Herd Travels to Orlando, Fla., for Citrus Classic


Freshman Morgan Zerkle made her collegiate start last weekend and ended the three days with a .313 average with a triple, five RBI and two stolen bases.

Freshman Morgan Zerkle made her collegiate start last weekend and ended the three days with a .313 average with a triple, five RBI and two stolen bases.

Feb. 20, 2014

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GAME 1: MARSHALL (1-4) VS. GEORGIA (9-0) 
GAME 2: MARSHALL (1-4) VS. ALBANY (0-0)
Friday, Feb. 21 | 11 a.m. | 1:15 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. | ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
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GAME 3: MARSHALL (1-4) VS. DELAWARE (1-4)
GAME 4: MARSHALL (1-4) VS. FAIRFIELD (0-0)
Saturday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m. | 1:45 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. | ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
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GAME 5: MARSHALL (1-4) VS. MERCER (6-3)
Sunday, Feb. 23 | Noon
Orlando, Fla. | ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball is traveling to Orlando, Fla,. to compete in the Citrus Classic from Friday through Sunday (Feb. 21-23)at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Live stats will not be available for any games, but the Herd will be featured on ESPN3 as it takes on the No. 17 Bulldogs to open the tournament. Final results can be found on HerdZone.com at the completion of play each day. For live updates, follow @HerdSB on Twitter for updates.

HAVE YOU HERD?
Four Marshall freshmen made their first collegiate starts in the Tiger Invitational, Feb. 14-16 -- Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.), Morgan Kelley (Milton, W.Va.), Rebecca Myslenski (Seabrook, Texas) and Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.).

Dixon (1-3) started three of her five appearances and pitched her first complete game against Loyola-Chicago to earn her first victory. She ended the weekend with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. Zerkle started all five games, hit .313 with a triple, five RBI and two stolen bases.

The Herd had four sophomores contribute six home runs over the three-day span - Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.)  hit three, and Alyssa Cook (West Hamlin, W.Va.), Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.) and Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) hit one each.

Marshall is hitting .285 and has two .400 hitters - Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) and Lucas.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS (9-0)
Georgia is on a nine-game winning streak to start the season. With a .316 team batting average and 0.47 ERA, the Bulldogs have five shutout victories.

Leading the team offensively, sophomore Geri Ann Glasco holds a .458 batting average with a double and a home run. Close behind is junior Paige Wilson, who boasts a .424 average, wiith four doubles, a team-leading two triples and a homer. Her .758 slugging percentage is a team high, as well as her 25 total bases.

Sophomore Chelsea Wilkinson (6-0) has maintained a 0.00 ERA in her seven appearances. In her two complete games, two shutout victories, one save and 29.2 innings pitched, Wilkinson has 48 strikeouts.

SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES (0-0)
Albany opens the season at the Citrus Classic, facing Conference USA foe East Carolina in Game 1.

The Great Danes only lost three seniors, bringing back 16 players. Albany ended the 2013 season 37-15 and 15-2 in the America East Conference.

SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS (1-4)
Delaware posted a 1-4 record on its opening weekend of play, at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu. The Blue Hens traded wins with Hampton, lost twice to  No. 13 UCLA and fell to host Hawaii.

Senior Brittney Noons leads Delaware with a .400 batting average. Despite only having five at-bats, Noons has recorded a the Blue Hens' only home run of the season and ties for the team lead with five total bases.

Freshman Carolyn Szymanski has earned the lone victory for Delaware in the circle. She holds a 1-3 record and 7.82 ERA and has recorded nine strike outs.

SCOUTING THE STAGS (0-0)
Fairfield starts its 2014 season with a matchup against Northern Illinois at the Citrus Classic.

The Stags return 16 players after only losing three seniors from a team that finished 29-21 (12-4 Metro Atlantic) and lost in the championship game of the conference tournament.

SCOUTING THE BEARS (6-3)
Mercer started the season by winning its own tournament -- the Mercer Invitational -- with a 4-1 record. The Bears are currently on a two-game losing streak, after dropping both games of a double header with Georgia.

Senior McKenzie Woody has started all nine games for the Bears and boasts a .560 batting average behind 14 hits and 17 total bases. Freshman Taylor Miller holds a .400 average, and sophomore Kaytlin Haney leads the team with 14 RBI.

Freshman Anna O'Neill holds a 0.90 ERA with a 3-1 record. She has thrown three complete games in four starts and recorded 15 strikeouts. Junior Riley Carter has started three games for the Bears, posting a 2-1 record, 3.87 ERA and 14 strike outs.

UP NEXT
The Herd will travel to Conway, S.C., to compete in its third tournament of the season. The Coastal Carolina Tournament will feature four teams, including Marshall, which will face Maryland-Eastern Shore to open the Feb. 28-March 2 weekend.