April 14, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University softball team (22-22) rallied to a 5-4, nine-inning victory against the Wright State Raiders (13-22-1) in game one on Wednesday afternoon. The Thundering Herd captured the sweep with a 9-4 victory in game two of the doubleheader.
“The reason we have been successful these past two days is because of putting the ball in play,” said head coach Shonda Stanton. “It is about on-base percentage and we were also able to steal 10 bases today. Anytime you are able to do that, you are going to have runners in scoring position and we were able to get that clutch hit.”
In game one, Marshall would take a 1-0 advantage in the second after Jessica Hughes was brought home on a Melanie Stoehr single to left center.
The Thundering Herd would stretch the lead to 3-0 in the third after Taylor Thompson scored on a Jazmine Valle single through the left side. Marcena Bertoldo, who reached after being hit, would then come home on a sacrifice fly by Alianna Telles.
WSU tied it at 3-3 in the fourth with a three-run homer by Katie Kine. The score would stay knotted until the Raiders would score a fourth run in the eighth.
Taking advantage of the international tie-breaker rule, the Herd would plate Stoehr – who was placed on second at the top of the inning. Caitlyn Jackson would record the RBI on the short single to center field to push the game into the ninth frame tied at 4-4.
Jackson finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI while Valle chipped in to go 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Marshall would come up with the 5-4 win in the ninth after the Herd loaded the bases with one out and Bertoldo crossed the plate in a Telles at-bat.
Jackson (5-9) registered the win after closing with 5.1 innings under her belt and three strikeouts. Katie Murphree came out of the circle after 3.2 innings and four strikeouts.
Wright State used four pitchers in the loss, with Melanie Heyne (5-11) going down as the pitcher of record in 5.0 innings worked.
Game two saw WSU lead off with four runs to light up the scoreboard in the first inning. MU would chip away at the Raider lead in the bottom of the frame as Bertoldo and Rebecca Gamby came home on a Valle double to right field to put the game at 4-2 heading out of the first.
MU would take a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Bertoldo reached by way of walk to push around a bases loaded situation and score Stoehr. Two batters later, Valle would bring home Jackson on a single to left. Hughes got the final RBI of the inning with an infield single that plated Bertoldo.
Valle finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate, while notching four RBI.
“Jazmine is a huge producer for us,” Stanton said. “She is stepping up and I like what I see out of her.”
The Herd would tack on three more runs in the sixth to eventually win the game 9-4, after Bri Anna Hope scored on an error, Samantha Spurlock came home on a passed ball and Gamby crossed the plate in an Alysia Hively at-bat.
Spurlock was 2-for-2 at the dish with two runs scored.
“Slappers again did a great job,” said Stanton. “They all had their opportunities today and they came through at putting the ball in play.”
Murphree would tally the win with a seven-strikeout performance, pushing her record to 14-12. The senior came in for relief as Jackson left the circle after 1.0 innings worked.
WSU saw Sharon Palma and Allison Cox share time in the circle, with Cox (3-3) being the pitcher of record after 1.2 innings of work. Palma logged 4.1 innings during the game, as she was the starting pitcher and would later reenter in the sixth to close the game.
Marshall softball will host Dayton, in its final non-conference match of the season, on Sunday in a doubleheader that is slated to begin at 1 p.m.