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Tolbert Pitches Shutout as Herd Defeats Winthrop

Senior Taylor McCord drove in the game's first two runs with a double to left-center.
Senior Taylor McCord drove in the game's first two runs with a double to left-center.
Feb. 25, 2018

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Marshall softball junior pitcher Abigail Tolbert pitched a complete game, shutout for a 4-0 win over the Winthrop Eagles, Sunday afternoon from Pepsi Stadium. It was Tolbert’s second shutout of the weekend.
Marshall improves to 6-8 while Winthrop dropped to 4-4.
“Abbie pitched another great game,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “She had all of her pitches working and was able to be creative in later innings. The defense did a nice job behind defending the ground ball.”
The Barboursville, W.Va., native recorded six strikeouts and allowed just four hits. Tolbert finished the weekend with a 2-1 record, 0.79 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
“We started off slowly offensively but did a nice job of making adjustments throughout the game,” coach Steele said. “I’m happy for McCord; she got the clutch hit with runners in scoring position to get us on the board.”
Marshall recorded six of its nine hits in the final two innings. The Herd got on the scoreboard first to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, seniors Jordan Colliflower and Elicia D’Orazio ran out infield singles. Senior Eloise Tribolet then moved both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Next, McCord attacked the first pitch and ripped a double to left-center that scored both Colliflower and D’Orazio. Marshall led 2-0.
The Herd added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Aly Harrell led off with a single to right. Freshman Rachel Rousseau entered the game to pinch run at first base and eventually stole second. With two outs, junior Abigail Estrada legged out an infield single that moved Rousseau to third. Colliflower then drove in Rousseau with another infield single, and Estrada ran from first to third as the Winthrop defense was caught without a defender at third. An errant throw with D’Orazio running to first allowed Estrada to score.
Tolbert closed out the game with her sixth strikeout as the Eagles stranded a runner at first.
With her two RBI, McCord now has 103 in her career one behind former teammate Morgan Zerkle (2014-17) for ninth place all-time. D’Orazio moved ahead of Nichole Corrigan for sole possession of ninth place on the all-time hit charts with her 206th. Stefanie Cook (1995-98) sits just ahead in eighth place with 208.
Marshall returns to the field on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., against the Kent State Golden Flashes for the home-opener at Dot Hicks Field. Admission to the game is free.