Softball Takes Two at ECU
MU v. Delaware Box Score
MU v. Liberty Box Score
GREENVILLE, N.C. Ė The Marshall softball team swept on day one of the East Carolina Pirate Clash, downing Delaware, 3-0, and Liberty, 6-5, Friday afternoon.
Marshall 3, Delaware 0
Randi Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.) hurled a two-hitter en route to a 3-0 win on Friday morning against the University of Delaware at the East Carolina Pirate Clash.
Marshall (7-6), with the win, snapped a three-game losing skid dating back to the Auburn Tiger Invitational. Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) got on via an error on the DU shortstop and advanced to second on the same play. A pair of wild pitches gave Marshall its first run of the game.
Noelle Adams (Wheeling, W.Va.) singled to start off the third inning and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for the top of the Herd order. Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) delivered as she ran out an infield single and advanced to second on an error as Adams crossed home for a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh, Deanna Tourville (Rescue, Calif.) led off with a single and was scored by a J. Williams bunt to give Marshall another insurance run and push the score to 3-0.
Carolyn Sloat took the loss for Delaware (2-5). Nielson is now 3-4 after striking out seven without allowing a walk in the complete game effort.Gina Guzzo (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the Marshall offense with a pair of hits, including a double. MU out-hit the Blue Hens, 11-2.
Marshall 6, Liberty 5
After scattering 11 hits in game one on Friday, the Herd wasted little time getting on the board in the second game of the day, tallying four hits and four runs in the second frame on the way to a 6-5 win against the Liberty Flames.
In the bottom of the second inning, Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga.) doubled to start off the frame and Guzzo garnered a walk as runners stood at first and third. Pinch-running for Guzzo, Adams swiped second and an infield hit by Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga.) put the bases loaded with one down. Courtney Kacenga (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) then drew a walk to score Wintter for the first run of the game. A wild pitch scored Adams and a two-RBI double by A. Williams pushed the lead to four. The Herd batted around the order in the second.
Terra Lowe took over pitching duties for Liberty (4-2) after Sarah Swor gave up four hits, four walks and four runs in the first two innings.
Jessica Moore hit a two-run home run off Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore.) in the top of the fifth to cut the Herdís lead in half.
Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif.) doubled to begin MUís portion of the fifth. She took third after Wintter reached on an error by Lowe and a Guzzo fielderís choice allotted Folden home for another Marshall run.
But the Flames would turn the heat up in the seventh. In the top of the seventh, Marshall would see its lead dissolve as Shannon McCain tied up the game with a three-RBI double and Harter would see her time on the mound conclude, making way for junior Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz.). Ralston struck out two consecutive Liberty batters to get MU out of the inning.
Then Sara Spenia (Las Vegas, Nev.) literally took over the game. The junior hustled out a double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before A. Mitchell then landed on first with an infield drag bunt and a gutsy Spenia crossed the plate in dramatic fashion for the Marshall win.
With the win, Ralston gets her first victory in the Green and White. Swor took the loss for LU.
A. Mitchell paced the Herdís offensive effort with three hits including the game-winning RBI single.
Marshall returns to action tomorrow morning when it faces James Madison at 9 a.m. and East Carolina at 11 a.m.