Greene etches name into Herd history books in Marshall softball’s series loss to UAB

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Marshall University softball lost its weekend series to conference opponent University of Alabama at Birmingham two games to one.

The Herd (20-15, 6-3) lost the first game of the series 3-1, but responded to take the second game, 4-3, in extra innings before falling in the third, 8-1.

In the Herd’s lone win of the series, senior outfielder Kaelynn Greene added to her merits as one the program’s most successful players. Greene went 4-4 in the game and broke Marshall softball’s all-time hits with her single in the seventh inning.

Greene gained ground on the record quickly, collecting her 265th career hit in the first inning to tie Amanda Williams for second all time. Greene tied Rachel Folden’s program record of 266 hits in the third inning before delivering the record with her single to right field in the seventh.

“How exciting was that because that is some company KG (Greene) just passed,” head coach Shonda Stanton said. “Amanda Williams and Rachel Folden are two of the very best to come through here and now to put KG right up there. Really proud of her, and it has been so much fun to watch.”

While Greene’s hit in the seventh inning represented a personal accomplishment, her final hit of the day provided the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Herd took a 4-3 lead after shortstop Elicia D’Orazio scored from third.

Pitcher Jordan Dixon and the Herd defense held UAB scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the victory. Dixon picked up her 16th win of the season after pitching 3.1 scoreless innings and conceding just one hit to the Blazers while striking out four of the 11 batters she faced.

Starting pitcher Ali Burdette pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four hits and three earned runs.

Offensively, the Herd bats were clicking as the team totaled 15 hits in the win. Greene accounted for four and D’Orazio accounted for three more and two runs as she was named the Dot Hicks Significance Award winner for her performance.

“Elicia was a great playmaker for us today,” Stanton said. “And the offensively late in the game to get on and make things happen.”

The Herd will be back in action 4 p.m. Wednesday when it takes on Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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