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MU roundup: Herd wins doubleheader vs. Northern Ky.

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Nathan Gomez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Sergio Leon and give Marshall a 2-1 victory over Northern Kentucky on Sunday and a sweep of the doubleheader.

The Thundering Herd (7-7) won the opener, 9-0, and the sweep extends its winning streak to four. Northern Kentucky (2-12) has lost six straight.

Chase Vogelbach had three hits and drove in three runs to lead Marshall in the opener. Isaac Ballou collected two hits and drove in a pair. Gray Stafford also had three of the Herd's 13 hits.

Herd starter Aaron Blair went seven innings, his longest outing of the season.

In the nightcap, Marshall turned three double plays.

In Saturday's late game, the Herd scored three runs in the top of the seventh to get a 6-3 victory and sweep that twinbill at UC Medical Center Stadium in Florence.

Marshall will return to action next weekend with a four-game series against Central Michigan in Beckley.

Men's golf

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Marshall's Nathan Kerns has the individual lead, but the Thundering Herd finds itself 16th in the team standings after one round in the Golf Pride Pinehurst Intercollegiate being played on Pinehurst Resort's No. 2 and No. 6 courses.

Kerns fired a 3-under-par 68 on the No. 6 course. He leads North Carolina Greensboro's Taylor Coalson and Virginia Commonwealth's Jake McNulty by a stroke.

Other Herd scores were Brian Anania, 83; Jeremy Rogers, 80; Logan Lagodich, 86; and Josh Holmes, 84. Marshall's team score was 315.

Old Dominion shot 286 and leads Villanova and VCU by five shots going into Monday's second round.

Softball

TULSA, Okla. -- Aimee Creger tossed a one-hitter and Tulsa did all its scoring in the first three innings to blank Marshall, 8-0, in five innings Sunday for a sweep of the three-game series at Collins Family Softball Complex. The eight-run rule halted the game after the Thundering Herd (10-12, 0-3 C-USA) batted in the fifth.

Creger (11-1) struck out 11 and allowed a fourth-inning single to the Thundering Herd's Jazmine Valle.

Haley Henshaw had a two-run single in the first for the No. 21 Golden Hurricane (19-5, 3-0 C-USA). Tulsa got two more in the second, one on an error and RBI single by Samantha Cobb. In the third, Julie Kernen ripped a two-run double to right and Cassidy Bowen belted a two-run homer.

Tulsa and Marshall have played 26 times. With the weekend sweep, the Hurricane have won 16 of the last 18 meetings dating back to 2008 and now lead the all-time series 20-6.

Marshall will return to action Wednesday against Radford. Game time is 4 p.m. at RU Softball Field in Radford, Va.

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