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Williamson back; Herd sweeps OU

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ATHENS, Ohio -- Marshall Thundering Herd softball ace pitcher Andi Williamson returned to the circle with a fury Wednesday.

Williamson missed five games after being diagnosed with a concussion when she was hit in the back of the head by a throw from catcher to second base.

She was back on the field Wednesday and rang up 28 strikeouts in 13 innings of work as Marshall (29-17) swept a doubleheader from the Ohio Bobcats (19-22). Williamson started game one and threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. She pitched in relief in game two and was the pitcher of record, allowing no hits in six innings while whiffing 12 in a 3-2 win.

Williamson (26-13) hit her stride in the middle stages of the first game, striking out nine Bobcats in a row during a stretch which spanned the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

In game one, Marshall right fielder Savannah Webster had an RBI single in the first inning and smacked a solo home run in the fourth inning. Webster was 2-for-3 while left fielder Kaelynn Greene with 3-for-4 and also knocked in two runs.

Bobcats pitcher Lauren McClary gave up six hits and struck out nine.

All the scoring came early in game two.

Ohio got on the board with two runs in the first inning when Alexia Cortez hit a double and scored on Adrienne Gebele's home run.

Marshall scored three times in the second inning in an odd series of events which included a single, a passed ball, and an error on a close play at home plate.

Ashley Gue had two of the Herd's five hits in the second game.

Savannah Jo Dorsey of the Bobcats lost on a five-hitter. She fanned 11.

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