Herd baseball loses 12-3, swept by Louisiana Tech at home
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Louisiana Tech continued its hot effort at the plate on Sunday to earn a 12-3 win over Marshall at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, W.Va. on Sunday.
With the win, the Bulldogs completed a threegame sweep of Marshall (17-20, 5-13 C-USA).
Tech (29-13, 13-5 C-USA) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the series finale against the Herd.
The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and scored in three of the first four innings to jump out to a 5-0 lead before putting the game away with a five-run seventh inning.
Marshall was able to get a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game from being ended due to the mercy rule, but would get no closer in the nine-run loss.
Louisiana Tech starter Logan Bailey allowed just one run on three hits in five innings while striking out three and walking just one batter to move his record to 7-1 on the season.
Two of Marshall’s runs in the contest came on solo home runs by Rey Pastrana, his eighth of the year, and Erik Rodriguez.
Marshall starter Zac McNeel took the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking four and striking out three in six innings of work.
Pastrana and Kody Matthews each went 2-for-4 for the Herd.
Seven different players drove in runs for Louisiana Tech, who was led at the plate by Hunter Wells, who finished 3-for-5 with two doubles.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky defeated Marshall, 4-1, on Sunday to take two of three games from the Herd in a weekend series.
“Unfortunately, today’s result isn’t surprising,” Herd head coach Jen Steele said. “We didn’t play good softball all weekend. We battled and competed yesterday, but we didn’t execute any part of the game at a high level.”
Marshall (23-24-1) got on the board first with a bases loaded walk in the first inning. Freshman Aly Harrell scored from third on sophomore Blakely Burch’s tenth RBI of the season.
The Hilltoppers scored one run in the fourth to tie the game and then scored three in the sixth to take the lead.
Sophomore Kailee Williamson started the game for Marshall and pitched the first 3.2 innings. Junior Abigail Tolbert came on in relief in the fourth with the game tied and pitched the rest of the way, taking the loss.
“We have a responsibility to make sure we execute down the stretch,” coach Steele said. “We have some time before Middle Tennessee, and we are looking to find our rhythm before then.”
Marshall continues its road swing with a single game at Ohio on Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m.
Track and field
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — HollyAnn Swann broke a 28-year-old Marshall University women’s track and field record Saturday at the Virginia Challenge.
Swann placed 10th in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:28.12. The old record set by Katrina Maynard in 1990 was 37:15.64.
Renesse Batson from Marshall won the hammer throw with a toss of 55.18 meters (181 feet) and Hasana Clark finished second (54.82 meters, 179-10).
Barkley Castro was third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.01.
Brandy Elysee finished fourth in the 200 (24.04 seconds) and Melany Belot finished fourth in the triple jump (12.15 meters, 39-10.50).
Ericka Budd placed sixth in the shot put (13.70 meters, 44-11.50) and Sanere’a White was eighth in the 400 (56.67 seconds).