Herd Splits Day Two in Tampa|
Feb. 9, 2013
TAMPA, Fla.-Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson hurled her first no-hitter as the Herd knocked off Florida Atlantic 3-1 before falling 2-1 in its second game on the second day of competition of the USF-Demarini Tournament.
The Herd is now 1-3 on the season.
In the first game, left fielder Kaelynn Greene, center fielder Ashley Gue, right fielder Shaelynn Braxton, third baseman Jazmine Valle and shortstop Raquel Escareno all registered hits, while second baseman Alexandra Bayne's sacrifice fly to left gave the Herd a sixth-inning insurance run. Greene, Gue and Braxton scored Marshall's three runs.
All three of the Herd's stolen bases, two by Gue and one by Greene, came in the first inning, which helped the team score all the runs it would need in support of a historic performance by Williamson (1-2). The Harts, W.Va. native tossed what is believed to be the program's first no-hitter in at least a decade, allowing just an unearned run and two walks while striking out six.
The Herd's aggressiveness on the basepaths paid off again in the first inning as Gue scored from third when Samford tried, unsuccessfully, to throw out Bri Anna Hope stealing second base. Marshall ended the first inning with four stolen bases in total.
Marshall pitcher Halie Vance (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs in an inning and a third with one hit and three walks to go with a strikeout. Williamson came on in relief and gave the Herd four and two-thirds shutout innings, yielding four hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.
The Herd will face FAU, a member of Conference USA beginning next season, at 11:15 ET in its final game of the tournament.