March 10, 2013
TULSA, Okla.- The Marshall softball team was defeated by No. 21/22 Tulsa on Sunday, March 10 in the Collins Family Softball Complex. The Golden Hurricane shutout the Thundering Herd in five innings and allowed Marshall one hit in the final game of the series.
Tulsa's Aimee Creger had a string of strikeouts to sit down the first three of the Herd's lineup to start the 12:57 p.m. CT game.
With one out on the board, Senior Andi Williamson walked three of Tulsa's squad in the bottom half of the first inning. The Golden Hurricane's Haley Henshaw earned a two-RBI single that gave her team an early 2-0 lead over Marshall.
The Herd continued struggling at the plate against Creger and defensively, committed an error that allowed a runner to score and another to advance into scoring position with two outs. Tulsa's Samantha Cobb ripped a single into right center that scored the previously advanced runner, extending the Golden Hurricane lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second.
The Herd went scoreless through another inning, while Tulsa capitalized on another Marshall two-out mistake with a double and homerun to tackle on another four runs to the Tulsa lead, 8-0. Brittanie Fowler was substituted in for Williamson, and a fly out to left field ended the inning.
In the top of the fourth, senior Jazmine Valle (1-for-2) recorded the first and only Marshall hit of the game against the Golden Hurricane's Creger.
The Herd's defensive changes in the fourth left Tulsa scoreless, but the Golden Hurricane and Creger shut down the Herd with another 1-2-3 inning to end the game in the top of the fifth with the eight-run rule.
Marshall (10-12, 0-3) will resume play Wednesday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET, against the Radford University Highlanders in the RU Softball Field.
Conference play will resume at Dot Hicks Field against Southern Miss with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.