Marshall Takes Two from FIU
The Herd secured the series victory with a pair of wins
April 18, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (20-27, 8-9 C-USA) earned a pair of C-USA victories against FIU (27-18, 9-8 C-USA) Friday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd earned a 6-4 win in Game 1, followed by an 8-4 victory in Game 2.
"We picked up two huge conference wins," assistant coach Kendall Fearn said. "We're really proud of the girls and how they fought today."
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) went yard with a two-run shot in Game 2. She was 4-for-4 on the day, with the homer, a double, a base on balls, an intentional walk and 3 RBI.
Sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) and senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) also delivered long balls for the Herd. Escareno hit a two-run blast in Game 1, while Winton connected for a solo shot in Game 2.
Sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) was 3-for-5 on the day with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored.
With four stolen bases on the day, freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) moved into a tie for second with Sierra Davenport (2003) in the Marshall single-season record books with 40.
Webster and junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) both kept their on-base streaks alive, reaching base safely in both contests. K. Braxton’s streak is now at 15 games, while Webster’s sits at 13.
Marshall and FIU will wrap up the series with a 12 noon start on Saturday. It will be the Herd’s annual pink game for breast cancer awareness.
Marshall 6, FIU 4
Both offenses came out firing in Game 1. The Panthers plated two runs with a two-out double. FIU left two runners stranded in scoring position to end the inning, 2-0.
The Herd answered in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on an error, before K. Braxton reached base on a catcher’s interference. After a double steal put the runners on second and third, S. Braxton connected for a two-run double to knot the score at 2.
Marshall added a run when freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) engaged the FIU defense in a rundown to allow S. Braxton to score, 3-2.
Both teams threatened throughout the middle innings, leaving a total of eight runners stranded while failing to push a run across.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Marshall offense started clicking again. Webster gave the Herd room to breathe with an RBI double that allowed S. Braxton to score from first after she had previously reached with a walk.
Escareno followed the double with a two-run home run blasted to left field, 6-2.
FIU answered with a two-run homer of its own in the top of the sixth to cut the Marshall lead to 6-4, but the Panthers were unable to score again as the Herd secured the victory.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) earned the victory for Marshall, her 14th of the season. She recorded seven strikeouts.
Marshall outhit the Panthers 8-to-5. FIU committed four errors, while the Herd was errorless.
Marshall 8, FIU 4
After a scoreless first inning, Marshall got on the board in the bottom of the second when Winton delivered a sacrifice fly to bring home Watts, who took over on second base after Webster reached with a double, 1-0.
FIU led off the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles before a three-run home run allowed the Panthers to take the lead, 3-1.
The lead would not last long, though. S. Braxton led off the bottom of the inning for Marshall with a single and came around to score when Webster crushed her sixth homer of the season, 3-3.
Marshall took the lead in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs on three hits and three errors. Zerkle reach on a one-out throwing error before advancing to second via a sacrifice and stealing third. K. Braxton drove Zerkle home, before S. Braxton doubled to right center and scored K. Braxton. After Webster was intentionally walked, a pair of throwing errors allowed S. Braxton to score, 6-3.
FIU got a run back in the top of the sixth after they put two runners on base with back-to-back hits. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and one scored on a Marshall error, 6-4.
Winton extended the Marshall lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth with her third home run of the season. Greene then delivered an RBI inflied single to score Zerkle and put the lead at 8-4.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) picked up the win for the Herd in the circle after pitching five innings. She did not surrender a walk for her second-straight appearance.
Marshall outhit FIU 9-to-6 and held the advantage with three errors compared to FIU’s five.