Feb. 15, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga.-The Marshall softball team put up a valiant effort Friday, but fell by one run in each of its games on the first day of competition at the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta.
Indiana dealt the Herd (2-5) a 2-1 defeat in eight innings during the first game, while 24th-ranked Georgia Tech edged MU 7-6 in the second affair.
Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson (2-4) went the distance in the first game,llowing just one earned run on a hit and four walks with 11 strikeouts. She also took the decision in the second game after allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
After the Hoosiers got onto the board with a run in the third inning, Marshall first baseman Alysia Hively bunted home pinch runner Alexandra Bayne with the Herd's lone tally.
IU scored the game-winner on a fielder's choice in the eighth after the international tiebreaker was applied, which means each half-inning begins with a runner on second base.
Left fielder Kaelynn Greene, center fielder Ashley Gue, catcher Katalin Lucas, Hively and second baseman Bri Anna Hope all registered hits for the Herd. MU was its usual aggressive self again on the basepaths as it garnered seven stolen bases during the contest.
In the second game, Lucas answered GT's two first-inning runs with a run-scoring single through the left side in the bottom half of the inning.
The Herd evened the game at 5-all via a four spot in the fourth inning after right fielder Savanah Webster
scored Lucas on an RBI groundout to third, Hope lifted a sac fly to left and Greene knocked in two more with a single.
Greene sliced the GT lead to 7-6 after she reached on a fielder's choice in the sixth, which allowed Webster to race home from third.
Greene posted a stolen base in the fourth inning as well.
The Herd faces Indiana again at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning before taking on the RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) at 5:30 p.m.