Williams Duo Ignite Herd Win at Buffalo
BUFFALO, NY – It was a big day for the Herd’s Williams sisters as Amanda and Jessica combined for two runs, four RBIs, and four hits–including a pair of doubles and a home run– to lift the Marshall University softball team (29-26, 10-11) to a 5-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday afternoon at Nan Harvey Field.
Buffalo (22-22, 8-9) started off Sunday much the same way it did on Saturday when Ann Magur drove a Randi Nielson (Tucson, Ariz.) pitch to the left field fence for a double. But unlike game one, Nielson was able to get herself out of the jam by forcing a pair of pop ups and a grounder at Jessica Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) to escape the frame.
J. Williams followed up the second with a double of her own and Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga.) doubled to center as MU picked up the early 1-0 lead.
After Nielson uncharacteristically hit her third batter of the game, Allison Round connected for a two-run home run as UB grabbed a 2-1 score.
Bull pitcher Stacey Evans walked Sierra Davenport (Tucson, Ariz.) to start off the sixth inning before J. Williams picked up her third hit of the game–a RBI double to center field– as MU pushed the score at two all.
On UB Senior Day, it would be Bull senior Marce Ross that would attempt to clinch the win with her home run off Amanda Luers (Dover, Ohio) who entered the contest in relief of Nielson in the fourth, for a 3-2 win.
Wintter walked and Ashley Mitchell (Kennesaw, Ga.) singled with a bunt to put two on for Courtney Kacenga (Sierra Vista, Ariz.). Kacenga moved the pair into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.), hitting lead-off for the first time in her career, drove a long shot off the sidewalk past the right field fence for a three-run home run and a two score MU lead.
Buffalo rallied for a pair of runners in the seventh inning, but the Herd escaped with the win and remains in the hunt for a tournament birth.
Luers moves to 5-1 on the season with the win while Evans, with the loss, drops to 11-10.
With three swiped bags in the series, Davenport captured the single-season stolen base record--one that she owned from 2003--with a total of 42 on the year.
Marshall will take on East Division leader Kent State at home next weekend in the final series of the regular season.