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Marshall softball team beats Radford, 5-1

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

RADFORD, Va. -- Marshall scored four runs with two outs in the eighth inning and defeated Radford, 5-1, on a blustery Wednesday afternoon at RU Softball Field.

With runners on second and third, Katalin Lucas doubled down the leftfield line to give the Thundering Herd (11-12) its first lead of the contest. An RBI double by Alysia Hively and a run-scoring single by Shaelynn Braxton added the final two runs and Marshall spoiled the home opener for the Highlanders.

Radford (3-13), which stranded seven runners, had the potential game-winning run on second in the sixth and seventh innings, but failed to score. In the sixth, Marshall's Andi Williamson (11-11) recorded two of her 13 strikeouts and in the seventh, she induced a pop up to end both threats.

The Herd's Ashley Gue was 2-for-3 on stolen bases, officially knocking associate head coach Amanda Williams out of third place for the all-time career record of 88. Gue's totatl is 90 now. Gue also had two hits.

Radford's run came in the first on a solo homer by Jesse Hutchens.

Marshall will return to action this weekend at home against Southern Miss. Saturday's Conference USA doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field.

The finale Sunday begins at noon.

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