Herd Softball Takes Series over Charlotte in wet Sunday Finale
Aly Harrell drives in three runs, has 30 for the year
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – On a wet, early Sunday morning, the Marshall softball team defeated the Charlotte 49ers 7-5 to win the series. It is the second-straight series win over the 49ers for the Thundering Herd.
Marshall is now 21-22-1 and 10-7-1 in Conference USA. Charlotte falls to 14-28 and 6-12 in conference play.
“Every league game matters and I’m really happy we found a way to secure the series win,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “It is tough to bounce back after you drop game two, but I am proud of the team for battling through an early morning start and wet conditions.
“Before the game we challenged the team to find a way to win, regardless of how we did it. We wanted to make sure we scored early in the game instead of waiting until the last inning.”
The 49ers got on the scoreboard first in the third with three runs. Charlotte recorded three hits and took advantage of two Herd errors to take the early lead.
Marshall responded in the bottom of the third scoring six runs as 11 batters came to the plate. With one out and a runner on first, senior Eloise Tribolet drove a pitch into the right-center gap for her first career triple as freshman Grayson Radcliffe scored. Seniors Elicia D’Orazio and Jordan Colliflower followed with bunt-singles that loaded the bases for freshman Aly Harrell. Harrell delivered with a two RBI single as Tribolet and D’Orazio both scored. The game was tied at 3-3.
The Herd was not done as senior Taylor McCord drove in Colliflower to give Marshall the lead. Junior Briana Daiss hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored junior Abigail Estrada, who had entered the game to run for Harrell. McCord scored the sixth and final run of the inning on a single to center by sophomore Blakely Burch.
“Once Charlotte scored three, the easy thing to do would have been to let down,” coach Steele said. “Not only did we not let down, but we batted around that inning. We don’t usually put together huge innings like that, so our response was incredible.”
The 49ers added two more runs in the fifth to cut the Herd lead to one, 6-5. In the sixth, D’Orazio hit her 11th career triple and then scored as Harrell drove in her third run of the day, 30th of the season. Marshall led by two, 7-5.
Junior Abigail Tolbert finished off the game and earned her 10th win of the season after coming on in relief for sophomore Kailee Williamson in the third. Tolbert pitched 4.2 innings, allowed six hits, two runs and struck out two.
“Tribolet’s triple really sparked some offensive momentum for us and we rode hay in the bottom of the third,” coach Steele said. “We had some really good performances this weekend and received production from 1-9. It was nice not to have to rely on one single person.
“Williamson and Burdette both pitched well in comparison to some recent outings, and Tolbert responded really well to yesterday’s outcome.”
Marshall will finish its seven-game homestand on Wednesday, April 18, against James Madison (RV). The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.
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