Herd Softball Splits Day Two of the Spartan/Paladin Invite
Marshall will finish the weekend Sunday at 12 p.m. against Winthrop
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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Marshall softball team took the split on the second day of the Spartan/Paladin Invitational, Saturday from Pepsi Stadium on the campus of Furman University.
The Thundering Herd took the first game over Presbyterian, 8-0, and then lost to Furman, 5-0. Marshall is now 5-8.
Game One: Marshall 8, Presbyterian 0
The Herd came out attacking early, starting with two runs in the first and continuing on to score in each inning. On the defensive side, junior Abigail Tolbert pitched all five innings, earned her first win and set a career-high with seven strikeouts. She allowed just two hits in the shutout victory.
“Abbie pitched a great game,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “She did a nice job of missing barrels and giving out defensive routine plays.”
Senior Taylor McCord belted two home runs, both solo shots to left field. McCord started the scoring with her first homer with two outs in the first. It was also her 100th career RBI, the 10th player in program history to reach the milestone. Junior Blakely Burch followed up with a single to center, stole second and then took advantage of an errant throw to put Marshall up 2-0.
“It was nice to see our bats come alive,” coach Steele said. “Hitting is contagious and we were able to keep the momentum on our side.”
The Herd put up three more runs in the third. Freshman Grayson Radcliffe scored first on an RBI double by freshman Rachel Rousseau. Senior Elicia D’Orazio, who went 3-for-3 with three more stolen bases, scored next taking advantage of another error. The third run came when Burch drove a shot to right field, bringing home senior Eloise Tribolet.
Marshall’s lone run in the third came from Radcliffe as she blasted her first career home run to left field. McCord’s second home run led off the fourth and put the Herd up 7-0.
D’Orazio led off the fifth and recorded her 204th career base hit, tying her with Nichole Corrigan (1999-2002) for ninth all-time. Junior Samantha Loose entered the game to pinch hit and drove a grounder to second that was mishandled, and D’Orazio kept flying around the bases to score the eighth and final run.
Marshall collected 12 hits and seven stolen bases.
Game Two: Furman 5, Marshall 0
The Paladins took control early with two runs in the second, two in the fourth and one more in the sixth for the win.
“Furman had our number,” coach Steele said. “We could never figure out their pitching staff and their hitters finally adjusted to our staff. The lack of toughness we exhibited through adversity was disappointing.
“We are going to have to learn to bounce back quicker and be more resilient through tough times.”
The Herd struggled to find a rhythm with just three hits and committed four errors. Tribolet, Radcliffe and junior Hayden Ellis collected the hits for Marshall.
Sophomore Kailee Williamson received the start in the circle and pitched the first 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, three runs with one earned. Williamson recorded three strikeouts. Junior Ali Burdette entered the fourth in relief and pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowed two runs off three hits and also struck out three.
Marshall will finish the tournament Sunday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m., against Winthrop. The game will be played at Pepsi Stadium on Furman’s campus.