April 9, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After a lengthy weather delay, the Marshall University softball team fell 10-3 to Memphis on Saturday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. Inclement weather has forced officials to call for two games to be played Sunday starting at noon.
Memphis (24-10, 7-6 C-USA) started the game with a spark as Jessica Phillips gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run homer to left that plated Lelani Bernardino who reached earlier on a fielder's choice.
The Thundering Herd (15-21, 1-9 C-USA) made an early switch in the circle as Natalee Pulver replaced Andi Williamson after one inning and eight batters faced. Williamson takes the loss for MU, moving her to 5-8 on the year.
After a four-plus hour rain delay, play resumed in the top of the second as Memphis runners occupied second and third with one out. The Tigers made quick work of the situation after a single to right by Heather Mott scored Shana Brown from third. Memphis then made it a 4-0 lead when Ijah Hargrove came home on a Marshall error in the infield - both runs in the frame went unearned.
Mott went a team-best 3-for-3 at the plate for Memphis, while Phillips was 2-for-3 with one run scored and Hargrove tallied a high three runs in the contest.
Offensive production hit the board again for UM after Hargrove scored her second run of the game, unearned, on a Herd passed ball to add safety in a 5-0 Tigers lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Marshall was able to break up Carly Hummel's shutout in the fourth with a double by Samantha Spurlock to center that was good to score Ashley Gue from second and put the game at 5-1.
The Herd closed the gap at 5-3 with a pair of solo homers in the fifth after a long ball to left field from Alianna Telles, her second home run of the season and 21st of her career. Rebecca Gamby followed with a homer of her own to left, also her 21st of her career and a team-best 10th on the year.
With no outs tallied in the top of the seventh and two runners on, Marshall made an adjustment in the circle calling up Erika Bennett from the bullpen - Bennett faced four batters before the Herd closed the game with Jessica Ferrick on the rubber.
Memphis then went on to score five runs on three hits and one MU miscue, to hold an eventual 10-3 win trough the seventh. Hummel picked up the win, pushing her to 14-4 on the year.
Top hitter for Marshall was Gamby who hit 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored.
The Thundering Herd will resume play on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at noon. Game times are subject to change weather permitting, so fans are encouraged to check back on herdzone.com for updated information concerning Sunday's matchup.