Softball Takes Bite Out of Huskies in Twinbill
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Freshman Rachel Folden rounds the bases in her homerun trot after giving the Herd the 1-0 lead in game one.
Photo by Matt Riley
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A solo home run by Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif.) in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Marshall softball team to a 1-0 win in game one against Northern Illinois on Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. The Herd went on to pick up the victory in game two, 3-0, in Mid-American Conference Action.
Marshall 1, Northern Illinois 0
A Folden solo home run in the bottom of the sixth gave Marshall all the run support it needed as the Herd grabbed game one, 1-0.
Marshall (28-14, 13-3) held the Huskie attack scoreless in seven innings behind a shutout by Herd hurler Randi Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.). Nielson surrendered four hits, one a piece in the second through fifth frames, to garner the win, her 15th of 2005. The senior struck out six and walked two in seven innings on the mound.
Folden’s home run, her fifth of the season, came with two outs in the sixth frame. Lindsey LaChiana gave up the long ball and subsequently took the loss for NIU (20-21, 5-9).
Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) represented half of MU’s hit tally, registering two, including a double, to land her at number ten all-time in the MAC in career doubles.
Marshall 3, Northern Illinois 0
Herd sophomore Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore.) threw a three-hit shutout in game two on Wednesday to help down NIU, 3-0.
Marshall picked up two quick runs in the first frame. A. Williams reached first on an error by the Huskie third baseman and scored on a Folden double. Folden advanced to third on a wild pitch by NIU pitcher Kathy Dearborn and eventually scored on a Gina Guzzo (Virginia Beach, Va.) sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
The Herd struck again in the fifth after Noelle Adams (Wheeling, W.Va.) singled, stole second and scored on a Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) single to second base.
Harter struck out seven and walked one in seven innings in the circle. Dearborn goes to 6-7 after the loss.
“It was timely hitting by us today,” head coach Shonda Stanton said. “It’s great to go out and get a pair of wins and see two very solid pitching performances.”
The Herd will take on Bowling Green in a non-conference affair on Friday at Dot Hicks Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.