Monday, 25 February 2013 11:53

Marshall Olympic Sports Sunday Round-Up: Baseball sweeps, Softball splits pair, Track and Swimming finish up at C-USA Championships and women's basketball falls in OT at Rice

Written by  MU SPORTS INFORMATION RELEASES, edited by Woody Woodrum for HI

Baseball sweeps doubleheader at NC A&T, 16-3 and 3-0

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Picking up where it left off from game one when the Herd won 16-3, Marshall’s pitching staff held North Carolina A&T to three hits and shut out the Aggies 3-0 in the series finale Sunday evening at War Memorial Stadium.
Marshall improved to 3-2 and won the series and its second straight contest, while NC A&T fell to 3-4.
Senior starter Wayland Moore (1-0) took the decision, retiring the first 13 hitters he faced and allowing only one base runner, on a single, through 6.0 quality innings.
Moore had six strikeouts and walked none.
Alex Thackston, Kolin Stanley and Matt Margaritonda extended the shutout out of the bullpen and kept the Aggies without a run. Thackston threw a perfect seventh.
Stanley, after allowing the tying run come to the plate, struck out back-to-back batters looking to escape the eighth.
Margaritonda worked the ninth, allowing a walk on the way to his second save of the season.

 Marshall scored all three of its runs in the seventh as Andrew Dundon and Gray Stafford doubled in runs.
Senior catcher Matt Kirkwood singling to center then advancing to second as Sergio Leon reached on an A&T error.
With runners on first and second, Dundon lifted a double to center field to score the game’s first run.
Stafford followed two batters later with a double to right, driving in two.
Stafford and sophomore Eric Escobedo were each 3-for-4, and Stafford picked up two RBI.
A&T’s Cameron Jergens, who broke up Moore’s perfect game in the fifth, ended the game 2-for-3 but the Aggies had only one other hit.
A&T starter Brent Moore went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (one earned), 10 hits and a walk in the loss, striking out six.

Aaron Blair pitches well as Herd scores 16 for senior in 16-3 win at NC A&T Sunday. (HI file photo)

In game one, MU ace Aaron Blair kept North Carolina A&T hitless through five and Marshall’s baseball team ran away with a 16-3 victory over the Aggies.
Blair (1-1) struck out five and walked two in 5.2 innings, not allowing a base hit until A&T’s Luke Tendler’s RBI-single put the Aggies on the board in the bottom of the sixth.
By then, Marshall had climbed to an 8-0 lead thanks to a five-spot in the sixth.
Then the Herd added five runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
Marshall’s relief staff of Matt Hummel, Alex Thackston and Terrence Moore held NC A&T without a hit over the final 3.1 innings.
Hummel, who entered the game with two out in the sixth, fanned three in 1.1 innings.
All nine members of MU’s starting lineup recorded a base hit, led by three players who each had three hits — Gray Stafford, Matt Kirkwood, and Andrew Dundon.
Sergio Leon scored three times and drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-5 outing.
First baseman Nathan Gomez hit the team’s first home run of the season with a two-run blast in the eighth, while fellow senior and DH Alfredo Brito was 1-for-2 and drew four walks.
Freshman Adam Bolen recorded his first base hit at Marshall with an RBI-double in the top of the ninth.
NC A&T starter Justin Godette (0-1) was saddled the loss after surrendering nine hits and three runs in 4.2 innings.
Marshall is at Charlotte, N.C., today to play the Charlotte 49ers. a member of Conference USA next season.
First pitch is Noon, and fans can follow the Herd on Gametracker at HerdZone.com.

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Ashley Gue of the Herd was 3-for-6 in doubleheader Sunday, needs one stolen base to tie MU record of 88 in career. (courtesy of HerdZone.com)

Softball splits pair Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. 

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Marshall softball team split a pair of games on Sunday with a 7-2 loss to the host team, UNC Greensboro, then recording the first shutout win of the season against Drexel in a 4-0 win.
Starter Andi Williamson had a total of 18 strikeouts between both games, picking up a win and a loss (5-7).
Ashley Gue ended the day 3-for-6 and Valle had three total RBI’s.
Senior Andi Williamson retired the first three hitters in the
Against the hometown Spartans of UNCG, Herd third baseman Jazmine Valle, who was 2-for-3 on the day, and drove in Katalin Lucas with a two-out hit for the Herd’s first run.
UNCG’s Eileen Horsmon doubled to right center, scoring the the tying run on a hit by Heather Robb in the bottom of the inning.
UNCG blew the game open in the in the bottom of the third, when Williamson walked a run home, then gave up a pinch-hit double to Toni MacReynolds, who brought in three runs to give the Spartans’ a 6-1 lead.
Marshall’s freshman pitcher Halie Vance was substituted in for Williamson (6 runs, five strikeouts), and a fly out to center field ended the five-run inning.
Marshall and UNCG were kept off the scoreboard through the fifth and sixth inning, and despite the two-run double by Valle in the top of the seventh the Herd fell to the Spartans with a final 7-2 score.
In game two, the Herd kept Drexel scoreless through seven innings.

