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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Marist’s season comes to an end in NCAA regional

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Marist College softball team had its winningest season in the 25-year existence of its program come to an end on Saturday with losses to Tennessee and Ohio State in the Knoxville Regional.

The Red Foxes lost to host Tennessee in the first game of the double elimination tournament, 10-2, and then fell to Ohio State in the nightcap, 6-1.

Senior first baseman Maureen Duddy had two hits in the Ohio State game, which enabled her to tie the program record with 236 career hits. Duddy set the program’s single-season hits record with 72.

Ohio State opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Taylor White laced a two-out, two-run triple into the right field corner, which brought home second baseman Emily Clark and shortstop Maddy McIntyre. White then gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead with a homer to left-center leading off the home half of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ohio State ran its lead to 5-0 on a two-run homer by Clark. Right fielder Alex Bayne followed with an opposite field homer over the wall in right.

The Red Foxes got runners to second base in both the first, fourth, and fifth innings – and had first and second in the fourth and fifth – but were unable to push any runs across in those frames. Marist scored its lone run in the seventh when freshman Madison Lee drew a walk in a pinch-hitting appearance, and scored from third on a passed ball with two outs.

Red-shirt junior Jessica Van Alphen (10-4) took the loss. Van Alphen started and went four-plus innings. Junior Jayne Oberdorf pitched the fifth, and freshman Kallen Leeseberg tossed a scoreless sixth.

Ohio State outhit Marist, 9-4. Duddy was the lone Red Fox with two hits. For Ohio State, White finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Marist’s final record for the 2016 season is 45-13.

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