Sunday, 24 March 2013 16:21

Sunday Marshall Olympic Sports Update: Softball sweeps UCF, Tennis beats UNLV, Baseball beats Radford, Track sets MU, personal bests, Men's Soccer wins NCAA awards and Men's Golf 21st at Furman

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

Softball sweeps UCF in Florida

The Marshall softball team (18-12, 6-3 C-USA) swept the Knights (18-17, 1-8 C-USA) for the second season in a row at the UCF Softball Complex on Saturday, March 23.
After winning 10-2 on Friday, the Thundering Herd returned to the UCF field and took the first game of the doubleheader from the home team, 3-1.
Due to lightning, another weather delay occurred in game two when the Herd was down by one in the sixth inning with Knights on first and second and only out on the board.
Once UCF and Marshall took the field, the Herd won 5-4 in an extra innings — coming back from a one-run deficit to win both sides of the double-dip.
Marshall swept the Knights for back-to-back seasons and for the third time since the Herd joined Conference USA in 2006 (2006, 2012 and 2013).
Marshall has won eight of its last eight games, the longest winning streak of the season and since 2007 (April 15-28, 2007).
This is the first winning streak that includes the sweep of two C-USA opponents.

 Marshall turned the momentum of the game in its favor, with a lead off single in the top of the fifth by senior Alysia Hively, who was 1-for-3 as last week’s winner of the C-USA Hitter of the Week.
Sophomore Emileigh Cooper pinch ran for Hively and advanced to second off freshman Shaelynn Braxton’s single — her only hit in three appearances and Cooper scored off of freshman Kaelynn Greene’s two-out sacrifice bunt that evolved into a UCF error to tie the game 1-1.
The Herd sixth started with a one-out bunt single from senior Bri Anna Hope (1-for-2). Freshman Katalin Lucas (1-for-1) hit a strong RBI double, then Lucas advanced and scored on a two-out error by Knights’ short stop that gave the Herd the lead, 3-1, and the win.
In game two, UCF preserved ab early 1-0 lead for two scoreless innings, until the top of the fourth.
Sophomore Emiliegh Cooper (1-for-1) pinch hit for junior Taylor Winton and hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded to break the tie and give the Herd a 3-1 lead.
UCF tied the game back up in the fifth, at 3-3.
A walk and a fielder’s choice throw that was late led to the tie being broken on a Marshall error.
After the delay of game for weather, Williamson struck out the batter that was up to hit, and a grounder to second base but the Knight’s were up, 4-3.
Hively opened the seventh with a hit, and freshman Raquel Escareno (1-for-2) advanced her to third with a double to right center.
A UCF error permitted Hively to score and tie the game, 4-4, and the game went to extras.
Hope hit a lead-off double to left field to open the eighth, and Hope advanced to third on a Lucas sacrifice bunt.
Hope scored on senior Jazmine Valle’s (1-for-4) RBI single and the one-run lead.
UCF went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win of the game, 5-4, and the sweep for the Herd over the Knights.
On Friday, The Marshall softball team was caught in a 101-minute delay after a lightning siren went off in the UCF Softball Complex with one out on the board in the top of the third inning.
The Thundering Herd (16-12, 4-3 C-USA) took a 5-0 lead into the weather delay and came out with a victorious 10-2 win over the Knights (18-15, 1-6 C-USA).
Marshall’s Savanah Webster was 2-for-4 in Friday’s game, as was Kaelynn Greene, and Bri Anna Hope was 1-for-3.
Marshall will resume play Tuesday, March 26 with a doubleheader against Wright State at Dot Hicks Field. The Herd is 7-0 at home and is looking to defend the undefeated home record.




