|Paige again showed great control|
The Marist Red Foxes entered their game against Columbia Friday needing great pitching after suffering a pair of disturbing losses (17-0 vs. Colorado State; and 15-5 vs. Ball State) at the Colorado State Spring Tournament in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's true that the Red Foxes had not won a game on their western trip, but for the most part they were very competitive. Paige Lewis reversed both trends with a brilliant complete game shutout. Paige is not a strikeout pitcher, but uses a control game. She walked only one Columbia, which is a bout par for the course considering that she has averaged this season about two walks per game. She scattered five hits; the only trouble she got into, if you could call it that, was in the seventh inning when she had an eight run lead; but she quickly extinguished the Columbia threat to earn the win, evening her record at 3-3.
The Marist attack was led by Alyssa Zahka, who was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. For the day, she drove home five runs and hit a home run. Nicole Cheek continued her impressive play, hitting 2 for 3, including a triple. Maureen Duddy was 2 for 4, and drove home a pair of runs.
Marist is scheduled top play Columbia again on Sunday in Fort Collins, but the weather forecast is calling for upwards of a foot of snow to fall in the area. In fact, it began snowing shortly after the Red Foxes' second game was completed, bringing the tournament to a halt.