|Marist broke the school record for wins Saturday|
The Marist Red Foxes swept the Monmouth Hawks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
This long awaited series featured two teams at the top of the conference, and the games had a tournament feel to them right from the start. Marist broke the ice in game one with a two run first inning. After lead off walks to Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf, Janna Korak hit a two out double to give the Red Foxes the early lead. They would increase their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs coming off the bats of Casey Page, Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf. Claire's sister Jayne was busy holding Monmouth hitless through the game's first 4.2 innings. But the Hawks woke up their bats in the bottom of the fifth when Katie Baron slugged a two run home run to cut the Marist lead to 5-2. They continued their rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nicole Wieczorek's two out, two run single suddenly made this a one run ball game. Jessica Van Alphen entered the Marist circle, and struck out three the rest of the game to earn a big save, with her team winning 5-4. Jayne Oberdorf was credited with the win; Amanda Riley suffered the loss.
In game two, Marist would again jump out to a 2-0 first inning lead, with Janna Korak again supplying an RBI. Claire Oberdorf also snuck home when Monmouth was making an out at second base. Monmouth this time responded immediately when powerful Justene Reyes belted a three run home run over the center field fence to give her team a lead for the first time this day. However, that would be all the Hawks could muster in this game, as Marist relief pitcher Megan Beiermeister, replacing starter Kallen Leeseberg, pitched a masterful 5.2 innings, scattering five hits while allowing no runs. The freshman improved to 10-0 on the season. After Gabrielle Kelliher's RBI in the top of the third inning tied the game, Marist picked up five runs in the top of the fifth inning, all scored with two outs, with RBIs coming from Colleen McWilliams, Gabrielle Kelliher and Maureen Duddy. To preserve the 8-3 victory, Marist made two outstanding field plays. First in the sixth inning when second baseman Claire Oberdorf with her backhand snared an apparent hit then threw out the speedy Emma Hill at home. Then with a brilliant game ending double play by first baseman Maureen Duddy. First place currently belongs to the Red Foxes.
Marist set a school record for wins Saturday, and now own an impressive 34-8 record; 9-1 in the MAAC. All is not lost for Monmouth, who dropped to 9-3, but still own second place.