NEW ROCHELLE, New York – The third-seeded Marist softball team suffered a 5-3 defeat to sixth-seeded Fairfield in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on Wednesday on Walsh Field on the campus of Iona College.

Both teams started fast. After the first three Fairfield batters reached, a two-run single by Tori Reed gave the Stags the game's first two runs. However, Marist senior Jayne Oberdorf responded by retiring the next three Stags with two strikeouts and an infield pop-up. In the bottom of the first, sophomore Casey Page reached on a bunt single, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a double by senior Janna Korak to make the score 2-1.

Oberdorf escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the third with a pair of strikeouts. In the bottom half of the inning, Marist took its first lead. Korak's RBI double brought home Page, and a sacrifice fly by senior Rebecca Freeman scored junior Miranda Perez. Korak's second double of the day was the 51st of her career, which broke the program record previously set by Melissa Giordano.

Fairfield tied the score at three in the top of fifth on a solo homer by Reed. The Stags then took the lead in the top of the sixth by scoring two runs on a play with two Marist errors. The Red Foxes brought the tying hit to the plate in the seventh inning after Korak's third hit of the day, but were unable to score.

Sophomore Megan Beiermeister (10-6) took the loss in relief. Beiermeister allowed just two hits and one walk and struck out three in three innings. Two of the three runs she allowed were unearned. Oberdorf struck out five in four innings. Marist had 10 hits, led by Page and Korak with three apiece.

For Fairfield, Reed finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Destinee Pallotto (10-11) went the first six innings for the win, and Kristen Ball tossed the seventh for her second save.

Marist is now 35-21; Fairfield is 23-26. The Red Foxes will return to action on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Their opponent will not be determined until the conclusion of Thursday's second game, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Notes: Korak has also tied the single-season record for RBIs with 52, previously set by Nicole Cheek in 2013. … Korak is also one homer shy of tying the program's single-season record in that category. … The MAAC awards show, in which the All-MAAC teams, major awards, and All-Academic Team are announced, will begin at 6:30 this evening.