Softball wraps up fall ball season with two wins over MEC competition
Marshall softball ended its 2013 fall ball season 7-2 Saturday after back-to-back wins over West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan at Dot Hicks Field. The Herd lost five key seniors after they won the Conference USA championship last season, but came back to the field with a powerful lineup and improved bullpen.
“We’ve gotten a lot of answers and have seen a lot of great things from these girls,” said head coach Shonda Stanton. “It was a productive fall ball.”
Marshall took on West Virginia State first and was able to take the win by mercy, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, sending the score to 9-1.
The offense had a high production in the final inning, and the defense was consistent through all five.
Sophomore pitcher Brittanie Fowler had just one hit through 15 batters faced, shutting out the Yellow Jackets for four straight innings.
The Herd then took on Wesleyan and pushed out a win 8-7 in six and a half innings, although the Bobcats were very close to forcing the next half.
The Herd held a commanding 8-1 lead going into the seventh inning off the bats of junior Kristina Braxton and senior catcher Taylor Winton, whom had a homerun each.
Wesleyan fought back and scored four runs, but was stopped by freshmen Lindsey Fadnek, who forced a fly out to end the game.
Stanton was happy with the progress of her team in game two.
“Fall ball is about the process, at times we got into battles,” Stanton said.
Team play is what will take the Herd back to the championships in the coming spring season.
“We need to play as a team, instead of relying on certain players,” Stanton said.
Several players stood out over the nine fall games, Winton was one of them.
“We’re so proud of her, she’s stepping up in her senior year,” Stanton said.
Winton’s homerun in the second game against Wesleyan gave the Herd the lead, and would power them to get the victory. She also had two runs batted in against West Virginia State in game one.
“She just tattoos the ball at the plate,” Stanton said.
Marshall did lose several players at the end of the 2012 season, but it seems as though they are ready to charge forward into the 2013 season with the new squad of nine freshman players.
“I always take talent over experience,” Staunton said. “We didn’t need anything extraordinary, we just need to play smart.”
Monty Green can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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