Balanced Offense Leads to Two Wins for Softball over Morehead|
April 18, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball used a balanced offensive attack to score in a multitude of ways to take down Morehead State twice Wednesday.
In game one from Dot Hicks Field, the Thundering Herd (27-18) used a big five run inning to defeat the Eagles (12-29), 10-1 in five innings. While in game two, Marshall rallied from an early deficit and held off a late Morehead State rally attempt to sweep the Wednesday twin bill, 7-4.
“We had everything working for us, the small ball, long ball, and base stealing,” Stanton said about the offensive display Wednesday. “It was a fun day offensively, we were productive and everyone got involved. We were balanced.”
The offensive production for Marshall began in the second inning. Five runs would be put on the scoreboard and was ignited with one of Jessica Hughes’ two hits in the game with a double to left. Alianna Telles followed up her teammate with another double, this time scoring two members of the Herd. Back-to-back singles followed suit and Marshall found itself up 5-0 after the second inning.
Andi Williamson continued her strong season, keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard for all but one inning of play. Morehead did dent the scoreboard for one run in the fourth as Stephanie Etter connected for a leadoff home run and shave the Marshall lead to 7-1 at the time.
The Herd’s lead went to nine in the bottom half of the fourth as Rebecca Gamby delivered her fifth home run of the season to begin the run scoring in the inning. RBI singles from Amanda Lara and Melissa Loesing put MU up 10-1.
Williamson (17-11) stopped the Eagles in the fifth and Marshall picked up the mercy-rule shortened win, 10-1. The junior finished the game with nine strikeouts.
The Herd offense had 13 hits during the first game, with four players picking up two hits each.
The Marshall bats continued their strong performance from game one to game two with Gamby reaching base for the 15th straight game via a single that would score one in the first inning.
The early 1-0 lead for the Herd was quickly erased by Morehead as a two-out error at second allowed two members of the Eagles to score and give MSU their first lead of the day, 2-1.
With little hesitation, The Herd responded with a home run by Alianna Telles that tied the game at two in the bottom of the second. The lead would be back in favor of the Herd when Loesing grounded out to the shortstop but allowed Hughes to score and give MU a 3-2 lead.
After Alysia Hively picked up a RBI in the third, Gamby and Hively each picked up their second RBI for the game with infield groundouts that allowed runners to cross the plate. Jazmine Valle singled to right field which pushed Taylor Thompson across the plate and gave the Herd a 7-2 lead going into the sixth.
Marshall starting pitcher Natalee Pulver was effective for the green and white up until the sixth. Until then, the sophomore allowed just two hits and walked only one. The Eagles though got to her in sixth as Amber Riddle hit a two run homer and narrowed the MU lead to 7-4. Erika Bennett entered in relief one batter later and shutdown MSU for the remainder of the sixth and seventh to give the Herd a 7-4 win.
“In the circle, Andi gave us good stuff in game one, while in the second game we got what we needed from Natalee and Erika was great coming in and shutting the door,” said Stanton.
Pulver was the winning pitcher, improving to 7-6 as Erika Bennett picked up her first save of the season. At the plate, Thompson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Marshall enjoys a weekend out-of-conference Saturday as Longwood visits the Dot for a Saturday doubleheader. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. and will be Little League Softball Day.