March 14, 2013
RADFORD, Va.- Marshall softball rallied in extra innings to defeat Radford 5-1 at RU Softball Field on Wednesday, March 13. The Thundering Herd pitching staff and defense only allowed the Highlanders one run and three hits in the eight-inning game.
Senior Ashley Gue was 2-for-3 on stolen bases for the day, officially knocking associate head coach Amanda Williams out of third place for the all-time career record of 88. After today, Gue has 90 stolen bases in her career at Marshall with a lot of season left to play.
The first inning of the game was sparked by a one-out error by Highlanders' third baseman that allowed Gue (2-for-4) to reach first and rob Radford of second base. Senior Bri Anna Hope reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Hope and Gue advanced to second and third on stolen bases, but a strikeout and ground out to first left them stranded in scoring position.
Marshall's senior hurler Andi Williamson gave up the first hit and only run of the game to Highlanders' Jessie Hutchens who hit a solo home run on two outs. Williamson struck out the fourth hitter in the Radford lineup to close the first inning.
The Herd's freshman Katalin Lucas (1-for-4) was the tying run of the game in the next inning. After reaching first and advancing to second on the second baseman's error, Lucas advanced to third on a wild pitch. A Radford fielding error allowed senior Jessica Ferrick to reach first and allowed Lucas to score on two outs. The inning ended with a pop up to short stop that left Ferrick and freshman Kaelynn Greene (1-for-4), who singled up the middle, on base. The bottom of the inning was scoreless.
In fact, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh inning were scoreless. In the five-inning span Marshall only recorded three hits and left two runners on base, while Radford tallied only two hits and left six runners on base.
The action was sparked up in extra innings by a bunt single from Gue. A fielder's choice forced her out at second and allowed sophomore Emileigh Cooper to reach base. Cooper advanced on a wild pitch and senior Jazmine Valle took first on walk. Both Cooper and Valle advanced on junior Savanah Webster's ground out to short stop. With two outs on the board, Lucas started a rally with a two-RBI double and advancement to third base on an error by left field. Senior Alysia Hively (2-for-4) kept the momentum moving with an RBI double to center field. Freshman Shaelynn Braxton (1-for-3) kept the inning alive with an RBI single through the right side, but a ground out to second closed the four-run eighth inning that pushed the Herd ahead of the Highlanders 5-1.
Williamson allowed one walk in the bottom of the eighth, but a fly out to Webster ended the game and two strike outs ended the game.
Williamson ended the game with 13 strike outs and is now 11-11 on the season.
Marshall will resume play against conference rival Southern Miss Saturday, March 16 at Dot Hicks Field. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.