Marshall Knocks LA Tech Out of C-USA Softball Tournament

Louisiana Tech’s Amanda Gonzalez is pictured making a throw to first base. (Photo courtesy of Conference USA)

Staff report

Louisiana Tech had a history of knocking Marshall out of the Conference USA Tournament.

The Lady Techsters did so on day one of the 2016 tourney. And again in the semifinals in 2018. And again in the 2019
championship game.

The Thundering Herd returned the favor on Wednesday afternoon, winning 9-2 to send LA Tech home on single elimination day in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

No. 7 seed Marshall racked up 16 hits, getting three hits apiece from four different batters. In the circle, they rode the
arm of freshman Brianna McCown who scattered five hits while throwing a complete game.

After a scoreless first inning, the Herd poured it on the top of the second with a couple of RBI singles from Paige
Halliwill and Aly Harrell. Then with the bases juiced, Mya Stevenson blasted a grand slam to left field that may not have
landed yet.

The six runs ran LA Tech starting pitcher Bre Hernandez out of the game, bringing in Kara Goff who calmed the Marshall bats
down just enough. She went on to pitch four scoreless innings, giving No. 6 seed LA Tech a chance to get back into the
game.

The Lady Techsters filled the bases with just one out in the third inning, but produced zero runs. They had the bases full again in the fifth and managed to push across two runners on an infield error to slice the deficit to 6-2.

However, Marshall finally got to Goff in the top of the seventh, tacking on three more runs to put the game out of reach.

Lindsey Edwards led LA Tech at the plate, registering two hits and a walk in four plate appearances.

The Lady Techsters end the 2021 season with a record of 22-30.


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