April 4, 2006
HUNTINGTON - Marshall Thundering Herd junior southpaw and reigning Conference USA Pitcher of the Week Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) silenced the Miami RedHawks 8-0 Tuesday at Dot Hicks Field.
Harter (9-7) has now won three consecutive starts and has not allowed a run in the last 21 1/3 innings of work. Harter scattered five hits, while striking out three batters. In her last five outings at home, Harter has compiled a 5-0 record with a 0.48 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.
With the win, Marshall (22-15) extended its home winning streak to eight games, moving its home record to 10-1 this season. Miami (14-22) has now lost 15 of its last 17 games, including its last five road contests.
Miami freshman Kelly Cabana (4-11) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Cabana struck out four, while walking seven.
Behind Harter, the Herd relied on a strong offensive performance from sophomore Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) and senior Courtney Kacenga (Sierra, Ariz./Buena). Folden went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, while Kacenga added a three-run home run to her credit.
Halle Popson paced the RedHawks, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
The Herd cracked the scoreboard first in the opening frame. With one out, Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) reached base on an infield single. Folden then cleared the bases with a two-run home run to right field, giving the Herd a 2-0 lead. It was Folden's conference-leading 15th blast of the season.
Marshall added three more runs in the second inning. With one out, Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) and Sara Spenia (Las Vegas, Nev./Durango) drew back-to-back walks. Kacenga followed with a three-run blast to left-center field to give the Herd the five-run cushion.
Three innings later, the Herd scored two more runs, increasing its lead to 7-0. With one on and one out, Deanna Tourville
(Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa) singled up the middle. Jessica Williams
(Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) then plated Noelle Adams
(Wheeling, W.Va./The Linsly School) with an RBI sacrifice fly. Wintter followed with an RBI double to center field, plating Tourville, for the seven-run lead.
The Herd clinched its 8-0 run-rule victory in the sixth inning. After an Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) single up the middle, Mitchell followed with an infield single. Two batters later, Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) plated Williams with an RBI sacrifice fly to center field, giving the Herd the win.
The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to action this weekend with a three-game Conference USA series in El Paso, Texas, against UTEP. A 6 p.m. (EST) doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, followed by a 2 p.m. (EST) single game on Sunday.