|Jen Sansano struck out 11 in game two for Niagara|
The Marist Red Foxes ended their western swing by splitting a MAAC doubleheader with the Niagara Purple Eagles Sunday in Niagara Falls, NY.
The Red Foxes came out swinging in game one, building a quick 6-0 lead. A Kyrsten Van Natta home run got them on the board in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Marist then scored five runs in the top of the third inning, beginning with Nicole Cheek's three run home run blast. Nicole finished with eight RBIs on the weekend. Joelle Zahka then increased the Marist lead to 6-0 with an RBI double. Niagara got half of those runs back in the bottom of the same inning, with a fielder's choice RBI by Becky Zill, and a two run double off the bat of Alexis Wayne. A Colleen McWilliams RBI in the top of the fifth inning gave the Red Foxes a 7-3 lead. Niagara tried to rally with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to RBIs by Becky Zill and Alexis Wayne, but fell short and lost 7-5. Emily Osterhaus improved her MAAC record to 4-0; 7-6 overall. Kim Bryson took the loss, and is now inexplicably 0-12 this season. Nicole Cheek hit 3 for 4 for the Red Foxes.
Marist jumped to a 2-0 lead in game two thanks to Aly Klemmer's second inning, two run homer. But the Red Foxes would be shutdown the rest of the game by Niagara's Jen Sansano, who struck out 11 in the game, and allowed only three hits. The Purple Eagles finally scored in the fifth inning when Ambur Farmer doubled home Gabby Lustrinelli. They attempted to tie the game, but shortstop Kyrsten Van Natta gunned down Desarae Maldonado as she attempted to score. But Des got her revenge, as it was she who drove home the winning run after Becky Zill tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Desarae's double scored Gabby Lustrinelli for a final of 3-2. Janine Lalli took the loss. Marist is now 4-2 in the MAAC; Niagara 1-3.