Marshall Travels to Wright State for Midweek Games


Freshman Morgan Zerkle is in sole possession of 8th place in NCAA rankings for stolen bases (36).

Freshman Morgan Zerkle is in sole possession of 8th place in NCAA rankings for stolen bases (36).

April 15, 2014

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MARSHALL (17-26) VS. WRIGHT STATE (10-25)

Wednesday, April 16 | 3 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. ET
Dayton, Ohio | WSU Softball Field
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (17-26) will take a break from conference action and look to improve upon its 7-3 record in the month of April with a trip to Wright State on Wednesday. The Thundering Herd and Raiders will play a doubleheader in Dayton, Ohio, beginning at 3 p.m.

Marshall holds a .786 win percentage against the Raiders, boasting an 11-3 record. The two squads last met in 2013, when the Herd swept a doubleheader with 2-0 and 6-4 victories.

Live stats and live streaming will be available for each game. Final results can be found on HerdZone.com at the completion of the day. For live updates follow @HerdSB on Twitter.

HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall suffered a series sweep at the hands of new Conference USA member North Texas over the weekend. Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) delivered two long balls for the Herd, homering on each day of competition.

Senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) also went yard for the Herd in the second game of the series when she recorded a 3-for-3 performance with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Herd has a pair of reached-base streaks with junior Kristina Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) holding the longest active streak at 11 games. She is followed closely behind by senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas) at nine games. The longest streak for the Herd this season was sophomore Kaelynn Greene's (Eastvale, Calif.) 18-game mark, which came to an end in the series finale against North Texas.

Thus far into the season, freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) has stolen 36 bases, which ties her with Ashley Gue (2013) for No. 3 in a Marshall single season. She is five shy of reaching the No. 1 slot – 41 by Sierra Davenport (2004).

Freshman Jordan Dixon is also climbing in the record books. Her 165 strikeouts put her in sole possession of ninth place in the single-season records.

Marshall has four hitters batting above .300, with Greene leading the team at .388. Sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) sits in second with a .347 average. She also leads the power categories with 15 home runs, 46 RBI and a .774 slugging percentage. Zerkle (.341) and Webster (.315) round out the quartet.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS (10-25)
Wright State earned a three-game sweep of Horizon League opponent Detroit over the weekend. 

Junior Jess Gorman leads Wright State with a .343 batting average, 36 hits, five home runs, four triples, 69 total bases and a .657 slugging percentage. She is followed by freshman Libby Pfeffer with a .312 average and 24 hits.

Senior Krystian DeWitt and sophomore Montana Wear share the bulk of the pitching duties. DeWitt has made 21 appearances en route to a 6-10 record and 4.12 ERA, while Wear has seen action 25 times with a 4-14 record and 5.70 ERA.

UP NEXT
Marshall will return to Dot Hicks Field for a five-game homestand beginning Friday, April 18. The Herd will play three games against C-USA foe Florida International before welcoming Ohio for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 23.