Tulsa Spoils Senior Day with 4-2 Victory over Herd Sunday

April 23, 2006

Box Score

HUNTINGTON - Tulsa scored four runs in the opening three innings and was able to hold off a late-inning rally, taking a 4-2 win over the Marshall Thundering Herd Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.

With the loss, the Herd (29-21, 13-8 C-USA) snapped a five-game home winning streak. The win propelled the Golden Hurricane (28-17, 12-6 C-USA) back into first place in the Conference USA standings.

Marshall finished its 19-game home schedule with a 15-4 (.789) record, which tied a school record for most home victories in a single season. The Herd ended its eight-game home stand with a 5-3 mark.

Prior to the game, the Herd honored its seven seniors - Noelle Adams (Wheeling, W.Va./The Linsly School), Courtney Kacenga (Sierra Vista, Ariz./Buena), Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills), Sara Spenia (Las Vegas, Nev./Durango), Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison), Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) and Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) - during Senior Day festivities.

Amanda Williams recorded the lone multi-hit performance for the Herd, going 2-for-4 with her conference-leading 22nd double. Wintter went 1-for-3, while Spenia went 1-for-2.

Kelli McGlasson paced the Golden Hurricane offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brooke Smart went 1-for-3 with a lead-off home run.

Ralston (13-12) was dealt the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings. Ralston struck out three batters, while walking three more in her home finale. Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) allowed one hit and struck out four batters in 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.



Tulsa's Julie Fennell (10-6) earned the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits in the complete-game victory. Fennell struck out a game-high six batters, while walking three.

The Golden Hurricane struck first in the opening inning and only gained momentum from there. Smart's lead-off home run in the first inning gave the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.

Tulsa added another run in the second inning, increasing its early lead to 2-0. After a McGlasson single to left-center field, Jessica Barr singled and advanced to second on a Kacenga fielding error. The miscue allowed McGlasson to score from first.

Tulsa doubled its lead in the third inning. With two on and two out, McGlasson plated Smart and Julie Shafer with a two-RBI double to right-center field, giving the Golden Hurricane a 4-0 cushion.

Marshall finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third. Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif./Ponderosa) scored Adams with an RBI single to center field, cutting the deficit to 4-1. Wintter was thrown out at home attempting to score from second.

The Herd would add another run in the sixth, trimming the Tulsa lead to 4-2. Gina Guzzo (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) reached on a fielding error by Stephanie Chomicki to lead off the inning. After Tourville was hit by a pitch, Spenia loaded the bases with a single to right field.

J.J. Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) then reached on a fielder's choice, which allowed Guzzo to score. However, Amanda Williams hit into a double play, ending the Herd's scoring threat.

The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to action Tuesday, when it travels to Morehead, Ky., to face the Morehead State Eagles for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The Herd will then close out the regular season with a three-game C-USA series at Memphis April 29-30.

Tulsa 4, Marshall 2 (Apr 23, 2006 at Huntington, W.Va.)
Tulsa............... 112 000 0 -  4  5  2      (28-17, 12-6 C-USA)
Marshall............ 001 001 0 -  2  7  1      (29-21, 13-8 C-USA)
Pitchers: Tulsa - Fennell. Marshall - Veronica Ralston; Abigail Harter(3).
Win-Fennell(10-6)  Loss-Veronica Ralston(13-12)  T-1:53  A-309