cardinals on second and third base in the bottom of the inning. Freshman starter Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) took over the circle for the second time in the game. After a base on balls loaded the field, a walk-off shot to left field brought in the tie-breaking run.
Marshall fell to Lamar by a score of 3-2, but outhit the Cardinals 9-to-5. The Herd committed three errors, while its opponent notched one.
Mercer 7, Marshall 1
Game 2 started in similar fashion to the Herd's first game of the day with a scoreless start, but in the top of the second, Fadnek surrendered her first hit of the game to a two-out solo shot over the left-field fence, 1-0.
Mercer led off the third inning with a hit by pitch and a walk. A ground out moved the runners to second and third, and both scored on a two-RBI single to right field to stretch the lead to 3-0.
On two outs, a throwing error in a bunt situation brings a Bear across the plate and allows another to reach third. An infield single was responsible for the second Mercer run of the inning, which gave the Bears a 5-0 advantage.
Marshall kept Mercer scoreless in the top of the fifth for the first time since the first inning and came out battling in the bottom of the fifth. After a one-out single from sophomore Alyssa Cook (West Hamlin, W.Va.), K. Braxton walked and sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) singled to load the bases. But, a force out at home and a foul pop up on the first-base side kept the Herd from scoring, leaving three runners stranded on base.
A two-run home run extended the Bears' lead in the top of the sixth to 7-0 and after keeping the Herd scoreless through six innings, Marshall got one across in the final inning of action.
Two Mercer errors led off the bottom of the seventh, immediately putting two Marshall runners on second and third. K. Braxton hit an RBI-sacrifice fly to right to end the opportunity for a shutout loss.
Although the Herd followed the performance with back-to-back singles from Greene (4-for-4) and freshman Morgan Zerkle, which loaded the bases, a foul pop up turned double play ended the game, 7-1.
Marshall outhit Mercer 9-to-8 and tallied one error, while the Bears committed two.