April 29, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Marshall was unable to secure a series win and was defeated by East Carolina, 3-0 Sunday as the Pirates took the series from softball two games to one.
With the loss, MU falls to 31-20 on the year and 12-9 in Conference USA. ECU improves to 23-26 and 9-11 in conference play. The Thundering Herd will wrap up the regular season with UCF next weekend.
“Give ECU credit they made outstanding plays in the field and capitalized on our mistakes,” said head coach Shonda Stanton.
After three scoreless innings between the two squads, the Pirates finally broke through with two runs in the fourth. Two MU errors allowed back-to-back ECU batters to reach. Those mistakes would doom the Herd as Kai Clark delivered a two RBI single for a 2-0 Pirate lead.
East Carolina extended their lead the following inning as Suzanne Riggs’ double to the outfield that pushed one run across and a 3-0 Pirate lead.
Marshall’s offense struggled all day with runners on base. In the fourth Bri Anna Hope and Jessica Hughes both had two out singles. It looked as though the Herd would strike but a hard liner off of Alysia Hively’s bat was snagged by the ECU second baseman, ending the threat.
The Pirates starting pitcher, Sarah Christian (17-15) stymied Marshall for the second game in a row. After picking up the game two victory Saturday, she handcuffed the Herd bats by allowing just six hits and walking one to pick up the win.
Andi Williamson (20-12) suffered the loss for the green and white. Only one of her runs allowed was earned and she struck out seven during the contest.
“On offensive we had some hard solid contact at people, but three mistakes on the base paths and our lack of plate patience prevented scoring opportunities,” said Stanton after the game.
Alianna Telles had two hits to lead the offensive attack for Marshall. Taylor Thompson and Melissa Loesing had the other Herd hits.
The regular season wraps for Marshall next weekend when UCF visits Dot Hicks Field. Saturday’s action, beginning at 1 p.m. will be a doubleheader and be the NFCA Strikeout Cancer game. Sunday’s single game will include ceremonies for the squad’s seven seniors. Action starts at noon.