April 1, 2012
EL PASO, Texas – A seven run fifth inning lifted Marshall softball over UTEP and gave head coach Shonda Stanton career win 400 in a 8-0 victory Sunday at Helen of Troy Field.
With the weekend sweep, the Thundering Herd improve to 20-14 and 8-4 in conference. UTEP falls to 12-25 and 2-11 in C-USA.
“To go on the road and get the sweep against a very good hitting team is a good way to finish strong,” said Stanton.
For the third straight game against the Miners, Marshall jumped out to an early lead. Alysia Hively’s single scored Taylor Thompson from second to give the Herd a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
The Herd lit up the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. A seven spot was put on the board and was started when a throwing error by UTEP pitcher Homan allowed both Melissa Loesing and Thompson to score. Two home runs would follow as a three run blast off the bat of Rebecca Gamby gave MU six runs. Jazmine Valle would deliver with a two run shot to nearly the same spot to put MU up 8-0.
“It was huge for us to score seven runs with no outs because we knew one run might not be enough,” Stanton said following the game.
The Miners were able to load up the bases in the bottom of the fifth with one out, but Andi Williamson forced UTEP into two fly outs to give Marshall the mercy rule win.
“It was great that we were able to close the door in a pressure situation that had bases loaded for UTEP and their best hitter at the plate,” Stanton said.
Williamson was dominant in the circle by allowing just three UTEP hits in a complete game victory. The West Virginia native struck out six to improve to 14-8 on the season.
At the dish, Alianna Telles recorded two singles and a walk. She now has reached base in seven consecutive at-bats. Hively finished the contest with a 2-for-3 showing, bumping her batting average to .338, second best on the team.
“A number of good things for us today, including two home runs, and Ali and Hively continued to see the ball well and collect hits,” Stanton said.
Marshall heads off to Chattanooga for one game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET before going up against Southern Miss in a three game set starting Friday in Hattiesburg.