March 7, 2014
Box Score (South Alabama)
Box Score (Michigan State)
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Marshall softball (6-14) lost and won by a one-run margin in both games Friday. The Thundering Herd fell to No. 14 South Alabama (16-2) and had a walk-off victory over Michigan State (5-12).
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) pitched the first complete game of her career against the nationally ranked Jaguars and surrendered only five hits in the 1-0 loss.
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) was responsible for bringing in the game-winning run under two-out pressure in the 2-1 win over the Spartans.
The Herd looks ahead to a weekend off from games, before facing No. 10 Kentucky for its first home contest of the season at Dot Hicks Field Tuesday at 4 p.m.
South Alabama 1, Marshall 0
Game 1 was nothing less than a pitchers’ duel between the Herd’s Fadnek and the Jaguars’ junior Farish Beard.
After a lead-off single from sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) in the top of the first inning, the Jaguars retired the Herd in 1-2-3 order for six consecutive innings.
Fadnek surrendered her first pair of hits in the bottom of the third and gave up only three more the rest of the game.
After five and a half scoreless innings –a first for the Herd this season – a lead-off single, stolen base and advancement on a fly to right field put a Jaguar on third base with two outs threatening the side.
A triple to left field scored the only run of the game and gave South Alabama a one-run shutout victory.
Fadnek pitched the complete game and suffered the loss (2-3). The Herd was outhit 5-to-1 and committed two errors to the Jaguars 0.
Marshall 2, Michigan State 1
Marshall had no struggle getting onto the scoreboard in the second game of the day against Michigan State.
Once the Herd held the Spartans scoreless in the top of the first inning, Greene led off the side with a single and advancement on an error. Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to put Greene in scoring position at third base.
On two outs, sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) connected for an RBI single to give Marshall an early leg up with a 1-0 lead.
After two scoreless innings, the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. A two-out hit by pitch put the tying run on base and an RBI double off the left-field fence allowed the runner to cross the dish and tie the ball game at 1 apiece.
Marshall’s bats slowed down, while its opponents’ bats were averaging at least one hit an inning despite the three up, three down fifth inning.
The game was tied down to the final out of the seventh, but a walk-off single over the centerfielder’s head gave the Herd the win, 2-1.
Started off by junior Emileigh Cooper’s (Jackson, Ohio) one-out bunt and stolen base, the Herd’s lineup found momentum. The upperclassman advanced to third on Greene’s (2-for-4) infield single, but was out at home on a squeeze bunt attempt laid down by Zerkle. With two outs and two runners on board, Webster connected for a shot over the center fielder’s head that allowed Greene to score and Marshall to win, 2-1.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) earned the victory (4-9) behind 4.0 innings pitched. Marshall had its second errorless game of the season against Michigan State, who committed one mistake. The Spartans had nine hits to the Herd’s seven.