Marshall Takes Two in Saturday Fall Ball Action
Andi Williamson takes no-hitter into the seventh inning in game two
Sept. 29, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A mix of newcomers and returners led Marshall softball to wins over Ohio Valley and Charleston Saturday at Dot Hicks Field.
The Thundering Herd won 5-3 over Ohio Valley and 5-0 against Charleston. The wins were the first for Marshall during its fall exhibition season.
The speedy legs of freshman Kaelynn Greene led of the Marshall offense. The California native had two hits and two stolen bases in each game. Each of her hits was infield singles with three coming via bunts.
Senior pitcher Andi Williamson returned to her dominate ways of the 2012 regular season. The Harts, W.Va. native carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game two before allowing a one out hit to the Golden Eagles’ Janeen Vazquez.
Williamson struck out nine batters and did not walk a UC batter. The first batter to reach base against her did not come until the sixth inning.
Freshman pitcher Brittanie Fowler made her first start of the fall campaign in game one. She worked the first three innings before being relieved by fellow freshman Halie Vance for the final four innings. Vance didn’t allow a run while striking out two.
Marshall’s game one scoring came after OVU scored a run in the top of first to assume an early lead. The Herd put a three spot on the board in its half of the opening inning with Jazmine Valle’s two run single and a suicide squeeze bunt from Alysia Hively to give MU a 3-1 lead.
Greene would single in fellow freshman Katalin Lucas in the next inning to extend the Herd lead to 4-1.
After the Fighting Scots slimed the MU lead to 4-3 in the fourth, Alexandra Bayne, another freshman, scored when OVU committed an error on Bri Anna Hope’s at-bat to extend the lead to the final score of 5-3.
In the second game for the Herd on Saturday, freshman Raquel Escareno single off the pitcher’s glove and up the middle to drive in a run and gave her squad the early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Marshall’s offense exploded in the fifth inning with a four spot on the board. Sophomore Emileigh Cooper had one of her two hits to bring in one run. Seniors Ashley Gue and Valle’s offense resulted in the Herd’s other three runs. Gue had her third hit of the afternoon with a bunt to bring in Greene. Valle drove in her third and fourth runs of day with a single to right field.
The Herd would cruise the remainder of the game for a 5-0 win.
Marshall retakes the field on Sunday with a pair of games with West Virginia State. The games at Dot Hicks Field begin at 1 p.m.