Sunday, March 13, 2011
Red Foxes Split On Final Day Of Spartan Classic
Marist continued their good play today at the Spartan Classic with a split that enabled them to take 3 of 4 this weekend. Against Norfolk State the Red Foxes showed a balanced attack, jumping in front early when Haley Birnbaum doubled home a pair of runs in the 1st inning. Ashley Corriss led off by getting hit with a pitch; Megan Lamoureux followed her with a single. They were both moved up a base by an Alyssa Zahka bunt, then sent home. Solid fundamental softball, which the Red Foxes have been executing a lot lately. Marist is well coached, with Joe Ausanio having played baseball once upon a time.
Megan Lamoureux has been on a hot streak lately, and continued it with a lead off double in the 3rd inning, her second hit of the game. She would make it home on an error, and Alyssa Zahka, who reached on that error, would score herself as a result of a wild pitch. Marist was up by 4 runs as a result. Aly Klemmer got the first of her 3 RBIs in the 4th inning with a single to center field that made it a 5-0 game. Marist then scored 5 times in the top of the 5th to close the deal early. Sarah Carmody drove a run home; Aly Klemmer singled home another two; then she and Sarah both scored on an error. Game over. Freshman Paige Lewis earned the win by striking out 5 and allowing only a single run. She raised her record to 2-2.
The Red Foxes lost their second game of the day, to St. Francis, but it was a close one. Emily Osterhaus took the loss, but she pitched well again. Marist could only manage a pair of hits, Megan Lamoureux singled and Lindsay Durant doubled.
Marist is showing improvement not only from last season, but from the earlier part of this season. They are playing well, and playing together. Coach Ausanio has to be pleased with the progress. Marist continues this trip Monday with a doubleheader at Morgan State in Baltimore.