HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Marist softball team lost two games on Saturday in the Spring Fling Tournament, hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Red Foxes fell to Charleston Southern in their first game, 9-6, and were defeated by Hawaii by a score of 2-0 in their second game.
Here is a closer look at each contest.
Game One – Charleston Southern 9, Marist 6
The Red Foxes scored four runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run double by freshman Amanda Sartori. Sophomore Madison Lee followed with a two-run single. Marist then expanded its lead to 5-0 in the third when senior Janna Korak led off the inning with a home run.
In the fourth, Caitlyn Emberson’s three-run homer cut Charleston Southern’s deficit to 5-3. Her grand slam one inning later gave the Buccaneers the lead for good.
The Red Foxes outhit the Buccaneers, 10-6. Korak went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Sartori and freshman Ali Milam had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Kallen Leeseberg (1-3) took the loss for the Red Foxes. Leeseberg did not allow a hit in the first three innings, and struck out six in 4.2 innings. Sophomore Brooke Peterson fanned five in 2.1 innings of relief. Holly Clark (5-4), who did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief, earned the victory for Charleston Southern (11-18).
Game Two – Hawaii 2, Marist 0
After the first three hitters reached in the bottom of the first, Heather Morales’ two-run single accounted for the game’s only runs. Although Hawaii threatened for more, Milam started a double play by catching a fly ball and then throwing a runner out at the plate.
Red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen (3-2) pitched a complete game for the Red Foxes. After the first inning, Van Alphen allowed only two Hawaii hits. One of the two runs she permitted was unearned. Van Alphen struck out two and walked two.
Marist had two hits – singles by Lee and sophomore Brandi Coon. The Red Foxes had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but were unable to push any runs across.
Brittany Hitchcock (8-6) pitched a complete game for Hawaii with 11 strikeouts and one walk.
Marist is now 9-7. The Red Foxes return to action on Sunday, when they face Hawaii (14-9) at 8 p.m. EDT.