Marshall's record-setting 4x100m relay team - Crystal Walker, Delkira Maybin, Moriah Njoku and Shanice Johnson - and Walker set another MU record in the long jump at the Florida State Relays Saturday. (

Walker Breaks School Record at FSU Relays

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It didn’t take long for the Marshall women’s track team to start doing outside what it did all season of indoor track — break records.
After breaking ten school records indoors, the team saw Crystal Walker’s record-breaking mark in the long jump as a highlight of the team’s trip to the 34th annual Florida State Relays held Friday and Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.
Walker’s jump of 6.27 meters gave the senior the win in the event as well as the school record which was previously held by track and basketball standout Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (6.25 meters), set in 2006.
Walker was one of 12 personal bests set by the Thundering Herd.
Only five collegiate events were completed on Saturday due to inclement weather which included a 2.5-hour delay in the morning.
"We had great momentum coming off of last weekend, and we competed hard across the board this week, despite the conditions,” said assistant coach Willie Johnson.
“We are excited to see the rest of the season unfold."
Last week, the 4x100 meter relay team of Walker, Delkira Maybin, Moriah Njoku and Shanice Johnson set the school record in that event.
On Friday, Shyra Molton replaced Njoku on the team and they finished with the second best time in school history, 46.40, fifth place in the meet.
Senior Vanessa Jules won the high jump with a leap of 1.68 meters.
Junior Julia Galloway had Marshall’s best showing in the distance events with a fourth place finish in the 10,000 meter run with a personal best time of 40:19.82.
Senior Kelley Mortakis performed well with a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meter run with a personal best time of 18:16.26.
Also in the 5000m, Alexandria Phares ran 11th, 19:01.41, and Laren Bartoldson 16th, 19:07.76, both personal bests.
In the 200m, Shanice Johnson ran 12th, 24.77, a personal best, while in the 400m Johnson was 13th, 56.60 (personal best) and Loren Dyer was 20th, 56.98 (personal best).
The throws were led by junior Amanda Hottenstein’s fourth place finish in the hammer throw with a heave of 46.24 meters and by junior Amanda Kennedy’s fourth place finish in the Javelin with a distance of 42.65.
The Herd will have two weeks away from competition and will be in action on Saturday, April 6 with the Ohio Team Challenge in Athens, Ohio.



Men's Soccer Rewarded for Defense, as Withrow led the nation in save percentage

Marshall’s men’s soccer team led the nation in two statistical categories and this week, was rewarded for its defensive efforts by the NCAA.
Part of the reason the Thundering Herd went 11-5-1 this past fall was due to its great defensive play.
No team in the country had a better save percentage than Marshall which ranked first with a save percentage of 0.898.
The man in goal for most of those saves was Daniel Withrow who finished the season first in the NCAA with a save percentage of 0.895.
Withrow is currently a member of the Columbus Crew in the MLS.
Marshall received two plaques from the NCAA to show off its accomplishments.
In addition to those nation-leading marks, the Herd ranked third in shutout percentage (0.59) and team goals against average (0.52).
Withrow also ranked third in goals against average (0.524).



Dominika Zaprazna set the Marshall doubles record, with partner Kara Kucin, with her 110th doubles victory, tops all-time at MU and passing Herd assistant Kellie Schmitt, who had 109 from 2005-09. (

Zaprazna sets doubles mark in Herd’s 4-3 win at UNLV, Herd falls 5-2 to No. 50 SMU despite Timko's 10th win in a row in singles

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Marshall’s Karlyn Timko won her 10th-straight singles match, but it was 50th-ranked SMU who came out on top Sunday in Las Vegas as the Mustangs notched a 5-2 victory.

Marshall dropped to 8-9 on the season.

Timko split the two sets at #6 singles (6-2, 4-6) before clinching the win 10-7 in the supertiebreaker. Maria Vosekova won her #3 singles match after she also split sets (6-3, 6-7) but also came up with a 10-7 win in her supertiebreaker.

Marshall’s Dominika Zaprazna fell 6-2, 6-1 at #1 and Dana Oppinger lost 6-3, 6-4 at #2. Kai Broomfield played at #4 and fell 6-2, 6-3, while Kara Kucin lost a close match (6-2, 2-6, 6-4) at #5.

