@HerdSB Steals its way to win over Virginia Tech
Marshall records eight steals in 8-3 win
Coach Stanton Post Game Video
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Marshall softball team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 8-3, Friday night in the first contest of a three-game set. The Thundering Herd used its speed to steal eight bases and took advantage of six Tech errors to improve to 35-7. The Hokies fall to 17-30.
Senior pitcher Jordan Dixon went the distance for her 23rd complete game of the season. Dixon improved to 26-5 this season and struck out 10.
Marshall started the scoring in the first. Senior Morgan Zerkle led off with a single to left. Two pitches late, Zerkle took second for the first steal of the night. Junior Elicia D’Orazio reached base next on a hit-by-pitch. Zerkle scored first on an infield single by freshman Elizabeth DeShields. D’Orazio scored on a fielder’s choice as DeShields was retired at second.
The Herd added one more in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Junior Jordan Colliflower led off the inning with a single to left. Colliflower moved to second on a single by junior Eloise Tribolet and then both runners advanced another base on a throwing error by the shortstop. Zerkle stepped up next and delivered a fly ball to left. Colliflower tagged up and scored.
Marshall made it a four-run lead in the fourth inning as Tribolet scored from third on a fielder’s choice.
Virginia Tech ended the shutout in the fifth as Jessie Mehr hit a solo home run. However, Marshall extended the lead to five in the fifth inning, 6-1.
Tribolet led off the fifth with her third hit of the game. Tribolet stole second and then scored as the throw from the catcher ended up rolling to the outfield fence. Later in the fifth, D’Orazio stole home, as McCord took second on a double-steal.
In the top of the seventh, Colliflower led off with a hard line-drive to right-center for a triple. Two batters later, Colliflower scored as Zerkle reached on an infield error. D’Orazio scored for the third time of the night on an error at third on a pick-off attempt.
The Hokies added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Dixon struck out the final batter to end the game.
Jordan Colliflower was named the Dot Hicks Significant Sticker Award winner after going 3-for-4 at the plate. Colliflower scored twice and recorded her third triple of the year.
Head Coach Shonda Stanton
“We got a fast start and really our aggression and our base-running was definitely the difference. We had eight stolen bases and so you put yourself into scoring position quite a bit with taking the next 60 feet. It makes a big difference.”
“I felt that Jordan Colliflower and Tribolet did an incredible job at the bottom of the lineup and turning things over. They had six hits combined so that was great to see. Zerkle has done a nice job in the leadoff spot, lacing a single down the left-field line two games in a row now has been huge. And, obviously Dixon, who had the one hitter going into the sixth inning, she was money today and really pounded the strike zone. I was really impressed with what she did today.”
“It is a quick turnaround (playing at 10 a.m. Saturday), but I love the way this team is playing. They are having so much fun. Our dugout intent today was incredible. I felt the energy was there. We left too many runners on base today. I would have liked to have had the big clutch hit. I expect this team to show up the way they did today. We had a long bus ride and a late start at 7 p.m. They left no doubt in my mind the way they came out today.”
Marshall and Virginia Tech will take the field Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. to start the doubleheader. The games were originally scheduled to begin at 12 p.m., but with the threat of rain in the afternoon, the games were moved up two hours. Fans can tune in to the games on 88.1 WMUL-FM and online at www.marshall.edu/wmul.