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Williamson K's the Bobcats
Marshall's senior hurler Andi Williamson had a record-breaking day, setting herself a new career and Herd softball record with 16 strikeouts in game one. Marshall’s previous record was 14 in a single game and was set by Williamson on March 31, 2012, which she matched this season against Quinnipiac Feb. 23. She ended the day with a total of 28 strikeouts, after recording 12 in game two. She broke and set Marshall’s all-time win record with her 26th victory – she previously held the record with 25 wins in 2012. She has 300 strikeouts on the season after today, setting a new single-season record with every strikeout pitched, since the previous record was held by Sara Gulla with 270.
Senior Ashley Gue set a new second place all-time record after earning one stolen base in game two, holding a career-high of 104 stolen bases.
After a scoreless first inning, Marshall took control of the game with a three-run second inning. Led off by senior Jazmine Valle’s drawn walk, pinch runner and sophomore Kristina Braxton scored on a one-out single from junior Savanah Webster (2-for-3). Freshman Katalin Lucas joined Webster on base after being walked, and both runners scored on freshman Kaelynn Greene’s (3-for-4) two-out shot to left field. The single extended Greene’s hitting streak to ten games – the longest hitting streak of the season for Marshall.
Bobcats’ Lauren McClary retired the Herd in order to give her team a chance to score in the bottom of the third, and a lead-off Marshall error put a threatening runner in scoring position, but Williamson retired three Bobcats in order to keep Ohio scoreless in the third.
Webster extended the Marshall lead in the top of the fourth with her third homer of the season, a one-out rocket over the right-field wall that pushed the Herd further ahead, 4-0.
The Herd was unable to score again and defensively, Williamson continued to retire Ohio contenders with nine-consecutive strikeouts that stretched from the third inning through the fifth. After not allowing a hit since the bottom of the first, Williamson surrendered a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. She set herself a new career record after fanning five back-to-back strikeouts and ending game one in her sixth shutout victory of the season.
Both teams left four runners stranded on base in game one and committed one error, but Marshall came out on top with four runs off six hits, while Ohio was unable to score and registered two hits. Greene and Webster both earned two RBIs in game one.
The Bobcats’ took the momentum of game two early, forcing the Herd out of the top of the inning with two runners still on base. Ohio scored early after a lead-off double and two-out, two-run homer gave the Bobcats their first and only lead of the day, 2-0.
The Herd loaded the bases on drawn walks in the top of the second and a two-out single from Gue (2-for-3) shrank the lead to 2-1. A passed ball and error allowed two more Marshall players to cross the dish and give the Herd a 3-2 advantage before a strikeout ended the inning.
Ohio and Marshall remained scoreless through the rest of the game. After freshman Halie Vance and Brittanie Fowler closed out the first inning of game two, Williamson stepped back into the circle and gave up no hits through six innings, recording 12 strikeouts in game two.
Marshall had an errorless game in game two, and offensively left eight runners stranded, while Ohio committed one error and left five on base.
The Herd will resume play for a doubleheader Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. for conference action against UAB. The final game of the series will be on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m.