March 11, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball begins a six-game homestand as well as Conference USA action as the UTEP Miners (9-13) make the trip to Dot Hicks Field. The series begins with a double header Saturday, March 12 with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
Marshall (9-8) is home for the first time this season after spending the first four weeks on the road making trips to the Troy, Ala., Fort Myers, Fla., Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Buies Creek, N.C. Following the three-game set with the Miners, Marshall welcomes the Toledo Rockets for a double header Tuesday March 15 and a single game with Kentucky Wednesday March 16.
Fans can tune in live for the broadcasts at 88.1 WMUL-FM on the radio and online www.marshall.edu/wmul.
UTEP Series History
The Herd and the Miners first met in 2005 at the UNLV Rebel Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas Feb. 5. Marshall won the game 6-2. The two teams then met every year from 2006-2013 once Marshall moved into Conference USA. After the conference re-alignments, the Herd and the Miners did not meet in 2014 but did face one another in April 25-26 in 2015 in El Paso. Marshall and UTEP split the double header Saturday with the Herd taking game one, 3-1, and the Miners winning game two, 10-5. For the final game of the series Sunday, a drop dead time was enforced and Marshall took the victory, 7-4, in six innings. Marshall has two series sweeps over the Miners in 2009 and again in 2012.
The 500th Win Milestone
Head Coach Shonda Stanton reached her 490th career win at Marshall University against Troy. She now stands at 497.
Going for Extra Bases
Freshman Briana Daiss keeps slugging out the extra bases this season. With 18 hits already this season, Daiss has 11 total extra base hits. She leads the Herd with four doubles, two triples and five home runs. Daiss leads the team with 41 total bases in just 17 games and a slugging percentage of .804.
Here Comes The Boom
Senior Raquel Escareno came out of an early season slump in a big way. After going hitless for seven straight games, Rocky exploded in the fifth inning against Appalachian State to break the no-hitter. After being walked in her first at-bat she launched the 3-1 pitch to deep left center. Escareno came up again in the seventh and the Mountaineers walked her in five pitches. In the nightcap against Maryland Eastern-Shore, Rocky stepped up with a runner on in the third inning and blasted the second pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right center. For the weekend, Escareno increased her batting average by 93 points (.176 to .269) and raised her on-base percentage from .263 to .429 as she finished the Camel Stampede with four hits, five walks, one hit-by-pitch and one sac fly.
Great Play Behind The Plate
Sophomore catcher Taylor McCord had a great weekend at the BAMA Bash, especially on the defensive side. In game one vs. #15 Arizona McCord threw out a potential base stealer to end the 4th inning and keep the score tied at 4. In game two vs. # 14 Tennessee, McCord participated in two double plays and picked off another runner at 2nd. The first came in the second with a runner at 1st and the batter popped up a bunt attempt. McCord caught the pop up and fired down to 1st to double up the runner. In the fourth, with a runner at 1st, pitcher Jordan Dixon struck out the batter and then McCord threw down to Daiss at 1st to once again double up the runner. In the same inning after a two-out double, a pinch runner was entered at second. On the very next pitch, a pitch out was called and McCord immediately picked off the runner at 2nd to end the inning. Against #4 Alabama, McCord threw out a would-be base stealer trying to take 3rd in the top of the 7th to get the final out. In the second matchup with #14 Tennessee, McCord and shortstop Elicia D'Orazio got together for a 2-6-2 double play to end the second inning. With runners in the corners, the Vols attempted a double steal. McCord first threw to D'Orazio at 2nd for the 1st out and then D'Orazio threw back home to McCord to complete the double play.
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 (Fr.) at USF - pinch hit 7th inning 2-run HR Marshall lost 8-4.
2014 - Feb. 28th Taylor Estes (Fr.) at Coastal Carolina - pinch hit 5th inning solo HR Marshall lost 10-1.
2016 - Feb. 14th Briana Daiss (Fr.) 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.
Taylor McCord, Briana Daiss and Elicia D'Orazio were named to the BAMA Bash All-Tournament Team.
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.
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
Abigail Tolbert - (Pitching) 1st strikeout vs. #14 Tennessee 2/27