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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Marist And Manhattan Beat Each Others Aces In Split

Manhattan 7
Marist 2

Marist 8
Manhattan 0

The Marist Red Foxes and Manhattan Lady Jaspers split an important MAAC doubleheader Saturday at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.

Marist got all over Manhattan starter Kelsi Redding in the top of the first inning of game one, scoring twice thanks to an RBI single by Kyrsten Van Natta and a wild pitch that allowed Alyssa Zahka to scamper home. They would score no more against Kelsi, who would allow only two more Marist hits the remainder of the game. The Lady Jaspers wrenched control of the game from Marist in the bottom of the second inning. After Jen Keller hit a bases loaded single for one run, and with the bases still loaded, Katie Bowen (pictured) smashed an Emily Osterhaus pitch over the center field fence for a grand slam, and a 5-1 LJs lead. Manhattan added two more runs in the sixth, one of them unearned, and one of the the result of Emily Cutler's RBI double. Amanda Paxson and Andi Stallard each had two hits for the LJs.

Game two was flipped in favor of Marist, who won going away 8-0. Paige Lewis (pictured) got the complete game shutout for the Red Foxes, with the help of three double plays turned by the Marist defense, something they've excelled at all season. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, with three runs on five hits. Janine Lalli, Colleen McWilliams and Dani Koltz all singled home runs. Marist put up three more runs in the top of the fourth inning, with repeat performances by Janine Lalli and Colleen McWilliams. Janine singled home one run, Colleen doubled home two. A Dani Koltz solo homer in the sixth; and a Christina Lausch RBI double in the seventh closed out the scoring. Katie Bowen took the loss for Manhattan, which meant that both teams aces lost...go figure! Freshman Colleen McWilliams enjoyed her best day in her career, with those three RBIs in an important win.

Marist is now 8-4; Manhattan 8-6. Both teams are very much in the hunt for the tournament. Manhattan closes out MAAC play at home Sunday against Siena. Marist will play at St. Peter's tomorrow.

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