In the previous meeting between the teams, the Lady Owls scored 34 runs to sweep a June 26 doubleheader in the Lyon Bowl. However, the Lady Panthers turned to Brooke Beaupre, a pitcher Marshall had not previously faced, and got a fine performance.
Not that it began smoothly for Knob Noster. Haley Campbell opened the game with a single, with a walk and Bri Varner's two-run double putting the Lady Owls in front in the top of the first inning.
The Lady Panthers scored their first three runs with only one hit -- a single by Lorann Irey between a pair of walks to load the bases. An error, walk and grounder followed -- with RBI singles from Hannah Walters and Elizabeth Bullock giving Knob a 5-2 lead.
Marshall fought back. An error and single by Raha Shahabzada played a run in the second and Hannah Pace's one-out walk led to a run on Campbell's bouncer in the third to close the margin to one run.
That would be the last score against Beaupre, who had to pitch around singles by Shahabzada, Courtney Crusha and Shelby England in the fifth to preserve what was then a two-run lead -- after Walters singled in Beaupre in the third.
Beaupre allowed eight hits and struck out 10 batters, with the Lady Owls stranding seven runners on base.
Knob Noster tacked on three runs in the fifth, due to four walks and RBI singles from Beaupre and Bullock -- who went three for three from the plate.
Varner and Shahabzada each had two hits for Marshall (4-8), which begins practicing for the fall season on Aug. 6.