Herd to Begin C-USA Tournament Action Against UAB|
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May 7, 2014
CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Marshall softball (26-30, 13-11 C-USA) has traveled to Boca Raton, Fla. to compete in the 2014 Conference USA Tournament, with hopes of repeating as champions. The Thundering Herd will be the No. 7 seed and will open play against No. 2 UAB (31-24, 15-8 C-USA) Thursday morning. The eight-team, single-elimination tournament runs through Saturday's championship game.
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?
Senior Savanah Webster (Las Vegas) leads the Herd in conference play with a .431 batting average. She is one of three Marshall players with four home runs against conference opponents, joining sophomores Shaelynn Braxton (Woodbridge, Va.) and Raquel Escareno (Wellington, Colo.). Sophomore Katalin Lucas (Agua Dulce, Calif.) has hit five homers against C-USA foes to lead Marshall.
Braxton leads the Herd with 20 RBI in conference play, followed by Escareno with 18. Braxton and Webster have each hit a team-high six doubles.
In addition to Webster's .431 mark, Marshall has four hitters batting over .300 in conference - sophomore Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) at .369, freshman Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) at .314, senior Taylor Winton (Federal Way, Wash.) at .313 and S. Braxton at .309.
Freshman Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) has an 11-7 record in the circle for Marshall against C-USA talent. She has compiled a 4.16 ERA and recorded 96 strikeouts.
In league play, Marshall has the third highest batting average (.292). S. Braxton holds the top spot in RBI (53) and is tied for No. 2 in long balls (15). Zerkle has the most stolen bases (46), while Greene holds No. 3 in stolen bases (29) and No.4 in batting average (.391). In the circle, Dixon has the most innings pitched (228), ranks second in strikeouts (232) and No. 5 in wins (18).
Nationally in Division I, Zerkle ranks No. 7 in stolen bases. Dixon ranks No. 20 in strikeouts and Braxton is tied for No. 27 in home runs and ranks No. 50 in RBI per game.
MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Zerkle was 4-for-4 for stolen bases against Tech, pushing her single-season stolen base mark to 46.
With eight strikeouts in the Herd's last regular-season series, Dixon continues to rank No. 4 in single-season strikeouts with 232. With two wins over the Lady Techsters, she made it into the single-season wins top 10, holding the No. 8 spot.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
No. 1 Tulsa (47-7, 19-4 C-USA)
In the conference tournament field, Tulsa leads Marshall 4-1.The last time the two faced off in a tournament, was in 2012 in the championship game where Tulsa held a one-run advantage to defeat the Herd, 3-2.
No. 2 UAB (31-24, 15-8 C-USA)
In the conference tournament, Marshall has won both contests between the schools. The Herd's last victory came in 2013 with a 1-0 win in the semifinals.
No. 3 FIU (33-19, 15-9 C-USA)
The two teams have never met in C-USA Tournament action, as this is FIU's first season in the conference.
No. 4 FAU (33-21, 15-9 C-USA)
The 2013 season was FAU's first in C-USA.
No. 5 North Texas (30-21, 14-9 C-USA)
North Texas was also a C-USA newcomer this year.
No. 6 ECU (27-19, 14-11 C-USA)
Marshall holds a 2-1 advantage in C-USA Tournament play between the two schools. The Herd earned a first-round victory in the 2013 tournament with a 5-4 win.
No. 8 Charlotte (20-28, 10-13 C-USA)
Charlotte is the fourth C-USA newcomer that advanced to the postseason.