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MU roundup: Herd wins doubleheader

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall took two routes to a doubleheader sweep of North Carolina A&T on Sunday at War Memorial Stadium.

Aaro Blair kept the Aggies hitless through five inning and the Thundering Herd pounded out 19 hits en route to a 16-3 win in the opener. In the night, Marshall pitchers limited the hosts to three hits and posted a 3-0 victory.

North Carolina A&T finally broke through in the sixth in the opener, but by then the Herd held an 8-0 lead.

All nine members of Marshall's starting lineup got at least one hit. Gray Stafford, Matt Kirkwood and Andrew Dundon each had three. Sergio Leon drove in three.

In the nightcap, starter Wayland Moore allowed one hit through six innings. He fanned six and walked none.

The Aggies had the tying run come to the plate in the eighth and reliever Kolin Stanley struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Marshall (3-2) scored all its runs in the seventh. Dundon had an RBI double and Stafford followed later with a two-run double. Stafford had three hits.

Marshall returns to action today in Charlotte against the Charlotte 49ers. Game time is noon.

Softball

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall went 1-1 Sunday in the Spartan Classic.

Host UNC Greensboro struck for five runs in the third inning and went on to a 7-2 win over the Thundering Herd. Marshall came back to blank Drexel, 4-0, in the finale for the day.

Toni MacReynolds had the big hit for the Spartans (10-1) in the third, a bases-clearing double to expand the lead to 6-0. Raeanne Hanks (6-1) got the win. She allowed seven hits and fanned seven.

Jazmine Valle had a two-run double in the seventh to account for the Herd's offense.

Against Drexel, Valle, Savanah Webster and Katalin Lucas each drove in a run. Andi Williamson, who took the loss against UNC Greensboro, tossed a one-hitter against Drexel.

The Herd (5-8) will play Drexel on Monday at 11 a.m. and UNC Greensboro at 1:30 to conclude tournament play.

Track

BIRMINGHAM -- Marshall had three performers finish in the top 10 in the triple jump on Sunday in the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Birmingham Crossplex.

The Thundering Herd totaled 18.5 points on the the last day to finish with 26.5.

Jasia Richardson jumped 12.55 meters for eight points, the second-best total of the day. Crystal Walker (12.28) came in fifth for four points. Loren Dyer's 11.59 placed her 10th.

Amber Pierson ran 56.07 in the 400 for four points. Her time was just .05 seconds off the school record. Vanessa Jules tied for seventh in the high jump (1.68 meters) for 11/2 points. Shanice Johnson, Dyer, Pierson and Hadassah Lynch got eighth in the 4x400 (3:47.26) for a point.

In the shot put, Amanda Hottenstein was 10th (13.50 meters), Bethany Drury 20th (11.72 meters) and Elaine Derricott 22nd (11.07 meters). Paige Govey was 19th in the mile (5:12.64) and Alexandria Phares 25th (5:27.69). In the 3,000, Celia Leonard was 19th (10:22.02). Other Herd runners were Kelley Mortakis in 21st (10:27.50), Govey in 26th (10:38.01), Sammantha Stroker in 28th (10:49.99), Lauren Bartoldson (31st, 11:05.01) and Zoe Leonard (32nd, 11:22.89).

Jules had a runner-up finish in the heptathlon Saturday. Jules totaled 3,822 points, which included a win in the 60-meter hurdles (8.59 seconds) and a three-way tie for first in the high jump (1.72 meters). Her throw of 9.15 meters in the shot put tied for ninth while her long jump of 5.79 meters was second-best. She came in fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.51.

In the distance medley relay, Govey, Lynch, Lexie McEntire and Celia Leonard placed ninth (12:20.82).

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