Marshall to face Houston for title
TULSA, Okla. -- Marshall University is playing the Houston Cougars on Saturday for the Conference USA softball tournament championship.
The noon game at the Collins Family Softball Complex on Tulsa's campus is televised on the CBS Sports Network, which is Ch. 174 on Comcast cable in Huntington.
Fourth-seeded Marshall (34-20) knocked off top-seeded UAB (37-16) in a Friday semifinal, 1-0.
Freshman outfielder Kaelynn Greene led off the game with a bunt single. Greene advanced to second on a failed pick-off attempt and senior outfielder Ashley Gue followed with another bunt single. Greene was thrown out attempting to score on the play, but Gue went to second base and then took third on a throwing error.
Senior third baseman Jazmine Valle's double to left field knocked in the run.
Marshall senior pitcher Andi Williamson protected the one-run margin, scattering six hits and striking out six batters to earn her 31st victory (31-16) of the season.
Second-seeded Houston (40-17) won the first semifinal contest against third-seeded Tulsa (42-14-1), 3-0.
Cougars pitcher Bailey Watts outdueled C-USA Pitcher of the Year Aimee Creger, allowing just two Tulsa hits in a complete game effort when she faced just three batters over the minimum. After allowing a leadoff double that resulted in the first out of the game when Caitlin Everett was tagged out trying to stretch it to a triple, Watts allowed just one single and three base runners.
Houston third baseman Holly Anderson took care of the scoring with her 12th home run of the season in the third inning.
After a fly out to begin the third inning, Houston outfielder Julia Pecina singled to left field and was sacrificed to second by Katie St. Pierre. Kendra Cullum was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second and set the table for Anderson's three-run blast to left-center.
Marshall won two of three regular-season games April 6-7 at Houston.
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