The Herd (10-9) started the tourney last Friday with a 3-2 win over Kent State, then split on Saturday, losing 9-2 to IPFW and winning 12-3 over Bucknell in five innings. Marshall then lost 6-4 to Kent State on Sunday and routed Bucknell again, 13-0, in a game that was halted in five innings due to the 8-run mercy rule.
Chapmanville Regional High School graduate and Harts native Andi Williamson suffered the loss in Sunday’s Kent State game as she tossed five innings and allowed five runs and six hits while striking out five as snow fell on the Huntington area. Williamson stands at 6-5 on the season.
Marshall led the Golden Flashes by three runs before Kent State scored six unanswered runs to get the win.
Rebecca Gamby went 3-for-4 including a home run to lead the Herd offense.
Marshall then regrouped on Sunday with the shutout win over Bucknell.
Natalee Pulver (3-3) pitched a one-hitter for the Herd as she struck out five and walked none.
Bri Anna Hope was 2-for-4 at the plate for Marshall.
“We are starting to see some really good things out of people. We had everyone involved today with 21 hits combined over the two games,” Marshall coach Shonda Stanton said after the game. “It was a crazy day today with the snow coming down pretty hard. I’m pleased with our girls being mentally tough and focusing on what we need to focus on.”
Williamson was the winning pitcher for Marshall against Bucknell on Saturday. Jessica Ferrick then ended the game in the circle for MU with two strikeouts to end the game.
“Andi gave us great innings and Ferrick finished strong with two strikeouts,” Marshall coach Stanton said. “We pounded the ball with 12 hits, 10 RBI’s and scored in every inning. Everybody was in on the action and we really used our strengths.”
Williamson fired a complete game win over Kent State last Friday in the tourney opener. She allowed just one earned run and five hits while walking two and fanning nine.
Jessica Hughes was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases to pace the Herd.
The Herd is scheduled to host defending Conference USA champion Houston for a three-game home stand beginning on Saturday. The Cougars and Herd will play twice on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. with a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m.