TAMPA, Fla. — The Marshall University softball team got another spectacular outing from pitcher Andi Williamson and a game-winning sacrifice fly from designated hitter Alyssa Cook to pull out a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic in eight innings on Sunday on the final day of competition at the USF-Demarini Tournament.
Marshall improved to 2-3, while FAU dropped to 0-4.
Williamson (2-2), a Harts native and Chapmanville Regional High School graduate, went the entire way for the Herd, allowing one run on four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts.
Right fielder Ashley Gue had a 3-for-3 day at the plate, while right fielder Shaelynn Braxton (double), first baseman Alysia Hively (double) and second baseman Bri Anna Hope also registered hits. Gue posted a stolen base in the third inning, as well.
Hively’s double to left center in the second inning scored Braxton and gave MU an early 1-0 lead. FAU evened the affair in the fifth before Cook’s sacrifice fly to left in the eighth scored third baseman Jazmine Valle with the game-winning tally.
Williamson got 11 groundouts on the day and stranded 11 FAU baserunners.
The Herd will travel to Atlanta, Ga. next weekend for five games, where it will face Indiana twice, Miami twice and the host Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson hurled her first no-hitter as the Herd knocked off Florida Atlantic 3-1 on Saturday before falling 2-1 in its second game on the second day of competition of the USF-Demarini Tournament.
In the first game, left fielder Kaelynn Greene, center fielder Ashley Gue, right fielder Shaelynn Braxton, third baseman Jazmine Valle and shortstop Raquel Escareno all registered hits, while second baseman Alexandra Bayne’s sacrifice fly to left gave the Herd a sixth-inning insurance run. Greene, Gue and Braxton scored Marshall’s three runs.
All three of the Herd’s stolen bases, two by Gue and one by Greene, came in the first inning, which helped the team score all the runs it would need in support of a historic performance by Williamson (1-2). The Harts, W.Va. native tossed what is believed to be the program’s first no-hitter in at least a decade, allowing just an unearned run and two walks while striking out six.
In the second game, the Herd’s hits came from Greene, Gue, Valle, first baseman Alysia Hively and catcher Katalin Lucas.
The Herd’s aggressiveness on the basepaths paid off again in the first inning as Gue scored from third when Samford tried, unsuccessfully, to throw out Bri Anna Hope stealing second base. Marshall ended the first inning with four stolen bases in total.
Marshall pitcher Halie Vance (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs in an inning and a third with one hit and three walks to go with a strikeout. Williamson came on in relief and gave the Herd four and two-thirds shutout innings, yielding four hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.