Four-Run Fourth Lifts Marshall to 6-3 Win Over Memphis
March 29, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A four-run fourth inning by Marshall (22-12, 8-3 C-USA) was too much for the University of Memphis softball team (14-24, 3-8 C-USA) to overcome as the Thundering Herd clinched the series against the Tigers with a 6-3 win in game two of a doubleheader.
Marshall answered in the bottom frame with Jazmine Valle sending a pitch over the left field wall for a 2-1 advantage for the Thundering Herd. Marshall distanced itself from the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth with four runs off five hits to take a 6-1 lead. Valle drove in the first run of the inning off a bunt single to bring home Bri Anna Hope. After a single from Alysia Hively that scored Emileigh Cooper, Racquel Escareno got the Herd's second home run of the game with a shot over the right field wall to go up by five.
Memphis cut into its deficit in the top of the fifth with Lindahl leading off with a double to left field. Wheeler Hill followed with a single to left before advancing to third on an error to allow Lindahl to make it 6-2. A double play ended the inning for the Tigers, but not before Hill reached home for a 6-3 score.
The Tigers could not muster up a hit in the final two innings as they dropped their seventh-straight game.
Andi Williamson (21-11) earned the win for Marshall with two strikeouts while allowing five hits and three runs. Jordan Richwood (6-8) suffered the loss for the Tigers, finishing with three strikeouts and giving up six hits, six runs and a walk. Lindahl led Memphis with two hits along with a run scored and an RBI.
Memphis will complete its series against Marshall tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT.