May 2, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With rain pushing back Sunday’s start time, the Marshall University softball team (24-27-1, 3-17-1 C-USA) would take the field against Houston only to register a 4-4 tie after the game was called during the sixth inning due to a pre-determined game-stop time of 2 p.m.
In the top of the first inning, Houston (28-22-1, 12-10-1 C-USA) would tally a run off a Melissa Gregson double to right center to score Ashleigh Jones.
The Thundering Herd answered right back in the bottom of the frame with Jazmine Valle hitting a bomb over the left field fence to score Alianna Telles and Caitlyn Jackson, giving the Herd a 3-0 lead with no outs.
UH would then replace Bailey Watts in the circle with Amanda Crabtree - Watts left the game after facing three batters.
Ashley Gue made it a 4-1 MU advantage as she scored from third on an attempted suicide squeeze.
“Gue came in and did a great job swiping second and third and then scoring on the failed squeeze attempt,” said head coach Shonda Stanton.
The Cougars would chip away at the lead after Brooke Lathan homered to left center to close the gap at 4-2 in the top of the second.
In the third, Katy Beth Sherman led off with a triple and then scored in the next at-bat on a Marshall illegal pitch. Houston would even the score with a homer by Jennifer Klinkert to make it a 4-4 ball game.
Marshall brought in Jackson to get the final out of the inning, as Katie Murphree left the game after 2.2 innings pitched and two strikeouts.
“I was pleased how we came out and made the adjustments from yesterday in the first inning to chase their start and go up 4-1,” said Stanton. “I am disappointed in giving up the lead and our inability to continue scoring.”
Both relievers, Jackson and Crabtree, would finish the remainder of the contest but none of the four who saw time in the circle would go down as the pitcher of record due to the 4-4 tie.
Jackson finished the game striking out three in 3.1 innings pitched while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored.
Marshall will close the 2010 regular season in a three-game conference series against Tulsa on May 8th and 9th at Dot Hicks Field. The Herd will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. and play a single game Sunday starting at noon. MU softball will celebrate senior day on Sunday prior to the start of the noon contest.