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MU roundup: Herd softball hosting UTSA Saturday afternoon

March 23, 2019

HUNTINGTON — UTSA visits Dot Hicks Field for a 1 p.m. Saturday softball doubleheader with Marshall University.

UTSA (14-12) has a 5-1 record in Conference USA. Marshall is 19-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

The UTSA Roadrunners swept three games in a C-USA series with UAB and won two of three against Middle Tennessee.

Celeste Loughman leads UTSA with a .371 batting average, 33 hits and eight stolen bases. Preseason all-conference selection Bailee Baldwin has a .305 average and six home runs. Madison Nelson has been the main pitcher for UTSA with a 6-6 record and 2.81 ERA.

Marshall went 2-1 in its first conference series last week at Charlotte. In its most recent game the Thundering Herd lost 9-4 against No. 13 Kentucky on Wednesday.

Mya Stevenson has a .352 average for Marshall with eight home runs and 24 runs batted in. Aly Harrell has eight homers, 26 RBIs and a .339 average. Abigail Tolbert (12-6, 2.29 ERA) and Kailee Williamson (6-1, 2,07) are the Herd’s primary pitchers.

Baseball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marshall put up six runs in the fourth inning of a 12-6 baseball victory Friday night against the Charlotte 49ers.

Elvis Peralta and Shane Hanon belted home runs in Marshall’s big inning.

Marshall (13-7, 3-1 Conference USA) smacked 12 hits, led by Erik Rodriguez going 3 for 5. Peralta, Tucker Linder and Hanon each had two hits.

Charlotte got to Marshall starter Joshua Shapiro (3-0), who had given up just one earned run in five previous appearances, for two runs to tie the game in the second, but Shapiro held Charlotte hitless for the next five innings while the Thundering Herd piled up nine runs to take an 11-2 lead.

Harris Yett of the 49ers (10-22, 2-2) hit a grand slam homer in the eighth inning.

The Herd and 49ers play again at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Men’s golf

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Marshall completed round one of the Furman Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament Friday in 13th place out of 21 teams.

Virginia Tech leads at 3-under-par 281, one stroke ahead of Coastal Carolina and two up on Davidson. The individual lead is shared by Zack Taylor and Wes Artac of Coastal Carolina, Alex Ross from Davidson and James Turner of Dartmouth at 2-under 69.

Herd golfers Cole Moore, Cameron Root and Ben Roeder are tied for 52nd place after shooting 75. Will Straub and Thomas Frazier both had rounds of 76.

Marshall begins the second round at 1:10 p.m. Saturday on the Furman University Golf Course.