March 27, 2013
Huntington, W.Va—The Marshall softball team extended two of its record-book streaks on Wednesday at Dot Hicks Field. The Thundering Herd (20-12, C-USA 6-3) defeated Wright State (3-18, Horizon 0-0) in a 2-0 shutout win in game one and a 6-4 win in game two.
With the two wins, Marshall extended its winning streak to 10 games, breaking the original record of nine games that was set in the 2001 season. The Herd has also defended Dot Hicks Field for 17 games straight, a record that began in the 2012 season and carried over.
In game one, senior Andi Williamson earned the 2-0 shutout win and only gave up two hits in the final inning of the game. She had 12 strike outs in game one and two in game two, where she received her first save of the season. Freshman Halie Vance received her first collegiate win and now has a .500 record on the season (1-1).
The first game of the doubleheader was scoreless through five and a half innings. The Herd scored its first and only runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
It was led off by freshman Katalin Lucas’ (1-for-2) single up the middle. Senior Jazmine Valle reached on an attempted SAC bunt that evolved into an error by Raiders’ third baseman. Senior Alysia Hively was walked and loaded the bases. After freshman Raquel Escareno (1-for-2) popped up to the short stop for the first out of the inning, freshman Shaelynn Braxton (1-for-2) hit a two-RBI single to give the Herd the first and only lead of the game. A double play ended the inning, and neither team scored the rest of the game.
The Herd had four hits and only struck out twice. Each team committed one error in the game. Senior Ashley Gue
and freshman Kaelynn Greene
(1-for-3) each stole a base, which tied them at 20 stolen bases for the season.
Game two’s momentum was sparked early with the shutdown of Wright State in the top of the first inning and a Greene (3-for-3) single to lead off the bottom half of the inning. Greene robbed the Raiders of second base, advanced to third on a Gue sacrifice bunt and scored on a S. Braxton (1-for-3) home run. A fly out to center field and strike out ended the two-run inning, 2-0.
The Raiders’ Kortney Tackett (1-for-2) recorded Wright State’s first run of the day after reaching base on a two-out single and scoring on teammate Kaitlyn Kite’s (2-for-3) double. A grounder to second ended the inning and brought Marshall’s Valle (2-for-3) up to the plate.
Valle hit a solo-homer to give the Herd another two-run lead, but Marshall didn’t end there. Freshman Alexandra Bayne was brought in to pinch run for Hively, who drew a walk from Raiders’ Montana Wear. Bayne advanced to second base on junior Taylor Winton’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from junior Kristina Braxton (3-for-3) that developed into an error by the left fielder. The Herd’s K. Braxton advanced to third on the previous error and after a Greene single, a double steal allowed K. Braxton to score and Greene to take second. Gue hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Greene to third, but a pop up to short stop ended the third inning with the Herd leading, 5-1.
Wright State took advantage of a two-out Marshall error that allowed another Raiders run to score, 5-2.
The Herd was unable to score in the bottom of the third inning, and neither team was able to score in the fourth and fifth inning. Each team scored a run in the sixth, 6-3, and Marshall allowed the Raiders one more run in the seventh before the final out of the game.
Each team recorded 10 hits and one error, but Marshall won with a final score of 6-4.
The Herd will return to defend Dot Hicks Field and extend its winning streak Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a doubleheader against Conference USA opponent Memphis (14-22, 3-6 C-USA). The three-game series will end with a 12:00 p.m. game on Saturday, March 30.