POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Looking to hold over its momentum from an explosive performance on Sunday, the Marist softball team cruised to a 6-0 win in a non-conference meeting with Yale on Tuesday afternoon. All three facets of the Red Foxes’ game, offense, defense and pitching were working on Tuesday as they outhit Yale 10-2, went 11-for-11 in fielding opportunities and struck out nine Bulldog batters.
Individual leaders for Marist on the afternoon, included seniors Danielle Koltz (Chenango Bridge, N.Y.), who went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, Christina Lausch (Lancaster, Pa.), who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Sarah Carmody (Camarillo, Calif.), who was 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Melanie White (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) threw her second shutout of 2013 as she two-hit Yale, while striking out nine.
The game began with Yale threatening in the top of the first inning as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out against White, who was pitching for the first time since April 16 at Columbia. After striking out Kylie Williamson and getting Alex Lucas to ground out, White and the Red Foxes would settle into a comfort zone versus the Bulldogs.
Marist broke through onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when freshman Kyrsten Van Natta (Maplewood, N.J.) smashed a home run out over the left field wall. Consecutive hits, a double by Lausch and a single by Janine Lalli (Eastchester, N.Y.) would set the stage for senior Joelle Zahka (Lexington, Mass.) to drive Lausch in with a sacrifice fly and the 2-0 lead.
With the lead and the rust of two weeks off shaken off, White would mow down six straight Bulldog batters via the strikeout beginning in the third inning and running through the fifth. In total, White retired the final 14 batters of the game.
Marist extended its two-run lead out to six with a single run in the fourth and three in the sixth. Carmody drove in the Red Foxes’ run in the fourth with a single up the middle, while Koltz deposited a deep drive out to left field for a three-run home run.
For the game, Marist outhit Yale 10-2 with seven Red Foxes registering hits.
With the shutout win, White improves her record to 3-6 on the year.
The Red Foxes (25-22) will next be in action on Thursday, May 2 with a non-conference twinbill at home versus Hartford. The first pitch of Game One is slated for 2:30 pm.