March 25, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio- Defensive miscues in game one of the Miami Invitational saw the Marshall University softball team fall 13-0 in five to Toledo. The Thundering Herd came back to beat Miami 7-5 in game two on Friday afternoon.
Marshall moves to 12-16 on the year after Friday’s twin-bill.
Toledo (4-14) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Marshall error that allowed Courtney McCarthy to advance home. MU made an early call to the bullpen for Rachel Rillo, as Erika Bennett left the circle after 0.2 innings of work.
In the second, the Rockets scored an additional two runs off two errors to extend a 3-0 lead over the Herd.
Defensive miscues continued to plague the Herd - with six E’s total lit on the board in the fourth Jessica Ferrick replaced Rillo in the circle who left after 2.2 innings of work and one strikeout. Bennett also reentered to pitch as three would work the circle to close out the frame but not before Toledo brought home 10.
The Herd fell in five, 13-0, while Bennett took the loss for Marshall, dropping to 1-3 on the year. Jen Solanics picked up the win for Toledo to improve to 1-7 on the year.
Looking to thunder back after a tough first game, Marshall led off with a three-run homer from Victoria Marvin to take a 3-0 lead over Miami in the opening frame. Scoring on the play was pinch runner Morgan Cottrell and Rebecca Gamby. The long ball marks Marvin’s second of the year and third in her career.
Miami answered in the bottom of the stanza with five runs off two hits and a pair of Herd errors to claim a 5-3 lead heading into the second inning.
Unwilling to be outdone, the Herd reclaimed a 6-5 lead in the second after a leadoff triple from Melanie Stoehr followed by a three-RBI double via Jazmine Valle plated Stoehr, Alianna Telles and Taylor Thompson.
At the plate Valle hit a team best 3-for-3 with two RBI and Gamby chipped in going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The Herd extended its lead to two in the top of the seventh when a sacrifice fly by Alysia Hively scored pinch runner Brittney Ybarra from third to put Marshall ahead 7-5 heading into the final three outs.
Marshall defense would hold on as Natalee Pulver went the distance to pick up the win, moving to 5-7 while Miami’s Jessica Simpson (12-5) garnered the loss.
Marshall will face Ball State at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans are able to get up-to-date information through herdzone.com and also by visiting the tournament homepage here.