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Softball Earns a Split in Day Two of the Marshall Invitational

In her first career start and at-bat, Emileigh Cooper went 2-for-3, while scoring once.

March 3, 2012

Final Stats (Game 1) Final Stats (Game 2)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd completed the second day of its own tournament with both a win and loss Saturday at Dot Hicks Field.

In Marshall's first action Saturday, IPFW (10-2) came from behind to win against the Herd 9-2, in a game that originally started Friday. MU (9-8) however responded swiftly by powering its way past Bucknell (2-3) en route to a 12-3 win in four and a half innings.

Against the Mastodons, Marshall entered the suspended game up 2-1 going into the bottom of the third. However, IPFW would not allow the home squad to put any runs on the scoreboard while they plated eight to grab a 9-2 victory.

IPFW went ahead in the fifth as Ashley Bousquet provided a single that pushed two of her teammates around for a 3-2 lead. In the following inning, the Mastodons scored six runs, including Courtney Cronin connecting for a bases clearing, three run double.

Cronin (5-1) finished the game as the winning pitcher, striking out eight in the process.  Natalee Pulver endured the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season.

Game Two vs. Bucknell

Despite facing a quick 3-0 deficit, the Herd and its offense shook off the early hole and previous loss in the day to finish Saturday action with a 12-3 win over the Bucknell Bison.

"I am really proud how we responded and bounced back in game two," said head coach Shonda Stanton after Saturday's action.

Bucknell jumped out quick on MU when they plated three to start things off in the first when a combination of base hits and Herd errors allowed for two runs to score. Meredith Dickson provided a double for her squad's third run of the inning.

The green and white wasted little time to respond by putting up its own three spot on the board as Jazmine Valle smack a pitch to center field that bounced off the top and then over the fence of the Dot Hicks Field to bring the score to 3-3 tie after one inning of play.



Andi Williamson (6-4) regrouped and shut down the Bison the remainder of the game. The West Virginia native allowed only three more hits by BU after the first inning and helped keep the Bison from scoring anymore runs.

The Herd though kept its offense red hot. In the second, Alianna Telles got the scoring started as her single brought in one run. Fellow senior Rebecca Gamby followed suit with a double that pushed one run across the plate. Valle finished off the inning with a two run single to give MU a 7-3 lead after two.

Marshall didn't stop after that. Another four run inning in the third was helped by freshman Emileigh Cooper starting the inning with single. The Ohio native had both her first career hit and first career start as a member of the Thundering Herd.  Cooper account for one run when she scored on a wild pitch. Taylor Winton provided a two run double and Valle continued her strong performance with a sacrifice fly to push the Herd lead to eight.

Valle became the first player in Marshall history to have six RBI's in two games. She did it the first time almost a year ago against Kent State during last year's Marshall Invitational. She concluded the contest going 2-for-2, scoring one run, and stealing one base.

MU was able to score in every inning against Bucknell when they scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. That put the score at 12-3, which was the final in a game shortened to four and half innings due to the mercy rule.

 "We pounded the ball with 12 hits, 10 RBI's and scored in every inning. Everybody was in on the action and we really used our strengths," Stanton continued after the game.

Williamson was the winning pitcher, earning her sixth win of the season. Jessica Ferrick ended the game in the circle for MU with two strikeouts to end the contest.

"Andi gave us great innings and Ferrick finished strong with two strikeouts," said Stanton.

"We really want momentum heading into conference play next weekend. So tomorrow is big day for us, and we have to be ready from the first to the last pitch."

Marshall is back on the field tomorrow for two games. The Herd will battle Kent State at 12 p.m. and square up against Bucknell again at 2 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule

10am                   Bucknell vs. Kent State

12pm                   Marshall vs. Kent State

2pm                     Marshall vs. Bucknell