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49ers down Marshall 8-5 in baseball

March 25, 2019 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte struck for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday and defeated Marshall University, 8-5, in a Conference USA baseball game.

The 49ers (11-12 overall, 3-3 C-USA) averted a three-game series sweep while dropping Marshall to 14-8 overall and 4-2 conference.

Marshall scored single runs in each of the first four innings, but Charlotte scored one in the first inning and three in the second inning for a 4-4 tie.

Tucker Linder hit a solo home run for Marshall in the first inning. Reynaldo Pastrana homered for the Thundering Herd in the sixth inning. Pastrana’s homer gave Marshall a 5-4 lead.

Herd starting pitcher Phillip Hoffman left after throwing 1.1 innings when he gave up four runs on three hits and walked three batters. Ryan Falls pitched four scoreless innings of relief. Reliever D’Andre Knight pitched the seventh inning and was tagged with the loss.

The Herd collected 10 hits against three Charlotte pitchers with Linder, Pastrana and Geordon Blanton each getting two.

Marshall plays a 6 p.m. Tuesday game at Ohio University and meets West Virginia University in a 6 p.m. Wednesday game at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.


HUNTINGTON — UTSA topped Marshall, 4-2, in the Sunday finale of a Conference USA softball series at Dot Hicks Field.

Aly Harrell had the only hit for Marshall (21-9, 4-2). UTSA is 15-14 and 6-3 in C-USA.

UTSA (15-14, 6-3) pitchers Clarissa Hernandez (6-3) and Marena Estell (first save) limited Marshall (21-9, 4-2) to only one hit, a single by Aly Harrell.

Marshall’s Abigail Tolbert (13-7) allowed four hits and recorded nine strikeouts.


ROCK HILL, S.C. — Marshall’s Safiyyah Mitchell won the women’s 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Winthrop Invitational track and field meet with a time of 13.55 seconds. Mitchell had a preliminary time Friday of 13.45 that ranks 10th in the nation.

Marshall also won the 4x100 relay with Brandy Elysee, Kayla Haywood, Mitchell and Talor Wilkerson clocked in 46.74 seconds.

Reneese Batson was the hammer throw winner Friday with a heave of 193-feet.

Taylor Robinson was second in the 100 hurdles (14.10) and Macie Majoy finished second in the pole vault (11-feet, 9.75 inches).


GREENVILLE, N.C. — Ben Roeder from Marshall fired a 2-under-par 69 in the final round Sunday and helped the Thundering Herd move up to 14th place in the Furman Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament.

Coastal Carolina won the 21-team tournament with a 7-under total of 845. Keller Harper from Furman was the individual with rounds of 70, 63 and 72 for 8-under 205.

Roeder also had two rounds of 75 and finished 30th at 219. The Herd’s other golfers were Cameron Root (75-76-72 — 223), Thomas Frazier (76-71-77 — 224), Cole Moore (75-79-75 — 229) and Will Straub (76-78-78 — 232).