POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader against Lafayette at Gartland Field on Wednesday. The Red Foxes won 9-0 (5 innings) in game one, and won game two 2-0.
The Red Foxes combined for 21 hits in both games, coming from a total of 11 different players. Marist pitchers gave up a combined zero runs and five hits on the day, striking out a grand total of nine batters as all five hurlers saw action.
Here is a closer look at each game:
Game One – Marist 9, Lafayette 0 (5 innings)
In the bottom of the first inning, the Red Foxes started the scoring after three straight singles, and an RBI from senior Janna Korak. Then, with two outs, junior Gabrielle Kelliher blasted a 3-run home run to right field, giving Marist a 4-0 lead.
The Red Foxes extended their lead to seven in the bottom of the third inning. After back-to-back singles by junior Kourtney Paul and Kelliher, junior Brittany Colombo drove in a run with an RBI double. Marist tacked on two more on the next play, as two runs came in to score on an error.
The Red Foxes continued their scoring in the bottom of the fourth, with a lead-off homer from Korak, and an RBI fielder's choice by Colombo. This gave Marist a 9-0 lead, which is how the game ended after four-and-half innings due to the mercy rule.
Sophomore Kallen Leeseberg (5-6) allowed just one hit and no runs, striking out four in four innings. Sophomore Brooke Peterson finished with two strikeouts in a scoreless fifth. Stacy Gordon (3-9) took the loss for Lafayette.
Game Two - Marist 2, Lafayette 0
The Red Foxes struck first in the bottom of the first inning, when sophomore Madison Lee came up to the plate and crushed a line-drive home run to left field, giving Marist a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth with two outs. Lee crushed a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall for her second home run of the game, giving Marist a 2-0 lead, which held up as the final score.
Sophomore Megan Beiermeister (10-5) started for the Red Foxes, allowing no runs, and just three baserunners in four innings pitched. Red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen pitched two hitless innings in relief, striking out two. Senior Jayne Oberdorf closed out the game for Marist, striking out one in her lone inning of work, picking up her fourth save.
Lindsey Cherry (0-1) started for the Leopards, allowing one run and five hits in three innings of work. Brooke Wensel had two hits.
With the sweep, Marist improves its record to 32-19 on the year, while Lafayette drops to 11-27 with the losses.
The Red Foxes return to action on Saturday, when they remain home at Gartland Field, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader against Rider. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon. Senior Day ceremonies are scheduled prior to the doubleheader.