GREENSBORO, N.C. — Marshall softball won the first game of the Spartan Classic 6-1 against Quinnipiac at the UNCG Softball Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.
The Thundering Herd came out aggressive against the Bobcats. Senior Ashley Gue recorded the initial run of the game after taking first on a walk. Gue rounded the bases off of senior third baseman Jazmine Valle’s double to right center, whose hitting streak now spans four games. Marshall took an early 1-0 lead.
Senior Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson, matched her career and Marshall record with 14 strikeouts, last time was March 31, 2012 against UTEP. Williamson (4-6), a Harts native and Chapmanville Regional High School graduate, only allowed two hits throughout the entire game, and both were after the fifth inning.
Freshman catcher, Katalin Lucas (2-for-2) reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice in the top of the second. Senior first baseman, Alysia Hively (1-for-3) advanced the runner with a single through the right side. Pinch runner, Emileigh Cooper stole second, and Lucas took home, creating a 2-0 gap between Marshall and Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats took down The Herd with a 1-2-3 third inning. Williamson retired three of the four hitters with strikeouts, allowing one walk to close the third.
Senior second baseman, Bri Anna Hope (1-for-3) doubled to left center with one out on the board in the fourth inning, bringing Lucas up to the plate. With a single up the middle, Hope rounded the bases to score, and Lucas advanced herself to second on the throw to the plate, score 3-0.
Marshall’s defense continued to keep Quinnipiac off the board through the fourth and fifth inning.
Valle (2 -for-4) hit a lead-off home run in the sixth, giving The Herd a four-run cushion. Lucas delivered a single to left center and was brought home with a two-run homerun by Junior Savanah Webster, pushing Marshall ahead 6-0.
The Bobcats’ first baseman Kortney Kesses got the first hit of the game with two outs recorded. But, a strikeout would close the inning, not allowing the Bobcats to score.
Quinnipiac’s junior short stop Alex Alba singled through left field with one out registered, bringing home junior third baseman Bridget Figmic who had reached base on a walk. Williamson closed the game with two strikeouts.
Herd splits on Sunday
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Marshall softball team splits the day with a 7-2 loss to the host team, UNC Greensboro, and their first shutout win of the season against Drexel, 4-0, on Sunday.
The Thundering Herd’s senior Jazmine Valle (2-for-3) registered the first hit on two outs in the first inning, bringing freshman Katalin Lucas (1-for-4) to the plate. Lucas singled to right field, but was caught stealing for the third out of the inning.
Senior Andi Williamson retired the first three hitters in the Spartans’ lineup, but UNCG’s redshirt-junior Raeanne Hanks was prepared to battle. After an interference automatic out at second base, Hanks sent two members of the Marshall hitting staff back to the dugout with strikeouts to end the top of the second inning. Spartans’ senior Eileen Horsmon (1-for-3) doubled to right center, putting herself in scoring position. Horsmon rounded the bases to score the first run of the game off of senior Heather Robb ’s (1-for-1) single to right.
Marshall’s senior Ashley Gue (2-for-3) hit up the middle to get on base with one out on the board in the top of the third. Senior Bri Anna Hope reached on a fielder’s choice, and a throwing error by the pitcher allowed Gue to advance to second. A fielder’s choice would force Gue back to the dugout, move Hope to second and put Valle on first. UNCG’s Hanks would close the top of the inning with a strikeout, keeping The Herd off the board for another inning.
UNCG rallied in the bottom of the third, with junior Aisha Figueroa’s (1-for-4) one-out single to third base. Freshman Danielle Vega (1-for-3) put Figueroa in scoring position with a hit to left center.
Spartans’ pinch runner Allison Geiner and Figueroa both advanced bases on a wild pitch. UNCG’s Lindsay Thomas (1-for-2) drew a walk from Williamson, loading the bases for junior Katelyn Bedwell (1-for-3), who singled to left for an RBI.
Horsmon reached on a fielder’s choice that prevented Geiner from scoring.
Robb drew a walk from Williamson, allowing Thomas to score.
Spartans’ junior pinch hitter Toni MacReynolds then doubled to left center, bringing all runners around the bases to stretch the UNCG lead 6-0 with two outs on the board.
Marshall’s freshman pitcher Halie Vance was substituted in for Williamson, and a fly out to center field ended the five-run inning.
The Spartans’ defense worked quick for a 1-2-3 outing. The bottom of the fourth started with UNCG’s Dominique Madruga’s single to left center, but was out at second with a fielder’s choice that put her teammate Figueroa on first. Figueroa stole second, allowing herself to be in scoring position. Vega’s grounder to first would put two outs on the board for UNCG, bringing Thomas to the plate. The freshman catcher brought Figueroa home with a double to the right side, but a Bedwell ground out to third would end the inning for the Spartans.
Marshall and UNCG were kept off the scoreboard through the fifth and sixth inning, and despite the two-run double by Valle in the top of the seventh the Herd fell to the Spartans with a final 7-2 score.
The Thundering Herd kept Drexel scoreless through seven innings. Williamson had seven strikeouts before the fifth and ended the game with a total of 13.
In the bottom of the third Alexandra Bayne and Kristina Braxton (1-for-2) were walked, giving Marshall an early edge with no outs registered. Gue (1-for-3) reached on a fielder’s choice forcing Bayne out at second. Hope (1-for-1) singled through the left side, moving the runners over and bringing Valle to the plate. The Herd’s senior third baseman hit a SAC fly that put Marshall’s first run of the game on the scoreboard.
Marshall scored the rest of the runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs, beginning with a Gue single up the middle. Gue robbed the Dragons’ second and third base, putting her one stolen base away from matching assistant coach Amanda Williams’ career record of 88. Two runs were walked in, and the third run was taken on a wild pitch.
Williamson had a total of 18 strikeouts between both games. Gue ended the day hitting .500 (3-for-6) and Valle had three total RBI’s.
The Herd will take on Drexel at 11:00 a.m. and UNCG at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 25.
Marshall’s Kaelynn Greene (1-for-3) and Alexandra Bayne (1-for-3) also contributed to the nine hits The Herd posted. Greene, Lucas and Cooper each registered a stolen base for Marshall.