Marshall women split two games in Houston
HOUSTON -- Marshall rapped out 15 hits and rolled to 13-1, run-rule victory over Houston on Saturday in the first game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Cougar Softball Stadium.
The Cougars (25-11, 9-2 C-USA) rallied to win the nightcap, 6-4, and end the Thundering Herd's winning streak at 14 (school record) and C-USA streak at 10 (program first). The teams wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox Sports is scheduled to air the game. It will be Marshall's first TV game.
Ashley Gue had four hits and Shaelynn Braxton and Kaitlin Lucas each drove in three runs to power the Thundering Herd (24-12, 10-3 C-USA) in the opener. Jazmine Valle added two RBI.
Andi Williamson went five innings, tossing a two-hitter. Kayla Holland and Taylor Duplechain had a hit each for the Cougars.
Things got away for the home team starting in the third. Marshall scored three in the third, six in the fourth and tacked on three more in the fifth.
In the nightcap, Houston scored twice in the first, second and fifth innings to get the win against Williamson (23-12). Haley Outon knocked in two for the Cougars. Katie St. Pierre collected a single to extend her hitting streak to a program-best 21 games.
The Herd's Alysia Hively got on in both games to extend her reach-base streak to a school-best 15.
On Tuesday, the Herd will take on Kentucky at 5 p.m. in Lexington.
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Marshall won the doubles point and five of six singles matches to secure a 6-1 victory over Liberty at the Hershey Tennis Courts.
For the Thundering Herd (10-10), Dominika Zaprazna and Kara Kucin won at No. 1 doubles and Ellie Ball and Maria Voscekova prevailed at No. 2 to get the first point.
In singles, Marshall's winners are Zaprazna at No. 1, Dana Oppinger at No. 2, Voscekova at No. 3, Ball at No. 5 and Kucin at No. 6.
Marshall's next match will be Wednesday at home against Louisville. The Herd's final home match starts at 1 p.m.
DALLAS -- Marshall is in 15th place after two rounds in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational being played on the par-72 Dallas Athletic Club. The Thundering Herd shot 330 and has a 36-hole total of 667.
Marshall's Rachel Thompson and Korakot Simsiriwong are tied at 161. Thompson shot 80 and Simsiriwong a 78. Other Herd scores were Maria Battaglia, 87 -- 173; Kristyn Morrone, 89 -- 181; and Caitlyn Morrone, 94 -- 188.
Oklahoma State leads at 600 after shooting 295 Saturday. Denver is second at 604.
Oklahoma State's Julie Yang is the individual leader by eight shots. She shot 68 Saturday for a 138.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Marshall finished seventh in the Irish Creek Collegiate played on the par-71 Club at Irish Creek. The Thundering Herd shot 289 Sunday for a 583 total.
Brian Anania closed with a 70 to lead the Herd with 143. Other Marshall scores were Nathan Kerns, 75 -- 145; Logan Lagodich, 73 -- 147; Tas Sipowski, 71 -- 148; and Jeremy Rogers, 78 -- 157.
North Carolina posted 285 in the final round for a 567 total. The Tar Heels won by four shots over Davidson.
Davidson's Richard Fountain was medalist at 136 after firing a closing 66. He finished a shot ahead of Kennesaw State's Jimmy Beck.
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