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MU opens baseball season with victory

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NORFOLK, Va. -- Marshall University pitchers combined on a three-hitter Friday in a 3-0 opening day baseball victory at Old Dominion.

Marshall freshman Chase Boster got the start at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex and allowed one hit and no walks in five innings. Relief pitcher Ryan Hopkins picked up the victory and Matt Margaritonda recorded a save.

Gray Stafford, Nathan Gomez and Alfredo Brito had RBIs for Marshall in a three-run seventh inning. Stafford and Gomez both had two hits in the game.

Game two of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m.

TENNIS

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall (4-4) defeated the Winthrop Eagles (3-3), 4-3, in a Friday women's tennis match in the Huntington Tennis Club.

Kai Broomfield, Kara Kucin and Karlyn Timko were singles wnners for the Thundering Herd. Doubles winners were Dominika Zaprazna/Maria Voscekova and Timko/Dana Oppinger.

Marshall hosts No. 48 Penn State at 11 a.m., Saturday.

SOFTBALL

ATLANTA -- Marshall lost to Indiana and host Georgia Tech in Friday games of the Georgia Tech Classic.

Indiana defeated Marshall, 2-1, in eight innings. The Hoosiers scored the gamewinner on a fielder's choice.

Marshall scored in the fourth inning when Alysia Hively's bunt drove in pinch-runner Alexandra Bayne. Kaelynn Greene, Ashley Gue, Katalin Lucas, Hively and Bri Anna Hope all registered hits for the Thundering Herd. Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson went the distance and had 11 strikeouts.

No. 24 Georgia Tech beat Marshall, 7-6, on a complete game seven-hitter by pitcher Hope Rush.

Greene drove in three of the Herd runs.

Marshall plays Indiana again at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, and takes on Miami (Ohio) at 5:30 p.m.

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