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Herd softball team sweeps two from Ohio

Oct. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall closed out the fall exhibition softball schedule with a sweep of Ohio on Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.

The Thundering Herd won the opener, 6-5, in eight innings and took the nightcap, 7-2.

Senior Ashley Gue finished the day with four hits for the Thundering Herd and stole five bases in the second game. In the opener, Marshall trailed, 5-0, at one point.

Fellow seniors Jazmine Valle and Alysia Hively also collected four hits each in the twinbill.

In the opener, freshman Shaelynn Braxton connected for a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to spark Marshall's rally. Starter Andi Williamson went the distance to get the win. She struck out 13.

In the nightcap, freshmen Halie Vance and Brittanie Fowler handled the pitching. Vance went four innings and Fowler three.

Marshall will begin the 2013 season in February.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

HOUSTON -- Marshall and Houston battled to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime in Conference USA action Sunday at Robertson Stadium.

The Thundering Herd (6-7-1, 2-3-1 C-USA) took at 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Casey Walsh at 47:35. It was Walsh's first goal of the season.

The Cougars (4-6-3, 0-2-3 C-USA) got even with 15 minutes left in regulation on Kylie Cook's goal on a penalty kick after a Marshall foul in the penalty area. This is the third time Houston's gone two overtimes this season.

The match marks the first tie between the two teams in program history with the all-time series at 4-3-1 in Houston's favor.

Marshall, which lost 4-1 Friday night at Rice, returns to action Friday at home against Tulsa. Game time is 7 p.m. at Cabell Midland High School.

MEN'S GOLF

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall will tee it up Monday and Tuesday in the Bearcat Invitational at the par-72 Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky. Cincinnati is the host school.

Senior Nathan Kerns leads the Thundering Herd with two seconds this season, the Marshall Invitational and Cobra-PUMA Invitational.

Also competing are Austin Peay, Belmont, Cleveland State, Dayton, Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Wright State and Youngstown State.

WOMEN'S GOLF

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Marshall is one of 20 teams competing in the Lady Pirate Invitational scheduled Monday and Tuesday at the par-72 Greenville Country Club. East Carolina, ranked No. 26 by Golfweek, is host school.

The Thundering Herd is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Cardinal Classic two weeks ago. Marshall's Korakot Simsiriwong was medalist. Also playing for the Herd are Rachel Thompson, Maria Battaglia, Samantha DiDomenico and Caitlyn Morrone.

Also in the field are defending champion Maryland, Augusta State, Boston College, Brown, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Georgia State, High Point, Longwood, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Radford, Samford, Southern Miss, Western Carolina, William & Mary and Yale.

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