Herd Falls to No. 20 Golden Hurricane
Marshall will play the final game of the series on Sunday.
March 15, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (6-17, 1-4 C-USA) faced its fifth ranked opponent of the season on Saturday and suffered two losses at Dot Hicks Field.
No. 20 Tulsa (23-3, 2-0 C-USA) took the Game 1 victory in five innings by a score of 13-1, and won Game 2 by a two-run margin, 4-2.
Sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) was 3-for-4 on the day with two runs and two walks.
Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) smashed her third homer of the season over the right-field fence in Game 2 to put Marshall’s first run of the game on the board.
The Herd will face the Golden Hurricane in its final game of the series Sunday at noon.
Tulsa 13, Marshall 1 (5)
The Golden Hurricane took advantage of some early mistakes to take a prompt lead in the first inning. With two Marshall errors and a Tulsa single, the Golden Hurricane put two runners in scoring position.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) seemed to have settled in and recorded back-to-back outs, but was unable to get the third before a double into the left-center gap brought two unearned runs across the plate, 2-0.
The Herd fought back in the bottom of the inning and shrunk the Tulsa lead with an unearned run, but it was its last run of the game.
Zerkle stole second to put two runners in scoring position, and both advanced on a passed ball. Greene scored on the play to put the Herd on the board, 3-1.
The Golden Hurricane found a rhythm in its batting lineup and plated six consecutive batters before the Herd could record an out in the top of the second inning. With a mix of five hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a passed ball, five runs scored, 7-1.
After a scoreless third inning, Tulsa struck again in the fourth with two outs threatening the side.
A leadoff single and stolen base put a runner on second with no outs on the board. On one out, an attempt to advance to second base on a single recorded the second out, but allowed the advancing runner to take home on the play. A Marshall fielding error on a fly ball to center field allowed the second run of the inning to score – putting the game in a possible run-rule situation, 9-1.
Tulsa continued to hold down the Herd, keeping it silent in every inning after the first.
Meanwhile, the Golden Hurricane offense continued to fire, pushing further ahead with a two-run home run, an RBI double and an error, 13-1.
The game did, in fact, end after five complete innings, due to the eight-run rule.
Fadnek (2-5) suffered the loss behind six Marshall errors. Tulsa remained errorless through five innings of action and only surrendered one hit to the Herd, while the Golden Hurricane connected for a total of 13.
Tulsa 4, Marshall 2
The second game of the day between the Golden Hurricane and the Herd started in dissimilar fashion to the first.
After a scoreless first inning and with two outs in the top of the second, four consecutive Tulsa singles brought one run across the plate to give the Golden Hurricane a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Neither team was able reach base or score through an inning and a half, until a Golden Hurricane two-run home run to right field pushed Tulsa ahead by two, 2-0.
Tulsa was able to bring another runner across the dish in the top of the fifth, again with two outs. A triple plated a Golden Hurricane runner, who reached on a fielder’s choice, to make the score 3-0.
Lucas connected for a solo-shot to put the Herd on the board in the bottom of the fifth, 3-1, but Tulsa replied with one of its own in the top of the sixth to take another three-run lead, 4-1.
Marshall kept up the fight, and scored again in the bottom of the sixth to shrink the lead by two. Greene connected for a single and advanced on a throw that attempted to take her out at first. A sacrifice bunt from Zerkle put Greene on third, and she scored on a fielding error that plated Webster, 4-2.
The final inning of action was scoreless, resulting in a Tulsa victory and a freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) loss (4-10).
Marshall committed one error to Tulsa’s three, but was outhit 10-to-5.