SAN DIEGO - In the final day of action at the San Diego Classic II the Marist softball team outhit Texas Tech, but were unable outscore the 2012 NCAA Tournament participants as the Red Raiders took the 6-0 victory. Freshman Kyrsten Van Natta (Maplewood, N.J.) led Marist with a hit, walk and stolen base versus Texas Tech. She was one of five Red Foxes with singles on the day.
Facing off with a team that has played in 21 more contests, the Red Foxes fell victim to early season gaffes against a Texas Tech squad that needed little assistance; the Red Raiders began the day with seven players batting over .337, including three over .400.
Marist had the first chance of the game to get on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when Van Natta and her freshman classmate Maureen Duddy (San Mateo, Calif.) got on base with back-to-back singles. Each player would advance a base via stole bases to put runners on second and third. The Red Foxes would not be able plate either as a missed suicide squeeze bunt attempt hung up Van Natta in no-man's land between home and third for a caught stealing and the Red Raiders retired Danielle Koltz (Chenango Bridge, N.Y.) with a ground out to shortstop.
In the bottom of the third, Texas Tech netted their first runs of the game. Beginning with a two-out walk, the Red Raiders scored two runs on an inside the park home run by Katelyn Williams.
Texas Tech would round out it scoring in the next frame as they took advantage of three walks and two errors. When the inning was over, the Red Raiders would have just one hit, but put four more runs on the scoreboard.
The Red Foxes had runners on base in each of the fifth and sixth innings, but the Red Raiders' and their pitcher Brittany Talley would short-circuit each of Marist's threats.
A scoreless seventh inning would see the contest go final at 6-0.
For the game, Marist outhit Texas Tech 5-4.
Junior Paige Lewis (Temecula, Calif.) took the loss in the circle to drop to 2-2 on the season. Her final pitching line of the day was 3.2 innings pitched, three hits, six walks and six runs allowed (three earned). Senior Emily Osterhaus (Suwannee, Ga.) came on in relief and threw a scoreless 2.1 innings.
Marist will be back in action on Tuesday, March 19 with a single game matchup at Brigham Young in Provo, Utah. The contest which is slated for an 8 p.m. EST/6 p.m. MST start will be televised on the BYUtv Network.
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