Herd slugs past Mountaineers to secure series sweep

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall had a season-high 18 runs, 18 hits, and 18 RBI, all in a series-sweeping win over App State, 18-12. 

The team’s 18 runs ties a single-game program record set against Ohio on March 19, 2015. Then-sophomore and current MUSB head coach Morgan Zerkle had three hits that day.

“It was a really fun Senior Weekend,” Herd Softball head coach Morgan Zerkle said. “They all really had great moments, our seniors as well as our full team. Our bats showed up which was nice. We played defense for the most part and to see Bub (Feringa) and Sav (Rice) really sharp, that was good. That’s what you want to see going into the tournament is to feel good, and to know that you’re capable of beating whoever walks into that field with you.”

The Herd (24-24) jumped out of the gates with four runs in the 1st and seven more in the 2nd. Sydney Bickel cleared the bases with her 10th-career triple in the 1st on a day where she had a season-high four RBI.

Marshall’s 2nd included run-producing knocks from Abby DarnleyBub Feringa – who earned her 12th win in the circle Sunday – and Brooklyn Ulrich, who hit her first of two home runs Sunday. Ulrich’s 2nd inning blast was the second time this season she has hit a home run on a 3-0 count.  

“I know that in a 3-0 count, the pitcher is in more of a pressure situation, than if they were in a 1-2 count or 1-1 count,” Ulrich said. “I know they’re going to go in and attack the zone. A lot of the time, the pitcher is begging for a strike, so she’ll leave it right down the middle or a pitch that’s very hittable to me with an outside ball.”

For the full postgame presser with Zerkle and Ulrich, view HERE

Ulrich extended her on-base streak to 30, becoming just the sixth player in program-history to do so. The redshirt-sophomore’s hitting streak is now at 14. She is hitting .410 this season with 64 hits, 17 doubles, and 13 home runs. 

An eight-run 4th gave the Mountaineers (19-27) a lifeline, pulling the game within 12-9 in favor of Marshall. But the Herd responded with Ulrich’s second home run followed by a single from Bella Gerlach and a blast to right field by Rielly Lucas pushed Marshall ahead again by six. 

In the circle, Feringa was pulled in the 5th in line for the win with two runners on and one out. She pitched the first two innings scoreless before re-entering to end the App threat in the 4th. Following a pair of Mountaineer hits an inning later, Savannah Rice squashed the visitors’ 5th inning rally.

Rice finished the game with 2.2 innings in relief without giving up an earned run to get her first save of the season. The Herd’s senior followed up a complete-game shutout Saturday. 

UP NEXT

The Herd’s home portion of the schedule is complete. Marshall finishes the regular season at Texas State starting Thursday, May 2nd. With the Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship in San Marcos, the Herd will stay in the Lone Star State for the duration of the tournament. 

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