April 27, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Marshall softball (23-30, 10-11, C-USA) secured a 2-1 victory in the series finale against Charlotte (29-26, 10-13 C-USA) to even the all-time series at 6 apiece.
“Great win today,” coach Shonda Stanton said. “Our backs were against the wall. Yesterday we were looking for that spark, and we got it today from our two seniors.”
All of Marshall’s hits and runs in today’s ball game came from great offensive performances from its seniors Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.). Webster had a perfect offensive day with a 3-for-3 performance, while Winton was 1-for-3 and earned the two RBI.
The Thundering Herd has one final conference series remaining to try and secure its spot in the Conference USA tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
Marshall will travel back to Huntington, W.Va. and have a five-day break from game action before facing La Tech in its last regular season weekend May 3-4. For seniors Webster and Winton, it will be there last appearance at Dot Hicks Field.
Marshall 2, Charlotte 1
Similar to the first two games of the series, the 49ers took the first lead of the game. In the bottom of the first inning, a two-out solo shot gave Charlotte an early edge over Marshall, 1-0.
The Herd came out aggressive in the following inning and answered with two runs off of two hits.
Webster led off the second inning with a single into left field to fire up the Marshall dug out. Freshman Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) swapped places with the veteran on base, and was pushed to second base by sophomore Raquel Escareno’s (Wellington, Colo.) drawn walk.
Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position for Winton, who knocked a two-RBI single into left field to give Marshall a 2-1 advantage in the ball game.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) held the 49ers hitless through five innings, not surrendering another hit until the final inning of action. The rookie surrendered a lead-off single into left field before the Herd recorded the outs to secure the win.
Dixon (16-20) earned the victory behind six strikeouts, a Marshall errorless game and four Herd hits. The Herd outhit the 49ers by two (4-to-2) in the one-run ball game.