Herd Splits Twinbill with Indiana State, Despite Two Outstanding Pitching Performances

March 14, 2006

HUNTINGTON - Despite a pair of outstanding pitching performances by Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) and Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian), the Marshall Thundering Herd split its non-conference doubleheader with Indiana State Tuesday at Dot Hicks Field.

With the split, Marshall (13-12) remains one game above .500 as it prepares for its first home Conference USA series this weekend against UCF.

Indiana State (8-8) was led offensively by Katie Armour who finished the afternoon with two of the Sycamores' three RBI.

The Herd relied on a stronger offensive performance in the second game, as four different players registered a multi-hit game. Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa) finished the afternoon 4-for-7, while teammate Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) finished with three hits, including her home run in game two.

Game 1 (Indiana State 2, Marshall 0)

Box Score

Ralston and Indiana State's Darcy Wood went head-to-head in classic pitchers' duel; however, Wood struck out nine batters en route to a two-hit shutout in game one.

Wood (5-4) faced three more batters than the minimum. Ralston (8-6) struck out seven batters, while scattering five hits with two runs.

Ralston allowed only four Sycamores to reach base in the first five innings before the Herd defensive began to collapse.

The game remained scoreless until Indiana State scored two runs in the sixth inning to take the decisive 2-0 lead.

Jackie Chomicki led off the inning with an infield single. Allie May advanced Chomicki to second on a bunt single in front of the circle. The both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. A Tourville fielding error allowed Chomicki to score. With one out, May later scored on Jessica McGivney's RBI single to left field.

Wood retired the last eight batters she faced, including four strikeouts to end the game.

Five different Indiana State batters registered a hit, with Armour and McGivney each credited with an RBI.

Tourville and Wintter tallied the only hits for the Herd. Marshall's power production in the line-up - Amanda Williams, Jessica Williams, Rachel Folden and Samantha Rodriguez - went a combined 0-for-12 with five strikeouts.

Indiana State 2, Marshall 0 (Mar 14, 2006 at Huntington, W.Va.) (Game 1)
Indiana State....... 000 002 0 -  2  5  0      (8-7)
Marshall............ 000 000 0 -  0  2  2      (12-12)
Pitchers: Indiana State - D. Wood. Marshall - Veronica Ralston.
Win-D. Wood(5-4)  Loss-Veronica Ralston(8-6)  T-1:40  A-237



Game 2 (Marshall 9, Indiana State 1 - 6 innings)

Game 2 Box Score

After 10 scoreless innings, the Thundering Herd scored nine runs in the final three frames to take a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Sycamores in game two.

Harter (4-6), who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, struck out three batters in six innings. She allowed one run while only giving up four hits.

Armour (1-2) was dealt the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings. Julie Damico surrendered seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Tourville, Wintter, Amanda Williams and Courtney Kacenga combined for nine of the Herd's 11 hits. Tourville went 3-for-4, while Wintter, Williams and Kacenga each drove in two runs on two hits.

Marshall hung a four-spot on the Sycamores in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Tourville led off with a bunt single and later stole second. After Wintter was hit by a pitch, both runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball.

Kacenga then drove in both runners with a two-RBI double. Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) followed with an RBI single up the middle, plating Kacenga for a 3-0 Herd lead. Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) later scored Mitchell with an RBI single to left field.

The Herd added three runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. With two outs, Amanda Williams plated Kacenga and Wintter with a two-RBI double to right-center field. Williams later scored on a throwing error by Damico, increasing the Herd lead to seven runs.

Indiana State finally cracked the scoreboard in the sixth inning, cutting the Herd lead to 7-1. Armour plated May with a two-out RBI double to center field.

However, the Herd scored two runs in the sixth to win by the eight-run margin, 9-1. With two out, Tourville singled up the middle. Wintter then homered to center field - her first of the season - to give the Herd the run-rule victory.

The Herd returns to action this weekend when it hosts UCF in a three-game Conference USA series at Dot Hicks Field. A 1 p.m. doubleheader is slated for Saturday, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Marshall 9, Indiana State 1 (Mar 14, 2006 at Huntington, W.Va.) (Game 2)
Indiana State....... 000 001  -  1  4  1      (8-8)
Marshall............ 000 432  -  9 11  0      (13-12)
Pitchers: Indiana State - D. Wood; K. Armour(1); J. Damico(4). Marshall - Abigail Harter.
Win-Abigail Harter(4-6)  Loss-K. Armour(1-2)  T-1:35  A-255