Marshall Takes Two from Radford
The Herd Returns to C-USA Action this Weekend
April 2, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - Marshall softball (12-23) swept Radford (9-19) in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field in a shutout and four-run fashion.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) earned her first career shutout victory of the season in the first game of the day. She recorded 10 strikeouts, her second double-digit total of the season. Coming in as relief in Game 2, Dixon added another six K's to her day's total (16).
Junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) connected for her first career home run, a two-run shot that landed on Third Avenue. Braxton was responsible for three of the Herd's four RBI in the first contest.
Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) smashed her first long ball of the season over the left-center wall in the second game of the day to stretch Marshall's lead, 4-2.
The Herd will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. for a Conference USA series against Middle Tennessee State this weekend.
Marshall 4, Radford 0
Marshall got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with an RBI double from sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) that allowed freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) to cross the plate, 1-0.
The Herd added to its lead in the bottom of the third when Braxton (1-for-2) plated sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) from third base in sacrifice fashion, 2-0.
Braxton brought in two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, when her long ball scored freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.), who had reached on a bunt single, 4-0.
After allowing a double in the first, Dixon went five straight innings without giving up a hit and retired 17 consecutive batters, before a single in the top of the seventh.
She secured the victory (8-15) behind seven Marshall hits and no errors. Radford connected for two hits and committed two errors.
Marshall 7, Radford 3
The Highlanders found momentum early in the second contest of the day, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning off of three hits and two Marshall errors.
The Herd found its way into the game in the bottom of the third inning.
With back-to-back singles from junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) and Greene (2-for-4), Marshall had two speed runners on board. Zerkle connected for an RBI single to bring Cooper (2-for-3) around the bases, while moving Greene to third and putting herself in scoring position on second base, 2-1.
Braxton was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Lucas (2-for-4) followed with an RBI-infield single to tie the game at two apiece.
A Radford fielding error allowed the go-ahead run to score before the Highlanders recorded the third out of the inning, 3-2.
The Herd stretched the lead in the following inning with a leadoff solo shot from Winton, 4-2, and again in the fifth off of two hits and four Radford errors - three-consecutive - 7-2.
Dixon entered Game 2 in relief, and took the victory (9-15). Radford outhit Marshall 10-to-11, and both teams had multiple miscues - Marshall (3), Radford (5).