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Radford shuts out Marshall, 5-0

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

RADFORD, Va. -- Tyler Costello (3-2) threw eight innings of three-hit ball, and Ryan Meisinger worked a perfect ninth as Radford collected its first baseball shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over Marshall to open a four-game weekend series at RU Baseball Field.

Josh Gardner had two hits for the Highlanders (11-9). Radford took control with a three-run fourth inning. One run scored on a balk, the second on a squeeze bunt and third on a throwing error. The Thundering Herd (9-11) committed five errors.

The teams meet in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

MEN'S GOLF

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Marshall shot 310 in the opening round Friday and is in 20th place in the 44th annual Furman Intercollegiate being played on the par-72 Furman University Golf Course.

Nathan Kerns shot 74 to lead the Thundering Herd. Other Marshall scores were Brian Anania, 78; Tas Sipowski, 78; Jeremy Rogers, 80; and Logan Lagodich, 80. Jake Miller, competing as an individual, carded an 86.

"It was a tough day today," Herd coach Matt Grobe said. "The weather wasn't great, but we are kind of used to that. We just didn't come out very strong at the beginning and then by the end of the round we had fallen too many strokes behind and couldn't make up enough ground.

Virginia Tech shot 280 and leads No. 2 North Florida by four shot. Winthrop is third with 285.

In the individual standings, Trevor Cone of Virginia Tech, M.J. Maguire of North Florida, Western Carolina's J.T. Poston and Troy's Jake Tucker share the lead at 68. Tied for fifth at 69 are Bryce Chalkley of Virginia Tech and Iowa State's Scott Fernandez. Round two begins Saturday at 1 p.m.

TENNIS

LAS VEGAS -- Marshall (8-8) took the double point and split six singles matches to defeat UNLV (9-5), 4-3, in women's tennis at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Dominika Zaprazna/Kara Kucin and Karlyn Timko/Dana Oppinger won for the Thundering Herd in doubles.

Kai Broomfield, Kucin and Timko were singles winners.

SOFTBALL

ORLANDO -- Bri Anna Hope and Shaelynn Braxton hit home runs for Marshall in a 10-2 softball defeat of UCF.

Pitcher Andi Williamson (16-11) went the distance for Marshall (16-12, 4-3 Conference USA) in the five-inning game, allowing three hits and striking out eight.

Hope and Braxton both homered in a six-run third inning. Hope had a two-run shot and Braxton slugged a grand slam.

The teams are scheduled for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

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