April 16, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio – Marshall softball (18-27) split the day with Wright State (11-25) in midweek non-conference play. The Raiders took the first game of the doubleheader in one-run fashion by a 3-2 score, but the Thundering Herd secured the second game with a 7-4 victory.
“I’m very pleased with what our pitching staff did today,” coach Shonda Stanton said.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) had a 10-strikeout performance in Game 1 against Wright State. Despite suffering the loss, the rookie (13-18) only surrendered four hits in the contest. She came in to relieve in Game 2 and, in 1.1 innings, fanned two batters. Her strikeout total improved to 177 on the season – good enough for eighth place in the single-season record book.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) made her 13th start of the season for her fifth victory (5-7). Through 5.2 innings, she struck out three and didn’t surrender any free passes.
Marshall looks ahead to a weekend at Dot Hicks Field for conference action against new Conference USA foe Florida International University. The Herd will face the Panthers in a Friday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and will play the series finale Saturday at noon.
Wright State 3, Marshall 2
The Raiders were the first team on the board with solo homers in the first and third innings to grab an early 2-0 lead.
Marshall recorded its first pair of hits and runs in the top of the fourth to tie the ball game, 2-2.
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) started things off for the Herd with a one-out walk. Junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) swapped places with the Webster and advanced to second on Marshall’s first hit of the game, which came off the bat of sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.).
Sophomore Raquel Escareno
(Wellington, Colo.) connected for a two-RBI double over the right fielder’s head to put the teams in a 2-2 draw.
The Raiders re-claimed the lead in the bottom of the inning by capitalizing on a two-out error to go up 3-2 for the final margin.
Both teams recorded four hits, but the Herd committed the sole error in the contest.
Marshall 7, Wright State 4
The second game started in dissimilar fashion to Game 1 with Marshall the early 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) reached base off of a lead-off error, advancing to second on the same play. With one out on the board, sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) singled into right to put runners on the corners. A perfectly executed double steal brought Greene around to score and allowed S. Braxton to reach second safely.
The Herd implemented another double steal to score in the second inning, this time utilizing the speed of Greene and freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.).
Greene reached on a fielder’s choice that recorded the second out of the inning. Zerkle connected for an infield-slap single to move Greene to second base. Greene kept running and slid into the third-baseman’s glove, knocking the ball loose to reach safely.
With the speedsters on the corners, a double steal allowed Greene to score for the second time of the game to put Marhsall up 2-0.
The Raiders shrunk the Herd’s lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second with two hits, but Marshall regained the run in the top of the third.
Marshall loaded the bases in the third inning off of a hit by pitch, an error and a walk. Lucas earned an RBI by suffering a pitch to the knee, but returned the Herd to its two-run advantage (3-1).
The Herd stretched its lead in the top of the fifth, adding two runs to the margin.
Junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) led off the inning with a single and swapped places with Cooper on base. Escareno drew a walk, and Lucas laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position.
Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) laid down a bunt to reach on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases. A pop up to second base recorded the second out, but a wild pitch allowed Cooper to score and the other runners to advance to give Marshall a 4-1 lead.
Greene drew a two-out walk to re-load the bases for Zerkle (2-for-4), who smacked one into left field for an RBI for a 5-1 lead.
Wright State added a run in the bottom of the sixth after a one-out error in deep-right field put a Raiders runner on third base. She scored on a single that was hit up the middle off of Dixon, who entered the game in relief.
Marshall raked in two more insurance runs in the top of seventh. Freshman Rebecca Myslenski (Seabrook, Texas) earned her place on base with a single up the middle, before Zerkle drew a two-out walk to put two Herd runners on base.
S. Braxton (3-for-5) doubled into left center for two RBI and to push Marshall ahead 7-2.
The Raiders refused to go down without a fight. In the bottom of the inning, Wright State connected for two doubles and two singles to add two runs to its total score before Marshall secured the final out of the game.
Wright State out-hit Marshall 11-to-7 and both teams committed three errors in the game.