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Folden Ties C-USA Single-Season Home Run Mark in Herd's 3-1 Win Sunday

April 30, 2006

Box Score

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Marshall's Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) needed only three runs in a complete-game two-hitter, as the Thundering Herd disposed of the Memphis Tigers 3-1 Sunday at Greenbrook Park.

Harter (15-9) earned her second win over the weekend against the Tigers. Harter, who finished with a 9-4 record against Conference USA competition, allowed one run, while striking out one batter.

Jenna Kubesch (12-11) lost for the second time against the Herd this weekend, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings. Kubesch struck out five batters, while walking two.

With the win, the Herd (31-22, 15-9 C-USA) captured its second consecutive C-USA series win and its fifth this season. Marshall, which has clinched a spot in the C-USA Softball Championship, must now await its seed in the tournament. The Herd's bye week is the last weekend of the regular season and its seed will depend on the outcome of the final week of conference play.

Memphis (27-24, 9-11 C-USA) lost its first home conference series of the season, finishing its home schedule with a 12-7 mark.

Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Diamond Bar) finished the day 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run. Folden finished the weekend 7-for-11 with the home run and four RBI.

Freshman Joscelyn Bitner (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne), who went 6-for-7 Saturday, finished the afternoon 0-for-3.

For the first time this weekend, the Herd exploded for a quick start, scoring two runs on three hits in the first inning, taking an early 2-0 lead. With one on and out one, Folden lined a stand-up double to right field. Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) then plated Folden with an RBI single up the middle, giving the Herd a 1-0 lead.



Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) followed with an RBI single through the left side, scoring Folden to extend the Herd's lead to two runs.

Marshall increased its lead to three runs in the third inning thanks to the bat of Folden, who launched her conference single-season-tying 18th home run to right-center field. That blast also gave Folden seven homers in conference-only game, which is one short of the C-USA mark.

Memphis cut the deficit to two runs, 3-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Leila Dolfo's RBI double to the left-center field gap scored Brittany Gooch for the Tigers' first run of the afternoon.

However, Harter retired the side in the seventh inning to preserve the complete-game two-hitter.

With the completion of its regular season schedule, the Marshall Thundering Herd will enjoy a 10-day break from competition to focus on final exams before traveling to Tulsa, Okla., for the 2006 Conference USA Softball Championships. The three-day tournament will be hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex May 11-13. For ticket information, please contact the Tulsa Ticket Office at (918) 631-GoTU (4688).

Marshall 3, Memphis 1 (Apr 30, 2006 at Southaven, Miss.)
Marshall............ 201 000 0 -  3  4  0      (31-22, 15-9 C-USA)
Memphis............. 000 001 0 -  1  2  2      (27-24, 9-11 C-USA)
Pitchers: Marshall - Abigail Harter. Memphis - Jenna Kubesch.
Win-Abigail Harter(15-9)  Loss-Jenna Kubesch(12-11)  T-1:40  A-132