Feb. 26, 2006
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - The Marshall Thundering Herd overcame its recent offensive setbacks in a 2-1 win over Akron Sunday at the Cougar Classic.
Although the Herd (7-7) needed nearly five innings to push across the game's first run, the win snapped Marshall's three-game losing streak. Marshall has scored just five runs in its last four games, sporting a 1-3 record in those contests.
Marshall's Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) evened her record (4-4), earning her fourth win of the season. Ralston allowed one run on four hits, while striking out six batters in her fifth complete game of the season.
Akron (4-3) starting pitcher Megan MacKenzie (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) went 2-for-3 for the Herd, while four other players registered a hit each for Marshall.
Akron and Marshall traded hits in the first inning. But neither team could push across a run, leaving the game locked in a scoreless tie after one inning.
The scoring drought continued for the next three-plus innings, until the Herd cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth.
Sophomore second baseman Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa) led off with a stand-up triple to right-center field. Tourville then scored on a throwing error by Akron's Amy Pedro, giving the Herd a 1-0 lead.
Marshall added an insurance run later in the inning to increase the Herd lead to two runs. Noelle Adams (Wheeling, W.Va./The Linsly School) scored on an Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) RBI ground out.
Akron pulled to within one run, 2-1, on Cali Stratton's RBI single through the right side in the top of the seventh inning. However, Ralston shut down the Zips, retiring the side to end the game.
The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to action Friday, March 3, at the Buzz Classic in Marietta, Ga. Marshall will face host Georgia Tech at 3 p.m., followed by Connecticut at 6 p.m. Friday.