Herd Splits Day One Action at the Citrus Classic|
Feb. 25, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thundering Herd softball wrapped up its first day of the Citrus Classic with both a loss and victory at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Marshall fell to Maryland (8-1) in their first match-up of the day 10-2 in 6 innings. The Herd recovered quickly and busted out the bats to earn an 8-0 victory over S.t John's (1-8) in 5 innings.
Andi Williamson (4-3) started both contest and both the win and loss were credited to her.
Game 1 - Maryland 10, Marshall 2 (6 innings)
During game one, MU took an early one run lead in the first inning off a Jazmine Valle single that plated pinch runner Jessica Hughes but Maryland capitalized off Herd errors and used their power to take a 4-1 lead that eventually lead to a 10-2 final.
Marshall held their one run lead up until the third inning when Amanda McCann connected for a single to tie the game. Two straight walks with the bases loaded pushed two more UM runners over the plate. Nikki Maier's sacrifice fly to finish the inning gave the Terps a 4-1 lead.
Another four run inning from Maryland pushed their lead to 8-1 in the fifth. Kathy McLaughlin drove in two runs with a double and her teammate Maier hit a two run home run to finish with three RBI's and wrap up the Terps fifth.
Maryland pushed two more run across in the top of the sixth to plate their final runs of the game. Alysia Hively drove in Kristina Braxton for their squad's second run of the game. It was not enough however, as the game ended 10-2 after six innings due to the mercy rule.
Kendra Knight was efficient in the circle for the Terps, allowing only one earned run, six hits, and striking out seven batters to improve to 5-0.
"Game one was the first game this season I was disappointed in our effort. In the first inning we came out and scored first by getting on, stealing second base, and Jaz coming up with the clutch hit," said head coach Shonda Stanton.
"After that we didn't have any facet of the game, offense, defense, base running, and pitching."
Game 2 - Marshall 8, St. John's 0 (5 Innings)
An early outburst at the plate from the green and white plus efficient pitching helped MU erase its troubles from earlier and defeat the Red Storm (1-8) 8-0.
Marshall would however not let this lead slip away. The Herd put a pounding to the ball in the second inning, scoring six runs for a quick 7-0 lead. Alianna Telles used a bunt single, Marshall third successful in a row, to squeeze in fellow senior Melissa Loesing for a three run lead after Samantha Spurlock scored. Sophomore Taylor Winton was the big bat in the inning with a grand slam home run over the center fence to blow the game wide open.
"The great thing about game two was after a total team loss, we had a total team win against St. John's," Stanton continued after the game.
Ashley Gue's fourth hit of the game plated Amanda Lara in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap of an 8-0 run ruled shorten 5 inning game. Gue, the West Virginia native finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. It is the first time since 2007 that a Marshall player had four hits in a game.
"We had short term memory and I'm very excited how the girls responded. Winton stepped up huge, Gue was 4-for-4, Ali laid down a squeeze bunt, we didn't commit an error, and pitchers were great in a combined effort. Great thing was that we responded."
The Herd will return to the field tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. when they battle Southern Illinois and Florida State at 4:45 p.m. Each game can be followed with live stats and in-game chats.