The Marshall softball team dropped a Southwest Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, falling to Jackson County Central 9-0 and 10-3.
"We knew we would have to play well to be competitive there," Marshall head coach Jack Houseman said. "They were very good hitters."
In the first game, Marshall's Miranda Fischer was tagged with the loss, while Callie Graff fell in the second game. Despite the losses, Houseman saw improvement in both pitchers.
"Our pitchers both when the distance, which was good, and kept us in it," Houseman said. "They fought through it. Overall, they did well. They just have to mix up pitches late in the game."
The Tigers were only able to muster two hits in Game 1, a single from Ashley Stattelman and an infield hit from Jayme Citrowske.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Huskies broke things open with seven runs.
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M-Miranda Fischer; J-Brooke Klontz. WP-Klontz. LP-Fischer. 2B: J-Marita Rasche, Jasmine Erickson, Jenna Stade, Blaney Markman. HR: J-Rasche.
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J-Mo Carlson; M-Callie Graff. WP-Carlson. LP-Graff. 2B: J-Marita Rasche, Brittany Woodke; M-Brooke Louwagie, Ashley Stattelman. 3B: J-Jasmine Erickson. HR: J-Rasche.
In the second game, the Tigers hung with JCC through the first four innings, but eight runs from the Huskies in the final three innings were the difference.
"I think we are making strides defensively," Houseman said. "We are going to continue improving with our bats if we are patient at the plate."
In Game 2, Stattelman and Brooke Louwagie recorded doubles for the Tigers, who had eight hits in the game. Louwagie also had three RBIs, driving in two with her double and the third on a fielder's choice.
"I think they were a little more patient," said Houseman of the Game 2 offensive effort. "I think they are starting to understand the idea of being patient at the plate."
Marshall (1-4 overall, 1-3 SWC) will be in action again on Thursday when the Tigers host Windom Area in another Southwest Conference doubleheader.
"We have to continue to improve our communication on the field," Houseman said. "I thought the girls did a better job of talking and communicating with each other."