Sunday, March 30, 2014

Marist Pummels Fairfield In MAAC Opener

Taylor Kuzma continued her hot hitting
Marist 10
Fairfield 0 (6)

Game 2 postponed

The Marist Red Foxes began defense of their MAAC crown with a resounding 10-0 win over Fairfield Saturday in Fairfield, CT. The second game of the conference doubleheader was postponed due to heavy rain, and will be played Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm in Fairfield.

The Marist onslaught began in the top of the second inning. Maureen Duddy's RBI ground out got the Red Foxes on the board, then Kyrsten Van Natta's three run home run blast made the score 4-0. Marist would then score six runs in the top of the sixth inning on the way to the mercy rule win. RBIs by Aly Klemmer and Haley Birnbaum increased the Red Foxes' lead to 6-0. Up to the plate then stepped one of the MAAC's top hitters in 2014, Taylor Kuzma. With the bases loaded, she launched a Lauren Falkanger pitch over the fence good for a grand slam home run, and a 10-0 rout.

Janine Lalli was outstanding in the circle for Marist, allowing only one hit, and that to the MAAC's leading hitter Kristen Filicia. She walked no one. Maureen Duddy, Haley Birnbaum and Aly Klemmer each had two hits for the Red Foxes. Fairfield, considered one of the favorites to win it all this season, continues to struggle, especially in the pitching circle. The Stags will have a chance to rebound in game two, scheduled for Monday.

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