Herd Softball Records 13 Hits in Win Over Kent State
McCord and Harrell combine for four doubles and five RBI
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall softball team dominated from start to finish in a 10-4 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.
The Thundering Herd improves to 7-8 and Kent State falls to 7-4.
Marshall recorded 13 hits in the contest as four players all finished with two or more hits. Senior Taylor McCord had three hits while junior Briana Daiss and freshmen Aly Harrell and Samantha Koehn all had two apiece. McCord and Harrell combined for four doubles and five RBI. McCord is now eighth all-time with 105 career RBI.
“After last weekend we worked hard at our offensive game plan, so it was nice to see our bats come alive,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “It was a pretty balanced offensive attack, with all parts of the lineup hitting. Thirteen hits is a lot and we squared up a ton of balls.
“The difference maker for us today was the combination of McCord and Harrell hitting with runners in scoring position.”
The Golden Flashes had a chance in the first with two runners on base until junior Abigail Estrada made a diving catch in center to end the inning. Senior Elicia D’Orazio got the scoring started in the bottom of the first as senior Eloise Tribolet sent a drive to center.
Marshall scored three more runs in the second to take a 4-0 lead. McCord drove in two with a double down the left field line.
Kent State got on the board with a run in the top of third to cut the lead to three, but the Herd responded with two more runs in the fourth. Harrell drove in both Tribolet and McCord with her first double of the day to deep center.
The Golden Flashes cut Marshall’s lead back to three, 6-3, again in the fifth with two runs. However, senior Madi Marshall entered the game to pinch hit with Koehn and Estrada on base. Marshall sent both players home with her first career triple to right-center. D’Orazio then drove in Marshall with a sacrifice fly to right.
“Madi Marshall continues to be clutch when she comes in during pinch hit situations,” coach Steele said of her senior. “Her fight and approach during her at-bats are something we are trying to emulate as a team.”
Kent State put up one more run in the sixth, but then Harrell drove in freshman Gabby Stewart with her second double to right-center in the bottom of the inning. Marshall took the lead 10-4.
Junior Ali Burdette, who came on in relief in the sixth, closed out the game as the Golden Flashes were retired in order in just nine pitches. Sophomore Kailee Williamson got the start and the win while pitching five innings with three strikeouts.
Marshall returns to the field Friday, March 1 at 12 p.m., against George Washington. It is part of the Carolina Classic hosted by No. 20 South Carolina. The Herd will play George Washington once, Liberty twice and South Carolina twice.
Marshall’s next home game is Tuesday, March 13 at 3 p.m., against Morehead State.