NEW ROCHELLE, New York – The third-seeded Marist softball team has its season come to an end on Friday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. A three-run seventh-inning comeback led the Red Foxes past fourth-seeded Manhattan 5-4, but then Marist was shut out by fifth-seeded Monmouth, 2-0.
Here is a closer look at each game.
Marist 5, Manhattan 4
Manhattan scored first with single runs in the third and fourth. With two outs in the third, a bloop single by Jenn Vazquez brought home the game's first run. In the top of the fourth, a dropped pop-up with two outs brought home the second run. However, Marist tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when junior Brittany Colombo lined a double to the gap in left-center, which brought home sophomore Brandi Coon and junior Gabrielle Kelliher. The score remain tied until the seventh, when the Jaspers scored two unearned runs with two outs.
The Red Foxes' rally started when senior Janna Korak legged out an infield single to start the seventh. Senior Rebecca Freeman followed with a bloop single down the right-field line, which moved Korak to third. Coon followed by reaching on an error, which brought home Korak and moved Freeman to third. Junior Kourtney Paul followed with a single – her fourth hit of the game – which brought home Freeman and moved Coon to third. Kelliher then lofted a fly ball to center field, and Coon raced home with the winning run.
Sophomore Megan Beiermeister (11-6), who went the final two innings, earned the victory. Senior Jayne Oberdorf started and went three-plus innings, and sophomore Kallen Leeseberg followed with two scoreless frames. Nicole Williams (12-8), who went the final 2.2 innings, took the loss for Manhattan.
Monmouth 2, Marist 0
Monmouth scored the game's only two runs in the top of the second thanks to an RBI double by Jasmine Higa, and a run coming home on a wild pitch. The Hawks had runners on first and third with none out in the fifth, but the Red Foxes turned a 2-4-3-2 double play with Freeman, Coon, and sophomore Madison Lee on an attempted double steal.
Monmouth's Amanda Riley (17-17) pitched a four-hit complete game shutout. Riley struck out nine and walked just two. She threw 104 pitches, 61 of which went strikes.
Red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen (13-4) took the loss for the Red Foxes. Oberdorf struck out four in five scoreless innings of relief.
Marist's season comes to an end with a record of 37-22. The Red Foxes had their second-highest win total in program history.
Notes: This marked the 10th straight Marist-Manhattan game that the winning run was scored in the fifth inning or later, and the seventh time in 10 games the winning run was scored in a team's last at-bat. … Korak's seventh-inning single vs. Manhattan was the 200th hit of her career. Four of the five members of Marist's 200-hit club (Korak, Maureen Duddy, Kyrsten Van Natta, and Rebecca Freeman) have joined in the last two years. Melissa Giordano was the first Red Fox to achieve 200 hits. … Marist's victory over Manhattan marked the only time in nine games in the championship that the higher seed won. … The Red Foxes had six wins in their final at-bat in their last 20 games. … The Marist senior class is the winningest class in program, with 137 victories over the last four years. The class includes three four-year members of the program (Rebecca Freeman, Janna Korak, Jayne Oberdorf), a two-year member (Jessica Van Alphen), and two who joined this year (Shauna Flanagan, Erin McHugh).