Marshall Splits the Day in Athens, Ohio
Bullpen keeps surprising coaching staff
Sept. 29, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – The Marshall softball team went 1-1 on Sunday against Ohio. The Bobcats took game one with a two-run advantage (4-2), but the Thundering Herd dominated game two and forced it to end early with the eight-run rule (9-1) at the Ohio Softball Field.
“In game one, we made the mistakes to allow them to take our 2-1 lead away,” coach Shonda Stanton said. “We had two miscues in the infield, which Ohio was able to capitalize on. Jordan [Dixon] gave us a great start, again. We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to, which we know with a young team will come together.”
A combination of walks and errors allowed the Bobcats to take the initial lead in the bottom of the first inning of game one. After a lineout to right field put two-out pressure on the Herd, freshman Rebecca Myslenski (Seabrook, Texas) (1-for-2) smashed an RBI single into left field to tie the game at one apiece in the fourth inning.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) gave up her first pair of hits in the bottom of the fourth, and the Bobcats were able to load the bases. Dixon and the Herd got out of the bases-loaded jam with two strikeouts and a force out at home plate, not surrendering any runs.
The Herd took its first lead in the fifth, after back-to-back singles and a double steal put junior Emileigh Cooper (Jackson, Ohio) (1-for-3) and sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) (3-for-4) on second and third with one out on the board. A SAC bunt from freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) brought in the go-ahead run for Marshall, 2-1.
The Bobcats fired back in the bottom of the fourth, loading all the bases on two-outs and connecting for three hits to score three runs and take a two-run lead, 4-2.
Marshall had opportunities to take the game back, but fell short and dropped game one to Ohio, 4-2.
“I’m very pleased with us getting the run-rule and responding well after letting game one get away,” Stanton continued. “What has pleased us most about the fall so far, is the pitching staff as a whole. We got quality innings out of the entire pitching staff. Offensively, Kaelynn [Greene] and Morgan [Zerkle] are doing a fantastic job for us at the top of the lineup. “
Marshall came out charging and capitalized on three Bobcat errors out of the gates. With five runs in the second inning and four runs in the third – the rest was history. Ohio was only able to register two hits and record one run off the Marshall bullpen in game two. Zerkle was 2-for-2 in the second game, while teammate and senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) was 2-for-3.
“We had solid offensive production today, but for next week, I’d like to see each hitter have a better plan at the plate. Also, quicker in-game adjustments from pitch-to-pitch,” Stanton concluded.
The Herd will be back in action in a week on Oct. 6 in a tournament-style game day against Charleston and Ohio Valley.