Marshall Hands Quinnipiac First Loss of the Season (6-1)


Andi Williamson matches her career and Marshall high 14 strikeouts.

Andi Williamson matches her career and Marshall high 14 strikeouts.

Feb. 23, 2013

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GREENSBORO, N.C.- Marshall softball wins the first game of the Spartan Classic 6-1 against Quinnipiac at the UNCG Softball Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

The Thundering Herd came out aggressive on Saturday, February 23 against the Bobcats. Senior Ashley Gue recorded the initial run of the game after taking first on a walk. Gue rounded the bases off of senior third baseman Jazmine Valle's double to right center, whose hitting streak now spans four games.  Marshall took an early 1-0 lead.

Senior Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson, matched her career and Marshall record with 14 strikeouts, last time was March 31 against ITEP. Williamson only allowed two hits throughout the entire game, and both were after the fifth inning.

Freshman catcher, Katalin Lucas (2-for-2) reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a fielder's choice in the top of the second. Senior first baseman, Alysia Hively (1-for-3) advanced the runner with a single through the right side. Pinch runner, Emileigh Cooper stole second, and Lucas took home, creating a 2-0 gap between Marshall and Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats took down The Herd with a 1-2-3 third inning. Williamson retired three of the four hitters with strikeouts, allowing one walk to close the third.

Senior second baseman, Bri Anna Hope (1-for-3) doubled to left center with one out on the board in the fourth inning, bringing Lucas up to the plate. With a single up the middle, Hope rounded the bases to score, and Lucas advanced herself to second on the throw to the plate, score 3-0.

Marshall's defense continued to keep Quinnipiac off the board through the fourth and fifth inning.

Valle (2 -for-4) hit a lead-off homerun in the sixth, giving The Herd a four-run cushion. Lucas delivered a single to left center and was brought home with a two-run homerun by Junior Savanah Webster, pushing Marshall ahead 6-0.

The Bobcats' first baseman Kortney Kesses got the first hit of the game with two outs recorded. But, a strikeout would close the inning, not allowing the Bobcats to score.

Quinnipiac's junior short stop Alex Alba singled through left field with one out registered, bringing home junior third baseman Bridget Figmic who had reached base on a walk. Williamson closed the game with two strikeouts.

Marshall's Kaelynn Greene (1-for-3) and Alexandra Bayne (1-for-3) also contributed to the nine hits The Herd posted. Greene, Lucas and Cooper each registered a stolen base for Marshall today. Williamson is now 4-6 on the season, and Marshall is 4-7 leading into tomorrow's double-header against UNC Greensboro and Drexel.