March 30, 2013
Huntington, W.Va.—The Marshall softball team finished off its third-straight conference sweep with a 6-1 victory against Memphis in the series’ final game on Saturday, March 30 at Dot Hicks Field. This is the first time the Thundering Herd has swept three teams consecutively in Conference USA.
Marshall has continued to extend its three, record-setting winning streaks with nine-consecutive wins in conference, 13-straight defeats in regular season play and 20-successive victories at the “Dot.”
Both teams were errorless in game three of the series. The Herd registered three hits for six runs, while the Tigers recorded one run off of six hits. Marshall left two stranded runners on base, while Memphis left seven. Four of Marshall’s six tallied runs were scored by two-run homers.
After a scoreless first inning, Memphis got the offense started quickly. Leadoff batter Amber Lindahl’s infield single put her on base. A sacrifice bunt and Ellen Roberts’ single put Lindahl on third with one out. Lindahl attempted to score on a passed ball, but was tagged out at the plate by freshman catcher Katalin Lucas. The Tigers ended the inning with Roberts stranded at second to keep the game scoreless.
Lucas led off the bottom half of the second for Marshall with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Shaelynn Braxton (2-for-3) connected for the Herd’s first hit of the game, an RBI single to center field. Senior Alysia Hively (1-for-2) extended the 1-0 lead in the next at bat by crushing her seventh home run of the season. The one-out, two-run shot to left field put the Herd ahead of the Tigers 3-0 before a double play ended the inning.
In the top of the third inning, Memphis quickly got two runners on base with a leadoff walk and single. However, the Tigers were unable to advance the runners as senior Andi Williamson
forced the next two Memphis batters to fly out in foul territory and then ended the inning with a strikeout.
Memphis’ sole run was scored after its leadoff batter reached base for the third consecutive inning in the top of the fourth. With runners on the corners and one out, Tigers’ Wheeler Hill hit an RBI groundout to score Cierra Mangum, who had previously reached on a fielder’s choice. A grounder to third base ended the top of the fourth for Memphis.
Marshall extended its lead in the bottom of the inning with Braxton’s two-run home run that bounced off the scoreboard in center field. The homer scored sophomore Kristina Braxton, who came in to pinch run for Jazmine Valle after the senior reached base on a leadoff walk. Despite getting runners on first and second with no outs, the Herd ended the inning with just the two runs and one stranded runner on base after a double play and strikeout.
Both offenses were shut down after the fourth inning, keeping the final score at 6-1 for Williamson to pick up her 22nd win of the season.
The Herd will be back in action Saturday, April 6 when it travels to Houston, Texas to face the Cougars in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.