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Herd sophomore Ali Burdette throws a pitch in a game during the 2016 season.

Herd sophomore Ali Burdette throws a pitch in a game during the 2016 season.

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Herd sophomore Ali Burdette throws a pitch in a game during the 2016 season.

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Marshall University softball will begin a six-game home stand 1 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Middle Tennessee State University.

The Herd will also play a game 3 p.m. Saturday to cap off a doubleheader, while the team will wrap up the three-game series noon Sunday.

The Herd enter the weekend series on a three-game losing streak and having lost nine of its last 11 games. The Herd offense has fallen flat in its skid as it has scored more than three runs in a game just three times during the streak.

The team could receive a much-needed boost at the plate with the return of star junior Morgan Zerkle who has played the last two games for the Herd, where she went 1-6. Zerkle batted a school-record .506 from the plate last season  and totaled 28 RBIs and a Division I-leading 47 stolen bases en route to receiving several accolades for her season-long performance.

The Herd will be counting on a bounc back performance from pitcher Jordan Dixon, who has earned a team-best 17 wins to go with a 2.95 ERA and 213 strikeouts. 

Following its series against Middle Tennessee, the Herd will host Florida International University in a three-game series beginning April 30.

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