March 22, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Junior Caitlyn Jackson (Ontario, Calif.) started out with three hitless innings before a two-run home run by Megan Hill put Southern Miss ahead for good winning 3-0 against Marshall Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.
"I think that Caitlyn (Jackson) pitched a great game today and unfortunately with that one pitch it changed everything," head coach Shonda Stanton. "I'm not disappointed in Caitlyn; I'm disappointed in this team in not responding and backing her up."
In the fourth on a 3-2 count, Hill drove a shot to center clearing the fence and picking up two RBIs as Kristen Pilgrim reached after getting hit by Jackson. The shot was Hill's second this weekend in Huntington.
The Golden Eagles (16-15-1, 5-4) plated the third run in the fifth Stephanie Shiflet singled with two outs followed by a single from Courtney Hill. Jackson was then pulled from the game for senior Autumn Mitchell (Shady Springs, W.Va.) who finished the game for the Thundering Herd (16-10, 4-2).
Jackson was credited for the loss going 4.2 innings allowing just three hits with four strikeouts while Mitchell finished up with 2.1 innings also with four K's and just one hit. Marshall allowed just four hits and one walk in the contest.
Offensively, the Herd had it chances in the game to score as freshman Alianna Telles (Sylmar, Calif.) started the game with a leadoff single. The team would notch five hits on the day including sophomore Melanie Stoehr (Tacoma, Wash.) who went 2-for-3. In the game, Marshall left six runners on base.
"She comes out and pitches a great game and gives us what we need and we don't come out and swing the sticks," Stanton said. "Offensively we were timid and apprehensive even though we were prepared. We got to see (Samantha) Davis pitch yesterday. It's just disappointing when you don't have the focus to execute."
With the conclusion of the home stand in March, the Herd will now have time to prepare to travel to Oklahoma for a three-game Conference USA series against league leading Tulsa. Marshall currently sits in second.
The action kicks off against the Golden Hurricanes Saturday March 28 at 2:00 p.m. EST with a doubleheader and a single game at 1 p.m. EST.