Williamson leads two MU victories
HUNTINGTON -- Andi Williamson's work on the mound and Alyssa Hively's power at the plate helped Marshall go 2-0 Friday in the Marshall Invitational softball event at Dot Hicks Field.
In the opener, Williamson allowed two hits, Kaelynn Greene drove home two runs with a double and Savanah Webster belted a two-run homer to highlight a four-run sixth to lead the Thundering Herd past Buffalo, 5-0. Ashley Gue had the other RBI for Marshall.
For the Bulls, Alexis Curtiss and Alyssa Ward had the hits off Williamson.
In the Herd's second game, the hosts struck for four runs in the fifth to pull away to a 7-3 victory over Robert Morris.
In the fifth, Alexandra Bayne delivered a two-run triple and later came home on a wild pitch. Hively would follow with her second homer of the game to give Marshall (8-9) a 6-3 lead. Hively also had a solo homer in the first. In the seventh, Jessica Ferrick hit a homer to complete the Herd's scoring.
In the third, Lauren Hackett and Kristen Gabelt delivered solo homers for the Colonials (5-3).
Williamson (8-8) allowed five hits and struck out 13, giving her 23 in the Herd's home opener.
Marshall returns to action for two Saturday. The Herd faces Buffalo at 11 a.m. and Robert Morris at 3 p.m. Marshall's final game is Sunday at noon at Robert Morris.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jordan Stamper, Brody Greer and Tyler Lesch each knocked in a run to lead USC Update to a 3-0 win over Marshall on Friday at Harley Park.
Brandon Lee went the distance for the Spartans (6-2) to improve to 3-0. He allowed eight hits, struck out seven and Update also turned three double plays.
Chase Boster started for the Thundering Herd (3-4) and went six innings, his longest outing of the season.
Marshall had at least one runner on base in all but one inning, but failed to score. In the seventh, Eric Escobedo led off with a double, but got stranded there.
Andrew Dundon went 2-for-3 for Marshall to raise his team-high batting average to .375.
Marshall returns to action Saturday against Wofford. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall (4-5) won five of the six singles matches Friday in a 5-2 women's tennis victory over UNC Greensboro (3-3) inside the Huntington Tennis Club.
Dominika Zaprazna, Maria Voscekova, Dana Oppinger, Kara Kucin and Karlyn Timko won in singles.
Marshall plays host to Old Dominion beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday.