Two Shutouts, One No-Hitter Gives Marshall Successful Start|
Sept. 27, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The young Marshall softball team looked promising in its fall season opener against Shawnee State on Friday at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd's freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) had a stellar performance in the circle - throwing a no-hitter and striking out 14 in game one.
Marshall charged out of the gates aggressive on offense and defense in both games. Offensively, the Herd had 13 runs off of 19 hits and 10 RBIs on the day. Defensively, the bullpen had 21 strikeouts and two shutout victories (5-0, 7-0).
"I thought we had a great start," coach Shonda Stanton said. "Two shutout games, freshman [Dixon] comes in, throws a no-hitter, is one walk away from throwing a perfect game and gets 14 K's is an excellent start. In game two, it was great to see [Lindsey] Fadnek come back after a year of injury. Offensively, we had a lot of kids put up big numbers, and I felt my new staff did a great job today."
In game one, the Herd scored two runs out of the gate, as sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to left field. Greene (1-for-2) came around to score on an RBI from fellow sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) (1-for-3), before sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) drove in the second run of the inning with an RBI single to score Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) (1-for-3).
Lucas (2-for-3) added to the Herd's lead in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run off the top of the left-field fence. Marshall added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) (1-for-3) connected to drive home freshman pinch runner Jessica Brumfield (Ona, W.Va.).
In game two, Marshall scored four runs in the bottom of the first and another three in the bottom of the second, before Dixon delivered a pinch-hit RBI to secure the walk-off, run-rule victory in the bottom of the sixth. The sophomores continued to dominate offensively in game two, as Braxton (2-for-3), and Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) (1-for-3) combined to record all four RBIs. Greene went 3-for-4 in the second game and scored two runs.
Redshirt freshman Lindsey Fadnek's (Coalfield, Tenn.) start in game two, marked her return from an injury that sidelined her for the 2012-13 season. Sophomore Halie Vance (Tyler, Texas) finished off the game in the circle for Marshall. She pitched one inning, recorded one strikeout and did not allow a hit.
"All around it was a solid effort. We need to keep getting better, but I'm happy with how we're starting," Stanton concluded.
Marshall will have one day of rest before traveling to Athens, Ohio, where they'll face the Bobcats in their fall opener. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.