Tulsa defeats Herd softball team twice
TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa's Aimee Creger did Marshall in as a pitcher in the first game and at the plate in the second game as the No. 21 Golden Hurricane swept a Conference USA doubleheader from the Thundering Herd on Saturday at Collins Family Softball Complex.
Creger (10-1) allowed just three hits and struck out 14 as Tulsa blanked Marshall, 6-0, in the opening game. The Hurricane scored a run in the first and put it away with five in the sixth. Caitlin Everett went 3-for-4 to lead the Tulsa attack.
In the nightcap, Creger served as designated player and belted a homer and drove in six runs to lead Tulsa to a 9-6 victory. Creger got three of the six on a three-run homer in a six-run fifth to take the Hurricane from a 4-3 deficit to 9-4 lead.
Lacey Middlebrooks (7-2) worked 5.1 innings to get the win. Caitlin Sill went the last 1.2 innings for her first save.
Andi Williamson suffered both losses. She started the opener and came on in relief in the second game.
Raquel Escareno had a homer and drove in three runs for the Herd (10-11, 0-2 C-USA).
Tulsa (18-5, 2-0 C-USA) and the Herd wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Tulsa has won 15 of the last 17 meetings and leads the all-time series 19-6. Last year, the Hurricane went 3-1 against Marshall, including a 3-2 win in the C-USA Championship game.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Isaac Ballou had three hits and drove in two runs to help Marshall beat Northern Kentucky, 7-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. The teams met in Game 2 later Saturday night.
Andrew Dundon also drove in a pair of runs for the Thundering Herd. Gray Stafford and Chase Vogelbach also had three hits each as Marshall totaled 14 for the game. Sergio Leon added two hits.
Chase Boster went the first six inning for the Herd. Kolin Stanley, Matt Hummell and Kyle Kessler finished with an inning each.
The teams wrap up the series Sunday with a doubleheader. The first game starts at noon.
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech (9-2) got the doubles point, then won three of four singles matches to defeat Marshall, 4-3, Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The match took more than four hours.
Isel Martinez-Marcos got the decisive point at No. 2 singles with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 win over the Thundering Herd's Dana Oppinger.
Maria Zaprazna at No. 1, Maria Voscekova at No. 3 and Karlyn Timko at No. 5 got singles wins for Marshall (6-6). Timko has won six straight matches.
The Herd will return to action next weekend in the Blue-Grey Tennis Classic in Birmingham, Ala.