Sunday, March 27, 2011

Red Foxes Open At Home With A Split

Holy Cross 8
Marist 3

Marist 3
Holy Cross 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Paige Lewis improved her record to 5-4 with a 6 strikeout performance in helping Marist gain a split with Holy Cross Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pictured above is beautiful Gartland Park, home of the Marist Red Foxes who finally got to play a home game Saturday. One of my favorite parks with it's great view of the Hudson River, it also happens to be the site of the 2011 MAAC Championship in May. The Red Foxes certainly want to be one of the 4 teams there, and will need to use home field advantage come MAAC season to reach their goal. But their opening home game started in shocking fashion as they saw Holy Cross jump out to a quick 6-0 lead after 2 innings. The Crusaders did that courtesy of 2 home runs and 2 doubles, and Marist was never able to recover although the game settled down after that. Aly Klemmer and Danielle Koltz did homer for the Red Foxes, but it wasn't enough. Emily Osterhaus took the loss, striking out 7.

Marist struck first in game two when Sarah Carmody led off the 3rd inning with a double and scored an unearned run due to an error. Holy Cross scored an unearned run of their own in the 4th inning, then took the lead in the 5th with a solo home run. But the Red Foxes responded quickly, scoring twice on 3 hits in the bottom of the same inning. Nicole DiVirgilio and Haley Birnbaum both singled; Alyssa Zahka drove home pinch runner Nicole Van Loan and Danielle Koltz sent home Haley with the winning run. Paige Lewis ended the game with a strikeout for the Red Foxes' 12th win of the season, which BTW is 2 more wins than they had all last season.

Marist travels to Princeton Sunday for a doubleheader.

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