TULSA, Okla. —
For the first time in school history, the Marshall softball team will be heading to the NCAA Tournament after a 3-1 win over Houston on Saturday to capture its first Conference USA Championship.
The No. 4 seed Thundering Herd (35-20) received another outstanding pitching performance from senior Andi Williamson (32-16) who pitched all seven innings, scattered four hits, struck out four, walked two and allowed the only run which was unearned.
She was named the C-USA Tournament MVP and shared all-tournament team honors with Ashley Gue, Bri Anna Hope, Katalin Lucas and Jazmine Valle.
Williamson ended the tournament without allowing an earned run and struck out 12 in 21 innings of work.
Not only did Marshall get a big performance from its senior pitcher, but the freshmen as well. Lucas went 2-for-3 at the plate. Alexandra Bayne came through in the fourth inning with a key insurance run, an RBI double as a pinch-hitter to score the game's third and final run.
Valle went 2-for-2 as the Herd finished the game with eight hits to the Cougars' four.
Marshall will find out what regional it will play in via the NCAA selection show on Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.