Oct. 7, 2012
Game One: Box Score | Box Score
Game Two: Box Score | Box Score
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball’s fall exhibition schedule came to a close Sunday as it swept Ohio 6-5 and 7-2 at Dot Hicks Field in Huntington.
The Thundering Herd had double-digit hits in each game, which was led by senior Ashley Gue who had four on the day and five stolen bases in the second game. Fellow seniors Jazmine Valle and Alysia Hively also were a big factor in the offense on Sunday with four hits each.
In the first game of the afternoon, Marshall found itself in a deep hole after the Bobcats took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth.
After Ohio scored a run in the third and fourth innings, the Bobcats lead grew after Caitlin Colvin sent a deep home run to center field for a five run lead.
The Herd would answer quickly in its half of the fifth. After singles by Gue, Valle and Hively, it was freshman Shaelynn Braxton who delivered with a grand slam over the left center field fence to trim the deficit to one.
Another of the Herd’s freshman would drive in the tying run as Katalin Lucas doubled in newcomer Savanah Webster to equal the score at five each.
Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson threw her best stuff starting in the sixth. The senior sent the Bobcat hitters down in order in the sixth and seventh innings before forcing them to strand runners at second and third in the extra frame.
In the eighth, Emileigh Cooper was able to come up with a two out single through the left side to keep the inning alive. Webster then drove the first pitch she saw to the left center field fence and the speedy Cooper raced around the bags and beat the throw at home to win the game 7-6.
In the day’s second game, the Herd wasted little time to take a lead as the seniors once again stepped up for Marshall. After Gue singled and stole the first of her five bases of the game, Valle doubled in the West Virginia native for an early 1-0 lead.
Ohio was able to knot the score at one in the third, but the Herd respond with a two run inning. Gue was Marshall’s first score as she stole home on a double-steal attempt with Lucas. The second run came when OU mishandled a ball hit by Braxton that allowed Lucas to score on the error.
Marshall put a four spot on the board in the fourth inning and got it started when Taylor Winton was successful at stealing home during another double steal attempt by the Herd. Jessica Ferrick delivered a pinch-hit single to right field to score two and Hively had a double to score Gue that build the MU lead to 7-1.
The Bobcats were able to add one more run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as the Herd was victorious 7-2.
Game two pitching for Marshall came via freshmen Halie Vance and Brittanie Fowler. Vance started and went four innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs. The Texas native struck out four and did not allow a walk. Fowler worked the final three innings and gave up just two hits and struck out two as well.
During the fall season, three seniors Hively, Gue and Valle were the offensive leaders. Hively had the best average at .429, while Gue and Valle tied for the most hits at 10 each. Gue was also was the leader in in stolen bases with eight and runs scored with 10.
Braxton, one of 10 freshman and 11 newcomers altogether for MU, batted .333 with a team high nine runs batted in. She also had two home runs.
In the circle, Marshall’s three pitchers compiled a 2.58 earned run average. Williamson threw 33.2 innings to lead the Herd pitching staff. She compiled a 2.29 ERA while striking out 47 batters. Vance had the lowest ERA at 1.54.
Marshall’s 2013 season, the 20th in program history, begins in February. Be sure to stay tuned to HerdZone.com for more information about the team in the coming months.