Herd Softball Drops Two on Final Day of Carolina Classic
Marshall to begin Conference USA play at UAB March 10-11
Liberty Box Score (PDF)
No. 20 South Carolina Box Score (PDF)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Marshall softball team played hard but dropped both games on the final day of the Carolina Classic Sunday afternoon, hosted by the No. 20 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Thundering Herd lost to Liberty, 4-3, and 11-3 to South Carolina.
Marshall is now 8-12 overall.
“It’s really tough to tell how well we played if you look at the box scores,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “We hit a lot of balls hard this weekend and played good defense during big stretches of time. The South Carolina game got away from us and that was the first time that happened this season.
“Of course we want to win, but we continue to take big steps forward. The results haven’t come just yet, but the progress has been significant. We are looking forward to having the week to prepare for UAB as we open C-USA play.”
Game One: Liberty 4, Marshall 3
The Herd scored first in the third inning, using its speed to plate two runs. Seniors Jordan Colliflower, Elicia D’Orazio and Eloise Tribolet all legged out infield singles. Colliflower scored on Tribolet’s hit and then D’Orazio displayed her superior base-running skills taking home while the defense stood around looking before getting the ball back to the pitcher.
Liberty scored four in the sixth to take the lead. Freshman Aly Harrell stepped up in the top of the seventh and jacked her first career home run to right field to cut the lead down to one, 4-3. Senior Madi Marshall legged out an infield single but Marshall was unable to capitalize.
Junior Abigail Tolbert received the start in the circle and pitched 5.1 innings. Sophomore Kailee Williamson entered in the sixth and pitched the final two outs.
Game Two: No. 20 South Carolina 11, Marshall 3 (5)
Marshall battled but the Gamecocks made plays when needed defensively and hit the ball well to take the win.
D’Orazio finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs and two stolen bases. Senior Taylor McCord drove in the first run for the Herd in the top of the first with an RBI double to left that plated D’Orazio. Senior Madi Marshall was 1-of-2 and scored a run when junior Briana Daiss delivered with a single to center.
Marshall hits the road yet again for a fifth-straight week to begin Conference USA play with a three-game series at UAB. The games begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. eastern. The third game is set for Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. eastern.