Marshall Softball Suffers First Loss of Year to Coastal Carolina

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CONWAY, S.C. – Unable to combat three home runs from Coastal Carolina, the Marshall softball team fell 7-3 in the final day of the Kickin’ Chicken Classic.

The loss is the first for the Thundering Herd after it won their first four on the year, all during the past weekend, to jump out to a 4-0 record.

 “Offensively, we out hit them but the difference was that their hitters took advantage of the free passes and got the timely hits, head coach Shonda Stanton commented following the game.  “On the defensive side of things we had the chance to make a couple game changing plays and were not able to come up with them.   Give credit to Coastal, their left side of the infield came up with some big plays to impact the game as well. “

Coastal Carolina (3-0) got things started Sunday with a home run from Sarah Maples, the first home run allowed by Marshall during the early season, to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Chanticleers would come back to the plate in top half of the second and add two more runs off two base hits, pushing their lead to 4-0.

 Marshall (4-1) would load the bases in its portion of the second and get two runs, the first one thanks to an Amanda Lara single, scoring pinch hitter Taylor Thompson. Melissa Loesing would come up later in the inning and put down a beautiful bunt that would land right on the first base foul line and score Ashley Gue pushing the score to 4-2 in favor of CCU. Solo home runs from two different Coastal Carolina players would come in the third and fourth innings pushing their lead to 6-2.

They would add their final run of the game during the seventh inning for a 7-2 lead. The Herd would notch another run in the final frame with a Jazmine Valle single that brought Loesing across home plate to make the final score 7-3.

Andi Williamson (2-1) would suffer the loss for Marshall while Ashley Bagwell would go the whole way for the Chanticleers for the win to improve to 2-0. Loesing and Rebecca Gamby were the top performers for the Herd at plate with two hits each. Loesing would also score and drive in run while stealing one base.

“This was a disappointing way to end a great weekend.  I am excited to get back to work with this group having seen so many positive things to build on,” continued Stanton.

Marshall is back in action next weekend when it returns to the state of South Carolina, this time to participate in the College of Charleston Classic. First game is slated for 10 a.m. against Charleston Southern.

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