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
After a scoreless first inning and with two outs in the top of the second, a walk and single put two Golden Hurricane runners on base. An RBI double down the right-field line brought one runner across the dish and gave Tulsa a 1-0 lead before the third out was recorded.
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.