Softball Dominates First Day
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
ROCK HILL, S.C. ? The Marshall University softball team picked up right where they left off last weekend with two more wins, this time over UNC-Wilmington, 7-0, and Monmouth, 8-0, in Rock Hill, S.C. at the Winthrop/Ringor Invitational on Friday.
Marshall 7, UNC-Wilmington 0
Randi Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.) was two pitches away from throwing a perfect game in the tourney opener for Marshall. The reigning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week walked one and gave up one hit in the seventh inning while hurling seven strikeouts in the 7-0 win over the Seahawks.
Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga.) slammed her sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning. The two-run blast over the right field fence brought home Sierra Davenport (Tucson, Ariz.), who got on base via a bunt single.
Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) scored sister, Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.), on a hit-and-run play in the bottom of the third inning and Davenport, after notching hit number 15 in her last 22 tries, scored home off a passed ball to bring the score to 4-0.
A slap shot from Davenport advanced J. Williams from first to third. The score moved to 7-0 when J. Williams reached home for the second time in the game after a bunt from A. Willams was fumbled at the first base line and a Sarah Wilson (Washington, W.Va.) single drove in a pair.
The win over the Seahawks avenged a 2-1 extra inning loss on February 13, 2004 in the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, N.C.
With the win, Nielson moves to 7-3 on the season.
The Herd connected on nine hits and committed no errors in the contest. Davenport ended the ball game with three hits and three runs.
Marshall 8, Monmouth 0
For the second time in a day, MU held the opposition scoreless as the Herd dropped Monmouth on Friday night, 8-0.
Wintter took a more gentle approach to start off game two for the Herd. Her RBI sacrifice bunt allowed J.Williams home for the first score of the night cap. Wilson followed with a RBI grounder to right field, scoring Davenport for the fourth time on Friday and giving the Herd the early 2-0 lead.
Marshall made it 5-0 as the Herd offense continued to dominate the next inning. Davenport scored another run off A. Williams? seventh double of the year and Wintter crushed a home run over the center field fence for her second and third RBI of the game.
The game remained one sided through the fourth when Wintter drove in run number four for MU, edging the Herd dangerously close to the mercy rule at 7-0.
Marshall picked up the decisive eighth run in the bottom of the sixth.
Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Oreg.) punched in her first collegiate base hit with a single through the left side and then doubled later in the game while picking up her second win of 2004. Harter, along with fellow freshman Amanda Luers (Dover, Ohio) singlehandedly took out 12 of 18 batters the Herd faced via strikeouts.
MU will play Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. and Providence at 8 p.m. in day two?s action of the Winthrop/Ringor Invitational.