Defensive problems during Mexico's seven-run second inning sent the Lady Owls to defeat in the NCMC contest, 10-0 in five innings. It was their 29th straight loss in league play.
Besides the one error-filled frame, it wasn't an entirely discouraging start for Marshall. The Lady Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the first inning when senior Brooke Costley singled and dashed home on a dropped pick-off throw to third base, but senior pitcher Raha Shahabzada pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam without further damage.
The Lady Owls threatened during their first turn. Senior Abby Crawford singled and went to second base on an errant return throw from the outfield. A grounder advanced her to third base, where she was stranded.
That was the only hit allowed by all-NCMC sophomore Danielle Baumgartner, who led Mexico to a school-record 21 wins -- including a pair of 15-0 shutouts of the Lady Owls -- and its first conference championship a year ago. Other than a third-inning walk to senior Courtney Crusha, Baumgartner retired every other Marshall she faced -- eight by strikeout.
The Lady Dawgs broke the game open in the second. Junior Victoria Shaw singled and came around on a triple by sophomore Allison Mudd, who scored on a flubbed relay.
That was only the first of the Lady Owls' five errors during the stanza, which included two dropped fly balls and a wild throw to the plate on a fielder's choice play to allow Mexico's third run of the frame to cross.
Sophomore Abigail Dick singled in two runs and was knocked in by Shaw's double for an 8-0 lead.
The Lady 'Dogs (1-0, 1-0 NCMC) got a run in the third on a double by sophomore Karen Baker and Baumgartner's RBI single. Baker doubled to lead off the fifth, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another botched pick-off, Marshall's eighth and final error of the game.
Only five of the 10 runs scored off Shahabzada, who walked only three of 32 batters faced, were earned -- and even fewer were deserved. The Lady Owls (0-1, 0-1) head to Fulton today, hoping to fix some of the correctable mistakes from their opener.