March 2, 2014
Box Score (St. Peter's)
CONWAY, S.C. - Marshall softball (4-11) is traveling back to Huntington, W.Va. after ending the Coastal Carolina Invitational with a run-rule win over St. Peter's (1-2).
In the 11-3 victory, the Thundering Herd was one hit away from tying its season high of 15 hits (Delaware, Feb. 22), however it did set a new season record with six stolen bases on the day.
Marshall ended the three-day tournament 2-3 and now, looks ahead to its first conference action of 2014 against new Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic. The three-game series will begin with a double header March 5 at 6 p.m.
Marshall 11, St. Peter's 3 (6)
As the visiting team, Marshall had an aggressive start. With one out on the board, freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) singled to short stop. A stolen base and an illegal-pitch advancement put Zerkle on third base quickly. She scored on sophomore Raquel Escareno's (Wellington, Colo.) sacrifice fly to give the Herd an early 1-0 lead.
St. Peter's fired back in the bottom of the inning and on one out, hit a two-run shot over the center-field fence to take over the momentum of the game with a 2-1 lead.
Junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) was facing two-out pressure in the top of the second, but started a rally with a single up the middle. After a stolen base, junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) fired one back to the circle for a single of her own and advanced on a stolen base. With runners on second and third, sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) slap-singled to load the bases.
With her second hit of the day, Zerkle (3-for-4) connected for a two-RBI single in the left-infield gap to push Marshall ahead 3-2.
The Peacocks tied the ball game at three apiece in the bottom of the second inning, capitalizing on two errors the Herd committed on a stolen base attempt.
Marshall took back the insurance run in the third after sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) reached on a one-out single and scored on freshman pinch hitter Morgan Kelley's (Milton, W.Va.) double into right center, 4-3.
The Herd held the Peacocks scoreless for the first time in the bottom of the third and kept attacking, scoring in its fourth consecutive inning - a first for the Herd this season.
A Greene (3-for-4) single and St. Peter's error led off the fourth, putting her on second to start the inning. She scored on another error caused by a Zerkle connection that put the ball through the legs of the short stop. Two stolen bases put Zerkle on third, and she scored on a wild pitch, 6-3.
On two outs, sophomore pinch hitter Alexandria Dawes (Tipp City, Ohio) drew a walk and sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) swapped places with her on base. Lucas scored on a RBI double from S. Braxton (3-for-4), which extended the Marshall lead by four, 7-3.
The Herd was scoreless for the first time in the fifth, but a lead-off single and walk set Escareno up for an RBI situation, in which she smashed a three-run home run to push Marshall further ahead, 10-3 - her second bomb of the season.
S. Braxton kept the balls flying, hitting her fifth homer of the season with a solo-shot over the left-center fence to give Marshall a run-rule lead, 11-3.
The Herd succeeded in keeping the Peacocks from scoring for the entire game after the second inning, concluding the game after six complete.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) earned the win (2-1) with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched. Marshall hit .466, connecting in 14-of-30 at bats, while St. Peter's was 5-of-23 for a .217 average in the game.
The Peacocks committed three errors, and the Herd finished with two.