Marshall Travels to Charlotte for Last Road Trip
The Herd will face the 49ers in conference action for the first time
April 25, 2014
MARSHALL (22-28, 9-9 C-USA) VS. CHARLOTTE (18-25, 8-12 C-USA)
Saturday, April 26 | Noon | 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 | Noon
Charlotte, N.C. | Phillips Softball Complex
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball (22-28, 9-9 C-USA) will travel for a last regular-season series to play new Conference USA foe Charlotte (18-25, 8-12 C-USA). The teams will play a noon doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at noon.
Marshall leads the series, 5-4. The last matchup between the two schools came in 2010 in the UNC Charlotte Green and White Tournament, where the 49ers took two from the Herd.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is coming off of a midweek split against Ohio. The Bobcats took the advantage in Game 1 with a 4-3 victory over the Herd, before dropping Game 2, 8-7.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) has a seven-game hitting streak. She also set a school record for single-season stolen bases. After stealing two on Wednesday, the newcomer has sole possession of the top spot with 42 – and six games left to play.
Zerkle’s speed has earned her recognition at a conference and national level, ranking No. 1 in C-USA for stolen bases and No. 8 in NCAA standings.
She is not the only Herd member in the limelight. Sophomore Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) ranks No. 1 in C-USA in RBI (51) and No. 2 in home runs (15). Nationally (as of April 21), she is tied for 10th in homers and No. 23 for RBI.
Rookie Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) recorded 16 strikeouts on Wednesday, earning a victory and save en route to hitting the 200 mark in strikeouts. She sits in fifth place in the Herd’s single-season record book with 210.
Stacked up against conference opponents (as of April 22), Dixon has the most innings pitched with 190.1 and ranks No. 3 in strikeouts (194). She also holds a national ranking with a No. 22 slot for strikeouts.
SCOUTING THE 49ers (18-25, 8-12 C-USA)
Charlotte last saw action against UNC Greensboro in a midweek doubleheader split.
In the midweek matchup, the 49ers had two offensive standouts. Juniors Chelsea Lisikatos and Jessie Fennell. Lisikatos was 3-for-6 with two doubles two RBI and two runs scored, while Fennell was 4-for-5 with two RBI.
On the season, the 49ers have four players hitting above .300 with their leader being junior Jackie Kleinsmith, who holds a .346.
In the circle, sophomore Lexi Betancourt got the 49ers victory with six strikeouts. She has the pitching staff’s lowest ERA (2.42) and has been credited with 17 of Charlotte’s 18 victories.
Marshall will not see game action for five days, before facing Louisiana Tech in its last weekend of regular-season action. The series will be the last for seniors Savanah Webster and Taylor Winton to play at Dot Hicks Field.