Herd Punches Ticket to Boca Raton, Fla.
Marshall clinched a spot in the C-USA Tournament
May 3, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (25-30, 12-11 C-USA) swept LA Tech (19-32, 7-15 C-USA) in a doubleheader Saturday to clinch a birth in the Conference USA Tournament. The Thundering Herd defeated the Lady Techsters 5-2 in Game 1 and 9-0 in five innings in Game 2 at Dot Hicks Field.
"It was a great day," coach Shonda Stanton said. "Two collective wins for the team, and I'm really proud of how we continued to fight in that first game."
Marshall recorded eight extra-base hits on the day, including a trio of triples and a trio of home runs.
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas, Nev.) and sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) each delivered two RBI for the Herd in Game 1. Webster’s pair of RBI came off of the first triple of her career, a shot off the left-field wall. She added another RBI-triple in Game 2.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) went 3-for-4 in Game 1 with two runs scored. She connected for three singles in the game.
In game two, sophomore Katalin Lucas (Ague Dulce, Calif.) and junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) each delivered homers in the bottom of the third inning. Escareno added another home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Marshall and LA Tech will conclude the series at noon Sunday on Senior Day. The Herd will honor Webster and Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) prior to the season finale.
Marshall 5, LA Tech 2
Marshall jumped out to an early lead in Game 1 when Escareno delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first, 1-0.
The Lady Techsters evened the score in the next half inning with a one-out RBI double. LA Tech stranded two on the bases to end the top of the inning with the score knotted at 1.
LA Tech took the lead the next inning after two doubles allowed a run to score, 2-1.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Marshall got the offense going again in the bottom of the fifth. With two on, Webster connected for a triple to plate two runners and give the Herd a 3-2 lead.
Escareno reached via an error that allowed Webster to score and increase the Marshall lead to 4-2 before LA Tech recorded the final out of the inning.
Marshall added more insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Greene connected for an infield single that brought freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.) home to score, 5-2.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) pitched a complete game en route to earning her 17th victory of the season. She allowed just one earned run and recorded six strikeouts.
Marshall outhit the Lady Techsters 10-to-7 and delivered an errorless performance, while LA Tech committed one error.
Marshall 9, LA Tech 0 (5)
Webster connected for her second triple of the doubleheader in the bottom of the first in Game 2 to drive home Zerkle and give the Herd an early 1-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Lucas led off with a single before advancing to third on a throwing error. Cooper then drove her in with a sacrifice fly, 2-0.
After junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) reached on a single, Greene drove her in with a stand-up triple. Greene then came in to score on a wild pitch, 4-0.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Lucas blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to extend the Marshall lead to 5-0. It was her sixth long ball of the season.
After Winton reached on a single, Cooper blasted the Herd’s second homer of the inning and her first of the season to give Marshall a 7-0 lead.
Escareno connected for her seventh home run of the season and Marshall’s third of the game in the bottom of the fourth. The two-run shot increased the Herd’s lead to 9-0.
Dixon and the Herd kept the Lady Techsters off the board to secure the run-rule victory, 9-0 in five innings. Dixon picked up her 18th win of the season and added two strikeouts to her season total.
Marshall outhit LA Tech 12-to-2. For the second game of the day, Marshall did not record an error, but the Lady Techsters committed two.