Softball Heads South for the Beach Battle
CONWAY, South Carolina – The Marshall softball team hits the road for the Battle at the Beach, Feb. 18-20, hosted by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The Herd will play five games over three days against Coastal Carolina, South Carolina and Fordham.
The Thundering Herd enter the weekend 3-1. Marshall’s neutral games against South Carolina and Fordham will be broadcast on Facebook Live. There will be no video feeds for the Herd vs. Coastal Carolina games. All games will be broadcast on 88.1 WMUL-FM with audio streamed online on www.marshall.edu/wmul on stream 1 or stream 2. The links for each game are below.
CCU will allow fans into St. John’s Stadium this weekend. Fans can purchase tickets for $15 per tournament day. To purchase tickets, click here or visit the stadium ticket office on match day.
Empty Bag Policy
Coastal Carolina University Athletics has a clear bag policy for all ticketed events. For more information on the empty bag policy at St. John’s Stadium, click here.
South Carolina – 5th all-time meeting, SC leads 3-1.
Last met March 4, 2018 – South Carolina No. 20 won 11-3 at Columbia, SC
Coastal Carolina – 8th all-time meeting, CC leads 5-2
Last meeting February 15, 2019 – Coastal won 1-0 in Conway, SC
Fordham – 3rd meeting of all time – United lead 2-0
Last meeting February 17, 2007 – Marshall won 10-9 in Gainesville, Florida.
Marshall is coming off four games at the Buzz Classic, Feb. 11-12, in Atlanta. The Herd played twice at Saint Joseph’s, winning both 8-0 and 6-4. Marshall played Villanova twice and took a split falling 9-1 in the first game and then winning 8-0 in the second.
The Herd Bats opened the year by tying the program’s single-game record with five homers. Fifth year seniors Katie Adams, Aly Harrell, madison whitaker and Saige Pye all scored a hit, while senior Mya Stevenson hit the fifth and final homer of the day to start the sixth inning and end the game by mercy rule.
Marshall also saw the junior redshirt pitcher’s incredible debut sydney nest. The transfer from North Carolina State struck out 13 in six innings against Saint Joseph’s to start his herd career. Nester allowed just two hits and zero walks while getting the complete shutout. In her second start, she fanned 11 Villanova batters in five innings on her way to another shutout. Nester picked up his third win of the weekend in relief in Saturday’s nightcap against Saint Joseph’s. She pitched the final three innings as the herd came back for the win. Nester finished the weekend with a 3-0 record, 25 strikeouts, allowed just six hits and allowed no runs in 14 innings.
First-year student Lawrence Love came through for the herd with a 2-run homer in the sixth inning against Saint Joseph’s to give Marshall the lead and the eventual win. Love is the 17th different player to hit a home run for Marshall since head coach Megan SmithLyon took over before the 2019 season. Since 2019, the Herd have hit 184 home runs in 126 games, averaging 1.46 per game.
Stevenson smashed another long ball in Saturday’s win over Villanova and is now the herd’s active career leader with 42, second all-time in team history. Harrell is close behind with 41.
Coach Smith Lyon is in his fourth season at the helm and sports an 83-43 record in his time with the Greens and Whites. She has 476 total wins in her collegiate coaching career.
After the Battle at the Beach games, Marshall hits the road for another season opener at the Camel Stampede, Feb. 25-27, hosted by Campbell.
South Carolina: 3-2
The Gamecocks opened the 2022 season at home with wins over Virginia (3-2), Lipscomb (12-6) and George Washington (14-5). The weekend ended with an 8-3 loss to North Carolina.
South Carolina then played the Charlotte 49ers at home for just one game on Wednesday and lost 6-1. The Gamecocks had eight hits and three walks, but blocked nine runners on base. South Carolina made five errors in the loss. Starting pitcher Karsen Ochs allowed five runs in just over five innings, none of the runs were earned.
Offensively, South Carolina had a lot of success early in the season averaging .379 as a team with 50 hits and 33 runs scored. Jordan Fabian leads the way with an average of .533 with eight hits and scored seven runs. She’s also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Four other players are batting .400 or better, including Katie Prebble who has two of the team’s three home runs and leads with seven RBIs.
Ochs has the most innings in the circle so far with 16. She’s 0-2 with a 3.06 ERA and seven strikeouts. Leah Powell has 12 innings with a 2.92 ERA, 2-0 record and four strikeouts.
Errors have been a problem for South Carolina with 12 this season and a .928 field percentage. The team made four double plays.
Head coach Beverly Smith is in her 12th season at the helm of the Gamecocks. She has a record of 362-249.
Coastal Carolina: 3-2
The Chanticleers begin the year with three straight home tournaments before finally hitting the road to start March. Coastal Carolina hosted Purdue, Georgetown and East Carolina February 11-13 for the Kickin’ Chicken Classic. The Chanticleers beat Georgetown twice, 9-4 and 13-9, and beat East Carolina 10-4. Coastal lost both games to Purdue, 7-5 and 9-4.
The Chanticleers rolled home, breaking 15 homers to lead the country. Seven different players hit at least one, five of which smashed two or more. Abbey Montoya leads the team with four homers on eight hits and has 11 RBIs. Montoya is also batting .421, good for third on the team. Iyanla De Jesus leads the team with a .471 average with two doubles and two home runs. Coastal Carolina also has nine doubles and a .697 team hitting percentage, seventh in the nation.
In the circle, the Chanticleers have a team ERA of 5.20 and have allowed 41 runs. Nicolette Picone leads the way with a 2.92 ERA, a 2-1 record and seven strikeouts in 12 innings. Six different pitchers pitched at least two innings.
Defense was also a problem early in the year, as Coastal Carolina had 14 errors and a .917 fielding percentage.
Head Coach Kelley Green is in her 13th season at the helm of Coastal. She has a 378-273 record with the Chanticleers and 724 wins as a coach during her career.
The Rams started the year in the desert at the Grand Canyon Kick-off Classic in Phoenix. Fordham, chosen to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, posted wins over Weber State, 4-1, and Northern Colorado, 3-2. The Rams suffered losses to Weber State (5-1), Grand Canyon (10-2) and Kansas (6-2).
The Rams are batting .194 as a team with 24 hits and 12 runs this season. Amanda Carey (.429) and Bailey Enoch (.417) are the only hitters over .300 to start the year. Enoch has five hits, one home run, four RBIs and scored two runs. Brianna Pinto has all four stolen bases from Fordham.
Pitcher Makenzie McGrath was named Atlantic Week 10 pitcher of the week after posting two wins and a .70 ERA in 10 innings. She earned the all-game victory over Weber State on Saturday, allowing just four hits and one run. McGrath has allowed just one earned run in his three appearances. Devon Miller leads in innings with 12.2 and strikeouts with 13. She has a 4.97 ERA.
Head coach Melissa Inouye is in her fourth season at the helm of the Rams. She has a 75-52 record at Fordham and 187 wins overall in her coaching career.