March 26, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (10-20) exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to knock off Miami (Ohio) in six innings Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field, 10-2 (6). For the first time this season, each Marshall starter recorded a hit in the game.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) got off to a hot start by striking out three RedHawks (11-15) in the top of the first inning to record her 100th career strikeout. She finished the day with six Ks.
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) and sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) connected for back-to-back home runs in the seven-run inning to combine for four RBIs.
Webster delivered a three-run shot to left field, her second home run of the season, before Braxton followed up with her tenth bomb of the year. It was the second time this season both hitters delivered long balls in the same game (UNCW, 3/20/14).
S. Braxton's tenth blast of the season put her in the Marshall record books for home runs in a season. She tied Jazmine Valle (2010, 12) and Leigh Wintter (2005) for eighth place all-time.
The Herd will travel to Starkville, Miss. for a three-game set against Mississippi State this weekend.
Marshall 10, Miami (Ohio) 2 (6)
Marshall left two runners stranded in the bottom of the first before the RedHawks and Herd were both retired in order in the second inning.
Miami (Ohio) got on the board first with a solo shot over the left-center fence to lead off the third inning. Dixon and the Herd recorded three consecutive outs following the home run to end the inning trailing 1-0.
The Herd got its offense going in the bottom of the fourth, when it exploded for seven runs. Marshall loaded the bases with one out via a Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) double, Alyssa Cook (West Hamlin, W.Va.) walk and Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) bunt single before Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) delivered an RBI infield single to tie the game at 1-1.
After a Miami (Ohio) error allowed two more Herd runners to cross the plate on two outs, Webster and S. Braxton connected for consecutive bombs to put Marshall ahead 7-1.
The RedHawks got one run back in the top of the fifth with an RBI double to cut the Marshall lead to 7-2, but the Herd answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) hit a double off the wall in right center to drive in Lucas, who reached on a single, before Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) delivered her first RBI of the season to make the margin 9-2.
Escareno connected for a walk-off RBI single to end the game in run-rule fashion to give Marshall a 10-2 victory in six innings.
Marshall outhit the RedHawks 11-to-4 with an errorless game, while Miami (Ohio) committed two errors. Dixon (7-12) earned the victory in her seventh complete game of the season.