Lancers rout Marshall, 13-1

Published 8:55 am Saturday, March 30, 2019

Less than 48 hours after its 15-inning marathon win to clinch the series sweep over University of South Carolina Upstate, Longwood University’s softball team kept the momentum going with a pair of big innings in a dominant 13-1 run-rule win over Marshall University on Tuesday night at Lancer Field.

A seven-run second inning and a four-run third inning led Longwood (18-11) to its fourth straight win. With a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs, freshman Alexis Wayland led a Longwood surge that saw the Lancers score a season-high 13 runs on 10 hits, moving to 7-1 on the season when posting 10 or more hits.

“Coming out of the game Sunday that went 15 innings and was nationally televised, the most important thing was to make sure that we came in ready to play today, and I thought we did,” Lancers Head Coach Kathy Riley said.

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Wayland was joined by senior Jordan Clark with a multi-hit game, as it supported four strong innings from sophomore Sydney Backstrom (8-6) in the circle, who allowed just one hit after the first inning. Backstrom allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out a pair on 64 pitches, 40 for strikes.

Wayland, who cranked a fourth inning home run for her second long ball in her last four games, led an offensive surge that saw Longwood have eight different players record hits and saw redshirt senior Karleigh Donovan and redshirt senior Chelsea Whitcomb extend their respective hitting streaks to four straight games.

“The Upstate series was definitely a momentum boost for all of us,” Wayland said. “We weren’t playing as well as we wanted going into that series and we were able to get three big wins, so it was easy to stay excited after our performance in that series and carry that into today.”