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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Red Foxes Remain Unbeaten With Sweep Of Peahens

2 complete game wins for Paige today

Marist 8
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Marist 7
St. Peter's 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Paige Lewis made her case for MAAC Rookie Of The Year consideration with her sweep of St. Peter's Saturday in Jersey City, NJ. Marist remains the only unbeaten team in the conference.

Is it time now to stop referring to Marist as the "surprise" of the MAAC in 2011? After all, they are a perfect 8-0 in conference play, have now won 13 consecutive games, and are just playing good all around softball. Paige Lewis began the day by shutting out the Peahens, allowing only 2 hits. She struck out 9 batters in the 5 inning run rule game. The Red Foxes gave her all the support she needed in the 1st inning when they put up 4 runs. RBIs by Megan Lamoureux and Alyssa Zahka got things going; a single by Haley Birnbaum produced two more runs to give Marist a quick 4-0 lead. Haley drove home another pair of runs in the 3rd inning to up the lead to 6-0. Megan Lamoureux homered in the 4th, and Haley Birnbaum, with her 5th RBI of the game, homered in the 5th. Speaking of rookie of the year, Haley might be going for that award too.

The Peahens shrugged off the loss, and got off to a good start in the second game, jumping out to a 3-1 lead. In the first inning, they opened with 3 consecutive singles. Ashley Brown and Stephanie Gilronan both used their speed to beat out bunts. Shelby Beaver then singled home Ashley for the game's first run. Shelby and Stephanie then executed a double steal, and St. Peter's had a quick 2-0 lead. Marist cut that lead in half in the top of the 3rd inning when Alyssa Zhaka doubled home pinch runner Nicole Van Loan. The Peahens used their speed again to take a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning. Jillian Picchini reached on a bunt single, was bunted to 2nd base by Michelle Tinajero, got to 3rd on a wild pitch, then beat a throw home after an Ashley Brown grounder. Nice use of the running game by St. Peter's. But the MAAC's leaders could not be held down for long. In the top of the 5th, after a walk to Ashley Corriss and a single by Megan Lamoureux, Nicole DiVirgilio doubled them both home to tie the game. Nicole then scored on an error to give Marist the lead for good. Another 2 RBIs for Haley Birnabaum, giving her 7 for the day, and a Caitlin Schell RBI double gave Marist 3 more runs in the top of the 7th inning. Paige Lewis pitched another complete game, and once again struck out 9 Peahens. She improved her record to 12-5, and now leads the conference in wins.

Both teams continue MAAC play Sunday. Marist will travel to Manhattan, while St. Peter's will host Siena.

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