Marshall Splits the Day in Wilmington, N.C.
The Herd plays a doubleheader against ECU Friday
March 20, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (7-19) started off the day with a victory over UNC-Wilmington (12-14), but fell in its second game to NC A&T (8-12). The Thundering Herd won and lost by a margin of three runs with an 8-5 victory over the Seahawks and a 4-1 loss to the Aggies.
In Game 1, Marshall was 10-for-10 on stolen bases – last attempting to steal 10 bases on Feb. 20, 2009 against IUPUI. At the end of the day, the Herd was 11-of-11 on the day for stolen bases.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) had five of the Herd’s 11 swipes, being the first of this season to safely slide into four in one game. Alumna Ashley Gue and sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif) were the last to have four stolen bases in one game, and both achieved it against UTEP on May 5, 2013.
There were two multiple-RBI home runs hit against UNCW. The pair came from Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) for her first of the season and Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) for her seventh on the season.
The Herd will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Greenville, N.C. tonight to face Conference USA foe ECU in a doubleheader Friday.
Marshall 8, UNCW 5
Marshall got to work early in Game 1, scoring one run off of one error, two walks and four stolen bases to take an early 1-0 lead.
UNCW rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases via walk, single and hit by pitch and scoring on a two-out, three-RBI double to take a 3-1 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Zerkle (2-for-3) put Marshall’s first hit on the board with an infield single. Webster (2-for-3) stepped into the batter’s box and smashed her first long ball of the season over the center-field fence to tie the game at three apiece.
The Herd took the lead with a sacrifice flyout from sophomore Alyssa Cook (West Hamlin, W. Va.), which scored S. Braxton (2-for-4), who reached base on a one-out single, to make the score 4-3.
The Seahawks took the lead back in the bottom of the third, after a hit by pitch and single put two UNCW runners on base. A wild pitch put the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position with one out on the board. The Seahawks connected for a sacrifice fly and RBI triple to take a 5-4 lead, before the third out was achieved.
Marshall took a three-run lead in the top of the fourth with the help of four runs off of four hits. Greene started it off, reaching on a one-out infield single, and after stealing second base, she advanced to third on a Zerkle infield single.
Zerkle also stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Webster, who delivered a two-RBI single to give Marshall a 6-5 lead. With two outs, S. Braxton connected for her seventh homer of the season to give the Herd its biggest lead of the game, 8-5.
The game ended after three scoreless innings, settling the score at 8-5 in Marshall’s favor. The Herd outhit the Seahawks 7-to-4, and while UNCW committed two errors in seven innings of action, the Herd made one.
Freshman hurler Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) earned the three-run victory (3-5).
NC A&T 4, Marshall 1
Game 2 had a dissimilar start to the first contest. Neither team put up a run until the top of the third, when the Aggies took a 2-0 lead off of back-to-back doubles and an RBI single.
NC A&T added two insurance runs in the following inning off of three hits, a walk and error to push ahead 4-0.
Marshall put one on the board in the bottom of the fifth off of two walks, two hits and a sacrifice flyout to center from Zerkle to cut the margin to 4-1.
Neither team could find a way to score again, resulting in a 4-1 Marshall loss, which was credited to Fadnek (3-6).
The Herd was outhit by the Aggies 8-to-6, and both teams committed one error in the contest.