Herd Falls to 49ers in Extra-Inning and Run-Rule Fashion
Marshall will have a chance to even the all-time series on Sunday
April 26, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marshall softball (22-30, 9-11 C-USA) dropped its last doubleheader it would face on the road to Charlotte (20-15, 10-13 C-USA) Saturday. The Thundering Herd lost a one-run, extra-inning thriller in Game 1 by a score of 2-1 (9) and a run-rule in Game 2 by a score of 9-0 (5).
The loss of Game 1 evened the all-time series between the two teams at 5 apiece and after the final game, Charlotte takes a 6-5 advantage.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) continues to make moves in the Marshall record books. In the second inning of Game 1, Dixon tied Sara Gulla (2000) with 214 K's on the season. She ended the day with eight strikeouts, setting her season total at 218.
Sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) recorded the Herd's 40th home run of the season with a solo shot in Game 1 to tie the ball game at 1-1 in the fifth. The long ball was her sixth of the season.
Marshall will have a chance to snatch the series finale against Charlotte on Sunday at Noon before traveling back to Huntington, W.Va. to face La Tech in its last regular season weekend.
Charlotte 2, Marshall 1 (9)
After two scoreless innings, Charlotte found its way onto the board first. With two outs registered, two batters found their way aboard via walks. The 49ers connected for an RBI single before the Herd could record the third out of the inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Marshall struggled to get a run up on the board, until Escareno smashed a ball over the left wall to tie up the game at 1 apiece in the top of the fifth.
Neither team was able to take a lead, forcing the game into the Herd's second extra-inning game of the season (Feb. 21 vs. Albany; L, 12-11).
After a scoreless inning and a half, the 49ers led off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left-field line. An intentional walk put two Charlotte runners on with no outs threatening the side.
The game ended in walk-off fashion with a shallow fly ball into right field to give the 49ers a 2-1 advantage and the win.
Dixon (15-20) was credited with the loss in an eight-strikeout performance in 8.0 innings pitched. Neither team committed an error. Marshall was outhit by Charlotte 9-to-5.
Charlotte 9, Marshall 0 (5)
The 49ers broke Game 2 open with a single, double and two-out, three-run long ball to take a 3-0 lead over the Herd.
Charlotte continued to dominate, adding another three runs to its lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Marshall recorded two outs before two hitters reached via walk and error. Once the runners advanced on a passed ball, both scored off of a single. The 49ers were able to bring one more around to home with a hit down the right-field line to push ahead 6-0.
The Herd left a runner stranded on base in the top of the third, before the 49ers found a way to bring three more runs across the dish.
For the third consecutive inning, Charlotte had a three-run, two-out rally. With three hits and an error, Charlotte took a 9-0 advantage and set the game in run-rule territory.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Marshall had one last chance to put the game within seven runs before the game would be called, but was unable to do so - ending the game in five innings.
Freshman Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) had a three-strikeout performance in 3.0 innings. She took the loss (7-8) behind two Herd errors. Charlotte outhit Marshall 9-to-2 in the five-inning game.