Softball Trounces Delaware State 10-1
Burlington, N.C.- The Marshall University softball team (5-9) returned to Burlington City Park to play only their third game of the Elon Phoenix Classic today. After a rain soaked Saturday in which all of the scheduled games were cancelled due to the weather, the Herd came out ready to play on Sunday, trouncing Delaware State University 10-1.
“We are still and will always be deeply saddened by our loss, but this weekend spoke volumes about the team’s courage and resiliancy,” head coach Shonda Stanton said. “I can’t express enough how proud I am of these young ladies and what they showed this weekend.”
Marshall cranked up their bats in the top of the second inning scoring four runs. Nichole Corrigan (Corona, Calif.) smashed a single that scored De’Shaun Drake (Spring Valley, Calif.) and Sarah Chamberlain (Moses Lake, Wash.). Sierra Davenport (Tucson, Ariz.) then laid down a nice bunt that forced an error by the Hornets and Marshall was able to push two more runs across the plate.
The Thundering Herd added two more in the third inning off of a two-run home run over the centerfield fence by Drake. Marshall tacked on another run in the fourth when Davenport singled, stole second and scored on a liner by Vanessa Clarkson (Moreno Valley, Calif.).
Delaware State however, would not lay down as they came back to score a run on a pair of hits in the bottom of the fifth.
Marshall’s Corrigan got the Herd going again in the seventh lacing a base hit to score Kimmie Nickell (Victor, W.Va.). Chamberlain, Davenport and Clarkson also added hits to help the Herd score two more, making the final score 10-1.
Clarkson went three-for-four at the plate on the game, while Corrigan was two-for-five and Davenport two-for-three. Davenport improved her record to 2-1 on the mound as she gave up only four hits and struck out five.
The Herd will return to action next weekend at home as they host a tournament at Dot Hicks field on the campus of Marshall University. Marshall will open up the tournament against Oakland University at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 15th.