Thursday, May 12, 2011
Red Foxes Advance To Winners Bracket
A pair of 7th inning, 2 out errors cost Manhattan dearly and the host Marist Red Foxes advanced to the winner's bracket with a 4-3 win Thursday at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, NY.
It finally looked liked softball weather in the northeast as the 2011 MAAC Championship got underway. Ashley Corriss opened the game for Marist with a single in the top of the 1st inning, and was sent home by Aly Klemmer's 2 out single to center field, giving the Red Foxes the early 1-0 lead. The Lady Jaspers responded in the bottom of the same inning when Jaci Rahey launched a homer over the center field fence to tie the game. The Red Foxes jumped back in front with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. After Sarah Carmody and Nicole DiVirgilio opened the inning with singles, an Aly Klemmer ground ball scored pinch runner Nicole Van Loan; then a Danielle Koltz sacrifice fly sent home Nicole DiVirgilio, and Marist was in the lead 3-1. The LJs cut that lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning when Nicole Michel singled home Melissa Donnelly, who had doubled. Then in the top of the 7th inning, after Manhattan had recorded two outs, errors by Amanda Babcock and Jaci Rahey led to Aly Klemmer scoring and a 4-2 lead for Marist. The Red Foxes had no hits in the inning. A one out homer by Jaci Rahey gave the LJs some hope in the bottom of the 7th, but Marist starter Emily Osterhaus retired the final two batters to secure the win. Melissa Donnelly pitched the first 5 innings for Manhattan, before being relieved by Ashley Rampino.
The Red Foxes now await the winner of the Fairfield-Iona game.