April 19, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (21-27) completed the three-game sweep of FIU (27-19) with a 6-2 victory at Dot Hicks Field Saturday. With the result, both teams evened their C-USA records at 9-9.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) moved into sole possession of seventh place in strikeouts in a single season for Marshall after recording eight Ks in the contest increasing her total to 194. She earned the win in her 13th complete game of the season and surrendered just two hits, both in the sixth inning.
"Jordan pitched a phenomenal game today," coach Shonda Stanton said. "She had that no-hitter going through 5.2 innings. She's learning, she's growing, but I'm excited about what she's able to do."
Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) walked in all three of her at bats and scored a run for the Thundering Herd.
Junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) and senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) both extended their on-base streaks after reaching in the contest. Braxton leads the Herd with a 16-game streak, two behind junior Kaelynn Greene’s (Eastvale, Calif.) season-best mark that came to an end last weekend. Webster is close behind at 14 games.
Marshall will host Ohio Wednesday in its final non-conference action of the year. The two squads will meet for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Marshall 6, FIU 2
Marshall capitalized on two errors to score the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. Lucas reached on a walk and stole second before a throwing error on an attempted steal of third base allowed her to come around to score.
The Herd added a run in the bottom of the fourth when pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) scored on a sacrifice fly from senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.).
After being held hitless for 5.2 innings, the Panthers got on the board in a big way in the top of sixth with a two-run home run that tied the game at 2.
Marshall led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single from Webster, and with one out, the Herd brought her around to score off of two walks and a hit by pitch.
After a fielder’s choice recorded the second out, Greene laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score freshman pinch runner Jennifer Brumfield (Ona, W.Va.). Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) then delivered a two-run single to extend the Herd’s lead to 6-2.
Dixon and the Herd kept the Panthers off the board in the seventh to secure the series sweep.
Marshall outhit the Panthers 5-to-2 and delivered its second errorless performance of the weekend, while FIU committed three errors.