POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist softball team (45-11) won the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon at Gartland Field. The top-seeded Red Foxes defeated fourth-seeded Monmouth 3-2 on Saturday on a walk-off infield single by Brittany Colombo in the seventh inning, which brought home Janna Korak with the winning run.
Marist opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by freshman second baseman Claire Oberdorf. That was the Red Foxes’ only hit until the bottom of the fourth, when senior shortstop Kyrsten Van Natta homered to lead off the inning, which put Marist up 2-0.
Meanwhile, junior Jayne Oberdorf kept Monmouth (29-21) scoreless until the top of the sixth. With two outs, Monmouth first baseman Justene Reyes drew a walk. Catcher Jill Freese followed by hitting a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center field for a home run, which tied the score at two apiece.
Marist went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, as did Monmouth in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Korak led off by reaching on an infield single. Senior center fielder Colleen McWilliams then drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, which moved Korak to second. After an infield pop-up, Colombo hit a hard ground ball off the glove of Monmouth third baseman Ashalynn Umiamaka, who made a diving attempt. As the ball trickled to Umiamaka’s left, head coach Joe Ausanio waved Korak around third. Korak slid in just under the tag to give the Red Foxes their third MAAC championship.
Both teams finished with five hits. Monmouth second baseman Nicole Wieczorek was the only player in the game with two hits.
Jayne Oberdorf (16-3) won her 15th consecutive decision, and pitched her sixth straight complete game. She struck out three and threw 57 of her 93 pitches for strikes. She was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The Red Foxes will learn of their NCAA Championship destination and opponent on Sunday at 10 p.m. The selection show will be televised on ESPNU.
Notes: Marist previously won the MAAC championship in 2006 and 2013. The Red Foxes have won their last six tournament games played at Gartland Field. … Van Natta set the program record with her 217th game played on Saturday. She has started every game Marist has played in her four years with the Red Foxes. … Oberdorf ran her scoreless streak to 26 innings until Freese’s homer. She was 3-0 with an 0.67 ERA in the MAAC Championship, with 23 strikeouts and just 10 hits allowed in 21 innings.