Feb. 25, 2012
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Thundering Herd softball team was unable to capture a victory during action Saturday at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.
Marshall was defeated in game one by Southern Illinois by a score of 10-2 in six innings. In the second contest for the Herd, Florida State used dominant pitching to limit the MU offense to win 4-1.
Game One – Southern Illinois 10, Marshall 2 (6 innings)
MU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with Jazmine Valle reaching on a fielder’s choice that plated Ashley Gue. The Herd however could not capitalize on its opportunity to score more as they left three runners on the bases to end the inning.
SIU didn’t waste any time to respond. The first batter to come to the plate for the Salukis was Mallory Duran who smashed a solo home run over the center field fence to quickly tie up the game.
Southern Illinois used a four run third inning to move past the Herd. Haley Gorman would notch a RBI single to take a one run lead and a bases loaded walk gave SIU a two run lead. Jayna Spivey singled and drove in two runs to cap of the Saluki inning.
In the top of the sixth the Herd looked to mount a comeback with three straight hits from Jessica Hughes, Alysia Hively, and a single from Bri Anna Hope that brought Hughes around. However SIU kept Marshall scoreless for the remainder of its inning.
In the Salukis half of the sixth, five runs would cross home plate. A combination of four hits, including a two run single from Meredith Wilson, a costly Marshall error, and sacrifice fly to end the inning and the game resulted in the final score of 10-2, run-rule win for SIU.
(2-2) started for the Herd and was the losing pitcher. Alyssa Wunderlich pitched 5.1 innings and was the winning pitcher for SIU. Alianna Telles
and Hively each picked up two hits to lead MU at the plate.
Game Two – Florida State 4, Marshall 1
A near perfect game from Florida State pitcher Monica Perry limited the Marshall offense for the first six innings of the game, allowing FSU to grab a 4-1 victory in each team’s second game of the day.
In the second inning, the Seminoles plate all of runs for the contest. A single from Mallory Borden notched the game at one each. A three run blast from the bat of Loren Smith pushed three runs around to give Florida State a four run lead.
Perry (5-0), while striking out eleven batters, did not allow any opposing Herd batters to reach base until the seventh inning when Gue led off with a bunt single that bounced over the Noles third baseman. Telles followed up with a long single to right center to give MU two runners on with no outs. Following two straight outs, Alysia Hively reached first on a wild pitch which also allowed Gue to cross home for the team’s first and only run.
“As frustrated as I was in game one, it was good to see us battle with a very good, undefeated, top 25 Florida State team,” head coach Shonda Stanton commented following the day’s action.
“I was pleased with how we fought until the last out. Gue came up in the seventh and broke up the no-hitter, Ali followed with a deep hit to right center, and we put ourselves one swing away from changing the game.”
Erika Bennett (1-1) suffered the loss as the starting pitcher. Andi Williamson did enter the game in relief and pitched effectively, allowing only one hit while striking out seven in five innings of work.
Marshall is back on the field tomorrow morning as it will face Maryland in a rematch from a game Friday. Game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
“Big day for us tomorrow as we need to put our best foot forward so we can walk away with momentum going into our home tournament next weekend,” Stanton continued.
Live stats from GameTracker and an in-game chat are scheduled to be available during the contest.