Herd Softball Fights but falls to No. 20 South Carolina
Marshall finishes the Carolina Classic with a Sunday doubleheader
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Marshall softball team showed a lot of fight, but in the end lost to No. 20 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at the Carolina Classic, 5-2.
The Thundering Herd drops to 8-10 and South Carolina improves to 18-1.
“We did a much better job executing with runners in scoring position,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “We matched them hit for hit for the most part, and we hit so many balls hard, just right at people.”
Marshall fell behind early 4-0 through the first two innings. However, junior pitcher Abigail Tolbert made some great adjustments and the Herd defense steadied its play to limit the Gamecocks the rest of the way. South Carolina added just one more insurance run in the fifth.
The Herd got on the board in the top of the fifth inning as senior Madi Marshall hit a one-out double to right-center. Two batters later, freshman Samantha Koehn drove a shot to right field that scored Marshall. Koehn finished the game 2-of-3 at the plate and had a double in the third inning for the Herd’s first hit of the game.
In the sixth, Marshall scored one more as senior Taylor McCord drove in her 106th career run with a single to left that score senior Elicia D’Orazio from second. McCord passes Rebecca Gamby (2009-12) for seventh all-time.
Tolbert stayed strong at the end of the game getting two key strikeouts for the first two outs of the bottom of the sixth. She finished the game with three strikeouts.
Marshall returns to the field with a doubleheader on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. against Liberty and 3 p.m. against South Carolina.