POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist softball team spilt a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader on the final day of the regular season against Monmouth on Sunday at Gartland Field. The Red Foxes were defeated in game one 7-6, and prevailed 10-3 in the second game.
Here is a closer look at each game:
Game 1 - Monmouth 7, Marist 6
Monmouth scored the first runs of the game after a bases-loaded walk and an error to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the second. But the Red Foxes tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run homer by sophomore Madison Lee, her fourth in as many games.
In the top of the third, a solo homer by Alex Holzman gave the Hawks back the lead at 3-2. Marist came back in the bottom of the third after a double by sophomore Casey Page, and an ensuing RBI single by senior Janna Korak.
The Hawks took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth, an inning that started with four consecutive hits. Marist cut its deficit to two in the fifth on an RBI single by senior Rebecca Freeman, but left the bases loaded. Monmouth added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a homer by Katie Baron, but the Red Foxes rallied in the home half of the inning. Lee's drive off the wall in right-center brought in sophomore Brandi Coon and junior Kourtney Paul to bring the Red Foxes within one, but they were unable to tie the game.
Amanda Riley (14-16) pitched a complete game for Monmouth. Senior Jayne Oberdorf (7-4), who started and went three-plus innings, took the loss. Sophomore Kallen Leeseberg struck out eight in four innings of relief. Lee paced the offense by going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Game 2 - Marist 10, Monmouth 3
Marist struck first with a first-inning sacrifice fly by Freeman, and took a 2-0 lead in the second when junior Gabrielle Kelliher scored on a passed ball.
Monmouth took the lead with three runs in the third, an inning which included one hit, one walk, one fielder's choice, one wild pitch, and two errors. However, in the bottom of the inning, Kelliher launched a grand slam over the right-field wall, which gave the Red Foxes a lead they would not relinquish.
Marist tacked on three more in the fourth on a two-run error and an infield single by Paul. The Red Foxes scored their final run in the sixth on an infield single by Lee, which brought in senior Shauna Flanagan.
Red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen and sophomore Megan Beiermeister combined to pitch a one-hitter. Van Alphen (12-3) went the first 4.1 innings, and struck out three. Beiermeister struck out two over a hitless final 2.2. Kelliher went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
For Monmouth, starter Sydney Underhill (6-12) took the loss. Justene Reyes went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Marist concluded the regular season with a record of 35-21 overall and 13-7 in the MAAC. Monmouth wraps up the regular season at 23-29 overall and 11-9 in the MAAC.
Marist will either be seeded second, third, or fourth in the MAAC Championships, which begin on Wednesday, May 10. Marist's first opponent, seed, and the location of the tournament will be determined on Monday based on the result of a doubleheader between Siena and Niagara, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Here are the following applicable scenarios, confirmed through the MAAC:
If Siena sweeps: Siena will earn the #1 seed and host the tournament. A coin flip would determine the #3 and #4 seeds between Marist and Manhattan, meaning the Red Foxes' first game would be on Wednesday (11 a.m. vs. Fairfield if it's the #3 seed, 1:30 p.m. vs. Monmouth if it's the #4 seed).
A Siena/Niagara split: Iona will be the #1 seed and host. Marist will be the #3 seed, and will open tournament play vs. Fairfield on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
If Niagara sweeps: Iona will be the #1 seed and host. A coin flip would determine the #2 and #3 seeds between Marist and Siena. If Marist gets the #2 seed, its first game will be at 9 a.m. Thursday vs. either Siena or Monmouth. If Marist gets the #3 seed, its first game will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday against Monmouth.