Herd Falls to Tulsa in Rain-Shortened Affair|
March 16, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (6-18, 1-5 C-USA) suffered a two-run loss in a game cut short due to inclement weather against No. 20 Tulsa (24-3, 3-0 C-USA).
Sophomore Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth to give the Thundering Herd momentum and to put Marshall within two of the Golden Hurricane, before the game was halted at a 6-4 score.
The Herd looks ahead to a five-game week in North Carolina. Its first stop will be in Wilmington, where UNC-Wilmington will host Marshall in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Herd will then head to Greenville, N.C. for a three-game series against Conference USA foe East Carolina, beginning Friday.
Tulsa 6, Marshall 4
Marshall had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the inning, but three consecutive base on balls was followed with three consecutive strikeouts to end the bases-loaded inning.
On the first pitch in the third inning, a solo-shot over the left-field fence pushed the Golden Hurricane further ahead, 2-0.
In the top of the fourth, Tulsa led the inning with back-to-back singles to put the Herd in a first and third situation. A sacrifice fly to left center brought the advancing runner home to take a bigger lead, 3-0. The Golden Hurricane scored again with the assistance of a walk with the bases loaded and two outs, 4-0.
Tulsa struck again in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on two hits and an error, 6-0.
Marshall was hitless and scoreless through five complete innings, but was able to find enough connections to ruin Tulsa’s chance at a no-hitter and shutout.
Sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) started it off with a one-out walk and advanced to second on sophomore Raquel Escareno’s (Wellington, Colo.) single through the left-infield gap that ended the no-hitter. Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) followed with an RBI single up the middle to put Marshall on the board, 6-1.
The Herd’s junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) drew a walk to load the bases with two outs for junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.), who cleared the field with a double off the right-center wall to put Marshall within two of Tulsa, 6-4.
After a Tulsa pitching change and the third out of the inning, freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) and the Herd took to the field in the seventh to try and salvage a win, but after the field's conditions were surveyed, the game was called by the umpiring crew in attendance.
Dixon (4-11) was credited with the loss. Marshall had three errors on the day, while Tulsa was errorless through six innings. The Herd was outhit 3-to-11 by the Golden Hurricane.