Marshall softball goes winless in Bama Bash tournament


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Marshall University sophomore Elicia D’Orazio tags a player out during a game last season at Dot Hicks Field.

The Marshall University softball team lost all five of its games over the weekend in the Bama Bash tournament in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The University of Alabama hosted the tournament, and the University of Tennessee and University of Arizona competed in the tournament as well.

The Herd lost its opening game to Arizona, 7-6, Friday and concluded the first day of the tournament with a 5-1 loss to Tennessee.

In Saturday’s action, the Herd fell 4-2 to Alabama and 18-0 to Tennessee in a game that was cut to five innings.

In the first game against Alabama, the teams were tied 2-2 heading into the final inning, but the Crimson Tide’s Leona Lafaele hit a two-run home run in the top of the inning that proved to be the difference.

Despite the loss, Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton said she was pleased with the mindset of her players throughout the contest.

“It was exciting and our kids competed,” Stanton said. “I was really proud. We were 2-2 going into the seventh. Our word for the day was fearless, and our kids were fearless in that game. They didn’t back down from anything.”

Stanton said when pitcher Jordan Dixon, who set multiple school records last season, is on the mound, the team always has a chance to win.

Dixon pitched all seven innings allowing three earned runs and striking out three batters. In the second game, the trio of Ali Brudettte, Brittanie Fowler and Abigail Tolbert gave up a combined 16 earned runs in five innings.

Marshall concluded its play in the Bama Bash with a 6-3 loss to Arizona Sunday.

The Herd scored one run in the top of the first, but quickly relinquished the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Arizona scored five runs.

Marshall scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull within 6-3 but could not completely erase the deficit.

Marshall will compete in the Campbell University Tournament this weekend in Bules Creek, North Carolina.