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MU roundup: MU rallies to beat FAU

Feb. 10, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- Designated hitter Alyssa Cook drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Marshall a 2-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday in the final day of South Florida's Demarini Tournament.

With the game tied, the international tie-breaker rule was used.

On the mound, Andi Williamson (2-2) went the distance. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked five and fanned eight. She retired 11 on groundouts and the Owls left 11 on base.

Marshall (2-3) won two of its final three games in the tournament. FAU (1-4) got its first win with a 2-1 win over the host Bulls in the final game Sunday. South Florida is ranked No. 10 nationally.

Ashley Gue went 3-for-3 to lead the Herd attack.

Alysia Hively's double to left drove in Shaelynn Braxton to give Marshall a 1-0 lead in the second inning. FAU tied it up with a run in the fifth.

Cook's sacrifice fly to left brought Jazmine Valle home with the winning run.

Marshall will return to action next weekend in the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta. The Herd will play Indiana twice, Miami twice and the host Yellow Jackets.

Tennis

BARBOURSVILLE -- Marshall won the doubles point and four of six singles matches to defeat Miami (Ohio), 5-2, Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club. The match took more than four hours as four singles matches went three sets.

Marshall's Dana Oppinger dropped the first set against Miami's Christine Guerrazi, but won the next two 6-4, 6-3 at No 4 to clinch the victory for the Thundering Herd (3-4). The RedHawks are 2-5.

"It was good to see us grind and play hard," Marshall coach John Mercer said. "It's good to go through some ups and downs, take some adversity over the course of a match, and really stick to it and have a desire to fight hard together."

Dominika Zaprazna, Maria Voscekova and Ellie Ball were the others Herd players to go the distance.

Zaprazna won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 despite trailing 3-1 in the third. Voscekova fell 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7). She came back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to force a third. Ball had a set lead, but Miami's Nimisha Mohan won the next two.

Marshall will return to action Friday at home against Winthrop. The match will start at 4 p.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.

Track

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Marshall's 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Shanice Johnson, Amber Pierson, Loren Dyer, and Hadassah Lynch clocked the third fastest time in program history (3:51.09) which was good for second place at the Hoosier Hills Invitational hosted by Indiana University.

Shyra Molton was third in the 200-meter dash (25.11). Dyer was third in the 600 (1:37.96).

Vanessa Jules placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.67 seconds).

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