April 11, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball exploded on offense en route to two mercy run rule games against Ohio Wednesday from Dot Hicks Field.
In game one, the Thundering Herd (24-16) collected a season high runs (17), hits (16), and runs batted in (17) to grab a 17-6 victory from the Bobcats (15-20). 17 runs tie the single-game record for Marshall while 17 RBI's shatters the previous game mark by three. In the second half of the doubleheader, the Herd continued its offensive onslaught by scoring ten times and shutting out Ohio for a 10-0 win.
"Offensively, we are getting production up and down our line-up," said Herd head coach Shonda Stanton. "We have been consistent in our line-up with different kids stepping up and everyone getting in on the action. We were selective and discipline at the plate today, and that makes a big difference."
Ohio jumped out on MU very quickly by plating two runs off a Raven King two out home run. Marshall though responded quickly when Alysia Hively provided her own two out home run, this time a three run shot that put Marshall up 3-2 after the first frame. The Bobcat offense though kept moving along as Chelsea Hortman connected for a home run to put OU up 4-3 in the second.
The Herd bats began to crush the ball in the fourth. After two RBI singles to put MU back on top, Hively delivered her second home run of the day, this time a grand slam for a 9-4 Herd lead. Alianna Telles drew a walk which drove in her second run of the inning to finish the fourth and put MU in front, 10-4.
Hively finished the contest with seven RBI's, a new single-game record for a Herd softball player.
The Bobcats were able to make the contest a little closer when they scored two more runs in the top of the fifth and bring the Marshall lead down to four runs, 10-6.
However, another seven run inning would follow in the fifth and was started with a Jazmine Valle
double to score one. Following a bases loaded walk to plate a run, pinch Jessica Ferrick
headed to the dish. Marshall, only needing one run to cap off a mercy rule game, got more than one as Ferrick blasted a grand slam over center field to cap off the Herd victory, 17-6.
"It was a monster day offensively for us. Hively and Ferrick both came up huge for us with the grand slams," said Stanton.
Natalee Pulver went the distance in the circle to earn the win, improving to 6-5 on the season. Kaylin Clarke suffered the loss for Ohio, falling to 3-5.
The Herd kept the run explosion rolling in game two when it scored four runs in the first inning. After two back-to-back walks moved two runs across, Samantha Spurlock had one of her two hits in the game to drive in a run. Hope would ground out but drive in a run and put her squad up 4-0 in the first.
Marshall plated two more runs in the third inning and followed that up with a four run fourth to extend its lead to ten runs. Spurlock had her second hit of the afternoon which drove in two of her teammates in the fourth and Hively and Valle would score from a Jessica Hughes RBI then subsequent Ohio error to give the Herd a 10-0 lead.
Erika Bennett (3-1) was solid for Marshall from the rubber. The junior pitched her best game of the year by going the distance, allowing just four hits and walking two batters. Caitlin Colvin took the loss of OU, falling to 3-4 on the season.
"It was great to see Sam step up big for us in game two with her two hits and three RBI's." Stanton concluded after the games. "Bennett was huge for us in game two as well."
"Today was a great confidence booster for us heading into the weekend match-up with Tulsa."
Next up for the Herd will be the first place Tulsa Golden Hurricanes for a three game set starting on Saturday. Games one and two of the series will get underway from Dot Hicks Field at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, while the final match-up happening at noon Sunday.