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Lady Owls close week with three losses

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Jessica Johnson had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Owls during their doubleheader at Kingsville.
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The Marshall softball team finished off the regular summer season this week with three Glenn Shippy League road losses.

The Lady Owls were swept Wednesday at Kingsville, 7-6 and 13-3, and took a 16-11 loss Thursday at Windsor.

Marshall was even with the Lady Tigers until the bottom of the third inning in the opener. Haley Lyell tripled in a run and scored in the second and a lead-off single by Courtney Crusha led to a game-tying run in the third.

Kingsville took a 3-1 lead on Celeste McCuen's two-run double in the second, then snapped the third-inning deadlock with Lauren Shull's three-run homer. Ashley Shear's single extended the margin to four runs later in the frame.

Although the Lady Tigers threatened to extend their advantage, Raha Shahabzada pitched out of bases-loaded jams in back-to-back frames to give Marshall a chance for a comeback -- which it nearly pulled off in the top of the seventh.

Singles by Bri Varner and Jessica Johnson produced a run ahead of Abby Crawford's homer. Lyell drew a two-out walk to put the potential tying run on base, but Kingsville pitcher Kelsey Herring induced a grounder to third base to end the contest.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap -- thanks to Herring's lead-off homer, RBI singles by Sarah Fisher and Hailey Wilson, and four walks.

Thomas doubled in a run in the second, while singles by Wilson and Shelby Edwards knocked in three runs in the third.

The Lady Owls got on the board with two tallies in the top of the fourth, which began with Cheyenne Griffitt's single. She scored on a double by Johnson, who came home on Dustey Crawford's base hit.

Mackensie Cochran walked to begin the fifth, scoring on a Crusha single, but Kingsville ended the game when McCuen doubled and scored on a loose ball in the bottom half of the frame.

After getting off to a good start at Windsor, the Lady Owls couldn't hold on. Hayley Campbell opened the contest with a double and was singled home by Abby Crawford. Marshall scored twice more without a hit.

Bailey Rollins doubled and was plated by Ashlee Halls' single in the bottom of the first, but the Lady Greyhounds didn't do much damage until the third -- the first of four stanzas in which they put up crooked numbers.

Sarah Jeter cleared the packed sacks with a double for a 5-3 lead. After Lyell singled in a run in the Marshall fourth, the home team exploded for six runs on four hits -- including a two-run single by Riley Robbins and Jaelynn Prevette's bases-loaded triple.

Crusha's single brought in Cochran, who had led off the fifth with a double, and Merrah Harris added an RBI single for the Lady Owls -- but Windsor came back for two more runs in the fifth to widen the gap to 13-6.

That didn't seem like enough when Marshall got five runs on three hits -- run-producing singles by Shelby Dawson, Griffitt and Varner -- in the sixth, until the Lady 'Hounds used a two-out Hall single, three walks and two errors to score three times during their half.

Although no more games are currently scheduled for the Lady Owls, they are likely to play again in a league tournament -- the date and venue for which coaches are expected to determine Monday.


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go lady owls... getting better everyday !!

-- Posted by outlaw11 on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 4:09 PM


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