HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A no-hitter from Andi Williamson in game one and a walk-off home run by Shaelynn Braxton in game two led Marshall softball to a sweep of West Virginia State Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.
The Thundering Herd won the first game of the fall exhibition doubleheader 3-0 thanks in part to Williamson’s 10 strike out no-hitter. On Saturday, the senior took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Ohio Valley. In Sunday’s game she allowed just two base runners and didn’t walk a batter.
Braxton won the second game of the day with a two out home run that was just a feet fair of the left field line. The freshman finished the game with three hits and had five in total on the afternoon. She also drove in four runs, a team high on the day.
In game one against the Yellow Jackets, Marshall started the game with a two run first inning. A sacrifice fly from Alysia Hively added one run and Braxton had her first hit of the day with a single to drive in a run and 2-0 Herd lead.
State would have runners on base in the fourth inning only. Hannah Griffith would be hit-by-a-pitch and Sabrina Schouten reach on an error to give the Yellow Jackets two on base with one out. Marshall’s defense would rise to the occasion to end the threat and preserve the no-hit bid.
The Herd added its third run in the fifth inning as Hively collected her second RBI of the game when WVSU committed an error and Ashley Gue scored from third on the crack of the bat for a 3-0 lead.
Williamson struck out four in the final two innings, including collecting three in the seventh to win the game and secure the no-hitter.
Game two started out much like the first one of the day. MU put two runs on the board in the first inning again. Gue scored on an error and Jazmine Valle connected for a sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets however were able to get their offense going. WVSU added a run in both the second and third innings as Dee Dee Loftis and Desiree Giffin singled in runs to tie the contest at two apiece.
State would secure its first lead of the afternoon with another run in the fourth inning when the Herd committed a throwing error that allowed WVSU to take a 3-2 lead.
MU was limited on offense by State starting pitcher Sara Pelegreen. She was effective in limiting Herd offensive threats until the seventh inning.
Seniors Valle and Hively kept the final frame alive for Marshall with a two out double and single respectively. Braxton would send the second pitch she saw high in the air down the left field line for a 5-3 Herd walk-off win.
Brittanie Fowler was effective in the circle in relief for MU. She relieved starter Halie Vance and didn’t allow a run in three innings of action. The freshman allowed two hits while striking out two.
On offense Gue finished Sunday with two hits and scored three runs while her fellow seniors Jessica Ferrick, Hively and Valle each collected two hits.
The final set of fall ball games for the Herd is next Sunday. Marshall will welcome Ohio to the Dot for a pair of games starting at 1 p.m.