EDISON, N.J. - Sophomore pitcher Janine Lalli (Eastchester, N.Y.) and freshman infielder Kyrsten Van Natta (Maplewood, N.J.) were honored by the MAAC in the conference's weekly award announcement on Tuesday; Lalli as Pitcher of the Week and Van Natta as Rookie of the Week. The duo were recognized for their efforts this past weekend at Norfolk State's Spartan Classic.
Lalli, a versatile sophomore, registered Marist's best pitching performance in a four-game set of tournament contests at Norfolk State. Getting the nod as the starting pitcher on Sunday morning versus Army, Lalli shut down the potent Black Knight bats to the tune of one unearned run in a complete six inning start. It only took the sophomore 87 pitches to notch the sixth complete game of her career. With the addition of a brief relief appearance versus Delaware on Saturday, she finished the week with a 0.00 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched with one strike out and 10 total ground ball outs.
Van Natta had a strong rookie debut for the Red Foxes' in their opening weekend of 2013 action at the Spartan Classic. Starting in every game for Marist, the freshman put on an immediate show with her talented glove work at shortstop and excellent speed on the base paths. After being elevated to the leadoff role in Game 2 of the weekend, Van Natta's offense flourished with hits in every contest and reaching base at least twice per game. Once on base, she wreaked havoc for the opposition with three total steals. For the week, Van Natta hit .385 (5-13) with three runs scored, three stolen bases, one RBI and 19 successful defensive fielding opportunities. Her on-base percentage for the weekend was .438 (7-16).
This honor was the second of Lalli's career, as she earned one Rookie of the Week nod in 2012.
The Red Foxes (2-2) will continue their early regular season action with five games at UMBC's Dawg Pound Invitational. The tournament kicks off on Friday, March 8 with Marist and George Washington facing off at 6 p.m.