Herd Drops Doubleheader at Plainsman Invitational
Marshall falls to Furman 3-1 and Wichita State 5-2
Furman Box Score (PDF)
Wichita State Box Score (PDF)
AUBURN, Ala. – The Marshall softball team fell in both games of a doubleheader Friday at the Plainsman Invitational. The Thundering Herd lost to Furman in the first game, 3-1, and then Wichita State, 5-2.
Marshall is now 0-3.
Game 1: Furman 3, Marshall 1
Sophomore Kailee Williamson earned the start against the Paladins and pitched five innings, allowed four hits, three runs, two earned and tied her career-high with seven strikeouts.
Furman scored one run in the second, one in the third and another in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
Marshall got on the board in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to two. Freshman Armani Brown reached base on an error and later stole second. Senior Eloise Tribolet joined Brown on base with an infield single. Both runners moved up 60 feet when senior Elicia D’Orazio reached on an infield single. Senior Jordan Colliflower drove in Brown with a sacrifice fly to center.
Junior Ali Burdette came in to pitch in the sixth and finished off the last two innings with no hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Marshall struggled to find its rhythm offensively with just five hit. D’Orazio finished 2-of-3, while Tribolet, junior Abigail Estrada and sophomore Blakely Burch picked up one hit each.
“We had a lot of opportunities in game one,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “We unfortunately gave away outs with errors and free passes. We are going to have to learn to play better defense and get the timely hit. One hit here, a play there, and we walk away with a win.”
Game 2: Wichita State 5, Marshall 2
The Herd and the Shockers moved out to City of Auburn Softball Complex to try and get in a third game for the weekend. Marshall started the scoring as senior Taylor McCord drove in D’Orazio in the top of the first inning.
Burdette received the game ball to start the contest and pitched 3.1 innings, allowed four hits and four runs. The Shockers scored two runs in the second to take the lead and added two more in the fourth. Wichita State added one more insurance run in the fifth.
The Herd scored again in the top of the fifth. McCord led off the inning with a single to left. Freshman Rachel Rousseau was brought in to pinch run. Rousseau late stole second and the advanced to third when Burch flew out to center. Fellow freshman Wylie Glover then reached base safely on an error that allowed Rousseau to score.
Marshall out hit Wichita State 8-5 but struggled to find the clutch hit to drive in the runs. Kailee Williamson entering the circle for Marshall in the fourth and allowed one hit and one run. Junior Abigail Tolbert came in the game in the fifth and went the final 1.2 innings, did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out one.
“We applied pressure early in game two and jumped out ahead,” coach Steele said. “We had a few defensive breakdowns and then found ourselves behind. We are trying to figure out what our best lineup is and how to play together as a unit.”
Marshall is now scheduled to play Tennessee Tech at 9 a.m. central on Saturday, Feb. 10.