Jazmine Valle recorded three runs batted in in a split of games at UNC-Greensboro. (courtesy HerdZone.com)

Williamson had seven strikeouts before the fifth and ended the game with a total of 13.
Valle hit a SAC fly in the third to put Marshall up, 1-0.
Marshall scored the rest of the runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs, beginning with a Gue single up the middle. Gue robbed the Dragons' second and third base, putting her one stolen base away from matching assistant coach Amanda Williams’ career record of 88.
Two runs were walked in, and the third run was taken on a wild pitch.
The Herd will be back in action against the same two teams Monday, facing Drexel again at 11:00 a.m. and UNCG at 1:30 p.m.

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Jasia Richardson finished second in the long jump with 12.55 meters leap at C-USA Championships. (courtesy of HerdZone.com)

Richardson Paces Herd on Final Day at C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three Marshall student-athletes finished in the top 10 of the triple jump to highlight the Herd’s performance Sunday on the final day of competition at the 2013 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex.
As a team, the Herd finished with 26.5 points, with 18.5 of those coming on Sunday.
The 26.5 points is an increase of 7.5 points scored by the Herd in the 2012 Championships
Jasia Richardson recorded eight points when she jumped 12.55 meters for a second-place finish.
Crystal Walker came in fifth and got four points for her 12.28 meter jump while Loren Dyer’s jump of 11.59 meters placed her 10th.
Amber Pierson finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.07 to garner four more points for the Herd.
Her time was just .05 seconds off the school record in the event.

Amanda Hottenstein was 10th in the shot put at the C-USA Championships, throwing 13.5 meters. (courtesy HerdZone.com)

Vanessa Jules scored a point and a half for the Herd in the high jump when she tied for seventh 1.68 meters.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Shanice Johnson, Dyer, Pierson and Hadassah Lynch scored a point with its eighth-place finish in 3:47.26.
Amanda Hottenstein placed 10th in the shot put with a 13.50 meter distance, followed by Bethany Drury in 20th at 11.72 meters and Elaine Derricott in 22nd at 11.07 meters.
Paige Govey and Alexandria Phares competed in the mile run with Govey placing 19th in a time of 5:12.64 and Phares finishing 25th in 5:27.69.
Marshall had six runners in the 3000 meter run, led by Celia Leonard’s 19th-place finish in 10:22.02.
She was followed by Kelley Mortakis in 21st (10:27.50), Govey in 26th (10:38.01), Sammantha Stroker in 28th (10:49.99), Lauren Bartoldson (31st, 11:05.01) and Zoe Leonard (32nd, 11:22.89).
Jules posted an impressive second-place effort in the heptathlon Saturday to lead the Herd on the first day of competition.
Jules totaled 3,822 points, which included a first-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (8.59) and a three-way tie for first in the high jump (1.72 meters).
Her throw of 9.15 meters in the shot put tied for ninth, while her long jump of 5.79 meters was second-best and she came in fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.51.
The Herd will travel to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. this weekend for the Virginia Tech Qualifier for the NCAA Championships, which are March 8-9 at the University of Arkansas.
The Herd outdoor season opens in Tampa, Fla. at the USF Bulls Invitational on March 15.

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Lauren Rone was sixth in platform diving on Sunday, following fifth (1-meter) and sixth places (3-meter) in diving at C-USA meet. (courtesy HerdZone.com)

Swimming and diving finish sixth at C-USA Championships

HOUSTON, Tex. — Marshall’s Lauren Rone finished sixth in platform diving with a score of 156.30 to lead the Herd on the final day of competition at the 2013 Swimming/Diving Championships at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
The Herd finished sixth in the overall team competition with 255 points.
It was a productive weekend for the Herd diver, after placing fifth and sixth in the 1 and 3-meter competitions, respectively.
Sarah Kay netted 11 points by finishing eighth in the championship final of the 200 Fly with a mark of 2:02.23.
Danica Ross placed 16th with a time of 52.48 in the consolation final of the 100 Free, while Sarah Schimenti also registered a point by finishing 16th in the consolation final of the 200 Breast with a time of 2:26.48.
The Herd's final event of the championship was the 400 Free Relay, where Marshall took sixth in a time of 3:34.44 using the quartet of Lauren Hurd, Arlie Rykosky, Tiffany Aeling and Katie Kramer.
Rone qualified for the third year for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, coming up March 15-17 at Piscataway, N.J.

