Herd Earns Doubleheader Split with Eastern Kentucky Wednesday

April 12, 2006

RICHMOND, Ky. - After a slow start in game one, the Marshall Thundering Herd was able to regroup in game two, earning a non-conference doubleheader split at Eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon.

The Herd (24-18) hit three home runs during the twin bill, increasing its season total to 39 blasts. Marshall needs one more home run to tie the single-season record set last season (40 home runs in 58 games).

Game 1 (Eastern Kentucky 7, Marshall 4)

Game 1 Box Score

Eastern Kentucky (23-18) scored five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back, taking a 7-4 win over the Thundering Herd in game one.

Marshall starting pitcher Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) suffered the loss, enduring her third consecutive rough start. Ralston (12-10) allowed seven runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, while walking four batters and striking out two. Junior Amanda Luers (Dover, Ohio/Dover) scattered four hits in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

EKU starter Kelsey Anderson (13-8) earned the complete-game victory. Anderson allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out five batters in seven innings. Anderson also helped herself offensively, going 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI.

Amanda and Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) accounted for five of the Herd's seven hits in game one. Amanda went 2-for-4 with a home run, while Jessica went 3-for-3.

The Herd cracked the scoreboard first in the opening frame on Amanda Williams' opposite-field solo home run. Williams' sixth blast of the season gave the Herd an early 1-0 advantage.

Eastern Kentucky provided the equalizer in the bottom half of the first inning. After a lead-off walk by Katie Rolf, Amy Mayrhofer reached on a fielder's choice. Both runners advanced to second and third after a fielding error by Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa).

Anderson then plated Rolf with an RBI sacrifice fly to left field, knotting the game at 1-1.

Marshall regained a one-run lead, 2-1, in the third inning. With one out, Williams sent a stand-up double into the left-center field gap. Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) followed with a bunt single in front of the plate. However, Anderson's errant throw to first base allowed Williams to score the go-ahead run.



The Colonels then tied the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. After an Alex Merrell walk, Rolf singled through the right side past a diving Tourville. Two batters later, Anderson plated Rolf on an RBI single to center field.

EKU scored five runs in the fourth to take its first lead of the afternoon - a commanding 7-2 advantage. Keri Macinsky's solo home run to left field gave the Colonels a one-run lead. Four batters later, Mayrhofer singled home Pam Webber to give EKU a two-run lead.

Anderson then cleared the bases with a three-run home run to left field, handing the Colonels the five-run lead.

The Herd cut the Colonels' lead to three runs, 7-4, on Leigh Wintter's (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) two-run home run in the seventh. However, the Herd was unable to push across any more runs as Williams grounded out to end the inning.

Eastern Kentucky 7, Marshall 4 (Apr 12, 2006 at Richmond, Ky.) (Game 1)
Marshall............ 101 000 2 -  4  7  2      (23-18)
Eastern Kentucky.... 101 500 X -  7  9  1      (23-17)
Pitchers: Marshall - Veronica Ralston; Amanda Luers(4). Eastern Kentucky - Kelsey Anderson.
Win-Kelsey Anderson(13-8)  Loss-Veronica Ralston(12-10)  T-1:39  A-100

Game 2 (Marshall 7, Eastern Kentucky 4)

Game 2 Box Score

The Herd offense exploded for seven runs in the first three innings to take a 7-4 win over the Colonels in game two.

Luers (2-0) earned her second win of the season in relief, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings. Game two starter Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) was dealt the no-decision, allowing one hit in three innings of work.

Eastern Kentucky's Kalyn Fox (9-8) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on five hits 2 1/3 innings. Shelby Thompson pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run on four hits.

Wintter went 1-for-3 with a two RBI, while Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Marshall surpassed its game one run production in just the first inning. The Herd scored five runs on four hits in the opening inning to take a quick 5-0 lead.

Amanda Williams and Mitchell led off the Herd attack with back-to-back singles. Folden followed with an RBI single that plated Williams for a 1-0 lead. Mitchell later scored on a wild pitch on a Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) swinging strike three.

Three batters later, Wintter's two-RBI double down the left field line plated pinch runners Rachael Sofie (Everett, Wash./Cascade) and Joscelyn Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne). Jessica Williams later scored on an errant throw by EKU catcher Jaimey Kleinsmith, giving the Herd a 5-0 lead.

The Herd added two runs in the third inning, extending its lead to 7-0. With one out, Tourville hit a solo home run over the left field fence. Later in the inning, Gina Guzzo (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) scored Wintter with an RBI single to center field.

Eastern Kentucky finally cracked the scoreboard in the fifth inning, pushing across three runs to cut the Herd's lead to 7-3. After Macinsky drew a lead-off walk, Webber and Thompson registered back-to-back singles to load the bases. Merrell followed with a higher chopping single over the glove of Luers, scoring Macinsky.

Rolf followed with an RBI single to left field plating Webber for the Colonels' second run. Thompson then scored on a Jessica Williams' fielding error, cutting the Herd's lead to four runs.

Marshall 7, Eastern Kentucky 4 (Apr 12, 2006 at Richmond, Ky.) (Game 2)
Marshall............ 502 000 0 -  7  9  1      (24-18)
Eastern Kentucky.... 000 030 1 -  4  8  2      (23-18)
Pitchers: Marshall - Abigail Harter; Amanda Luers(4). Eastern Kentucky - Kalyn Fox; Shelby Thompson(3).
Win-Amanda Luers(2-0)  Loss-Kalyn Fox(9-8)  T-1:51  A-100

The Marshall Thundering Herd begins its eight-game home stand this weekend when it hosts Houston for a three-game Conference USA series at Dot Hicks Field. A 3 p.m. (EDT) doubleheader is set for Friday, followed by a 10 a.m. (EDT) single game Saturday.

Fans can catch all the live action on WMUL 88.1 FM or log onto the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul. Live stats will also be available at www.HerdZone.com.