Monday, March 11, 2013

Red Foxes Sweep Up The Dawg Pound

Dani Koltz led the Fox raid with a grand salami and 7 RBIs!
Marist 6
Rhode Island 0

Marist 7
UMBC 6 (8)

The Marist Red Foxes completed a sweep of the Dawg Pound Invitational with two more wins Monday in Baltimore, Md.

The Red Foxes opened today against Rhode Island, and had a repeat performance of their Sunday game with the Rams, winning 6-0. Melanie White got the start in this one, and pitched a great game, scattering three hits while striking out four and walking zilch. Marist scored twice in the first inning with RBI singles off the bats of Nicole Cheek and Alyssa Zahka. Nicole got her second RBI of the game in the fourth inning, but not before Dani Koltz drove home a pair of runs with a single. Kyrsten Van Natta's first college home run in the sixth inning closed out the scoring. Kyrsten had two hits in this game, as did Nicole Cheek and Aly Klemmer.

After Dani Koltz singled home another run in the top of the first inning of game two, the Red Foxes suddenly found themselves challenged by the host Retrievers, who put up four runs in the bottom of the same inning to lead Marist 4-1. That didn't last long, because with two outs in the top of the second inning, and with the bases loaded, Dani Koltz drilled a pitch over the center field fence for the grand slam, giving her five RBIs for the game and seven for the day. This was immediately followed by Nicole Cheek's blast over the right field fence, and the Red Foxes were up 6-4. The game settled down after that offensive barrage displayed by both teams, and UMBC eventually tied the game and forced extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, the Red Foxes executed the tiebreaker runner, Janine Lalli, home with a Maureen Duddy bunt and Christina Lausch grounder for a 7-6 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, UMBC bunted their tiebreaker runner to third base, but relief pitcher Emily Osterhaus forced a foul ball out, and then froze the final batter for a strikeout and a Marist win. Emily earned the win in relief of starter Janine Lalli. Dani Kolzt was 3 for 3 in this one; Nicole Cheek hit 3 for 4. Kyrsten Van Natta kept on her hot streak with a 2 for 3 effort.

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