Marshall softball blanks Ohio 8-0 in Herd’s home opener
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University’s softball team jumped on the Ohio Bobcats with five runs in the first inning of an 8-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.
Marshall (11-5) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning.
Hannah Giammarino led off the rally by drawing a walk, and Aly Harrell was hit by a pitch. Mya Stevenson loaded the bases with a single down the left field line and Katie Adams followed with a two-run double into left-center field.
Sierra Huerta was hit by a pitch and, two batters later, Briana Daiss drove in Stevenson with a single to left-center. Blakely Burch’s base hit scored two more runs.
A turnout of 450 spectators watched the Thundering Herd home opener that was shortened to five innings.
“We were really excited to be home and play in front of our crowd,” first-season Marshall head coach Megan Smith said in a HerdZone.com release. “Our crowd did not disappoint today as we had a lot of people out at the game. It was fun to be a part of that for the first time.
“Our team showed up and they were locked in, in all aspects. It was a dominant performance across the board for our team.”
Harrell belted her fifth home run of the season in the second inning. Burch hit a solo homer in the third inning, her second this season, before Stevenson launched her fifth homer of the season in the fifth inning.
Ohio (7-6) had two of its four hits in the fourth inning when the Bobcats left the bases loaded.
Marshall pitcher Abigail Tolbert (7-4) went all five innings, allowing four hits, walking four and striking out five. The Herd chased Ohio starter Madi McCrady (4-3) without retiring a batter in the first inning and giving up the first five runs.
The Rider University Broncs (0-6) come from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, for a weekend set with Marshall. A Saturday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and a Sunday game is at 11 a.m.