Zaprazna and Kucin garnered a decisive 8-1 win at #1 doubles, but Voscekova and Broomfield lost 8-2 at #2 and Timko and Oppinger dropped a hard-fought 9-7 decision at #3 after nearly closing it out on three separate match points.

.On Saturday, Marshall’s Dominika Zaprazna and Kara Kucin fought off two match points to take a 9-8 win at No. 1 doubles to clinch the doubles point in the Herd’s 4-3 win over UNLV.

With the win, Zaprazna earned her 110th career doubles victory, moving her to the top of the school’s all-time doubles records.

She moves ahead of current Marshall assistant coach, Kellie Schmitt (2005-09).

Karlyn Timko clinched the overall match when she won another marathon affair in three sets (6-4, 0-6, 6-4) at No. 6 singles, her ninth-straight singles victory of the year.
Timko and partner Dana Oppinger won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles as well.
Ellie Ball and Maria Voscekova dropped the No. 2 doubles match by a 8-2 score.
Before Timko’s singles triumph, Kai Broomfield won 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4 and Kucin picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5.
Zaprazna (6-1, 6-4) fell at No. 1, Oppinger (6-1, 6-2) dropped No. 2 and Voscekova (6-3, 6-4) suffered a loss at No. 3.
The Herd continues play in Las Vegas on Sunday.


Nathan Gomez doubled and scored a run to help Marshall take game three with Radford, 5-4, on Saturday, as Sunday's game was rained out. (HI file photo by Marcus Constantino)

Baseball Edges Radford 5-4 in Series Finale

RADFORD, Va. — In the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader at RU Baseball Stadium, Marshall’s baseball team posted a five-run first and hung on to defeat Radford, 5-4.
The victory was preceded by an 8-3 loss earlier in the doubleheader, and a 5-0 loss on Friday following the 8-0 win over West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park earlier in the week.
Marshall (10-12) saw the would-be winning run reach second in the bottom of the ninth for RU in game two but held on to avoid the series and doubleheader sweep.
Radford is 12-10 on the season.
The Thundering Herd put the first six men on base to begin game two and built a 4-0 lead before Radford could record the first out.
Nathan Gomez doubled in a run in the inning before Eric Escobedo drove in two with a single up the middle.
MU starting pitcher Michael Taylor (3-1) threw seven quality innings to take his third winning decision in four starts.
Taylor struck out four (three looking) and gave up only four hits, and the only damage the freshman allowed was a two-run homer to left field in the fourth.
Between the end of the fourth and the end of the ninth, the score remained 5-2 in favor of the Herd until Radford put four of its first five on base via singles in the bottom of the last.
Shortstop Jeff Kemp came to bat with the bases loaded and one out with the score 5-4, but Herd reliever Josh King induced a pop-up to Kemp then a groundout by Radford cleanup hitter Ryan Burgess — who had gone 4-for-4 in game one — to end the game.
King collected his second save of the season despite giving up two (earned) runs on four hits and a walk in his single inning of work.
In two innings of work for the Herd, Ryan Hopkins kept Radford scoreless and without any hits or walks while striking out two.
DH Andrew Dundon (3-for-5) and Gomez (3-for-4) accounted for half of the Herd’s 12 hits in game two. Issac Ballou was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run and Escobedo was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.
In game one, Radford got on the board early and never looked back, plating three runs in the second, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth and seventh.
Marshall scored three runs in the ninth but did so facing an 8-0 deficit.
Gomez finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk while Ballou went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a walk.
Marshall starter Alex Thackston, in his third start of the season, went two innings and gave up three (earned) runs on five hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Fellow freshman Brandyn Sittinger threw 3.2 innings out of the pen, allowing only three hitsm three (earned) runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
In all, Marshall had three runs on seven hits. Radford scored its eight runs on 12 hits.
On Friday, a stagnant offense was the story as Marshall’s baseball team lost a 5-0 decision to Radford.
Marshall put a runner on base in each of the first four innings, including the leadoff man in the first and second, but was never able to bring anyone around to score.
Radford picked up the win behind starting pitcher Tyler Costello’s eight solid innings, walking two and striking out two along with three hits.
Isaac Ballou (1-for-3 with a walk), Chase Vogelbach (1-for-4), and Aaron Bossi (1-for-3) accounted for the Thundering Herd’s three hits against Costello (3-2).
Marshall’s defense turned four doubles plays but also committed five errors.
MU freshman Chase Boster (1-3) went five innings and allowed six hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks. He struck out one.
Marshall will return to the diamond Tuesday for a 6 p,m. meeting on the road with No. 8 Kentucky before returning home for its conference opener against UAB next weekend at Appalachian Power Park.
Saturday and Sunday games can be heard on the Thundering Herd/IMG Network on SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 in Huntington, and anywhere at on tablets, computers or smart phones.


