Softball: Thundering Herd Rolls Over Ohio In Wednesday Doubleheader

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Ohio Softball dropped both games of a doubleheader at Marshall Wednesday afternoon. The first game saw the Thundering Herd roll by a score of 17-6. Marshall followed up with a 10-0 shutout in the second game.

The Bobcats came out swinging against Marshall pitcher Natalee Pulver (7-5) with two early home runs.  With two outs and one runner on base in the first inning, Raven King stepped to the plate and put Ohio up 2-0 with a deep blast.

After Marshall answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first, the Bobcats took the lead again with Chelsea Hortman’s fifth home run of the season. Hortman’s bomb brought home Alexandria Basquez, putting Ohio up 4-3.

Ohio starter Kaylin Clarke (3-5) flew through the second and third before a rough fourth inning. Marshall scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, punctuated by a grand slam from Alysia Hively. Hively’s homer gave her seven RBIs for the game.

Another grand slam for Marshall in the bottom of the fifth gave the Herd a 17-6 lead and the game ended after five innings due to run-rule.

The second game wasn’t much better for Ohio as Marshall jumped out 4-0 with four runs in the first. Ohio starter Caitlin Colvin (3-4) walked four base runners in the first and couldn’t limit the damage.

Two more runs in the third inning gave Marshall a 6-0 lead. Jessica Hughes’ sacrifice bunt brought home one run before a double steal plated the second.

Marshall once again completed the run-rule with a four run fifth inning.

Ohio (15-20, 4-4 MAC) will look to bounce back with a weekend series at home against the Akron Zips (13-22-1, 0-8 MAC).