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Herd softball to host Southern Miss for weekend 3-game set

March 17, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - After five-straight weekends on the road, the Marshall softball team makes its return to Dot Hicks Field for a three-game series with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles that starts Saturday at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s matchup is the first of two games, the second being scheduled for 3 p.m., before the series concludes with a game Sunday at 12 p.m.

This weekend series is the second Conference USA series of the season for both teams.

The Thundering Herd is 9-13-1 and 1-1-1 in C-USA action. Southern Miss is 11-17 and 1-2 in conference.

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Marshall’s previous Conference USA series was against Birmingham-Alabama where the Herd fell in the first game 2-1 before winning a rain-delayed second game 9-6 in extra innings.

That contest was tied 4-4 in the fifth when rain forced the conclusion of that game to Sunday where Marshall scored four runs in the top of the eighth to walk away with its first conference win of the season. The regularly scheduled Sunday contest ended with a 1-1 tie as the two teams agreed to a drop-dead time of 4:30 p.m. CDT to finish despite the game being in the 10th inning at the time.

Southern Miss enters the weekend contest off the heels of a split double-header against Troy.

The Golden Eagles have lost seven of its last nine games including losing two of three in their Conference USA opener to Western Kentucky.

In the 28 meetings between Marshall and Southern Miss, the schools are tied 14-14 but the three games beginning Saturday are just the second series since 2014 when the league expanded with the departure of several other schools.

The last meeting, in 2017, was swept by the Thundering Herd in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Baseball

HUNTINGTON - Alabama-Birmingham scored three runs in the top of the ninth to walk away with a 5-2 Conference USA win in the first game of a double-header Friday at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park.

The UAB Blazers scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning off reliever Joshua Shapiro to take the lead.

Marshall rallied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth off Blazer relief pitcher Ty Harris to tie the game.

Shapiro surrendered the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth before he was lifted for Gordon Cardenas who gave up two more runs before getting out of the inning and Marshall was unable to rally in its last at bat.

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Track

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Freshman Lauren Zaglifa broke the Marshall school record in the pole vault as track and field began the outdoor portion of its 2018 season Friday at the 49er Classic hosted by Charlotte.

Zaglifa cleared 11 feet, 5.75 inches in breaking the record set by Tara Lee of 10 feet, 2 inches that has stood since 1999 giving Zaglifa both the indoor and outdoor pole vault records.

She finished 12th out of 49 competitors in that event.

In discus, junior Elena Marchand finished second with a best throw of 155 feet, 6 inches in the first competition of the year for her.

Marshall was the only school with two runners to finish in the top 10 of the 5000 meter run, an event that featured more than 90 runners.

Graduate senior HollyAnn Swann finished third with a time of 17:21.17, the second fastest outdoor 5000 meter time in school history. Junior Adriana Cook finished eighth with a time of 17:33.19.

Senior Barkley Castro finished 20th out of 143 runners in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:38.66. That mark is the second fastest in school history behind Varinka Barbini’s time of 4:37.99 set in 2004.

In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Christianna Dogan finished sixth with a time of 1:01.61, which is the third fastest time in school history in the event.

Junior Hasana Clark led the way in the hammer throw with a best throw of 180 feet, 1 inch which placed her in sixth in the event. Her mark is the second best in school history.

Freshman Taylor Robinson led the way for Marshall in the 100 meter hurdles with a seventh place finish and a time of 14.38.

Overall results for Marshall at the 49er Classic in the hammer throw were Hasana Clark, sixth with a distance of 180 ft. 1 inch, Ericka Budd 14th with a mark of 154 feet, 2 inches and Reneese Batson, who finished 16th with a mark of 146 feet.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Taylor Robinson posted Marshall’s top finish by placing seventh with a time of 14.38. Sarah Bever came in 18th with a time of 14.76 and Hannah Carreon finished 22nd with a time of 14.91.

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