Softball Takes Two From Kent State
Marshall softball celebrated Little Sis Day Saturday at Dot Hicks Field in between their two victories over Kent State.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University softball team (17-26, 10-11) swept a rain shortened double-header from the Golden Flashes of Kent State University (17-24, 6-12) Saturday at a soggy Dot Hicks Field. With the victories Marshall takes back third place in the Mid-American Conference.
“I was pleased with our performance today,” head coach Shonda Stanton said. “Our girls realized what was on the line and they stepped up and met the challenge today. Now we just have to carry this out through the rest of our games.”
The first contest of the afternoon was a nailbiter. Kent State struck first scoring one run on three hits in the top of the second to go up 1-0. Marshall came right back to tie the score in the bottom of the inning. Carrie Dean (Paradise, Calif.) drew a two out walk and came around to score on a double blasted to the gap by Huntington native Karri Britt.
The Herd continued to swing the hot bat in the third. Nikki Wilcox (Lake Forest, Calif.) reached base on a Kent error before Nichole Corrigan (Corona, Calif.) singled to bring her home. Later in the inning De’Shaun Drake (Spring Valley, Calif.) doubled to the gap in left-center field, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and finally crossed the plate on a wild pitch. MU took the lead 3-1 after three.
KSU scored one run in the fourth and added another run on a solo home run by Lea Dorto to tie the game at three in the fifth inning.
Two quiet innings went by before Wilcox again started things off for MU in the bottom of the seventh inning. She singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice before Davenport again reached on an infield hit. The next batter, Drake, lined a single with only one down to load the bases for clean-up hitter Vanessa Clarkson (Moreno Valley, Calif.). Clarkson did not disappiont as she hammered a deep fly ball to center field scoring Wilcox from third and winning the game for the Herd.
Davenport got the win on the mound and improved her record to 5-5. She also led the Herd at the plate with three singles in four tries. De’Shaun Drake was two-for-four for Marshall as the team recorded eight hits on the game.
Marshall picked up right where they left off in the second game, scoring three runs in the first inning. The top of the lineup go things going for the Herd as Corrigan singled, stole second and then a hit by Davenport moved her to third. Drake then reached on an error by the Kent shortstop, which also scored Corrigan. Davenport later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0. A two out single by Dean brought Drake in to score MU’s final run of the inning.
Kent State strung together two hits to score two runs in the second, making the score 3-2.
With rain falling steadily neither team could get anything going offensively until Marshall added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The day’s trend continued with Davenport and Drake stroking back to back doubles to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Herd.
The game ended after five innings due to the inclimate weather. Marshall received the victory as the game is considered official after the completion of five innings.
Corrigan, Davenport and Dean all went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Herd in the second contest. Drake got the win while giving up only four hits in five innings and striking out three.
Marshall is scheduled to face Kent tomorrow in a single game at 1:00 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field.