|Aly Klemmer saved the day for Marist|
Rider 5 (8)
The Marist Red Foxes swept a dramatic MAAC doubleheader against the Rider Broncs Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Once again, the shorthanded Rider Broncs proved that they are a thorn in the side to the rest of the MAAC, this time pushing Marist to the limit on their home field. The Broncs controlled game one for the first five innings, building a 5-0 lead. Two Marist throwing errors and an Amanda Irving RBI gave them a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. They expanded that lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Ally Breeden singled home Kehli Washington, who had led off with a triple, and Amanda Irving received a bases loaded walk. With their backs against the wall, the Red Foxes began to fight back, scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth inning. RBIs by Janine Lalli and Taylor Kuzma, and an error aided run scored by Kyrsten Van Natta cut the Rider lead to 5-3. Marist was down to their last strike in the bottom of the seventh inning when Aly Klemmer launched a two run rocket over the fence that sent the game to extra innings. Another rocket was launched by Nicole Cheek, her 10th of the season, giving Marist the 8-5 win. Emily Osterhaus got the win; Ali Meagher took the loss. Nicole Cheek was 3 for 4 for Marist; Amanda Irving 2 for 2 for the Broncs.
Wouldn't you know it, but Rider's only remaining pitcher, freshman Ali Meagher, once again pitched better in a game two. She did give up three runs to Marist in the bottom of the first inning, with RBIs going to Alyssa Zahka, Janine Lalli and Aly Klemmer, but would allow only one more the rest of the way, Alyssa Zahka's fourth inning infield single RBI. The Broncs got back in the game thanks to Mary Rossi's RBI double in the second inning; and Dana Sensi's two run homer in the sixth. Rider got the tying run to third base in the top of the seventh inning, but starter Paige Lewis got Ally Breeden to ground out to end the game, earning the 4-3 win. Overworked Ali Meagher took the loss. Marist improved to 7-3, moving into first place in the MAAC for this weekend. Rider dropped to 3-7, but have gained a reputation for being a team no one in the MAAC wants to play right now!