Nathan Kerns shot 146, tied for 26th individually, at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. (HI file photo)

Men's Golf 21st at Furman Invitational

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Marshall men’s golf concluded the third round of the Furman Intercollegiate on Sunday and combined for a score of 314 on day three to finish with a 922 for the tournament. The tally left the Thundering Herd in 21st place.

The Herd took a step back in the last day at the Furman University Golf Club, scoring 16 strokes worse than yesterday’s weekend low of 298.

Nathan Kerns scored a 77 in the final round of the tournament and finished with a total of 223 to tie for 40th individually. The senior recorded two birdies on the front nine, but followed with five bogeys in the back nine.
Brian Anania scored one stroke behind Kerns, finishing with a 78 in round three. He finished tied for 65th individually after recording 228 for the tournament. Jeremy Rogers placed tied for 92nd after posting a 78 on day three and a 235 overall.
Logan Lagodich finished 102nd after scoring a 79 on day three and 239 for the tournament. Tas Sipowski totaled an 85 in round three and a 242 overall to tie for 103rd individually.

Virginia Tech used a final round 277 to pull away from the pack and claim its fifth Furman Intercollegiate title at 21-under par at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.

Scott Fernandez of Iowa State and Drew Aimone of Samford shared individual medalist honors at seven-under par. Fernandez, the second round co-leader, held on to a share of the lead with a 72 on Sunday and Aimone climbed into the top spot with a five-under 67.

Kerns and Anania both recorded eagles in round two of the Furman Intercollegiate as the Marshall men’s golf program shot a combined score of 298 on day two at the Furman University Golf Club.

The team score was 12 strokes better than day one (298) and the Thundering Herd improved one spot overall, tied for 19th with Temple in the tournament standings.
“We scored much better (Saturday),” MU first-year Coach Matt Grobe said.
“We still have some work to do. I think we are playing good golf.”
Kerns and Anania each broke even on day two, scoring a 72.
Kerns, tied for 26th individually with a 146, shaved off two strokes from day one, while Anania was able to improve six strokes from round one and stands tied for 51st with a 150.
Jeremy Rogers went three over par (75), but was able to improve his score from day one by five and is tied for 94th in the individual standings.
Tas Sipowski shot a 79 and is tied for 104th and Logan Lagodich shot an 80 and is tied for 117th.

On Friday Marshall men’s golf shot a score of 310 (+22).
Kerns led the Thundering Herd, shooting just two strokes over par after bogeying on a par-3 hole four and par-4 hole 17.
Anania followed with a score of 78 (+6). He had two birdies in the first round, first on a par-3 hole eight and on the final par-4 hole.
Sipowski also scored a 78 on day one and finished with the most birdies amongst the Thundering Herd (4). Rogers and Lagodich each scored an 80.
“It was a tough day today,” Grobe said after round one. “The weather wasn’t great, but we are kind of used to that.
“We just didn’t come out very strong at the beginning and then by the end of the round we had fallen too many strokes behind and couldn’t make up enough ground.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow and are hoping to be able to rally back and play the golf that I know we are capable of.”

The Herd will play in one final tournament before the Conference USA Championships. Marshall will travel to Kannapolis, N.C. for the Irish Creek Collegiate on April 6 and 7th.

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