May 3, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall made a living with two outs Saturday as the Thundering Herd scored all 14 of its runs in its doubleheader sweep of Louisiana Tech with two outs as the Lady Techsters saw their postseason hopes come to an end.
Marshall (25-30, 12-11 C-USA) defeated LA Tech 5-2 and 9-0, eliminating the Lady Techsters (19-32, 7-15 C-USA) from the Conference USA Tournament scenario. LA Tech will wrap up its season Sunday at 11 a.m. CT with the third and final game of the series.
Marshall 5, LA Tech 2 (Game 1)
Tech took a 2-1 lead with single runs in the second and third frames but Marshall scored three in the fifth and one more in the sixth to defeat the Lady Techsters in the first game of the day.
After Marshall plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first on a two-out single against Tech starter Bianca Duran, the Lady Techsters fought back and tied the game in the top of the second. Hailey Winter led off with a walk and advanced to second when Duran was hit by a pitch. Senior Katelynn Hill followed with an RBI double to centerfield, scoring Winter and tying the game at 1-1.
However, with runners on second and third and only one out, Tech failed to capitalize as Marshall starter Jordan Dixon struck Courtney Lowe out and induced a ground ball out from Tori Charters to end the threat.
Tech took its one and only lead of the day in the top of the third inning as Anna Cross doubled and eventually scored on an RBI single by Pauline Tufi, giving the Lady Techsters a 2-1 advantage. Tech had an opportunity to add to the lead in that frame, but stranded two runners.
Marshall finally struck back in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Savannah Webster tripled over the head of Kristen Miles in left field, plating two runs. Webster then scored on a fielding error by Tech upping the advantage to 4-2. The Herd added an insurance run in the sixth inning and Dixon retired the final three batters in the seventh to pick up the victory.
Duran (6-19) took the loss for Tech, allowing five runs - four earned - on 10 hits and one walk in the complete-game effort.
Miles (2-3), Cross (1-4, 1 run), Tufi (1-4, 1 RBI), Godwin (1-2), Hill (1-2, 1 RBI), Lowe (1-2) and Winter (1 run) led Tech offensively.
Marshall 9, LA Tech 0 (Game 2 - 5 innings)
Marshall hit three home runs and plated runs in all four innings to run rule Louisiana Tech 9-0 in the second game of the afternoon.
Pauline Tufi (13-10) took the loss for LA Tech in the circle, allowing nine runs - eight earned - on 12 hits and one walk while striking out five batters.
Katalin Lucas, Emileigh Cooper and Raquel Escareno all homered for Marshall which banged out 12 hits, including seven extra base hits.
Tech was led offensively by Cross (1-3), Godwin (1-2) and Charters (1-2).