Herd Softball Splits Day one of the Carolina Classic
Marshall takes game one over George Washington but falls to Liberty in game two
George Washington Box Score (PDF)
Liberty Box Score (PDF)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Marshall softball team split day one of the Carolina Classic Friday afternoon. The Thundering Herd took game one 2-0 over the George Washington Colonials and then lost game two to the Liberty Flames, 6-1.
Marshall is now 8-9 this season.
Game one: Marshall 2, George Washington 0
Junior pitcher Abigail Tolbert pitched her third consecutive complete game, shutout victory in the win. Tolbert tossed four strikeouts and allowed just two hits. Senior Madi Marshall cranked two doubles and scored a run.
“We didn’t have the timely hit today, but we were able to manufacture runs,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “Our defense did a great job playing relaxed and making routine plays.
“Tolbert was great in the circle, working ahead of hitters and getting them to hit it where she wanted.”
The Herd started off slowly on offense until scoring two in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Freshman Samantha Koehn led off the inning with a single to center and then Marshall ripped her second double of the afternoon. Two batters later, senior Elicia D’Orazio drove in Koehn with a single to left. Marshall crossed the plate for the second run on a squeeze bunt attempt from senior Eloise Tribolet.
Tolbert closed out the final two innings not allowing a hit and recording her fourth strikeout of the day to end the game.
Game two: Liberty 6, Marshall 1
Marshall struggled offensively to find the timely hit as the Flames jumped out to an early 5-0 lead through three innings.
“We got seven hits, but stranded too many baserunners,” coach Steele said. “Once we fell behind early, we didn’t do a good job of maximizing our chances. We had tons of baserunners in scoring position but didn’t capitalize.
“Liberty is a well-rounded team and we’ll get another shot at them Sunday.”
The Herd got on the board in the fourth when Madi Marshall drove in freshman Grayson Radcliffe with a double to left. It was Marshall’s third double of the day combined between the two games.
Freshman Aly Harrell smacked her fifth double of the season in the fifth inning. Sophomore Kailee Williamson took the loss, pitching the first 2.1 innings. Junior Ali Burdette came on in relief and went the final 4.2 innings. Burdette allowed four hits and just one run.
Marshall returns to the field Saturday at 3 p.m., against No. 20 South Carolina.