|Emily is 3 for 3 vs. the Stags this season|
After a prolonged rain delay, Marist opened the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, NY with a 3-1 win over Fairfield.
Sometimes a pitcher just has another teams' number as they say, and for some reason, Emily Osterhaus has a hex on the Fairfield Stags (maybe because she's a good pitcher?!). For the third time this season, Emily shut down the potent Fairfield attack, holding the Stags to four hits. The only run she allowed was MAAC Player Of The Year Lauren Liseth's first inning home run.
It was Marist who opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Maureen Duddy, who had walked and stolen second base, was driven home by Alyssa Zahka's single. Lauren Liseth then hit the aforementioned homer in the bottom of the same inning to tie the game before the rains came. A drenching downpour shut the tournament down for three hours and 40 minutes. The Marist ground crew did an heroic job transforming the outfield lake back into a ball field; they should all get raises!
When the game finally resumed, Marist took a 2-1 lead when Christina Lausch launched a Rae Ball pitch over the left field fence in the top of the second inning. In the top of the third, Alyssa Zahka again drove home Maureen Duddy to give the Red Foxes a 3-1 lead. From that point on, it was all Emily Osterhaus; she would not allow a Stag past second base, and struck out seven for the game.
Alyssa Zahka and Maureen Duddy each had two hits for Marist, who advance to the winners' bracket game. Rae Ball struck out seven for Fairfield, who will play in the losers' bracket game.