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Herd softball sweeps Morehead State

May 2, 2019

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The strong all-around play for Marshall University’s softball team continued Tuesday afternoon as the team took an hour-long trip down 1-64 West and earned a doubleheader sweep of More-head State University.

Marshall used a pair of big innings to score 11 runs in each game, which was shortened by the mercy rule. The Thundering Herd won game one, 11-1, before an 11-3 win in game two.

The key for Marshall (33-17) was jumping on top early and putting the Eagles in catch-up mode. The Herd scored four runs in the first inning of both games to forge a lead for their pitchers.

In game two, Marshall followed up its four-run first with a seven-run second inning that produced an 11-0 lead as Mya Stevenson, the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, continued her assault on opposing pitching. Stevenson doubled and hit a home run in game two, ending the contest with four RBI, which went along with a two-hit, two-RBI performance in the first game.

In a six-game span, Stevenson has five homers and 16 RBI.

Joining Stevenson in the game two onslaught was sophomore Rachel Rousseau, who also homered and finished with three RBIto help the Herd complete the sweep of Morehead State (2-39).

Blakely Burch added her seventh triple of the season, which established a Marshall season record.

Burch was also one of four players with two RBI in the first game as Marshall’s entire lineup got into the groove early.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first, Marshall plated six runs in the top of the fourth.

It was more than enough for starter Abbie Tolbert, who allowed just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one in the five-inning win.

Kailee Williamson was in the circle for the second game and surrendered three runs on four hits while walking two and fanning four.

The Herd returns to action at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the team welcomes ACC member Pittsburgh to Dot Hicks Field for a non-conference matchup. Following that game, the Herd will prepare for its season-ending Conference USA series, which starts with a double-header on Saturday at 1 p.m. before returning for Sunday’s Senior Day festivities at 1 p.m.