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Marshall softball sets new program winning streak in magnificent March

March has been a month to remember in what is shaping up to be a season to remember for the Marshall University softball team. The Thundering Herd won a program-record 16th straight game Tuesday against Morehead State. (Photo: Rick Haye/Marshall University Communications)

March has been a month to remember in what is shaping up to be a season to remember for the Marshall University softball team.

The Thundering Herd won a program-record 16th straight game Tuesday against Morehead State, with senior pitcher Jordan Dixon throwing her second career no-hitter.

Marshall's streak originated on March 3 in Statesboro, Ga., with a strong start in the Eagle Classic, hosted by Georgia Southern University.

The Herd now stands 25-4 overall and 9-0 in Conference USA. The team also received 13 votes in the latest coaches poll and ranked 29th in the latest RPI rankings.

During its streak, the Herd has scored more than 10 runs on four occasions and ended four games early by run-ruling the opposition.

Coach Shonda Stanton's team set the program wins record with 15 straight Sunday, with a 6-3 victory against Western Kentucky.

Under Stanton, the Herd has always been a presence on the base paths - and that trend continues in 2017. Marshall leads C-USA with 111 stolen bases, with the next best team only swiping 71. Junior Elicia D'Orazio leads NCAA Division I with 36 stolen bases and senior Morgan Zerkle ranks No. 5 with 29. Marshall also leads the conference in batting average (.329) and slugging percentage (.491).

Dixon is tied for the national lead and also leads the conference with 18 wins.

Marshall is next in action at home on April 5, with a double header against Wright State that is set to start at 2 p.m.


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