Senior Morgan Zerkle drove in five runs combined during the two wins over Wright State.


@HerdSB Takes Doubleheader over Wright State

April 5, 2017

Final Stats

Game One Box Score (PDF)
Game Two Box Score (PDF)
Coach Stanton Post Game Video

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall softball team defeated the Wright State Raiders 4-2 and 9-1 Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd improves to 29-5 and is undefeated at home, 9-0. Wright State falls to 9-18.

Game One: Marshall 4, Wright State 2
Senior pitcher Jordan Dixon won her 14th straight start and improved to 21-4 this season with another complete game victory. Dixon did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and struck out seven. The win was the 97th of her career.

Marshall got on the board first as junior Elicia D'Orazio led off the bottom of the first inning with an infield single. D'Orazio stole second, then third and scored as the throw to third ended up in left field. D'Orazio's first steal was the 100th of her career. The junior became the sixth player in Marshall softball history to reach the century mark in steals.

The Herd scored two more in the second as senior Morgan Zerkle ripped a double down the right field line that scored juniors Jordan Colliflower and Eloise Tribolet. Marshall led 3-0.

The Raiders recorded its first hit and then cracked the scoreboard with one run in the top of the fourth. Marshall's lead was cut to two, 3-1.

The Herd built the lead back to three with one more run in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, D'Orazio dropped down a bunt and outran the throw to first for her second hit of the game. Marshall's leader in stolen bases, swiped second to move into scoring position with Zerkle at the plate. Zerkle then singled to left allowing D'Orazio to score. Marshall led 4-1.

Wright State added one more run in the top of the seventh with two away as Alexis Mayle hit a solo home run to left. Dixon got the final batter to fly out to Colliflower in right field.

D'Orazio and Zerkle both were 2-for-4 at the plate. D'Orazio scored twice and added three stolen bases. Zerkle drove in three runs to help push Marshall to the game one victory and was named the Dot Hicks Significant Sticker Award winner.

Game Two: Marshall 9, Wright State 1 (5 innings)
Sophomore Ali Burdette got the start in the circle in game two and was outstanding for Marshall. Burdette was named the Dot Hicks Significant Sticker Award winner after pitching all five innings, allowed just four hits, one unearned run and struck out three.

The Herd got on the board first in the first inning as junior Taylor McCord belted her ninth home run of the season. The homer was her team-leading 40th RBI of the year.

Marshall added two more runs in the second to build the lead to four, 4-0. Freshman Elizabeth DeShields led off the inning with a walk and then sophomore Abigail Estrada came in to pinch run at first. Jordan Colliflower followed up with a walk and then the bases became loaded when junior Madi Marshall put down a sacrifice bunt attempt that everyone was safe. Sophomore Briana Daiss entered to pinch hit and grounded out to short, but Estrada scored from third.

Colliflower scored the second run of the inning when Elicia D'Orazio hit a sacrifice fly to center. Marshall scored the third run on two outs as Morgan Zerkle drove a pitch into left field for a double.

Wright State loaded the bases in the top of the third, but Burdette recorded the third out with her second strikeout of the game.

The Herd added two more runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead. McCord reached first with a leadoff walk and then senior Shaelynn Braxton got on base from an infield error. Two batters later, with both runners in scoring position, DeShields hit a sac fly to center that scored McCord. Braxton then crossed the plate as Colliflower drove a RBI single to left center.

The Raiders finally scored one run in the fourth, but it was not enough as Marshall scored one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to grab the run-rule win. Tribolet scored in the fourth from a RBI single to right by Zerkle.

Wright State made a pitching change to start the bottom of the fifth as Lauren Dietrick moved from second base to the circle in relief of starter Katie Neary. Dietrick lasted just three batters as she walked both DeShields and Colliflower, then hit Marshall with a pitch to load the bases.

Neary came back into the contest and recorded the first out of the inning before giving up the game ending, two RBI double to D'Orazio. DeShields and Colliflower scored to end the game in the fifth as the Herd put the lead out to eight, 9-1.

Head Coach Shonda Stanton

"In game one, having someone like Dixon is the real difference maker because she is going to keep us in the ball game and give our offense a chance to do what we do and put up runs. We got the win and it was a slow start but we talked to them in between games about coming out better. I was pleased to see our team respond and leave no doubt in game two."

"I think the seven walks (offensively) is huge for our team because if you look at our numbers early on and throughout the course of the year I just felt like we were being really aggressive and not as selective. What we are seeing now is our hitters being really confident, slow the game down and we are attacking good pitches. We ended up with 18 hits for the day, so a good day offensively."

"It was nice to have Zerkle back in the lineup today, she hit the ball hard. McCord hit the long ball and Elicia joins the 100-steal club so it's fun to watch her run the bases and I just couldn't be more pleased with what Burdette did in the circle in game two. She shot ground balls and just looked really great out there. And, that is what we are really going to need this weekend is her and KK (Kailee Williamson) stepping up and giving us good quality innings."

Marshall stays home as it returns to Conference USA action Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, as Florida Atlantic comes to Huntington for a three-game series. The Owls took two-of-three from FIU this past weekend and look to improve on a 7-2 conference record.
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