|Kyrsten Van Natta continued her fine season Saturday|
The Marist Red Foxes swept the Niagara Purple Eagles in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In the first game of this conference series, Niagara's pitcher Jen Sansano, the MAAC's best in 2013 and on top of the stat sheet this season, had Marist completely stymied for five innings while her team built a seemingly comfortable 6-0 lead. Spearheading the Purple Eagle attack was freshman Bridget Hogan, who had a terrific game batting 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs. The Marist bats finally woke up in the bottom of the sixth inning, shocking Niagara by crossing seven runners across home plate, highlighted by Kyrsten Van Natta's dramatic two out, three run home run blast that provided the winning margin in a 7-6 win. Paige Lewis earned the circle win, with Melanie White picking up a save in relief. Maureen Duddy had a great game for Marist, hitting 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Niagara was naturally demoralized for game two, and Marist jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back. Maureen Duddy continued her strong performance in the bottom of the first inning with a bunt single and two stolen bases, including a theft of home. Kyrsten Van Natta knocked her second homer of the day, and Alyssa Zahka added a round tripper as well. For Niagara, Desarae Maldonado hit a two run homer, but it was too little, too late. Janine Lalli earned the complete game win for the Red Foxes; Kim Bryson took the loss.
Marist improved to 7-3 with the wins; Niagara fell to 2-8.