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.nn
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.nn
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.nn
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.nn
MU BASEBALL: Central Florida scored three runs in the ninth as the Knights edged Marshall 8-6 Friday at Appalachian Power Park.The Herd's Josh King (2-4) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits in one inning of relief.Nathan Gomez paced Marshall (15-33), going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Alfredo Brito and Gray Stafford each added a pair of hits.
WVU FOOTBALL: The priority deadline for the 2012 West Virginia University season football tickets is Tuesday. Season-ticket holders can renew their tickets online at WVUGame.com or mail their order form to the Mountaineer Ticket Office. Fans who did not have season tickets in 2011 and are interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012 season can visit WVUGame.com for information on new season tickets.nn
WVC SPORTS: Kaitlyn Carey's two-run home run in the fourth gave Hillary Perez-Ashley all the run support she needed to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan softball team to a 2-0 victory over host Kutztown in game one of the super regional Friday.Perez-Ashley tossed the complete game, allowing just three hits, while striking out eight and walking one.The Bobcats and Bears will battle again today at 1 p.m. Wesleyan will need to win one game to advance to the College World Series, while Kutztown would have to win twice. Game three of the series would be at 3:30 p.m., if necessary.Fairmont State announced the addition of Chase Morgan to the Falcon basketball program. Morgan comes to Fairmont after one season at Bluefield State and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Morgan, a 5-foot-11 guard from Pineville, averaged 18.8 points last season, best in the country among freshman in NCAA Division II. He was also named to the West Virginia Conference all-freshman team.nn
POWER MOVES: The West Virginia Power transferred Justin Ennis and Joan Montero to State College and added Bradenton transfer Porfirio Lopen and Altoona transfer Josh Poytress to the active roster.nn
WINFIELD FOOTBALL: Winfield junior David Gaydosz recently placed 29th in the Nike Sparq football combine in Ohio and received a spot in the Nike Football Training Camp, where he earned the running back MVP award. Gaydosz also received an official invite to represent the Under-17 Team USA as a running back in the World Championships this summer.