Softball Sweeps MAAC Weekly Awards After Weekend Opener
EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honored three Marist softball players for weekly awards, as the Red Foxes swept the honors for their performances at the Mercer Bear Classic. The conference honored freshman Jordynn Barrera (Clinton, Utah) as the Rookie of the Week, junior Taylor Kuzma (Freehold, N.J.) with the Player of the Week, and junior Melanie White as the Pitcher of the Week.
At the Mercer Bear Classic last weekend, rookie Barrera led the Red Foxes with two homeruns and five RBI’s in five outings. In a close game against Mercer on Saturday, Barrera posted three RBI’s off a homerun to left center to add to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning. The next day, she tacked on another homer to left field, scoring two RBI’s for the 6-1 victory over NC Central. In nine at bats, she compiled two runs and three hits with a .333 on base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Barrera started all three games, playing in all five while notching six putouts and three assists.
Kuzma came up big for the Red Foxes, as she helped the team clinch a come-from-behind victory over NC Central on Saturday. Kuzma nailed a walk-off two-run homer in the seventh inning, knocking in two runs to seal the win for Marist. Throughout her four starts of the weekend, Kuzma faced nine at bats, compiling four hits, three RBI’s, two runs, a .545 on base percentage, and a .778 slugging percentage.
In the first game she started this season, White claimed her first win in 2014, as the Red Foxes defeated NC Central 3-1 on Saturday. In the outing, White pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and only one earned run. She allowed one walk while claiming seven strikeouts in 119 pitches. Overall, White pitched eight innings over the weekend, and now boasts a 1-0 record for the season.
The Red Foxes move on to compete in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational this weekend, kicking off the tournament against Youngstown State at 11 a.m. on Friday.