Herd to Host First C-USA Series of Season
Marshall will face No. 20 Tulsa this weekend
March 14, 2014
GAMES 1 and 2: MARSHALL (6-15, 1-2 C-USA) VS. No. 20 TULSA (21-3, 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, March 15 | 1 p.m. | 3 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Dot Hicks Field
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball will welcome No. 20 Tulsa to Dot Hicks Field for the Herd’s first home Conference USA series of the 2014 season this weekend. The three-game series will feature a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is coming off of a 6-2 defeat at the hands of No. 9 Kentucky in the Herd’s home opener Tuesday. Freshman hurler Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) entered the game with the Thundering Herd trailing 5-0 and pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run. Dixon holds a 4-9 record and has appeared in 19 games for Marshall, recording 75 strikeouts.
Sophomores Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) and Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) continue to lead the Herd offensively, with .419 and .338 batting averages, respectively. Greene has recorded a team-high 31 hits, while Braxton leads Marshall with six home runs and 17 RBI.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) boasts an impressive .329 batting average behind 23 hits. The newcomer went 2-for-3 against Kentucky and scored a run.
Tulsa leads the all-time series between the two schools, 19-6. The Golden Hurricane swept Marshall in the Herd’s opening weekend of C-USA play last year with two shutouts (6-0, 8-0(5)) and a three-run victory (9-6).
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE (21-3, 0-0 C-USA)
Nationally-ranked Tulsa enters the weekend having won nine of its last 10 games. Senior Jill Barrett leads the Golden Hurricane with a .500 batting average and .667 slugging percentage. She has recorded 42 hits, 22 more than her closest teammate, and 56 total bases. Freshman Jill Roye’s .400 batting average is second only to Barrett’s .500 mark. Seven of Tulsa’s regular hitters are batting over .300.
Three pitchers handle the responsibilities in the circle for Tulsa. Senior Aimee Creger is 9-1 behind a 1.08 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 11 appearances. She has earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season. Junior Bailey Erwin holds an undefeated 7-0 record and has appeared in 14 games. She boasts a 0.88 ERA and has recorded 31 strikeouts. Sophomore Caitlin Sill has compiled a 5-2 record in eight appearances with a 1.63 ERA and 31 strikeouts.
The Golden Hurricane last competed in a midweek contest against Arkansas, where Creger’s 13 strikeouts helped the team to a 6-1 victory over the Razorbacks.
The Herd will travel to North Carolina for five games over Spring Break. Marshall will take on UNC-Wilmington in a doubleheader Wednesday, March 19 before heading to Greenville, N.C., for a series against C-USA foe East Carolina on Friday and Saturday.