Herd Softball Falls in Hard Fought Contest at No. 13 Auburn
Marshall next takes on Furman Friday at 12:30 p.m. eastern
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AUBURN, Ala. – The Marshall softball team fell in a hard fought contest at No. 13 Auburn, 4-0, Thursday evening from Jane B. Moore Field.
“I thought we attacked the ball very well offensively,” Herd coach Jen Steele said. “We matched them for hits and we swung at good pitches in good hitters counts but we just couldn’t find the way to get the big hit with runners in scoring position.
“We ran well too and we put pressure on them and we sped them up so I was really proud of the offensive attack.”
Junior pitcher Abigail Tolbert received the first start of her career and went 5.1 innings against the hard-hitting Tigers. Tolbert allowed just six hits, was credited with the four runs and struck out one. The strikeout came at the end of an 11-pitch battle against the power-hitting Kendall Veach with bases loaded.
Auburn took advantage of a few first inning miscues to take a 2-0 lead.
“Defensively we got off to a slow start,” coach Steele said. “That first inning we got caught out of position a little bit and didn’t have coverage at certain bags when we needed it. After that first inning, we did a great job minimizing big innings. They stranded a lot of base runners and we made the play to get out of it because that game could have gotten out of hand several times but the defense came through.”
Tolbert and the Herd defense shut out the Tigers through the next four innings. In the second, junior Briana Daiss scooped up a bases loaded grounder, tossed to catcher Taylor McCord who then threw back to Elicia D’Orazio covering first for a 3-2-4 double play that kept a run off the board. Junior Abigail Estrada made a great diving catch in the bottom of the fifth in left-center.
Auburn put up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a four-run lead.
“Abbie competed all night long. For her to give up just six hits to a team that loves to leave the ballpark is huge. She did a great job missing barrels. She gave up a few free passes but I am really proud of her. Tolbert did a great job pitching in this environment against a ranked team.”
Senior Jordan Colliflower recorded two of Marshall’s six hits and stole second in the first inning. Seniors D’Orazio and McCord recorded one hit each. Sophomore Blakely Burch hit a single to right field in the fifth and freshman Grayson Radcliffe reached base safely on a quick bunt in her first plate appearance.
Marshall returns to the field against the Furman Paladins Friday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. eastern at Jane B. Moore Field. The Herd will then play Wichita State at 4 p.m. eastern.