Pacific Recovers From Five-Run Deficit to Hand Herd 13-8 Setback Sunday

Rachel Folden went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI.

Rachel Folden went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI.

Feb. 11, 2007

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LAS VEGAS -- Down five runs after five innings, Pacific scored 10 runs in the final two innings while Marshall committed four errors as the Tigers handed the Thundering Herd a 13-8 setback Sunday.

Senior Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) suffered the tough loss, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Harter (1-2) allowed only three runs on seven hits in her first five innings of work. Senior reliever Amanda Luers (Dover, Ohio/Dover) allowed two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Pacific's Briana Santos (1-0) earned the win, scattering two hits in three innings of scoreless relief.

Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) was one of five Herd batters with two hits, finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Sophomore J.J. Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) extended her season-opening hitting streak to five games, going 2-for-4. Bitner finished the weekend 12-for-17 (.706).

Freshman Sarah Strong (Anaheim, Calif./Savanna) recorded her first career home run - a two-run effort. She finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI. Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and Gina Guzzo (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) each went 2-for-3.

Five different Pacific batters registered at least two hits. Jennifer Curtier went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Alyce Jorgensen went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

The Herd fell behind early 2-0 in the first inning. With one out, Lizzie Hagan homered to center field over the head of Bitner. After a Curtier double to center, Santos singled her home.

Marshall, however, responded with an offensive fury. In the second inning, Rodriguez doubled to left-center. Two batters later, she scored on Guzzo's RBI single through the left side to cut the deficit to 2-1. Strong would later clear the bases with a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Herd a 3-2 lead.

The Herd would add to its lead in the third inning. Bitner extended her season-opening hitting streak to five games with a single to center. After Kristina Knecht (Concord, Calif./Daytona Beach CC) popped out on a bunt attempt, Folden gave the Herd a three-run cushion, 5-2, with a crushing home run to left.

In the top of the fourth inning, Pacific cut into the Herd lead, 5-3. Harter allowed three hits in the inning, including Casey Goldsand's RBI infield single that scored Lauren Weyman.

The bottom of the frame saw the Herd more than double its lead, thanks to a three-run fourth. Bitner collected her second single of the afternoon, followed by a Knect single to right field. Folden took over the game on her next at bat, authoring a three-run home run to deep center field. Folden's third home run of the weekend gave the Herd a commanding 8-3 advantage.

However, things began to unravel for the Herd in the sixth inning. Pacific slowly chipped away at the Herd's five-run lead, scoring two runs in the frame.

Pacific's offense finished its scoring outburst with an eight-run seventh inning. The Tigers accounted for seven base hits, including a three-run home run and two-RBI double, while the Herd committed three errors in the inning.

The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to action Friday, Feb. 16, when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to participate at the Cox Communications Classic on the University of Florida campus. The Herd will face the N.C. State Wolfpack at 9 a.m. (ET), followed by the Chattanooga Lady Mocs at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Pacific 13, Marshall 8 (02/11/07 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Pacific............. 200 102 8 - 13 15  1      (5-0)
Marshall............ 032 300 0 -  8 12  4      (2-3)
Pitchers: Pacific - JORGENSEN, Alyce; ENGLE, Chelsea(3); SANTOS, Briana(5). Marshall -
Harter, Abigail; LUERS, Amanda(7).
Win-SANTOS, Briana(1-0)  Loss-HARTER, Abigail(1-2)  T-2:17  A-0
HR MARSHALL - Folden, Rachel 2 (3); Strong, Sarah (1).