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Marshall softball routs UTSA, 8-0

May 9, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marshall turned a scoreless affair into a five-inning mercy-rule victory after hanging eight runs on UTSA in two innings en route to an 8-0 win on Wednesday at Mary Bowers Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

With the win, Marshall advances to take on top-seed North Texas at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The Herd got solid efforts both at the plate and in the circle as Abbie Tolbert allowed just three hits in the five-inning shutout while getting a solid defensive effort behind her. Tolbert did not walk a batter and struck out two.

The game went scoreless into the fourth until the Herd exploded for five runs, courtesy of the hot bat of Blakely Burch.

Burch finished with a pair of hits and four RBIs in the win, including a two-run home run as the Herd broke things open.

Sierra Huerta also added a two-run home run for Marshall, who improved to 37-18 on the year with the win.

Of the Herd’s nine hits, four were for extra bases as Rachel Rousseau added an RBI double and Aly Harrell also had a double.

Earlier in the day, UTSA advanced to the contest with a 4-2 upset of Southern Miss in which the Roadrunners got a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

Against Marshall, UTSA’s Riley Grunberg finished with two of the Roadrunners’ three hits.