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Herd Offense Dominates in C-USA Doubleheader Sweep of UCF Saturday

March 18, 2006

HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Thundering Herd continued its recent offensive assault, sweeping the UCF Golden Knights in a Conference USA doubleheader Saturday at Dot Hicks Field.

Marshall (15-12, 3-2 C-USA) increased its C-USA winning streak to three games, while UCF (13-19, 0-5 C-USA) has now lost eight consecutive games. In its last three C-USA outings, the Herd has outscored its opponent 22-4. Marshall has now won four its last five games, improving its home mark to 5-1.

The Marshall Thundering Herd will conclude its three-game Conference USA series with UCF Sunday at Dot Hicks Field. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by WMUL 88.1 FM. Live stats will also be available at

Game 1 (Marshall 7, UCF 2)

Game 1 Box Score

Sophomore Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI in game one, leading the Thundering Herd to a 7-2 win over the Golden Knights.

Teammate Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa) registered the Herd's other three-hit performance, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. It was the first of two multi-hit games on the day for Tourville and her third in three games.

Lindsay Dean went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Golden Knights. Amber Lamb and Jennifer Tomasetti each added a hit for UCF.

Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) won her second consecutive C-USA start (9-6), striking out six in a complete game. Ralston scattered four hits, while allowing only two runs.

UCF's Ashley Baker (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in six innings. Baker struck out four batters, while walking two.

UCF took an early 1-0 lead on Dean's one-out, solo home run to right field in the first inning. However, it would be the only lead the Golden Knights would enjoy in game one.

Marshall responded in the bottom of the first, knotting the score at 1-1. With the bases loaded, Tourville's one-out, RBI single through the left side plated Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison).

The Herd increased its lead to three runs, 4-1, in the second inning. After Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) scored on a passed ball, Folden cleared the bases with a two-run home run to center field. It was Folden's third home run in C-USA play and her 12th this season.



Marshall added another run in third. Noelle Adams (Wheeling, W.Va./The Linsly School) scored on a wild pitch, giving the Herd a 5-1 lead.

Folden added to her home run total once again with a solo shot to right field in the ensuing inning, giving the Herd a 6-1 lead after four innings.

Folden then drove in her fourth run of the game in the sixth to give the Herd a six-run cushion. Her RBI single scored Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) from second base.

UCF scored a run in the seventh, but it was not enough as the Thundering Herd took the 7-2 victory.

Marshall 7, UCF 2 (Mar 17, 2006 at Huntington, W.Va.) (Game 1)
UCF................. 100 000 1 -  2  4  1      (13-18, 0-4 C-USA)
Marshall............ 131 101 X -  7 10  0      (14-12, 2-2 C-USA)
Pitchers: UCF - A. Baker. Marshall - Veronica Ralston.
Win-Veronica Ralston(9-6)  Loss-A. Baker(1-4)  T-1:49  A-229

Game 2 (Marshall 6, UCF 1)

Game 2 Box Score

Facing a second 1-0 deficit in the first, the Herd scored six runs over the next six innings to turn back the Golden Knights 6-1 in game two.

Marshall southpaw Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) earned her second straight victory (5-6) in the circle. Harter allowed one run on six hits, while striking out four in seven innings.

UCF ace Allison Kime (9-8) was dealt the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Kime entered Saturday with a team-leading 124 strikeouts but was unable to strikeout any of the 16 batters she faced. Magon Paul gave up the other Herd run, scattering six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Five different batters recorded two hits apiece for the Herd, led by Tourville's second multi-hit game of the day. Courtney Kacenga (Sierra, Ariz./Buena) went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Kacie Feaster went 3-for-3 for the Golden Knights, while three other players recorded a hit for UCF.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Herd scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead. An RBI single by Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) plated Mitchell to tie the game. Rodriguez later scored on a throwing error by Jennifer Tomasetti to give the Herd its first and final lead of the game.

Marshall posted a four-spot on UCF in the fourth to take the decisive 6-1 advantage. Jessica Williams plated Tourville on an RBI double down the left field line. Williams later scored on an RBI single by Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb).

Kacenga then plated Joscelyn Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) and Wintter on a two-RBI single to left field.

Marshall 6, UCF 1 (Mar 18, 2006 at Huntington, W.Va.) (Game 2)
UCF................. 100 000 0 -  1  6  2      (13-19, 0-5 C-USA)
Marshall............ 200 400 0 -  6 12  1      (15-12, 3-2 C-USA)
Pitchers: UCF - A. Kime; M. Paul(4). Marshall - Abigail Harter.
Win-Abigail Harter(5-6)  Loss-A. Kime(9-8)  T-1:43  A-254

Following the conclusion of the Herd's three-game set with UCF, Marshall will travel to Southwest Virginia for a pair of non-conference doubleheaders. The Herd faces Radford at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a 2 p.m. twin bill at Virginia Tech Wednesday.