Rousseau’s slam leads MU softball past WKU
HUNTINGTON — Rachel Rousseau’s grand slam home run led an eight-run sixth inning rally Saturday and Marshall University’s softball team handed Western Kentucky University its first Conference USA defeat of the season.
Marshall won the first game of the doubleheader at Dot Hicks Field, 10-2, in six innings. Abigail Tolbert pitched a two-hitter and Aly Harrell also homered for the Thundering Herd.
Hayden Ellis had a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning followed by an RBI double in the sixth inning. Hannah Giammarino’s double in the sixth inning knocked in the final run.
WKU came back to win game two 7-1 and quiet the Marshall home crowd of 1,000 spectators. Kennedy Sullivan of the Hilltoppers stopped the Herd on four hits. Sullivan and Kelsey McGuffin hit homers.
The Herd (24-13,7-4 C-USA) and Hilltoppers (27-7,10-1) finish the series at noon Sunday.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Marshall and Southern Miss played a Conference USA baseball doubleheader Saturday because of possible rainy weather Sunday and the Golden Eagles won both games to complete a three-game sweep.
Southern Miss won the opener 4-3 and took the nightcap 11-10.
Marshall’s Elvis Peralta hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of the first game that tied it 3-3. Bryant Bowen’s RBI single for Southern Miss (20-9, 10-2 C-USA) won it in the ninth inning.
Peralta and Tucker Linder both homered for Marshall (18-13,6-6).
Bowen also had a big second game, going 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning when Southern Miss scored four times and a run-scoring infield base hit in the seventh inning.
The Herd’s 12 hits in game two included two apiece from Peralta, Zach Inskeep, Rey Pastrana and Raul Cabrera.
Southern Miss won the series opener Friday night, 10-3. The Golden Eagles had 13 hits while Marshall pitchers walked eight batters and hit two more. The Herd also committed two errors.
Golden Eagles’ pitcher Walker Powell allowed 10 hits and had seven strikeouts in a complete game.
Elvis Peralta, Tucker Linder, Rey Pastrana and Geordon Blanton each had two of the Herd’s hits.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Marshall is last in a field of 16 teams after Saturday’s first two rounds of the Irish Creek Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament at the Club at Irish Creek.
UNC Greensboro leads at 11-under-par 557, just one stroke ahead of Florida State. Bryce Hendrix of the UNCG Spartans is the individual leader at 11-under-par 66-65—131.
Marshall’s team score of 602 included golfers Cameron Root (74-77—150), Thomas Frazier (73-77—150), Kyle Mitchell (72-79—151), Will Straub (73-81—154) and Ben Roeder (79-78—157).
The final round is Sunday.