@HerdSB Wraps up Fall Ball with Doubleheader Sweep
Seniors shine as Marshall defeats Team Toronto 10-0 and 16-0
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall softball team wrapped up its fall exhibition season with a doubleheader sweep of Team Toronto at Dot Hicks Field Friday afternoon. The Herd defeated the traveling exhibition squad 10-0 in game one and 16-0 in the second contest. Both games were five-inning run-rule wins.
Senior Jordan Dixon started off on fire in game one with a five-inning no-hitter. Dixon struck out the first nine batters and ended with 14. She only faced a total of 16 hitters. An error in the fourth allowed the first runner on base for Toronto, but the senior ace followed that up with three straight strikeouts. A ground out to short was the only other result from the plate for Toronto in the first contest. 12 of the 14 strikeouts were swinging.
Marshall’s offense totaled 12 hits in game one. Senior Morgan Zerkle finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. She drove in four runs and scored two more. Zerkle had a sacrifice fly in the second inning and that proved to be the only time all day that the senior did not record a hit. Junior Jordan Colliflower was 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and three RBIs.
The Herd scored four runs in the fifth to achieve the 10-run, run-rule victory. The final three crossing the plate from a base clearing double to left-center by Zerkle.
In game two, Marshall’s offense started out hot and kept it going. The Herd scored four in the first, 10 in the second and then finished off the game with a solo home run in the third and fourth innings each. Zerkle was 4-for-4 with two singles to right in her first two at-bats and then two home runs for her final plate appearances.
In the 10-run second inning, 14 batters came to the plate for the herd and collected nine hits. The first 10 hitters all came around to score. Junior Taylor McCord crushed the first homer of the day to left driving in two runs. Five batters later Zerkle blasted a shot to right that scored three.
In the third inning sophomore Briana Daiss, who had ripped a triple down the right field line in the second inning, led off with a solo home run to left field. Zerkle finished off the scoring with a lead-off, solo shot in the fourth.
Freshman Kailee Williamson started game two and pitched the first two innings. Williamson allowed the first hit of the day to the traveling exhibition team but the Herd got out of the second inning with a 4-3 double play. Junior second baseman Elicia D’Orazio scooped up the grounder, tagged the runner out in the base line, then made a pirouette and tossed to Daiss at first to complete the double play.
Sophomore Ali Burdette pitched the third and fourth innings and allowed just one hit in the fourth but the Herd defense responded with another double play. Sophomore Samantha Loose had come into the contest in the third at second base, scooped up a grounder, turned and made the throw to Zerkle covering second for the first out and then Zerkle got the throw to Daiss at first in time to complete the play. Freshman Abigail Tolbert finished the game pitching the fifth and allowed just one walk while striking out two.
Head Coach Shonda Stanton:
“Fall is all about teaching our system and learning our team and our personnel and learning about what we can do. Through the course of the past nine games, we got a great feel for the things we need to develop going into our eight hour weeks.”
“I am really impressed with how our pitching staff has developed. Of course I like the continued change that we have seen in (Morgan) Zerkle and how she continues to raise her best. It is nice to have Shae (Braxton) back and we have a great balance of speed and power in the lineup. (Taylor) McCord was a beast behind the plate this fall and I am really excited about how strong we are with our battery.”
“Overall I think our staff is pleased with the development we have seen and we look forward to getting after it in eight hour weeks and I can’t wait to see what our ball club looks like come February.”
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