Marshall Sweeps Doubleheader Against UIC

Jackson leads the Herd with .583 batting average and six RBIs.

Jackson leads the Herd with .583 batting average and six RBIs.

Feb. 8, 2009

Box Score Game 1

Box Score Game 2

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Junior Caitlyn Jackson (Ontario, Calif.) finished with a big day as Marshall swept UIC to complete play at the Sportco Kickoff Classic hosted by UNLV.

Jackson went a combined 4-for-6 on the day with five RBIs with the Thundering Herd (3-1) taking game one 9-1 and game two 5-1 over the UIC Flames (1-3).

"This was a great start for an opening weekend for us," head coach Shonda Stanton said. "I saw a lot of things that I liked today in doubleheader action. There were some things that were great in 14 innings of action and we need to keep this up."

Up next for Marshall is to the sunshine state of Florida when the team will compete in the Wilson Tournament hosted by USF. The team will open against No. 7 Arizona Friday Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Game One

After being shut out in its last outing Marshall took an early lead in the first innings thanks to a Jackson double scoring senior JJ Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va.) and freshman Alianna Telles (Sylmar, Calif.).

The two RBI double was set up after Bitner reached first with an infield single and Telles reached on an error by UIC's shortstop giving the Herd a 2-0 edge.

Marshall would tack three more runs in the third when senior Rachael Sofie (Everett, Wash.) would lead off with a walk followed by Bitner's second hit of the day. Telles would then be hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jackson who singled to right field scoring Sofie and Bitner.

Freshman Jessica Hughes (Stillwater, Okla.), who was pinch running for Jackson, scored after a sophomore Melanie Stoehr (Tacoma, Wash.) single to right field extending the Herd lead 5-0.



The lead would grow to six when senior Kelly Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.) would hit her first home run of the season to center.

The Flames would use the bottom half of the fourth inning to cut into Marshall's lead when Melissa Marinacci would walk and Stephanie Chavez would single to right. Both runners would move over one base each after an illegal pitch.

Jackson would go four innings giving up four hits and just one run. Junior Virginia Campbell (Barboursville, W.Va.) would come into the game and pitch two innings and allowing one hit.

Marinacci would score when Ashley Hewett singled but the Herd would come together to stop UIC rally with a out at the plate and a pick off at second holding on to a 6-1 edge.

Marshall would add run seven in the fifth when Stoehr would single scoring freshman Rebecca Gamby (Mount Victory, Ohio) who doubled earlier in the inning.

In the sixth, Telles would hit her first career home run with a shot to left center pushing the game to 8-1.

The Herd would tag on one more run in the seventh with a leadoff triple by Stoehr and scored on a Nielson double.

Sophomore Rachel Rillo (Oxnard, Calif.) would enter and close the game out in the seventh to give Marshall a 9-1 victory.

The Herd would finish with 12 hits with three of the four coming off Jackson's bat. She also finished game one with four RBIs.

Stoehr would also finish the game with three hit and Bitner and Nielson both contributed two apiece.

Game Two

Game two of Sunday's doubleheader would be where game one left off with offense coming from the Marshall line-up as Sofie would hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first.

The Herd would extend its lead to 2-0 in the second when Gamby would reach first after getting hit by a pitch.

Freshman Melissa Loesing (Grapevine, Texas) would pinch run for Gamby and would steal second base. Loesing scored on a double from Stoehr but she would get caught out in a run down trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

Junior Katie Murphree (Tallahassee, Fla.) would bounce back from her short outing against UNLV with a four inning performance striking out three and allowing three hits.

Marshall would capitalize on UIC's mistakes when the team added two runs in the fourth when Stoehr would reach on an error followed by a Marcena Bertoldo (Beaumont, Calif.) singled to right.

Nielson would then single to the outfield and the Flame's centerfielder Melinda Macias would miss the ball allowing Stoehr and Bertoldo to score.

UIC would respond in the top of the fifth scoring one run as Carly DeMarco walked and stole second and third then advanced home on a throwing error by Gamby.

The Herd would put the lead to back to four when Telles double to left center and scored with a Jackson single to right.

Senior Autumn Mitchell (Shady Spring, W.Va.) finished the game's final three innings with two strikeouts.