Feb. 25, 2016
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Marshall softball heads down to the BAMA Bash hosted by the University of Alabama to play some top competition Feb. 26-28. The Herd will have five games with one versus #4 Alabama and two each against #14 Tennessee and #15 Arizona.
Marshall (6-1) will begin the tournament Friday against #15 Arizona (8-3) with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern and then follow up with its first game with #14 Tennessee (8-3) with first pitch set for 4 p.m. eastern.
Saturday's schedule starts against #4 Alabama (11-1) with first pitch set for 4:30 p.m. eastern. The game can be viewed on the SEC Network Plus. The Herd will stay on the field for the final game of the day against Tennessee scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern.
Marshall wraps up the tournament with a final game against Arizona Sunday at 11:30 a.m. eastern.
You can tune in live all weekend to 88.1 WMUL-FM and online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. Each game will feature live stats. The links are below.
Friday Feb. 26 - Marshall vs. #15 Arizona 1 p.m. ET
Friday Feb. 26 - Marshall vs. #14 Tennessee 4 p.m. ET
Saturday Feb. 27 - Marshall vs. #4 Alabama 4:30 p.m. ET
Saturday Feb. 27 - Marshall vs. #14 Tennessee 7 p.m. ET
Sunday Feb. 27 - Marshall vs. #15 Arizona 11:30 a.m. ET
The Previous Weekend
Marshall came through the Four Points by Sheraton Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast with four wins and one loss. The Herd finished with two run-rule victories, both in six innings, 10-2 over LIU and 9-1 over Hofstra. Marshall also defeated LIU in a second matchup 4-2 and then wrapped up the weekend with a 6-1 win over Saint Louis. The lone loss came in the second game Friday Feb. 19 against Southern Illinois 8-6. In the loss, Marshall entered the top of the seventh down 8-2 but mounted a valiant comeback to get back into the game and have a chance at a win.
The Herd received some great performances throughout the tournament. Junior Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W.Va.) finished 12 of 20 (.600) with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run, five RBI and six stolen bases. Senior Kaelynn Greene (Eastvale, Calif.) followed Zerkle up in the lineup going 9-17 (.529) with four runs and six stolen bases.
Junior ace Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) came away with three wins, striking out 34 batters and pitched two one-hitters. She held Hofstra without a hit into the fifth and Saint Louis didn't record its first hit until the sixth.
The 500th Win Milestone
Head Coach Shonda Stanton reached her 490th career win at Marshall University against Troy. She now stands at 494 coming into the BAMA Bash weekend.
Dot Hicks Significance Sticker Winners
The Dot Hicks Significance Sticker is given to the player who makes the most significant impact in helping the Herd win. This season's recipients are:
1: vs. Alabama State - So. C Taylor McCord - hitting a 2-out bottom of the 7th HR to tie the game & great play behind the plate.
2: at Troy - Fr. INF Briana Daiss - 3-4, 5 RBI, 2 runs, 2B & the go-ahead 8th inning 2-run HR.
3: vs. LIU - Jr. OF Morgan Zerkle - 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 run & a triple that sparked a 6-run 5th inning.
4: vs. Hofstra - Jr. P Jordan Dixon - W, CG, 1 hit, 1 run, 5 K's - took a no-hitter into the 5th.
5: vs. LIU - So. OF Jordan Colliflower - 3-3 with her 1st career triple.
6: vs. Saint Louis - So. INF Elicia D'Orazio - 3-4, 2 runs, 1 SB, 3 putouts & 1 assist - spectacular plays on D with a tag out on a SB attempt, play up the middle & catch for the final out crashing into the fence in foul territory on the left field side.
Reaching the Century Mark in Thefts
Junior Morgan Zerkle entered the fifth game of the season, and the 114th of her career with 98 career stolen bases. In the first inning, Zerkle stole home in a double steal attempt as Kaelynn Greene took second. Zerkle reached base in the second inning with an infield and promptly stole second on the very next pitch. The 100th theft of her career. She is the fourth player in Thundering Herd history to reach the century mark in stolen bases. Zerkle is also the first to reach the mark in just her third season. Marshall is the only program in Conference USA to have more than one player in triple digits. And Kaelynn Greene is right behind to become number five (96).
Marshall Stolen Base Leaders
- Sierra Davenport - 130 (2001-2004)
- Ashley Gue - 113 (2010-2013)
- Jessica Hughes - 103 (2008-2012)
- Morgan Zerkle - 103 (2014-Pres.)
- Kaelynn Greene - 96 (2013-Pres.)
A Powerful Start
Freshman infielder Briana Daiss (Clermont, Fla.) hit a 2-run walk-off home run in her very first collegiate at-bat coming in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 8th inning vs. Alabama State at the Trojan Invite Feb. 14. Daiss is the fourth player in Marshall softball history to hit a home run in her very first at-bat and the first to do so as a walk-off.
First Division I at-bat & First career HR in Marshall history:
2011 - Feb. 11th Amanda Lara (JUCO transfer) at USF - leadoff first game of the year.
2011 - Feb. 11th Taylor Winton (freshman) at USF - pinch hit 7th inning 2-run HR Marshall lost 8-4.
2014 - Feb. 28th Taylor Estes (freshman) at Coastal Carolina - pinch hit 5th inning solo HR Marshall lost 10-1.
2016 - Feb. 14th Briana Daiss (freshman) vs. Alabama State - pinch hit 8th inning 2-run HR Marshall won 4-2.
Briana Daiss was named Conference USA Co-Player of the Week Feb. 15th for her performance in Marshall's two games Sunday. Daiss combined to go 4 of 5 (.800) at the plate, 7 RBI, 3 runs, 2 HR and one 2B. She had an on base percentage of .800 and slugged 2.200 with 11 total bases. Her second home run came in the top of the 8th inning against Troy to give the Herd a 7-5 lead and the eventual win.
A First at a Clutch Time
Sophomore catcher Taylor McCord hit her first career home run with two-outs in the bottom of the 7th inning against Alabama State to tie the game at 1 and force extra innings.
Racking up the Wins and K's
Junior pitcher Jordan Dixon earned her 55th career win against Troy. Dixon won three more games down at FGCU and stands at 58. She is 4th all-time (Randi Nielson 3rd with 61 wins). Dixon also pitched her 50th career complete game against Alabama State (Now 52 5th all-time) and with 46 K's she has 599 for her career (4th all-time).
Briana Daiss -1st hit, home run and RBI vs. Alabama State 2/14
Samantha Loose -1st hit at Troy 2/14
Abigail Estrada - 1st hit vs. Hofstra 2/20
Ali Burdette - (Pitching) 1st strikeout at Troy 2/14, 1st win vs. LIU 2/19, (hitting) 1st hit vs. LIU 2/19
Hayden Ellis - 1st hit, 2RBI 2B vs. LIU 2/19
Cheyenne Meyer - 1st hit vs. Southern Illinois 2/19
Summer Collins - 1st run vs. Southern Illinois 2/19, 1st SB (2) vs. Saint Louis 2/21