Herd softball falls at So. Miss; wins series
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — After sweeping a doubleheader over Southern Miss on Saturday, Marshall softball’s bats could not find a rhythm in a 5-0 loss to Southern Miss on Sunday.
With the loss, Marshall falls to 23-12 overall and 6-3 in Conference USA action while the Golden Eagles improved to 18-16 and 5-7 in C-USA.
Marshall managed just one hit in the contest — that coming off the bat of Abigail Estrada. Marshall managed just two base-runners in the contest.
Abigail Tolbert took the loss in the circle, surrendering seven and five runs in 51/3 innings.
Marshall returns to action in a key Conference USA series this weekend when undefeated Western Kentucky comes to Huntington for a three-game set, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Dot Hicks Field.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Marshall women’s tennis team was defeated on the road Sunday afternoon by the Memphis Tigers, 6-1, at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
Daniela Dankanych won a pair of matches for the Herd against the Tigers, taking her singles match at the No. 4 spot in straight sets and pairing with Anna Smith to win a doubles match at the top spot.
Despite taking the No. 1 doubles match, the Herd dropped the doubles point. Liz Stefancic and Madi Ballow were defeated at the No. 2 spot, 6-0, while Victoria Walter and Matilde Mulatero fell at the No. 3 spot, 6-3.
Memphis’ momentum from doubles play continued into singles play, as the Tigers took five of the six singles matches. Lina Hohnhold defeated Ballow in straight sets, 6-1,6-2, to double the Tigers lead early in singles play. After Dankanych defeated Hannah Davies in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, Memphis claimed the next four matches. Stefancic was defeated by Laura Bente, 7-6,6-2, and Walter fell to Aleks Topalovic, 6-4, 6-4, clinching the match for the home team. Mulatero battled in her match before falling to Katherine Cao, 6-1, 7-6(3). Smith fell to Alisha Reayer in a super tiebreak, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 1-0(8).
“I thought we competed better as a whole team today than we did yesterday,” head coach John Mercer said. “Everyone is looking forward to getting back after a long, but good, spring break trip and getting back to work.”