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Suporia Dickens was hot from three, hitting 5-of-9 from behind the arc, but the Herd lost a late lead, then fell in OT at Rice Sunday. (HI file photo)

Women’s basketball blows 15-point lead in final seven minutes, falls to Rice in overtime, 71-61 

HOUSTON, Tex. — Marshall women’s basketball gave up a 15-point advantage to Rice in the final seven minutes, then lost in overtime to the Owls, 71-61, at the Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Thundering Herd dropped its first OT game of the year to dip to 9-17 overall, 3-10 Conference USA with the loss, while Rice improved to 12-14 (4-9 C-USA).
Women’s basketball is still looking for its Conference USA road victory and has one more opportunity remaining with a game against Memphis on the road, March 7.
Suporia Dickens led the Herd with a career-high 21 points, hitting 5-for-9 on 3-pointers.
The 21 points is the most points scored by a Marshall player since Tynikki Crook had 32 against George Washington on Dec. 2, 2010.
Dickens was one rebound shy of a double-double, totaling a team-high nine boards.
Shay Weaver followed with nine points and six rebounds, while Orlandria Williams recorded eight points.
Erica Woods tied a career-high in assists with five.
Marshall went 9-of-28 in three-pointers, but made eight of the three-pointers in the first half.
Dickens’ five threes ties for third in Marshall’s all-time history for 3-pointers made in a game.
The Herd limited turnovers to just 11, but had trouble creating Rice mistakes as the Owls only had five turnovers.
Rice took advantage of the Marshall mistakes, finishing the game with 21 points off turnovers, while Marshall only had seven.
“They changed the defense on us a little bit … stymieing us,” head coach Matt Daniel said.
“Fatigue is a factor, turnovers are a factor. They close the game on a 29-4 run. You can’t win a game like that.
“We were up 15 with six minutes to go. We should have won the ball game, plain and simple.
“Even if you can’t score, you can guard.
“That’s how we have won games. If we hold them to 27-4 to close the game, we win. There is no excuse for it.”

Coach Matt Daniel was not happy with the Herd's play down the stretch, as Marshall blew a 15-point lead and lost in overtime to Rice. (HI file photo)

Marshall made four three-pointers in the first seven minutes of play, helping the Herd take a 16-11 advantage.
Rice responded with an 11-point run, taking over the lead 22-16 with seven minutes left in the opening period.
Weaver used a three-pointer to trim the Rice lead to 22-21 with three minutes left in the half and Dickens nailed back-to-back-to-back three-pointers in the closing two minutes, helping the Herd cap a 14-point run and steal back the lead, 30-22, at halftime.
Dickens tied her career-high of 15 points in just the first 20 minutes, making five threes — one more than her career best from three.
In the first half, Marshall went 8-of-18 from behind the three-point line, while the Owls went 2-of-7.
In the second half, Rice then went on an eight-point run to trim the Marshall lead to 37-36 with 13:30 left in the game.
Leandra King and Veronica Ruiz helped Marshall maintain the lead and control a 46-40 advantage, as the two forwards combined for nine points in the paint in a span of three minutes.
King and Ruiz’s addition helped Marshall go on a 15-4 run, giving the Herd its largest lead at 57-42 with 7:30 left in the game.
Rice then responded with a 10-point run of its own to make the score 57-52 with 2:40 left in the game.
Marshall had only committed six turnovers in the first 36 minutes of the game, but totaled three on three-straight possessions to help Rice tie the score with 1:20 left in the contest.
Rice’s Alyssa Lang made two free throws to put the score at 57-57.
Lang then followed with a made layup on the ensuing possession to give Rice a 59-57 lead with 39 seconds remaining and top a 17-point run.
With 20 seconds left, Woods tied the game with a lay-up, sending the game into overtime with the score at 59-59.
Rice controlled the tempo for the entire five minutes of the overtime period, outscoring Herd 12-2 to earn the 71-61 win. Overall, including the five minute overtime, Marshall was out-scored by Rice in the final 12 minutes, 29-4.
The Herd returns to the Cam Henderson Center for its final two home games of the season this week.
Marshall will conclude home play with games against Southern Miss on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., then host UCF for the final time in C-USA play on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. before finishing the year at Memphis on March 7.
UCF, Memphis, Houston and SMU leave C-USA for the Big East Conference for 2013-14, being replaced by Old Dominion, Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and UTSA (Texas-San Antonio).
The final C-USA Tournament with the current league lineup is set to begin March 13 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

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