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Herd softball sweeps UTSA

March 24, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s softball team swept a Saturday doubleheader from UTSA at Dot Hicks Field by twin shutouts, 5-0 and 7-0.

Abigail To 1 bert tossed a one-hitter in the first game and rang up seven strikeouts. Kai-lee Williamson did the honors in game two on a seven-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Marshall had only five hits in game one, but one of them was Sierra Huerta’s home run. Huerta and Blakely Burch both drive in two runs.

Brianna Daiss homered for the Thundering Herd in game two. Daiss and Armani Brown had two RBIs apiece.

Marshall (21-8, 4-1 Conference USA) and UTSA (14-14, 5-3) wrap up the series with a noon Sunday game.

Baseball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four two-out runs and home runs by Reynaldo Pastrana and Zach Inskeep led the Marshall baseball team in a 5-4 defeat of Charlotte in Saturday’s game at Hayes Stadium.

Marshall (14-7, 4-1 Conference USA) has won the first two games of a series that concludes with a noon Sunday contest.

Starting pitcher Zac McNeel went 3 2A innings, gave up five hits, walked three batters and struck out four. Relief pitcher Patrick Murphy (2-1) picked up the win in 3 2A innings of work when he allowed only one hit.

Pastrana’s two-run homer over the left-field wall in the fourth inning put Marshall up 3-2. Tucker Linder’s triple in the fifth inning made it 4-2.

Inskeep touched the 49ers (10-12,2-3) for a leadoff homer in the ninth inning.

Tennis

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane ended Marshall’s three-match women’s tennis win streak Saturday with a 5-2 victory Saturday at the City Park Tennis Center.

Tulane took the doubles point and won four of six singles matches. Marshall winners in singles were Liz Stefancic and Madi Ballow.

Marshall started its road trip Saturday with a 7-0 victory against New Orleans. Anna Smith/Daniela Dankanych and Ballow/Stefancic won doubles matches. Smith, Victoria Walter, Dankanych, Stefancic, Ballow and Matilde Mulatero won in singles.

Track

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Reneese Batson from Marshall won the hammer throw Friday at the Winthrop Invitational women’s track and field meet with a school-record toss of 58.84 meters.

Macie Maloy placed second in the pole vault (3.60 meters) and Sarah Bever was third in the heptathlon.

Marshall men’s cross country runner Nickolas Schmidt finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:00.97.

The meet was completed Saturday.

Golf

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Marshall men’s golf is in 15th place after two rounds of the 21-team Furman Intercollegiate.

First-place Coastal Carolina’s team score of 561 leads Davidson by six strokes. Wes Artac of Coastal Carolina and Keller Harper from Furman share the individual lead at 9-under-par 133.

Marshall has a 601 team score topped by Thomas Frazier at 76-71—147. Other golfers for Marshall are Ben Roeder (75-75—150), Cameron Root (75-76—151), Cole Moore (75-79—154) and Will Straub (76-78—154).

Marshall tees off for the final round at 9 a.m. Sunday.