Marshall Softball Wins Two over Ohio|
April 29, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio - The Marshall University softball team picked up a pair of road wins beating Ohio University in the team's final nonconference games Wednesday at Ohio Softball Field.
The Thundering Herd (29-17) destroyed the ball in game one in route to a 12-0 win and the Bobcats (21-22) took an early lead in game two before Marshall battled back to a 3-1 victory. With the wins, the team improves to 19-9 in nonconference match-ups.
"This was a great way to start our road swing this week," head coach Shonda Stanton. "In game one we had solid pitching, great defense and spread the ball all over the field and game two we got out to a slow start but managed nine hits. It's great to see how we're hitting the ball and I couldn't be more pleased with what I saw today."
With just one weekend left in the regular season, the team will head off to Texas for a three-game series against Houston. The doubleheader is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. EST and a single game Sunday at the same time. Gametracker will be available for all contests.
Senior Joscelyn Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va.) started things off in the first drawing a walk before junior Caitlyn Jackson (Ontario, Calif.) blasted a two-run homer to centerfield off the scoreboard. The home run was Jackson's first of the year.
Marshall continued to rip the ball in the second as the team plated six runs on four hits including two home runs. Senior Kelly Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.) led off the inning with a solo shot to center.
Junior Marcena Bertoldo (Beaumont, Calif.) walked and freshman Melissa Loesing (Grapevine, Texas) reached on a fielder's choice before Freshman Alianna Telles (Sylmar, Calif.) then hammered her seventh home run of the year.
The inning continued as Bitner reached on an error by the shortstop and coming into score as Jackson doubled to center field. Jackson then came home safely as sophomore Melanie Stoehr (Tacoma, Wash.) also doubled.
Nielson was then walked before Bertoldo was hit by a pitch giving her 12 on the year and the school career record with 36 in just three seasons. She owns the single season record with 16 as a freshman.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the third giving the Herd an 11-0 edge through two and a half innings. Loesing started things with a single and scored as Telles tripled to right center.
Telles came home on a sacrifice fly by Bitner before Jackson and Stoehr hit back-to-back doubles again scoring Jackson. Senior Rachael Sofie (Everett, Wash.) hit a solo shot and her fifth on the year pushing the lead to 12-0.
In the circle, junior Katie Murphree (Tallahassee, Fla.) pitched four innings allowing two hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Rachel Rillo (Oxnard, Calif.) entered the game in the fifth to close out the game. Murphree improves to 12-6.
The 12 runs scored in game one is a season high for Marshall and three different players finished with multiple hits. Telles and Jackson finished 3-for-4 with a home run each and a combined seven RBIs and Stoehr went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Bobcats bounced back early in the second game going up 1-0 in the bottom of the first as Shalene Petrich singled to start the contest and advanced to second on a strikeout by Jordan Paden because of a passed ball.
Melissa Bonner then singled in the three spot to centerfield scoring Petrich who narrowly beat out a play at the plate. Ohio would load the bases but the Herd escaped with just giving up the one run and two hits.
After a rough first inning, senior Autumn Mitchell (Shady Spring, W.Va.) got back on track picking up the complete game win for her 11th victory this season with six strikeouts.
In the fourth, Marshall recaptured the lead as Stoehr drew a walk and freshman Rebecca Gamby (Mount Victory, Ohio) hit a shot to left center taking a 2-1 advantage. The home run was the seventh on the year for Gamby tying her with Telles.
The Herd tacked on another run in the sixth as Gamby reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Bertoldo singled to left allowing Gamby to come in from second.
In the second game Bitner, Stoehr and Gamby all went 2-for-3. Gamby also picked up two RBIs and two runs.