Monday, April 30, 2012

Manhattan Fights Hard For Split With Marist

Kelsi Redding pitched 9 innings, earned a win, allowed only 2 runs

Manhattan 4
Marist 2

Marist 4
Manhattan 3

Manhattan and Marist battled in a long doubleheader, splitting the games Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Lady Jaspers gave Marist all they could handle in this conference twinbill, and more. Gone under the radar is the fact that the young LJs have shown great improvement in the latter part of this season, having begun the year with virtually a whole new team, and the Red Foxes learned this first hand. Marist got out to a 2-0 lead in game one when in the second inning, Ashley Corriss singled home Aly Klemmer and Haley Birnbaum. But it was in the top of the fourth inning, after Jocelin Whitmore and Amanda Babcock opened with singles, that All-MAAC candidate Katie Bowen shocked Marist by blasting a home run over the center field fence to give the LJs the lead. They extended that lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning via Amanda Babcock's RBI single. In the meantime, junior college transfer pitcher Kelsi Redding would stone the Red Foxes into frustration the rest of the way, allowing only one runner to get as far as second base the final five innings. It was Kelsi's second consecutive conference win, and a big one on the road against a team fighting for a tournament spot.

Suddenly, the Red Foxes found themselves really needing to win game two, and they jumped on Manhattan starter Katie Bowen early, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning. Nicole DiVirgilio's double scored Megan Lamoureux before Alyssa Zhaka smashed a big three run homer to straightaway center. Things looked good for the Red Foxes; but they would be shutdown the rest of the way while the LJs chipped away at the lead. Marist starter Emily Osterhaus got into a bases loaded jam in the top of the fourth inning; her free pass to Kelly Murray put Manhattan on the board. Emily's day would end in the fifth inning when after Amanda Babcock doubled, Meghan McDevitt drove a pitch over the left field fence to trim the Marist lead to 4-3. Paige Lewis entered the game in relief, and Marist hung on for dear life. The LJs had a great chance to tie the game in the sixth inning. A one out single by Kelly Murray brought up Amanda Paxson, who stroked a double to center. Kelly was sent home on the play, but the Marist relay got her at the plate---Corriss to DiVirgilio to Lamoureux. Paige Lewis earned the save by retiring Manhattan in order in the seventh inning, and Marist escaped a potentially sticky situation in the standings.

2012 began as a season of adjustment for Manhattan; they may be a team to watch out for next season. The LJs are now 3-9. Marist is 8-4, and in good shape in the race.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Manhatten! They gained a little more respect. They played a fews teams very good this year.