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MU women extend home winning streak

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON-- The Marshall University softball team extended its home winning streak to 22 games at Dot Hicks Field after defeated Northern Kentucky in a double-header Wednesday, 4-1 and 6-1.

Thundering Herd ace Andi Williamson got a rare day off, as Marshall started two freshmen in the circle.

Halie Vance (2-1) went the distance in the first game, striking out eight, a career high, and allowing only two hits.

The Herd (27-14, 11-4 Conference USA) scored three runs in the bottom of the first, with Shaelynn Braxton driving two in with a one-out double. Braxton then scored on an error.

The fourth run came in the bottom of the sixth, when freshman Alyssa Cook came in as a pinch hitter, and hit her first career home run, a solo shot.

The Norse (7-30, 1-14 Atlantic Sun) added their one run in the top of the seventh.

In the second game, the Herd brought in five runs in the first three innings, including another three-run first.

Braxton got an RBI single to get things started, then senior Jazmine Valle went yard to extend the lead.

Freshman Brittanie Fowler got her first start of the season in the game, striking out seven and picking up the win. Freshman Raquel Escareno made her first collegiate appearance in the seventh inning, closing the game with a strikeout.

Marshall gets back to C-USA action Saturday, when they will again put their home winning streak on the line, hosting a doubleheader against East Carolina beginning at 1 p.m.

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