Herd softball loses in NISC first round
LYNCHBURG, Va. — George Washington University’s four-run fifth inning was enough for the Patriots to defeat Marshall University in a Thursday first round Liberty Regional game of the National Invitational Softball Championship.
George Washington (43-16) advanced to play Kent State at 7 p.m. Thursday. Marshall (39-21) dropped into the loser’s bracket and plays again at 1 p.m. Friday in an elimination game against Rutgers (29-25). The host Liberty Flames beat Rutgers, 1-0, after the Scarlet Knights won their first game against Appalachian State, 2-1.
The fifth inning rally for George Washington began with consecutive singles by Morgan Kummer, Sidney Bloomfield and Marta Fuentes before one run scored on catcher’s interference. Jenna Cone, Sierra Lange and Priscilla Martinez followed with consecutive RBI base hits.
Marshall put base runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning when Sierra Huerta was hit by a pitch for the NCAA-leading 30th time this season and Briana Daiss doubled to left field, but the Thundering Herd didn’t score.
The Herd got one run back in the sixth inning. Aly Harrell and Mya Stevenson both singled and Huerta’s ground-rule double to left field knocked in the run.
Lange, a sophomore for the Patriots, moved her season record to 30-12 on a six-hitter with seven strikeouts while also going 3-for-4 at the plate. Marshall senior Abbie Tolbert (26-17) went the distance in her 26th complete game this season. Tolbert allowed 10 hits and struck out six.
Daiss was 2-for-3 for Marshall with a pair of doubles and Harrell was also 2-for-3.