The Herd and Pirates Split Saturday Action
Rubber match scheduled for Sunday at noon
April 28, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Alianna Telles collected four hits, two in each game and Marshall softball took game one against East Carolina before falling in the second contest.
Andi Williamson picked up her 20th win of the season as the Thundering Herd (30-19, 12-8 C-USA) blanked the Pirates 8-0, in a six inning, mercy run-ruled game one contest. ECU (22-26, 8-11 C-USA) took an early lead and withstood a last gasp rally from Marshall to split Saturday action, 3-2.
“In game one we were in control which included Andi getting her 20th win by pitching well and so many people contributing offensively, said Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton. “Game two was a missed opportunity that we will look back at in the seasons end. We showed great fight in the end but we weren’t able to be efficient at the plate during the game to get the win.”
Marshall began its scoring in the third inning as Ashley Gue’s two out single plated two of her teammates for an early 2-0 lead. Another run came in the third as Rebecca Gamby connected for one of her three hits to score a run and build the Herd lead to 3-0.
The largest run total for Marshall came in the fifth with Telles connecting for one of her two hits in the game to begin action. Jazmine Valle hit one of her two doubles of the contests that drove in Telles and Melissa Loesing to extend the lead. A double by Gamby and a single by Alysia Hively would each score a run and give the Herd a 7-0 in the fifth inning.
Six of the Herd’s eight runs came with two outs, including all four in the fifth inning.
Williamson would keep a no hit effort in tact through the fifth inning. After Taylor Thompson scored on a wild pitch adding to her team’s lead, Williamson went into the sixth looking to complete her first career no-hitter. She would record one out before Jill Jelnick reached first on an infield single past the Herd pitcher. The hit didn’t faze the junior and she capped off an 8-0 win in a six inning, run ruled shorten game.
The win gave Williamson (20-11) 20 wins on the year. She becomes the fifth pitcher in Marshall softball history to have a 20 win season. Courtney Smith went the distance and took the loss.
After being one hit in the first contest, East Carolina was able to connect for their first hit in the first inning which resulted in the Pirates taking a 2-0 lead. Jordan Lewis hit a two out single to plate the two runs.
ECU extended their lead in the next inning with a Krisiti Oshiro RBI single up the middle to put the Pirates on top 3-0 after two innings of play.
After the third pirate run, the Herd turned to Erika Bennett, who replaced starter Natalee Pulver. The senior shutdown the Pirates in her four innings of work, holding them off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.
In the seventh, Marshall would make a valiant effort to erase the three run deficit. Singles by Jessica Hughes and Bri Anna Hope started off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners over a base and a second out, Telles smacked a double off the right field wall to narrow the lead to one. Gue would single; go to second on the throw while Telles advanced to third. Valle came up next and hit a screamer to third, but the Pirate third baseman snagged it and secured the win for ECU, 3-2.
“At this point in the season we know that every pitch and every game matters,” said Stanton. “Tomorrow we need to come out and make our adjustments sooner.”
The two squads will meet up for the deciding game of the weekend on Sunday at noon. Be sure to visit HerdZone.com for live stats, live video, and the in-game chat.