HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Marist softball team split a pair of games on Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Red Foxes shut out UConn by a score of 5-0 in their first game, but then suffered a 3-0 loss to Hawaii.
Senior Rebecca Freeman had two hits in each game, and went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI on the day for the Red Foxes.
Here is a closer look at each game:
Game One – Marist 5, UConn 0
Marist did not have a hit in the first five innings, but scored all of the game’s runs in the top of the sixth. With one out, senior Janna Korak walked on a full count pitch, and freshman Ali Milam followed by getting hit with a pitch. Both Korak and Milam then advanced a base on an illegal pitch. Freeman had the Red Foxes’ first hit, which scored the game’s first run in Korak. After Freeman stole second, junior Kourtney Paul drove in Milam and Korak with a single. The Red Foxes scored their final two runs on an infield error, which plated Paul and freshman Jade Sinskul.
Sophomore Megan Beiermeister (4-2) tossed the first complete game shutout of her collegiate career. Beiermeister struck out four, and allowed just three hits and one walk. She threw just 74 pitches, 50 of which went for strikes. Beiermeister retired the first eight and final six batters she faced, while not allowing any UConn runners to reach third base.
Game Two – Hawaii 3, Marist 0
Neither team scored in the first four innings, but Hawaii scored three times in the home half of the fifth with two outs. An RBI single by Sarah Muzik scored the game’s first run, and the Rainbow Wahine scored their next two runs on an error.
Sophomore Kallen Leeseberg (1-4) pitched a complete game for the Red Foxes, and needed just 68 pitches to cover six innings. Leeseberg allowed just three hits and struck out four. Just one of the runs she permitted was earned. For Hawaii, Brittany Hitchcock (11-6) pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts.
Freeman paced the Red Foxes offensively by going 2-for-2 with a double.
Marist is now 12-10 this season. The Red Foxes will close out play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic and have their final game in Hawaii on Saturday, when they face Purdue at 5 p.m. EDT.