Samantha Spurlock stroked a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Marshall's softball team a 3-2 victory Friday night over Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA tournament.
It was the third-longest game in C-USA tournament history. The third-seeded Thundering Herd advances to the championship game against top seed Tulsa at 11 a.m. today, televised on CBS Sports Network (Suddenlink channel 512). The game time has been moved up to avoid inclement weather.
Marshall has appeared in one other C-USA final, in 2006. It is trying for the school's second C-USA championship, following its win in the 2005 volleyball tournament.
Andi Williamson pitched all 10 innings, surviving 12 hits by the tournament host Blazers. The Harts native gave up a two-out single in the third inning and fell victim to a double steal in the fourth, but her teammates answered with run-scoring squeeze bunts in the bottom of both innings - one by Alianna Telles and the second by Spurlock.
Williamson was strong the rest of the way, stranding runners on first and second in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. She walked four and struck out seven.
MID-AMATEUR GOLF: After day one of qualifiers and the round of 32, just 16 players remain at the seventh West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship.
Huntington's Steve Fox and Barboursville's Bruce Wetherholt were the low rounds at Friday's qualifier, both shooting 2-under-par 69 at Guyan Golf & Country Club.
Huntington's Steve Ross finished two strokes back from Fox and Wetherholt with an even-par 71, while defending champion Sam O'Dell of Hurricane sat in fourth place at 1 over par.
WVU BASEBALL: The West Virginia baseball team had the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was not enough as Georgetown claimed a 5-3 victory in the series opener in Bethesda, Md.
After going down 5-0, WVU battled back in the eighth inning to cut the Hoya lead to 5-3. Back-to-back singles by Brady Wilson and Bobby Boyd began the frame, while Ryan McBroom loaded the bases by reaching on a fielder's choice. John Polonius singled through the left side to score Wilson, and Billy Fleming hit a two-run single to bring the score to 5-3.
WVU (19-30) loaded the bases again in the ninth inning, but a fielder's choice ended the game.
WVU TRACK: Mid-distance runner Aubrey Moskal and thrower Heather Adams performed well for the West Virginia track and field team Friday to open the ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J.
Moskal competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 12th-place finish in 10:53.47. In the discus throw, Adams earned a distance of 41.44 meters to place 30th.
Action continues today for the Mountaineers as senior Meghan Mock will compete in the long jump at noon, while Terina Miller and Adams compete in the hammer throw at 3 p.m.