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MARIST SOFTBALL HEADS TO MAAC FINALS

After Loss To No. 2 Monmouth, No. 1 Red Foxes Beat No. 5 Niagara

POUGHKEEPSIE – The top-seeded Marist College softball team fell to No. 2 Monmouth, 5-4, on Friday morning before bouncing back to beat No. 5 Niagara by the same score to advance to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference finals.

The Red Foxes and Monmouth will square off on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the title.

Against Monmouth on Friday, Marist broke the ice in the bottom of the second. After Oberdorf socked a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice, Morgan Gianelle poked a hit past second for an RBI single.

Monmouth retaliated with a Sam Tomasetti solo home run to right field in the top of the third.

Tomasetti and Amber Wozniak connected on two solo shots to put the Hawks ahead 3-1 in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the frame, Claire Oberdorf added an RBI groundout, trimming the Marist deficit to 3-2. The Hawks narrowly missed a tag that would’ve resulted in an inning-ending double play.

In the next at-bat, Kaley Coltrain blasted a two-run home run to left-center field to put Marist ahead 4-3.

Deangie Jimenez returned the favor with a two-run shot to left, the fourth homer for the Hawks, as Monmouth retook the lead, 5-4.

Against Niagara, the Foxes took the lead in the first inning. With Caroline Baratta on third and Ali Milam on first, Brandi Coon executed a safety squeeze, bringing home the game’s first run.

Marist executed a delayed steal moments later; Oberdorf dashed for second, and a throwing error gave Milam ample time to score.

Coltrain then rapped an RBI single to right-center, capping a three-run first.

In the third inning, Gianelle smoked a two-run double to the left field wall, scoring Coon and Oberdorf and chasing Purple Eagles starter Jennifer Szilagyi.

As the Red Foxes led 5-0, Niagara notched its first run on an RBI single from Rachel Funk in the fourth.

Megan Beiermeister racked up two strikeouts in the fifth.

Oberdorf made an excellent catch against the fence of the Marist dugout for the first out in the seventh inning.

Moments later, Nicole Teague snared a screaming liner off All-MAAC First Team selection Jerri Ann Orfano, but a throwing error gave Niagara a run to cut the Red Fox lead to 5-4.

Milam ended the game with a diving catch in right field to rob Kendall Watkins.

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