|A homer and 4 RBIs by senior Dani Koltz highlighted the Red Foxes' first games of 2013|
Norfolk St. 2
The Marist Red Foxes opened their new season with a split of games Saturday at the Spartan Classic in Norfolk, VA.
I think the Red Foxes looked quite good for a team playing its very first games. And they could have easily swept the day but for an unfortunate seventh inning against a streaking Delaware team. Marist was holding a 3-1 lead in the seventh, off of six solid innings from starter Emily Osterhaus, who had just done a great job getting out of a no outs, bases loaded jam the previous inning. Two untimely errors cost them the game. Up until that point, they had been in total control of the game, which began with Dani Koltz's solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. In the fourth inning, Christina Lausch launched a two run homer that gave Marist a 3-0 lead. Emily Osterhaus pitched an effective, game until the seventh inning mishaps rattled her.
Game two against the host Spartans was tied at 1-1 after four innings when the Red Foxes exploded for ten runs the remainder of the game. Haley Birnbaum opened the scoring in the third inning with a theft of home. In the fifth inning, freshman Kyrsten Van Natta led off with her third consecutive hit of the game, a single, and would score as a result of a Dani Kolz sacrifice fly. Alyssa Zahka added another RBI. Aly Klemmer opened the sixth inning with a triple, and Marist would score five runs in the inning. Joelle Zahka drove home two of those with a single; Dani Koltz singled home another; and a Christina Lausch double brought home two more. Dani Kolz and Alyssa Zahka added RBIs in the seventh inning, and Marist won going away. Paige Lewis went the distance in the circle in earning her first win of the season.
All five of the Red Foxes' freshmen got into the action this first day, and played very well. They all reached base at least once. Nicole Cheek had three hits on the day, as did Kyrsten Van Natta. The veterans seemed ready to go - Dani Kolz with a home run and 4 RBIs; Christina Lausch the same numbers. Marist is back in Norfolk on Sunday for two more games.