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MU roundup: Williamson throws 14 Ks as Herd wins

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOFTBALL

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson tied a career-high 14 strikeouts as the Thundering Herd softball team defeated Quinnipiac 6-1 in the first game of the Spartan Classic.

For Williamson (4-6), it marks her second consecutive win on the mound after getting the decision against Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 17.

After building a 3-0 lead, Marshall struck for three runs in the sixth inning with a leadoff homer from Jazmine Valle, and a two-run shot from pinch-hitter Savanah Webster.

Valle went 2-4 on the day and extended a four-game hitting streak. She started the scoring in the first inning with a double that brought home Ashley Gue.

Quinnipiac scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh, before Williamson shut the Bobcats down with two consecutive strikeouts.

Marshall moves to 4-7 on the season and plays a doubleheader Sunday, facing UNC Greensboro and Drexel.

BASEBALL

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Unrelenting rain postponed Marshall's basketball game Saturday with North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium.

The teams are scheduled for a Sunday doubleheader beginning at noon.

SWIMMING

HOUSTON -- Marshall freshman Danica Ross swam the 100 Free preliminary race in 51.29 to set a new school record Saturday morning at the 2013 Swimming/Diving Championships at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

Ross' time bested Milla Kuurto's mark of 51.41 in 2004. Ross led a Marshall contingent in the race, which included Lauren Hurd (25th, 53.30) and Katie Kramer (26th, 55.26). With her performance, Ross earned a spot in Saturday night's consolation final.

"The story of the morning was Danica Ross breaking the school record in the 100 Free," said Marshall head coach Bill Tramel. "Megan Clemens was fantastic and Alex Black dropped four seconds from her lifetime best in the 200 Breast."

Clemens posted a 17:09.21 time in the 1650 Free, which was the fourth-fastest time of the morning. Tiffany Aeling was 10th in 17:39.33.

Sarah Kay had a strong performance in the 200 Fly with a seventh-place finish in a time of 2:02.39 to gain a spot in the championship final. Arlie Rykosky was 17th (2:07.98), Sarah Coghlin was 19th (2:09.15) and Victoria Messner placed 20th (2:09.32).

Sarah Schimenti led the Herd in the 200 Breast, advancing to Saturday night's consolation final with a 16th-place finish in a time of 2:25.91. Kelsey Ferguson was 17th (2:26.34), followed by Madison Lawhorn (18th, 2:26.58) and Alexandria Black (21st, 2:31.47).

The Herd was also expected to compete in the 400 Free Relay Saturday night, the final event of the entire championship.

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