Herd Plundered by Pirates
Marshall will not see conference action for a week, returning to it at UAB April 27-28.
April 14, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall (27-17, 11-7 C-USA) lost to East Carolina (18-24, 8-7 C-USA) 10-3 on Sunday, April 14 to be swept away for the second time this season. The Thundering Herd was last brushed away by No. 17/21 Tulsa March 9-10.
The Pirates held the Herd to five hits, three of which were for RBIs, and forced four Marshall errors in the series finale.
Picking up where they left off on Saturday, East Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run off the bat of Jordan Lewis – her third homer of the series. A grand slam from Kai Clark added to a two-out, two-run second inning that stretched the lead to 8-0. East Carolina sent 11 batters to the plate in the second, scoring six runs on four hits and capitalizing on one error.
After being held hitless and scoreless for the first two innings, senior Ashley Gue (2-for-3) delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third to get the Herd on the board and cut the deficit by one, 8-1. Gue’s single allowed freshman Katalin Lucas to score, who had previously reached on a walk, but Marshall left two runners in scoring position to end the inning.
The next two innings were scoreless, with Marshall turning an inning-ending double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, East Carolina took advantage of two Marshall errors and scored two runs to extend its lead to 10-1.
With the mercy rule threatening in the bottom of the sixth, senior Alysia Hively (1-for-3) delivered a two-run homer, her eighth long ball of the season, to keep the Herd alive. The homer scored freshman Shaelynn Braxton, who had reached on a fielders’ choice.
The Herd held ECU scoreless in the top of the final inning, before pinch hitter and senior Jessica Ferrick (1-for-1) smashed a two-out solo home run in the bottom half of the seventh to cut the Pirates’ lead to 10-4. A walk and single kept the rally going, but unfortunately, it came up short, leaving the final score at 10-4.
Gue was able to add another stolen base to her season (26) and career (102), putting her one behind No. 2 Jessica Hughes who had 103 in her career at Marshall.
The Herd returns to action on Wednesday, April 17 with a doubleheader at Ohio. The games are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.