Herd Splits the Last Day of Non-Conference Action|
April 23, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va – Marshall softball split a non-conference doubleheader with Ohio Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd dropped a close first contest by a score of 4-3 before picking up an 8-7 victory in Game 2.
"Ohio is a good ball club, and it was good that we were able to take one from them," assistant coach Chanda Bell said.
The Herd had eight different runners cross the plate in Game 2 and scored all of its runs with two outs.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) broke the Marshall record for steals in a single season with two on the afternoon, putting her at 42 for the year.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) also made moves in the record book. She recorded her 200th strikeout of the season and moved into fifth place in Marshall single season history.
Dixon tallied 12 strikeouts en route to picking up the victory in Game 1, her fifth double-digit total of the year. She added four K’s in Game 2 to put her at 210 for the year.
Junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) extended her on-base streak to 17 games after reaching on a single in the bottom of the third. The streak came to an end in Game 2 after she failed to reach base in a pinch hit at-bat.
Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) crushed a three-run home run in Game 2, her fourth long ball of the season.
Marshall will travel to Charlotte, N.C. for its final Conference USA road series of the season this weekend.
Ohio 4, Marshall 3
Ohio added two more runs in the top of the fifth on a two-out double to extend its lead to 3-0.
Marshall got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run inning. Zerkle delivered an RBI single to score junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio), who had previously reached on a single and advanced to second on the throw before moving to third on a groundout, 3-1.
An Ohio error allowed Greene to come around to score after reaching on a fielder’s choice. The run cut the Bobcat lead to 3-2.
Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to left center before scoring on a fielding error on a bunt from Cooper to tie the game at 3 apiece.
Ohio reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh with a solo home run. The Herd was unable to get anything going in the bottom of the inning and fell 4-3.
Marshall outhit the Bobcats 6-to-4. The Herd committed three errors compared to Ohio’s four and left nine runners on base, two more than the Bobcats.
Marshall 8, Ohio 7
Marshall broke the game open with a two-out rally in the bottom of the first. A two-RBI double off the bat of sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) plated Greene, who had reached on a double, and senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.), who had been hit by a pitch, 2-1.
After Lucas singled and put runners on the corners, Winton connected for her fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Bobcats led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run over the left field wall that cut the Marshall lead to 5-2.
Marshall put together another two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. Cook began the rally by reaching on an error before back-to-back singles and a triple from the top of the lineup scored three runs, 8-2.
Greene bunt singled to advance freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) before Zerkle singled and advanced all runners up two bases, allowing Watts to score and putting the Herd in a first and third situation. Greene then scored on a double steal that put Zerkle at second. Zerkle would come around to score on a triple from sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.).
Ohio got three runs back in the top of the fifth off of two hits and two errors. After a hit and throwing error allowed one Bobcat to cross the plate, Ohio blasted its second homer of the game, a two-run shot, to cut the lead to 8-5.
Ohio added two runs in the top of seventh with back-to-back home runs, but the Herd was able to shut down the Bobcats to secure the victory, 8-7.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) earned the win for Marshall with a three-strikeout performance. Dixon tallied the save, her second of the season.
Both teams recorded double-digit hit totals, Ohio with 11 and Marshall with 10. The Herd committed two errors, while Ohio committed one.