April 25, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jazmine Valle drove in four runs, including her 10th home run of the season as Marshall softball picked up win number 30 of the season with a 6-2 win over Wright State.
Andi Williamson (19-11) pitched six shutout innings as the Thundering Herd (30-18) won its fifth straight game. She struck out eight and walked one batter and now has the second most strikeouts in a season with 219.
"I am really proud of these girls," said head coach Shonda Stanton. "I'm proud of our veteran group that has helped us cruise through these last five games. "
The run scoring began in the second inning as a throwing error by the Wright State (20-27) first baseman allowed Taylor Thompson to score. The Herd extended its lead in the following inning as Valle picked up two of her four RBI with a single to center to put MU up 3-0.
Thompson finished the afternoon with two runs scored in a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
Marshall scored for the third consecutive inning with one of Alianna Telles' two hits to extend its lead to 4-0. Valle picked up RBI three and four in the fifth inning as she delivered a two run blast to right field to put the Herd up 6-0.
Williamson exited the game in favor of Erika Bennett to begin the seventh. The Raiders were able to strike for their first runs in the inning when, down to its final out, they received singles from China Frost and Kacie Rapshus that each drove in a run to narrow the Marshall lead to 6-2.
Natalee Pulver was summoned from the bullpen to close out the game and that she did on the next batter to preserve the Herd win. Williamson picked up the win while Pulver got her second save of the season.
"Natalee did a good job of closing things out after Bennett was able to secure two outs," said Stanton.
Wednesday's game wraps up the non-conference portion of Marshall's schedule. East Carolina and UCF remain on the Herd's Conference USA schedule. The Herd travels to ECU for a three game set starting Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The series concludes with a Sunday game at noon.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into conference play this weekend. Once we go on the road this weekend it will be nice to have the fans come out to help us wrap up the season and honor our seven seniors."