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Central Michigan beats Herd again

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BECKLEY -- The Marshall University baseball team put together two rallies but couldn't top Central Michigan, as the Chippewas defeated the Thundering Herd, 10-8, Saturday.

Marshall scored five runs in the fifth inning to erase a four-run deficit and take the lead, 6-5.

Central Michigan would regain the edge in the seventh, but Marshall again took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

The Herd gave up three runs in the top of the ninth, and couldn't rally a third time.

Central Michigan won the series with the Herd and improves to 9-9 on the season, while Marshall drops to 7-10.

Chippewas left fielder Neal Jacobs went 3-5 at the plate with 3 RBI and scored a run.

Herd reliever Matt Margaritonda was tagged with the loss, while Sean Renzi (1-1) picked up the win and Matt Trowbridge recorded a save for Central Michigan.

The Herd lost a doubleheader to Central Michigan on Friday, with the Chippewas prevailing 7-3 and 9-7.

SOFTBALL

HUNTINGTON -- Andi Williamson picked up another complete game win, and a shutout to boot as Marshall blanked Southern Miss 6-0 at Dot Hicks Field Saturday.

Williamson (13-11) gave up only two hits and two walks in shutting down the Golden Eagles, while the Thundering Herd's offense was spurred by leftfielder Kaelynn Greene, who went 3-4 at the plate and scored three runs.

The Herd out-hit Southern Miss 9-2, and didn't record any errors, while the Golden Eagles committed one.

The win puts Marshall at 12-12 for the season, and gave them their first victory in Conference USA, where the team is 1-3. Southern Miss dropped to 10-18 on the season, 0-3 C-USA.

TENNIS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Marshall tennis team nabbed a doubles point and then took three singles matches to knock off Boise State 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the Blue-Grey National Tennis Classic.

The Herd evened its record at 7-7, while Boise dropped to 7-5.

Marshall captured the doubles point when Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles over Boise's 58th-ranked Marlena and Manuela Pietzuch and Dana Oppinger and Karlyn Timko emerged with a 9-7 win at No. 3. Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin dropped the No. 2 match by a score of 8-6.

Zaprazna won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Voscekova won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3. Timko won her seventh-straight match as she took the No. 6 match in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-0). Oppinger lost the No. 2 match 6-1, 6-1 and Ball fell in the No. 4 contest by the score of 7-6, 6-4. Kai Broomfield's match at No. 5 was unfinished with her trailing 1-0 in the third set after splitting the first two.

Sunday the Herd goes up against Pepperdine in the final day of the competition. The Waves defeated Michigan State 4-0 Saturday.

TRACK AND FIELD

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Marshall track and field team set one school record and tied another as the Herd competed at the Bulls Invite on Friday in Tampa.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Crystal Walker, Delkira Maybin, Moriah Njoku and Shanice Johnson finished fourth in a time of 45.97 to set a new school record. Additionally, Vanessa Jules tied her own school mark in the jump by equaling her previous high of 1.78 meters, good enough for second place Friday.

Marshall's 4x400 meter relay team of Amber Pierson, Jules, Loren Dyer and Johnson took second in a time of 3:46.90.

The Herd had a strong performance in the 3,000 meters, placing three runners in the top 10. Kelley Mortakis notched a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters (10:25.40), while Lauren Bartoldson was seventh (10:38.24) and Sammantha Stroker was 10th (10:47.54).

Amanda Kennedy finished fifth in the javelin with a distance of 42.95 meters, while Johnson placed eighth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:20.08.

The Herd will be back in action next Friday and Saturday at the FSU Relays.

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