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Herd Falls to North Texas in Doubleheader

Freshman Morgan Zerkle is now tied for fourth in stolen bases in a season.

April 12, 2014

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball (17-25, 6-8 C-USA) dropped both games of a doubleheader against North Texas (26-15, 11-5 C-USA) Saturday at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd fell 7-3 in Game 1 before dropping the second game 9-8.

"What I'm really proud of that is we continued to fight and we got better offensively as the game went on, and we came up clutch in situations," coach Shonda Stanton said.

Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) and senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) each blasted solo shots in Game 2. Winton went 3-for-3 in Game 2 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) extended her on-base streak to 18 games with hits in both contests.

With two stolen bases on the afternoon, freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) tied Amanda Williams (2004) and Stefanie Cook (1998) for fourth in the record book for stolen bases in a single season.

Marshall will travel to Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday for a two-game set against Wright State before returning home for a five-game homestand.

North Texas 7, Marshall 3
After a quiet first two innings for both teams, North Texas got the offense started in the top of the third with a solo home run from Brooke Foster to put the vistors up 1-0. The Mean Green hit another solo shot the following inning to extend its lead to 2-0.

The Marshall offense heated up in the bottom of the fifth when Zerkle delivered an RBI single to bring home junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio), who had reached base with a bunt single. The Herd left the bases loaded to end the inning trailing 2-1.

The Mean Green's offense exploded in the top of the seventh inning for five runs off of four hits, two errors and two walks. North Texas sent ten batters to the plate in the inning to extend its lead to 7-1.

The Herd rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short. With runners on the corners via a leadoff walk from junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.), a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Greene (2-for-3) and an infield single by Zerkle (2-for-4), sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) connected for a two-RBI double to cut the lead to 7-3.

Both teams recorded eight hits. The Herd left nine runners on base compared to the Mean Green's five. North Texas had an errorless game, while Marshall committed two errors.

North Texas 9, Marshall 8
North Texas got off to a quick start in Game 2, scoring two runs in the top of the first. After a leadoff double and two walks, an RBI single plated a runner. The Mean Green added a second run after a bases-loaded walk to go up 2-0.

The Mean Green extended its lead to 3-0, thanks to three singles in the top of the second.

Marshall got on the board in the bottom of the second when Lucas crushed her fourth home run of the season to slice the UNT advantage to 3-1.

North Texas added two runs on three hits in the top of the third to push its lead to 5-1.

The Herd was held hitless through the middle innings until Winton smashed a home run over the right field wall.

In the top of the sixth, North Texas scored two runs, one on a sacrifice fly and one on an error to take a 7-2 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Marshall staged a furious rally to take an 8-7 lead. The Herd plated a run with a sacrifice fly from Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.). Winton (3-for-3) then delivered her second RBI of the day with a single to left field that scored senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.). Zerkle and S. Braxton each delivered two-RBI singles to put the Herd in the lead.

The Mean Green responded in the top of the seventh to retake the lead when a single off the right field fence plated two runners to give the visitors what would be the final margin at 9-8.

North Texas outhit Marshall 13-to-10. The Herd committed three errors to North Texas's 0. The Mean Green left 13 runners on base, while Marshall only stranded four.