Oct. 6, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s softball team finished the day with two wins on Sunday. The Thundering Herd came from behind to win in both games, defeating Charleston 4-2 and Ohio Valley 5-1.
Two returnees of the Marshall lineup had two-run home runs. Sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) had an inside-the-park homer that hit just inside the left-field foul line and scored freshman pinch runner Jenny Brumfield (One, W.Va.). Senior Taylor Winton smashed her homer over the left-field wall and scored freshman pinch runner Jessica Watts (Wayne, W.Va.). In both instances, the home runs gave the Herd the lead that it never let up.
“It was great to see Taylor Winton stepping up and hitting the ball hard today,” coach Shonda Stanton said. “She played well in the field and behind the plate. With such a young team we need that leadership.”
In game one, Charleston took a quick lead in the second inning, when a double and hit-by-pitch put runners on base for the Golden Eagles immediately. After a ground ball to the pitcher moved runners into scoring position, back-to-back squeeze bunts allowed them to score, 2-0.
Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) was 2-for-3 and responsible for putting Marshall’s first run of the game on the board in the third inning. After Greene’s in-the-park homerun gave Marshall a 3-1 lead, the Herd scored again in the sixth inning off a single from Brumfield and did not allow any Golden Eagles cross the plate again, 4-2.
Ohio Valley took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after two walks and two hit-by-pitches allowed a run to score in Game 2.
Back-to-back singles on two outs from sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) and Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) forced a throwing error that allowed a run to score and the game to tie 1-1. After Winton’s two-run homer gave the Herd a 3-1 lead, two doubles and a Fighting Scot error from Lucas and sophomore Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) pushed Marshall ahead 5-1.
The Herd will return to action at the “Dot” Oct. 12, where Marshall will host West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan.