The Marshall-Illinois game would be a pitchers duel between your Herd’s Jordan Dixon and also the Illini’s Breanna Wonderly, with pitching the whole game. Wonderly, the winning pitcher, went 12 full, allowing two runs, both earned, on eight hits with eight strikeouts along with a walk. Dixon, the Conference USA Pitcher of the season, went 11 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on 11 hits with four strikeouts and 2 walks.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Marshall softball team battled deep into extra innings Friday mid-day, however the College of Illinois finally broke through and broke the tie towards the bottom from the twelfth to succeed within the NCAA Regionaly.
Illinois (38-18) will face Kentucky (37-17) at noon Saturday within the winners bracket from the double-elimination competition.
Both teams stayed within the lead Friday mid-day. Marshall went ahead first in the top third inning. A dual steal permitted Tribolet to achieve home and provide the Herd single- lead. Illinois tied the sport at 1 towards the bottom from the 4th on Annie Fleming’s sixth homer of year, then required a couple-1 lead towards the bottom from the fifth when Sherlund’s sacrifice fly to center scored Leigh Farina. Marshall tied the score again in the top sixth when Morgan Zerkle beat the throw home on the Taylor McCord bunt, and also the two teams remained knotted at 2-2 until Evans’ game-champion within the twelfth.
Illini left fielder Nicole Evans, the team’s top hitter, smacked just one in to the outfield that MU center fielder Eloise Tribolet couldn’t handle. That bobble gave Illinois center fielder Kiara Sherlund lots of time to mix the dish and provide the Illini a 3-2 win.
Marshall (41-11) will face DePaul (29-22) inside a losers-bracket game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. DePaul lost 6- to Kentucky in Friday’s second game.
The winning combination included one out towards the bottom from the twelfth. Sherlund opened up the frame having a single to left. After Alyssa Gunther sprang to third base, Ruby Rivera singled to center to maneuver Sherlund to second. Then came Evans, who knocked single-2 pitch toward Tribolet that drove within the winning run.