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Miscues Hurt Herd in 11-6 Loss to UK

Senior Alysia Hively led the Herd offense with two RBI

Sept. 16, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A plethora of runs from Kentucky and four errors by Marshall were too much for the Thundering Herd softball team as it fell to the Wildcats 11-6 Sunday from Dot Hicks Field.

The game was the first of eight exhibition games scheduled for the the Herd this fall.

Kentucky put a five spot on the board in the game’s first inning, thanks in part to two errors by the Herd. Marshall also had two wild pitches in the first, both assisting in UK runs.

The Herd would be able to answer the guests in the bottom of the first with one run as Ashley Gue scored on Alysia Hively’s successful suicide squeeze attempt.

MU was able to bring the game to a one run contest in the fourth as it hung a three spot on the scoreboard. It was three freshmen that drove in their first runs in the green and white to slim their team’s deficit. Katalin Lucas had a sacrifice fly while Alyssa Cook added a single to bring a run across. Raquel Escareno’s bases loaded walk added the third run of the inning to slim the UK lead to 5-4.

The Wildcats however were able to extend their lead in the sixth and seventh innings with six more runs. In the sixth Sylver Samuel doubled in a run while another Marshall miscue, this time a passed ball put UK up 7-4.

Kentucky placed four on the board in the top half of the seventh thanks in large part Christian Stokes’ bases clearing double for three of the runs. The fourth and final error by the Herd would result in the 11th run for UK and a 11-4 lead.

Marshall added two runs in the bottom of the seventh with Hively’s second RBI of the game. The second run came when Shaelynn Braxton, the fourth freshman of the game to register a RBI, connected for a single. Her hit would put the final score at 11-6.

Both squads used three pitchers. Andi Williamson started for the Herd and pitched six innings while newcomers Brittanie Fowler and Halie Vance closed out the game. UK’s trio of pitchers began with Lauren Cumbess, the Wildcats top returning pitcher, throwing three innings.

Marshall is back on the field Sept. 25 as it goes against the NPF all-stars at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Fans can save $2 by purchasing tickets advance from the West Virginia Power box office. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. and additional events are planned before the game. Check for more information about the contest.