Late Inning Rally Gives the Herd Game One Win|
April 7, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - For the second game in a row, Jazmine Valle came through clutch for Marshall softball with a three run triple to propel her squad to 6-2 game one win.
Game two on Saturday went the Golden Eagles (12-22, 4-11 C-USA) way as they delivered with a seventh inning single and run to take one of the three games in the series versus the Herd (22-16, 10-5).
"I'm proud of the girls for fighting and improving to 8-1 on the road during conference play," said the Herd's head coach Shonda Stanton.
"A variety of people are doing good things for us. Jaz followed up her game-winning homer from Friday with a bases-clearing triple in game one today, while Ferrick came up big in game two today. Gamby and Jess Hughes performed well at dish us all weekend"
Southern Miss would be the team to score first. After three and half scoreless innings between the two squads, The Eagles got back-to-back run scoring singles from Mackenzie Sher and Brittany Lilly to go up 2-0. The Thundering Herd defense got a double play to end the fourth inning and stop USM from plating anymore more runs.
In sixth, the offense for the Herd cranked things up. After two singles from Ashley Gue and Rebecca Gamby then a walk by Alyisa Hively, Jazmine Valle smacked a triple to right field that emptied the bases and put the green and white up 3 to 2. Bri Anna Hope dropped down a bunt to drive in a run and two more runs scored via an error by USM to help put MU up 6-2 heading into the final frame.
Andi Williamson pitched the final two innings in relief and shut down the opposition in the seventh to give MU the series. Erika Bennett (2-1) pitched 1.2 innings in relief and picked up the victory. Natalee Pulver started for the Herd, going 3.1 innings while allowing three hits.
The late inning victory was the first time Marshall won when trailing in the fourth inning or later this season.
Southern Miss struck first for the third straight game, this time putting up a two spot in the first inning. Run one came when Ashley Gue looked to get an out at home but her throw went high. Carissa Turang hit a run scoring single that put USM up 2-0.
Both teams received solid pitching in the game. Southern Miss starter Beth Dietrich went the distance for her team while Williamson lasted the whole contest.
In the final inning, Marshall evened things up as Kristina Braxton, in as pinch runner, was able to score when Jessica Ferrick deliver a sacrifice fly to left field and notch the score at two apiece. However, the Herd stranded two runners, including one at third to end their portion of the seventh.
Southern Miss put two runners on beginning the seventh through a single and catcher's interference. Following two outs, Turang delivered again for her squad with a single into left center that won the game for the Eagles.
In the circle Dietrich (6-9) picked up the victory while Williamson (15-10) received the loss. While at the dish Rebecca Gamby went a combined 3-for-6 on Saturday and concluded the week with eight hits in total.
"I am excited to get back home for our long home stretch and see what this team can do," said Stanton.
The Herd heads home for an 11 game stretch at Dot Hicks Field that starts with Ohio on Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET.