Softball Falls 1-0 to Marshall in 11 Innings
March 29, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A walk-off triple down the right field line from Jazmine Valle in the 11th inning lifted Marshall (21-12, 7-3 C-USA) to a 1-0 win over Memphis (14-23, 3-7 C-USA) in game one of a doubleheader Friday.
Both teams went without a hit in the 8th, 9th and 10th innings before Bri Anna Hope led off with a single to left field in the 11th to get Marshall going. With one out, Valle sent a rocket into the outfield to bring home Hope for a 1-0 victory for the Herd.
In the bottom of the second, Marshall put two on with zero out with Hope reaching base on a hit by pitch before Katalin Lucas drew a walk. With two outs, both runners moved into scoring position on a double steal but a strikeout for Ellen Roberts helped Memphis escape without any damage done.
The Tigers threatened in the top of the third as Breslin Perry drew a one-out walk before advancing to second on a passed ball. Lelani Bernardino followed with a single to left field to move Perry to third, while Bernardino reached second after an erred throw from the Marshall outfield. However, a strikeout and a liner to short ended the inning for Memphis to keep the game scoreless.
In the bottom of the fourth, Marshall had a chance to take the lead but the Memphis defense caught Emileigh Cooper on an attempt to go home before throwing out Alysia Hively at second to get out of the inning.
The Herd put two on with one out in the seventh as Raquel Escareno singled up the middle before Kristina Braxton reached on a base on balls. A pop up to Kelly Braman at first and a fly out to Perry in left helped the Tigers keep Marshall off the board and head to extra innings.
Andi Williamson struck out 13 in 11 innings of work while giving up eight walks and three hits to improve to 20-11 on the season. Roberts (7-15) was handed the loss for Memphis, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing seven hits and four walks.