Marshall softball team set to host No. 20 Tulsa
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall softball is ready to take on another ranked opponent.
The Thundering Herd faces No. 20 Tulsa in a three-game Conference USA series this weekend at Dot Hicks Field. A doubleheader is scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday's series finale begins at noon.
Marshall (6-15, 1-2 C-USA) is coming off a 6-2 loss to No. 8 Kentucky in its home opener Tuesday.
The Golden Hurricane (21-3, 0-0 C-USA) is playing its first league games of the season.
Against Kentucky, Herd coach Shonda Stanton used three pitchers in the first inning. Freshman Jordan Dixon, the third pitcher in that inning, came in with the Wildcats ahead 5-0 and worked 6.1 innings, allowed six hits and one run.
Kaelynn Greene is Marshall's top hitter with a .419 average and Shaelynn Braxton follows with a .338 average along with six home runs and 17 RBI. Morgan Zerkle is hitting .329.
Tulsa leads the all-time series 19-6. The Golden Hurricane swept the Herd in the opening weekend of league play a year ago. Two wins came by shutout.
Tulsa has won nine of its last 10 games. Jill Barrett tops the Golden Hurricane in batting with a .500 average. She has 42 hits, 22 more than her closest teammate. Seven of Tulsa's regulars are batting .300 or better.
Tulsa has three solid pitchers, too. Aimee Creger is 9-1, 1.08 ERA and 119 strikeouts. She has been C-USA Pitcher of the Week three times. Bailey Erwin is 7-0 with an 0.88 ERA. Caitlin Sill is 5.2 and has a 1.63 ERA. Creger went the distance on Wednesday in Tulsa's 6-1 win over Arkansas. She allowed five hits and fanned 13, her eighth double-digit strikeout game this season.
Saturday's twinbill is also Little League Softball Day. Free admission for players, coaches and parents. Tour of the locker room and autograph session after the game.
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