Herd Softball Drops Two on Day One|
Feb. 8, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - In the season-opening day for the Marshall softball team, the Herd fell 6-1 to No. 13 Michigan and 8-0 to No. 10 USF on Friday at the USF-Demarini Tournament.
Andi Williamson (0-2) started and took the loss in both games, but had little help from the Herd (0-2) offense with just three hits on the day, all coming against the Wolverines. USF senior pitcher Lindsey Richardson threw a no-hitter against the Marshall offense.
"Anytime we square off against two top 15 teams back-to-back we really have to have our stuff together to be successful," said head coach Shonda Stanton."
The Herd resumes play in the tournament hosted by USF on Saturday with a 9 a.m. game against Florida Atlantic and a 1:30 p.m. game against Samford.
Michigan 6, Marshall 1
Williamson allowed all six of the runs on eight hits and six walks. She did have 10 strikeouts and had help from a defense that committed no errors.
Marshall fell behind 2-0 after two innings, but got on the board in the top of the fifth. Shaelynn Braxton led off with a double to left field and later advanced to third. With Kristina Braxton on first base, pitch running for Alysia Hively who drew a walk. Shaelynn then scored from third after a steal by Kristina caused an errant throw by Michigan catcher Lauren Sweet. Marshall trailed 2-1 after 4.5 innings of play.
Michigan led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple. With runners at second and third, Taylor Hasselbach singled off of Williamson's glove to score two runs and increase the Wolverines' lead to 4-1.
Michigan got two more runs in the sixth. Williamson recorded the first two outs of the inning before allowing a two-out single and a walk. Sierra Romero then hit a double to left field to score both runners.
"Where we have to clean things up, besides the six walks, is that we allowed four infield singles," Stanton said. "We know we are going to have some growing pains since we have just two returners in the infield. We are playing some new kids up the middle, but I like their skillset and the talent we have in them." Along with Braxton, Jazmine Valle and Katalin Lucas recorded hits for the Herd.
USF 8, Marshall 0
USF's Lindsey Richardson (0-1) threw a no-hitter against the Herd, one walk away from a perfect game. She struck out nine in all five innings of play.
Andi Williamson (0-2) got the start again for Marshall and allowed five runs, four earned, and struck out just one in 3.1 innings of work. She was lifted in the third inning for freshman Halie Vance who allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks while striking out two.
"We ran Andi out there again because she is going to be that warrior out there for us," Stanton said. "I was really pleased when Halie came in. Haley works fast and it really gave us a glimpse that we can count on her. She will do some good things for us."
Seven different USF players recorded at least one hit for a total of eight. The Herd, which has just two returning starters on the infield, felt young defensively on Friday with errors by freshman shortstop Raquel Escareno and senior Bri Anna Hope leading to four runs in the fourth inning.
"You extend the inning and give a team four outs, a top 15 team is going to make you pay," Stanton said.
"We talked to our girls about being strong and understanding that this is a journey and day one is going to be a lot different than what we see in tomorrow in this tournament," Stanton said. "It's also going to be different from a month from now when we begin conference play."