May 1, 2013
MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Marshall softball team (30-19, 11-9 C-USA) traveled to Morehead, Ky. and took away their 30th season victory against the Morehead State Eagles (24-20, 10-12 Ohio Valley) at University Field on Wednesday, May 1. The Thundering Herd’s seniors played remarkably, being responsible for five of Marshall’s nine total hits on the day and recorded the only Marshall RBIs of the game.
Senior Alysia Hively (1-for-3) and Jazmine Valle (1-for-4) rocketed one over the fences – both sit in new slots in the Marshall record books. Hively has moved into sixth place with 23 career homers and Valle slides into the fourth place spot with 28 career long balls – one behind Rebecca Gamby (29), who sits in third place. Hively is one away from tying Valle, as well as former player Leigh Winter, who both stand in eighth place with 10 single-season homers.
The Herd came out of the gates charging, putting a run on the board in the first inning. Freshman Kaelynn Greene (3-for-4) reached base on an infield hit and advanced base on Ashley Gue’s (1-for-3) 13th sacrifice hit of the season. Greene continued rounding the bases, tagging third on an Eagles error and crossing the dish on a first and third steal attempt that put a run on the board and recorded the third out.
Senior Andi Williamson surrendered a leadoff hit to Morehead’s lead off Adrena Anderson, but back-to-back outs, followed by a Williamson strikeout ended the inning.
Hively stepped up to the plate and smashed her ninth homer of the season out of University Field to leadoff the second inning and extend the Marshall lead to 2-0. Senior Bri Anna Hope (2-for-3) reached first safely on a single and robbed the Eagles of second base, but was left stranded as the next three of Marshall’s lineup were unable to put the ball in play.
Williamson and the Herd were able to keep the Eagles off the board in the second, and returned to the plate in the third inning ready to attack.
After a lead-off single from Greene, who took her place on third base with the aid of a stolen base and throwing error, Gue singled and advanced to second base with no attempt by the Eagles to throw her out. With no outs in the inning, Valle stepped up to the dish and crushed her fifth long ball of the season to extend the Marshall lead to 5-0. The next two of Marshall’s squad grounded out to short stop, and although Hope singled, she was left stranded on base after a strikeout recorded the third out of the inning.
Marshall was scoreless through the rest of the game, but the Eagles were able to put a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth, when a two-out, sun-ball allowed a previous walked batter to cross the plate. Williamson struck out the following batter to end the sixth inning, and in the seventh, she and the Herd held down the Eagles to secure the 5-1 victory.
Marshall will return to action May 4-5 for their last home-weekend of the season against UTEP. The seniors will be honored on Sunday, as it is their last time on Dot Hicks Field, but not before enjoying a pink game on Saturday.