Herd softball team wins one, loses one
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall had a split Monday in the final day of softball action in the Spartan Classic at UNC Greensboro Softball Stadium.
Drexel knocked off the Thundering Herd, 4-3, for its first win of the season. Marshall (6-9) then built a 4-0 after 21/2 innings against host UNC Greensboro and held on for a 4-3 victory over the Spartans.
Drexel's three-run fifth inning proved to be the difference. Sylvia Llamas had the big hit, a two-run double. The other run was unearned.
The Herd got two runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Katalin Lucas. In the fourth, Marshall scored once when K. Greene stole home.
Against UNCG, Bri Anna Hope, Lucas and Alyssa Hively each drove in a run for the Herd. Andi Williamson came on in relief and worked 4.1 innings to get win. The Spartans got their three runs in the bottom of the third on a bases-clearing double by Heather Robb.
The Herd now returns home for the Marshall Invitational at Dot Hicks Field. On Friday, Marshall will play Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. and Robert Morris at 3.
CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte's program made history Monday with its 7-3 victory over Marshall at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. For the 49ers (4-1), it was win No. 1,000 in school history. Their overall record is 1,000-844-6 in 35 seasons.
Charlotte scored three times in the third, aided by two Thundering Herd errors to take the lead for good at 4-2. Justin Seager and Derek Gallello each drove in a run. The 49ers added two more runs, both unearned, in the seventh. Brett Lang got the runs home on a two-out single.
For Marshall (3-3), Andrew Dundon had two hits and drove in a run. Alfred Brito also collected an RBI. The Thundering Herd committed six errors.
Marshall will return to action this weekend in Spartanburg, S.C. The Herd will face USC Update and Wofford.