Herd Splits Day 1 of Coastal Carolina Invitational|
Feb. 28, 2014
CONWAY, S.C. – Marshall softball (3-9) went 1-1 on the day in the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Friday. The Thundering Herd started the day off with a win over UMES (2-9), but fell in Game 2 to host-school Coastal Carolina (7-3) in six innings, 10-1.
In Game 2, freshman Taylor Estes (Danville, Ky.) broke up a no-hitter in the fifth inning. As a pinch hitter, she made her first collegiate plate appearance and smashed a solo shot over the left-field fence to give the Herd its sole hit and run of the game.
Marshall will face Samford (13-4) and rematch Coastal Carolina Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon.
Marshall 5, UMES 4
UMES had a two-out RBI double down the left-field line to put up the first run of the game. Marshall put up its run off a sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) sacrifice fly in deep center field that scored sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.), who led the inning with a slap single.
The Herd kept the Hawks scoreless in the second, and capitalized on a first-and-third stolen base trick in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead.
After a leadoff double from sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.), freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) advanced to third on a ground out. With two outs on the board, junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) reached base by a hit by pitch and put the focus on her attempt to steal second, while Watts took home, 2-1.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) and the Herd held the Hawks scoreless in the top of the third, but UMES was unable to do the same to Marshall in the bottom of the inning.
With back-to-back slap singles from Greene (3-for-4) and freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.), a hit by pitch loaded the bases for Marshall. After a force out at home, senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nevada) opened her 2014 season with a two-RBI single to push the Herd further ahead, 4-1. Escareno (3-for-3) followed the RBI-hit with one of her own on two outs. Her double in the gap, brought in freshman pinch runner Jennifer Brumfield (Ona, W.Va), 5-1.
After four scoreless innings, UMES led off the inning with a single and back-to-back RBI doubles to bring two runners across the plate and shrink the Marshall lead, 5-3.
UMES held Marshall scoreless in the bottom of the sixth and led off the seventh with a right-field single. Two stolen bases and a wild pitch later, the runner scored and brought the Hawks within one of the Herd, 5-4.
A one-out Marshall fielding error allowed the tying run to reach first, but senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) caught the Hawk trying to steal second base to put two outs on the board. A walk put another UMES runner on, but a strikeout from freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) ended the game.
Marshall earned the 5-4 victory with 10 hits and three errors. Fadnek (1-1) earned her first collegiate win with a career best seven strikeouts. Dixon earned her first collegiate save.
UMES ended the game errorless and connected for seven hits.
Coastal Carolina 10, Marshall 1
A combination of a single, throwing error and stolen base allowed the Chants’ runner to take third to initiate the inning. A fielder’s choice brought her across the plate, and put another run on with no outs. A two-run home run gave Coastal Carolina a 3-0 lead, before Marshall was able to string together three outs.
The Chants held Marshall from scoring in the second, and pushed further ahead in the bottom of the inning. Led off by a walk and error, Coastal Carolina put Marshall in a first and third situation. A wild pitch allowed a run to cross the plate. Two RBI singles followed and notched two more Chanticleer runs on the board, 6-0.
Marshall was held hitless and scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. With one out on the board, Estes (1-for-1) earned her first collegiate plate appearance and with it connected for her first hit – a home run over the left-field fence to put the Herd on the board, 6-1.
Coastal Carolina was kept quiet through three innings, but made a four-run appearance in the bottom of the sixth inning to force the game to end in a run rule, 10-1.
Dixon (2-7) suffered the loss, and the Herd was outhit 8-to-1 by the Chanticleers, which only committed one error to the Marshall’s five.