SAN DIEGO - In their second day of action at the San Diego Classic II the Marist softball team lost a pair of hard-fought games as the Red Foxes lost an extra inning affair versus San Diego 3-2 and the night cap versus San Jose State 4-0.
Facing off versus two top-flight all-league pitchers in USD's Cassidy Coleman and SJSU's Amanda Pridmore, the Red Foxes' bats were quiet for the majority of the day as just two players, Alyssa Zahka (Lexington, Mass.) and Nicole Cheek (Simi Valley, Calif.) registered multiple hits during the pair of the games.
In the circle, Melanie White (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) threw a complete eight inning game versus USD and allowed just one earned run to highlight Marist's pitching efforts on Saturday.
GAME 1, SAN DIEGO 3 - MARIST 2 (F/8):
In the first game of the day, the Red Foxes were faced with the task of solving San Diego's All-PCSC pitcher Cassidy Coleman. Just four batters into the game, Cheek accepted the challenge as the freshman led off the second inning with a single up the middle. After a Zahka single in the next at bat, Marist would have runners on first and second base and no outs. Singles by Haley Birnbaum (Lido Beach, N.Y.) and Sarah Carmody (Camarillo, Calif.) would plate both of the Red Foxes' runs to go up 2-0.
With a 2-0 lead, White continued to out-duel her counterpart in the circle, as she held the Toreros hitless over their first 12 at bats; a Lauren Tomey single with two outs in the top of the fourth broke up the no-hitter.
In the top of the fifth inning, San Diego manufactured an unearned run on the combination of two singles and a passed ball.
Marist threatened to increase its 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with consecutive walks, but Coleman would leave the runners stranded with back-to-back swinging strikeouts.
The Red Foxes nearly clinched the regulation win as they looked to strand USD's Kylie Ordos on third base with two outs. Unfortunately for Marist, Ordos came in to tie the game on a Tatum Schultz single through the left side of the infield.
With the game in extra innings, San Diego took advantage of two Marist errors to scratch across the go-ahead run on a Caitlin Rooney RBI.
The Toreros would hold on in the bottom of the frame for the come-from-behind victory over the Red Foxes.
For the game, USD outhit Marist by a 7-5 margin, with five separate Red Foxes registering singles. In her first loss of 2013, White went 8.0 innings with three runs (one earned) allowed and struck out two Toreros. Her counterpart Coleman set down 13 Red Foxes via the strike out.
GAME 2, SAN JOSE STATE 4 - MARIST 0:
Hoping to put a disappointing loss in their first game of the day behind them, the Red Foxes ran into a buzzsaw in the circle in the form of Amanda Pridmore in Game 2. A 2012 All-WAC First Team member and the only Spartan in school history to strike out 200 or more batters in a season, the senior hurler was on her game throughout versus the Red Foxes.
One of Marist's best scoring chances came in the first inning when freshman Kyrsten Van Natta (Maplewood, N.J.) drew a walk and stole second base. After an infield single by her classmate Cheek, Van Natta reached third base with two outs. A strike out by Pridmore would strand both runners.
San Jose State notched its first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when back-to-back walks set up Annica Wolfe to score on a single up the middle by Markesha Collins.
The Spartans would add their final three runs of the game in the next frame when they turned three hits, an error and a walk into three scores.
Marist had one more shot in the top of the fourth inning to break through before Pridmore locked in. Cheek began the comeback attempt by reaching on an error by SJSU's shortstop. After a single to center field by Zahka and a walk by the following batter Sarah Carmody, the Red Foxes had the bases loaded with one out. Though bent, Pridmore would not break as she struck out the next two Red Foxes.
Between Marist's Janine Lalli (Eastchester, N.Y.) and Pridmore, both teams' offenses were held scoreless over their final three innings to send the game final at 4-0.
For the game, San Jose State outhit Marist 9-2. Lalli took the loss in the circle with a complete game six inning effort. The sophomore allowed nine hits and four runs (three earned), while walking three. Her counterpart Pridmore earned the shutout by setting down 17 Red Foxes on strikeouts.
Marist will close out competition at the San Diego Classic II on Sunday with a single game versus 2012 NCAA Tournament combatant Texas Tech. The Red Foxes and Red Raiders face off beginning at 12 p.m. EST.