MU roundup: Timko rallies, leads Herd past Old Dominion
BARBOURSVILLE -- Marshall's Karlyn Timko rallied to defeat Old Dominion's Nika Khmolovska (4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4) in a match that took more than three hours to lift the Thundering Herd to a 4-3 victory over the Monarchs on Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club.
For Timko, it was her fifth straight win at No. 6 singles. No. 1 Dominiki Zaprazna also posted a three-set win for the Thundering Herd (6-5) and Dana Oppinger won in straight sets. Marshall won at No. 1 and No. 3 in doubles to get that point.
For the Monarchs (7-5), Diana Ivanova, Juliana Pires and Melissa Esnal Olguin won their singles matches.
"Today was a classic college tennis match," Herd coach John Mercer. "After six hours, the final score came down the final game of the final set of the final match. That is great competition and that's what it's all about. I'm proud of how Karli finished the match, battling through adversity and bouncing back time and again. It's certainly a shame that one team had to lose today."
Marshall's next match will be Saturday against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Tyler Lesch stroked a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally USC Upstate to a 6-5 victory over Marshall on Sunday at Harley Park.
Entering the ninth inning trailing 5-3, the Spartans (8-2) needed a big rally to complete their second consecutive three-game weekend sweep and they did just that. Brandon Patterson got the rally started with a one-out double to right center and Trey Richardson followed with an RBI single to left to cut the deficit 5-4.
Thundering Herd reliever Matt Margaritonda walked two of the next three batters to load the bases with two outs. On a 2-1 count, Lesch looped a liner down the left field line that fell in front Chase Vogelbach and Miller and Richardson raced home to complete the comeback and send Marshall to its fifth straight loss.
Entering Sunday's action, the Spartans had failed to score a run in the eighth or ninth inning all season,
Marshall (3-7) scored three times in the fifth for a 3-0 lead. The Herd added a run in the eighth and ninth to hold a 5-3 advantage as the Spartans came to bat for the final time.
Isaac Ballou, Andrew Dundon and Matt Kirkwood each had two hits for Marshall. Ballou, Dundon, Nathan Gomez and Chase Vogelbach each had an RBI.
The Herd will return to action next weekend with a four-game series against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky.
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Long jumper Crystal Walker had school-record effort Saturday at the Virginia Tech Qualifier. She had a jump of 6.13 meters in her specialty for the record and placed fourth overall.
Amber Pierson was fifth in the 400 (56.38). Jasia Richardson was seventh in the triple jump (12.52 meters). Page Govey placed 11th in the mile (5:18.84).
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Marshall's Korakot Simsiriwong shot a 1-over 73 on the Oak Point course Sunday to move into a tie for seventh after the first round of the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.
The Thundering Herd shot 328 and is 26th in the 32-team field. Other Marshall scores were Rachel Thompson, 79; Caitlyn Morrone, 85; Maria Battaglia, 91; and Kristyn Morrone, 97.
College of Charleston shot 292 to take the lead. Campbell is second with 201 and Daytona State and Troy share third with 302.
Harin Lee of St. John's and Stacey Tomlinson of College of Charleston each carded 70 to share the first-day lead.
Round 2 begins Monday at 10 a.m.