MU roundup: Stevenson’s huge day leads Herd to sweep of 49ers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Freshman Mya Stevenson became the first Marshall University softball player ever to hit for the cycle, doing so in game one, then drove in seven runs in game two as the Thundering Herd swept a doubleheader from Charlotte Saturday, winning 7-5 and 13-0 at Sue M. Daughtridge Park.
Stevenson homered to right field in the fifth inning of the opener to boost the Herd lead to 6-3. The 49ers closed within 6-5 in the sixth, but Hayden Ellis singled home Stevenson with an insurance run in the seventh to set the score and make a winner of Abbie Tolbert (12-5). Kailee Williamson earned a save.
Hannah Giammarino, who went 3 for 4, led off the second game with a homer and Stevenson, who was 3 for 3, homered twice and drove in seven to help Williamson earn a shutout. Stevenson went 7 for 7 with three home runs, nine runs batted in and four runs scored in the two games.
HUNTINGTON — John Mercer became the first Marshall University tennis coach to reach 250 career wins Saturday when the Thundering Herd defeated the UAB Blazers, 6-1, at the Huntington Tennis Club.
“I’m excited for our team,” Mercer said. “UAB was really competitive and a good, solid team from top to bottom. It was good to see our players gain a little momentum from yesterday and play well again today.”
Marshall swept the doubles matches. UAB played shorthanded and forfeited at No. 3 doubles. Liz Stefancic and Madi Ballow clinched the doubles point with their second win of the weekend, defeating Dominika Hrabalova and Megan Bertrands 6-1. Anna Smith and Daniela Dankanych won the remaining doubles match against Marlene Herrmann and Alex Shchipakina in a tiebreaker, 7-6.
The Herd continued its momentum into singles play, winning five of the six points. Matilde Mulatero earned the Herd’s second point of the day with a win by forfeit. Liz Stefancic won her second straight match with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bertrands at the No. 4 spot. Ballow clinched the match win for Marshall with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hana Sisirak.
UAB got its lone point of the match after Shchipakina rallied from down a set to defeat Dankanych 0-6, 6-3, 6-0, but the Thundering Herd closed the match with a pair of tiebreak wins. Victoria Walter defeated Hrabalova, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4), while Smith defeated Herrmann, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5), rallying from down a set and down 3-0 in the second set to win her third straight singles match.
HUNTINGTON — Shane Hanon went 4 for 6 with three runs batted in and Zach Inskeep was 3 for 5 with three RBI as Marshall smashed FIU 16-5 Saturday at George Smailes Field at the YMCA Kennedy Center.
Tucker Linder and Geordon Blanton each smacked three hits for the Herd (11-6 overall, 1-1 Conference USA). Lorenzo Hampton Jr. went 2 for 4 for the Panthers (10-8, 1-1). Reliever Ryan Falls (3-1) earned the victory.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Marshall women’s golf team is back in action Sunday through Tuesday at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee Tech.
“I’m excited to see these ladies tee it up once again,” Herd head coach Brooke Burkhammer said. “They are all hitting the ball really well and we just need to score the next three days. I believe in them so much and know each one of them has the potential to play well.”
Competing for the Herd will be senior Ylva Forslund, junior Shelby Brauckmuller, sophomores Stormy Randazzo and Kerri Parks and freshman Jackie Schmidt.
Marshall is one of 13 teams playing in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. The other teams competing are Belmont, Butler, Carson-Newman, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Jacksonville State, Lee University, Northern Kentucky, Samford, Tennessee State and University of Missouri-St. Louis.