Marshall Falls to No. 9 Kentucky
The Herd loses its home opener, 6-2
March 11, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (6-15) fell to No. 9 Kentucky (19-3) Tuesday afternoon in its home opener. The Herd was unable to overcome a five-run first inning from the Wildcats and lost by a score of 6-2.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) delivered a 2-for-3 performance for the Herd with one-out singles in the fourth and sixth innings and one run scored.
Marshall will host its first Conference USA series this weekend when it welcomes No. 20 Tulsa to Dot Hicks Field.
Kentucky 6, Marshall 2
The Wildcats got off to a quick start scoring five runs off of five hits, one hit by pitch and one walk in the top of the first, 5-0.
Marshall found a groove, taking down the Wildcats in 1-2-3 order for two consecutive innings, but Kentucky heated up again in the top of the fourth. The nationally ranked opponent started the inning with back-to-back singles before freshman hurler Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) and the Herd closed out the inning with no damage done.
Marshall found its way onto the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fourth, plating two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from sophomores Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) and Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.), 5-2.
Kentucky threatened in the following two innings, stranding five runners on base – four in scoring position.
The Wildcats added a run in the top of the seventh by scoring on a wild pitch after a lead-off double and groundout put a runner on third, 6-2. Kentucky then sat down the Herd in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Freshman starter Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) suffered the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season. The Herd was outhit 11-to-6 and ended the game with one error, while the Wildcats remained errorless through seven innings of action.