The Marist softball team will travel to Western New York this weekend to face off against Canisius and Niagara for two upcoming doubleheaders. The Red Foxes will face the Golden Griffins on Saturday, April 13 followed by a twinbill versus the Purple Eagles on Sunday, April 14. These games serve as important MAAC road tests for the Red Foxes after a home sweep versus Fairfield to open conference play last Sunday.
The Past Week for Marist … After dropping Game One of their doubleheader at Seton Hall on Saturday, April 6, the Red Foxes have run off five consecutive wins, including Game Two versus the Pirates and doubleheader sweeps of Fairfield and Lafayette at home. In their last five games, Marist has outscored its opponents 23-8.
Led by strong pitching from the likes of Emily Osterhaus, Janine Lalli and Melanie White, who combined for a 0.95 ERA and just five earned runs allowed for the week, the Red Foxes’ offense has found a comfort zone and consequentially a chance to thrive. Aly Klemmer (.667 ba/2 HR/4 RBI) spearheaded a quartet of Red Foxes with batting averages over .333 and multiple runs batted in for the week. Danielle Koltz (.588/1 HR/4 RBI), Nicole Cheek (.471/1 HR/5 RBI) and Alyssa Zahka (.333/2 HR/7 RBI) round out Marist’s leading offensive producers.
Scouting the Competition
Canisius College – (16-13, 1-1 MAAC) ... The Canisius Golden Griffins are currently on a three-game winning streak, earning a victory in Game Two against Rider and a sweep of St. Bonaventure at home on Tuesday
The Golden Griffins offense is well-rounded throughout, as Stephanie Pfentner (.355), Robin Kennery (.354), Meghan Cuda (.340), Michelle DelPrince (.333), and Bethany DeMarco (.303) represent the top half of a formidable line-up. The top five combine for a total of 144 hits on the season, as well as 72 RBIs. Canisius’s pitching is anchored by Jen Consaul, who owns an ERA of 2.67 and is responsible for 76 strikeouts.
Niagara University – (3-20, 0-2 MAAC) ... The Niagara Purple Eagles are currently on a 10-game losing streak, in which they have been outscored 52-35.
The Purple Eagles offense is led by Brittany Richberg, Amanda Werth and Alexis Wayne, whom bat .388, .300 and .292, respectively. Although they are not a power line-up (only six home-runs on the season), the Purple Eagles still own a combined 102 hits throughout the top seven batters. Niagara’s pitching is led by Jennifer Sansano, who owns an ERA of 2.89 despite her 3-8 record. The St. Bonaveture-transfer has struck out 62 batters in 70.1 innings.