Oct. 5, 2008
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall University softball wrapped up weekend exhibition play by defeating West Virginia Wesleyan Sunday at Dot Hicks Field.
The Thundering Herd picked up a game one victory by a score of 3-0 and finished off game two with a mark of 9-3.
In game one, Marshall took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when sophomore Melanie Stoehr (Tacoma, Wash.) scored from third after junior Marcena Bertoldo (xx) doubled to left field.
Sophomore starter Rachel Rillo (Oxnard, Calif.) went four innings for the Herd allowing only two hits.
In the sixth, Marshall would add two runs to build a 3-0 cushion. Junior Caitlyn Jackson led off the inning with a triple to right center followed by a walk by freshman Rebecca Gamby (Mount Victory, Ohio).
As a pinch hitter, senior Rachel Schmidt (Alliance, Ohio) scored Jackson and Gamby off a single to right field.
In the seventh, junior Katie Murphree (Tallahassee, Fla.) found herself in a jam with the bases loaded with one out after a hit and two walks from Wesleyan.
The Herd would escape the jam when Wesleyan hit into a double play that saw a slow grounder roll to Murphree who went home to Stoehr for the force out. Stoehr attempted to get the runner out at first but Gamby couldn't handle the throw. She tossed the ball back to the plate managing to get a second out as the runner from third attempted to score on the throw to first, completing a rarely seen 1-2-3-2 double play.
Marshall finished the day with a 9-3 win in game two with senior Autumn Mitchell
(Shady Spring, W.Va.) picking up the win.
On the day Jackson finished 3-for-7 with a triple, double and two RBIs. Bertoldo and Schmidt would both finish with three RBIs apiece.
With both wins Sunday, Marshall completed the weekend 4-0 in exhibition play.