MU roundup: Hively's homer leads Herd to victory
HUNTINGTON -- Alysia Hively's second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, gave Marshall an 8-6 victory over Southern Miss on a chilly Sunday at Dot Hicks Field. With one out, Katalin Lucas singled and Hively followed with the walk-off homer.
Hively's first homer was a three-run belt to left in the fifth to give the Thundering Herd (14-14, 3-3 C-USA) a 6-5 lead on the way to a three-game series sweep. This is Hively's second two-homer game of her career.
Ten of the 14 runs combined were off home runs by both teams. Snow and rain greeted players at the start of the game and conditions did not change.
Andi Williamson (14-11) went the distance for Marshall. The right-hander walked seven and struck out nine.
Southern Miss (10-20, 0-6 C-USA) once led 5-2 when Morgan McKeever connected for a three-run homer in the third.
Marshall heads to Florida this week for games against Stetson and UCF. The Herd faces Stetson at 4 p.m. Wednesday in DeLand. Marshall has a weekend series against UCF in Orlando. Games are Friday at 5:30 p.m. and a twinbill Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
BECKLEY -- Marshall built a 6-1 lead, then held off a Central Michigan rally in the ninth for a 6-4 victory at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
The Chippewas (9-1) got three runs across in the ninth thanks to a walk, hit batsman and back-to-back singles. Nick Regnier got hit by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball and Jordan Adams represented the tying run at the plate. However, Thundering Herd reliever Kolin Stanley struck out Adams to secure the win and avoid the sweep in the four-game series.
Freshman Michael Taylor (2-1) went the first five innings, struck out a career-best seven and got the win. Matt Hummel, Terrence Moore, Kyle Kessler and Stanley did the work out of the bullpen.
Sergio Leon went 3-for-4 to lead the Herd's 14-hit attack. Isaac Ballou, Gray Stafford, Aaron Bossi and Alfredo Brito had two hits each. Andrew Dundon, Stafford and Bossi each drove in two runs.
Marshall will return to action Tuesday against West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Game time is 6 p.m. It's the first midweek game of the season for the Herd.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Pepperdine (2-9) won the doubles point and three singles matches to beat Marshall 4-1 and win the back draw at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.
The Thundering Herd (7-8) got its point when Karlyn Timko won at No. 3 singles for her eighth straight victory.
Marshall will return to action next weekend in Las Vegas with matches against UNLV on Friday and SMU on Saturday.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Marshall is tied for 16th in the 28-team C&F Bank Intercollegiate Tournament being played on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort. The Thundering Herd shot 329 Sunday.
Rachel Thompson led Marshall with a 78. Other Herd scores were Korakot Simsiriwong with 81, Maria Battaglia with 82, Caitlyn Morrone with 88 and Kristyn Morrone with 91.
Boston College shot 302 and leads Longwood by four shots going into Monday's second round. Anna Bowlsby of Delaware and Hannah Pierce of Longwood share the individual lead at 73.