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Marshall no-hits Ohio Valley in Final Fall Game

Junior Bri Anna Hope was 3-for-3 in MU's win over Morehead State

Oct. 9, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall's softball team wrapped up its fall exhibition season on Sunday with an 8-6 win over Morehead State and a 9-0 win over Ohio Valley on a beautiful afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.

The wins improved the Thundering Herd's record to 6-2. This was Marshall's last game until it opens the 2012 regular season at the Coastal Carolina Tournament on Feb. 10. The Herd's next home contest will be against Kent State on March 2,, 2012 in the opening game of the Marshall Invitational.

Also, Marshall will be hosting its alumni game on Saturday Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. More information on the event will be released later in the week.

Game 1 | Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
In game one of the doubleheader, Marshall used a four-run fourth inning to win 8-6 over Morehead State.

Junior second basemen Bri Anna Hope went 3-for-3, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Herd. Junior Alysia Hively also batted well going 2-for-3. Jazmine Valle, Kaelynn Greene and Aliannass Telles each had a hit and an RBI. The Herd offense out-hit the Eagles 9-8.

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the second inning, Marshall scored three to take a 3-1 lead. Hively jump started the scoring effort with a leadoff double to right field. Ashley Gue pinch ran for Hively and after stealing third base, scored on a single by Valle. Later in the inning, Melissa Loesing scored on a passed ball by catcher Jamie Massaro and Hope touched home on a ball put in play by Jessica Ferrick.

Morehead State scored three in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. However, the Herd responded in the bottom half of the inning scoring four to retake the lead 7-4. In the inning Greene drilled a 3-1 pitch over the center fielder's head for a triple to drive in Valle. With Greene still at third base, senior Jessica Hughes laid down a bunt, but the throw by Massaro was off target to first base and allowed the ball to roll all the way to the right field fence. Hughes circled the bases after the three-base error. She later scored on a ground ball by Telles.

The Herd never trailed after the fourth inning and used a sharp defensive effort to hold on for the win. Junior Andi Williamson pitched six innings and struck out five for the win. Sophomore Natalee Pulver come on in relief and worked a one-two-three inning to pick up the save.

Game 2 | Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
Three Marshall pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Herd offense pounded out 12 hits in the 9-0 win over Ohio Valley.

Senior Erika Bennett, Pulver and junior Jessica Ferrick were collectively one strike away from a perfect game. Pulver walked OVU's Leah Baker in the fifth inning on a 3-2 count.

Bennett picked up the win after striking out six in four innings of work. Pulver worked two innings and struck out two batters, while Ferrick pitched the seventh and recorded one strikeout.

Senior Amanda Lara went 2-for-3 at the plate, drove in a run and scored a run. Freshman Kristina Braxton and senior Melissa Loesing each matched Lara with two hits a piece. Braxton also drove in two runs and Loesing scored twice.

After scoring two runs in the second inning, Marshall had three hits and took advantage of two OVU errors to score three runs and take a 5-0 lead. Senior Jessica Hughes ripped a double to score senior Melissa Loesing from second. Hope later scored on a throwing error by the Scots third baseman Juliana Rushton. The Herd scored its final run of the inning on a throwing error by catcher Elora Oprins as her throw to third base was off target and allowed Hope to steal third and score the game's fifth run.

Marshall continued to pound the OVU pitching staff as it scored three more runs in the third inning. MU added one more in the sixth inning when Braxton singled past the second basemen to score Loesing from third.

The Scots were hurt by four errors and suffered 10 strikeouts at the hands of the Marshall pitching staff.