Softball Wins Two in Home Opener|
March 1, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall softball defeated the Buffalo Bulls (5-0) and the Robert Morris Colonials (7-3) on Friday, March 1 at Dot Hicks Field. Senior hurler Andi Williamson had a total of 23 strikeouts for the day, while teammate and senior first baseman Alysia Hively hit two homeruns in the 7-3 win against RMU.
The first contest of the day was between Buffalo and Marshall started as a scoreless pitcher’s duel. Williamson struck out 5-of-6 Bulls, while Buffalo’s pitcher Heather Ryder struck out 4-of-7 Marshall players through two innings.
The top of the third inning was no different for the Herd. Three Bulls stepped to the plate and three sat down. Marshall freshman outfielder Kaelynn Greene (2-for-3) had a one-out double to center. After robbing Buffalo of third base, Greene was able to score off of a single from senior outfielder Ashley Gue (1-for-3). The Herd closed out the third with a 1-0 lead.
The score went unchanged through the fourth and fifth inning with the Bulls and the Herd keeping each other from scoring.
In the bottom of the fifth, Marshall freshman Katalin Lucas (1-for-3) singled to right-center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore pinch hitter Kristina Braxton. Junior outfielder Savanah Webster (3-for-3) slammed one out of the park to stretch the lead to 3-0. Freshman Alexandra Bayne (1-for-3) took part of the action with a ripped single through the left side and stole second base after the Bulls made a pitching change, bringing in Tori Speckman to replace Ryder. After a pop up to the short stop, Marshall junior catcher Taylor Winton was hit by a pitch, bringing Greene to the plate with two outs. Greene shredded a double to left center that brought Bayne and Winton home, and increased the Herd’s lead 5-0.
Buffalo left two runners stranded on base in the last inning, losing to Marshall 5-0.
The second game of the day was scoreless for one and a half innings, until Hively (2-for-3) brought some excitement into Dot Hicks Field with a two-out homerun to give the Herd an early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, RMU came to the plate fierce and hit two solo-homers. The score was tied after senior Bri Anna Hope (2-for-3) tripled to center field and came home off of an up-the-middle single from senior Jazmine Valle (1-for-4).
RMU took back the lead after an error by the Herd’s left fielder allowed a runner to score and the Colonials’ pitcher Nicole Sleith rung up three Marshall hitters to close out the fourth inning.
The Herd didn’t give up and charged through the first half of the fifth with an easy three-up, three-down. Webster (1-for-3) started a two-out rally with a single through the right side. Lucas (1-for-3) joined in with another single through the right side, putting runners on first and second. Bayne (1-for-3) tripled and took home on a wild pitch. Hively came up to the plate with no runners on and two outs, and she rocketed another one out of the field to take back the lead and stretch it to 6-3.
The Colonials were unable to score again, and a solo-homerun by senior Jessica Ferrick (1-for-1) in the bottom of the sixth sealed the 7-3 win.
The Herd ended the first day of the Marshall Invitational 2-0 and will return to play at Dot Hicks Field Saturday.