MARSHALL - Marshall suffered its third loss in four games as the Tigers lost 14-7 to Luverne in a Southwest Conference game Monday at the Marshall Softball Complex.
Five innings were played and the second game of the doubleheader was called off due to a steady rain and a muddy field.
Though the conditions were less than ideal, Marshall coach Jack Houseman refused to use that as an excuse.
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Callie Graff delivers a pitch against Luverne during a Southwest Conference game Monday at the Marshall Softball Complex.
"Luverne had to play in the same conditions we did," Houseman said. "We just have to get that confidence that we can play with anybody in any conditions."
Luverne jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and Marshall responded in its half of the first in the form of an Emily Mortier home run to cut the score to 3-2.
The Cardinals responded again in the second with a two-run home run of their own from Ellen Dahl, who stretched the Luverne lead out to 5-2.
Susan Thompson added to the Cardinals' lead in the third as the Luverne second basemen hit a solo shot to center field, stretching the lead to 6-2. The Cardinals went on to stretch their lead to 9-2 through 2 1/2 innings of play.
Callie Graff got things started for Marshall in the third with a single before she reached second on an error. Miranda Fischer drove Graff in with a single to center field. Sadie Zahrbock then put the ball in play and reached first on an error as Fischer came into score and cut the Luverne lead to 9-4.
Each team score three runs in the fourth inning and Luverne added two insurance runs in the top of the fifth.
Marshall went down in order in the top of the fifth to end the contest.
In five innings of play, Luverne collected 14 runs on eight hits.
"Hitting was something I thought would be one of our strengths this year," Luverne coach Steve Semmens said. "We didn't hit very well the first seven games of the year, but we have the bats going now. We knew this was going to be a tough game."
Both Dahl and Tara Sudenga finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate as Sudenga had a single, double and triple. They each scored three runs. Dahl finished with a team-high four RBI for the Cardinals, while Thompson had three and Sudenga drove home two.
Graff had a rough day inside the pitcher's circle. She struck out just three batters against 15 walks.
Mortier and Fischer led the Tigers, offensively, each tallying two RBI. Fischer recorded a double to go with Mortier's home run and Fischer crossed the plate three times.
Madison Radel and Callie Graff each added an RBI.
Marshall is 8-6 this season and is scheduled to play a doubleheader today at Redwood Valley with the first game set to start at 4 p.m.
Luverne 14, Marshall 7
Hitting: Luverne (Dahl 3-for-3, HR, four RBI, three runs; Sudenga 3-for-3, double, triple, two RBI, three runs; Thompson 1-for-4, HR, three RBI, run; Olson 2-for-3, double, run; Hiller 1-for-1, double, three runs; Haugan 0-for-3, run, DeBoer 1-for-2) Marshall (Mortier 2-for-2, HR, double, two RBI, run; Fischer 2-for-2, double, two RBI, three runs; Graff 2-for-3, double, RBI, run; Radel 1-for-2, RBI; Citrowske 1-for-2, run).
Pitching: Luverne (Dahl 5-9-7-5-2-5) Marshall (Graff 5-8-14-12-15-3).