Hudson Valley Sports Report

MARIST SOFTBALL SWEEPS CORNELL

Pitching Leads The Way In 4-2 And 3-1 Victories

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist College softball team swept a doubleheader against Cornell at Gartland Field on Monday, beating the Big Red 4-2 and 3-1 in a non-league matchup.

Four Marist pitchers combined to allow just three earned runs, 11 hits, and three walks, while striking out seven in 14 innings.

Junior Gabrielle Kelliher led the Red Foxes offensively, going a combined 2-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored, three RBIs, and a walk. The home run was the fourth of the season for Kelliher.

GAME ONE
Cornell loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with only one out, but sophomore pitcher Brooke Peterson was able to work out of the jam forcing the next two batters to line out and pop out. The Red Foxes retaliated by loading the bases for themselves in the bottom of the first, but they were able to capitalize as sophomore Casey Page and Kelliher scored the first two runs of the game on wild pitches.

Marist added to its lead in the bottom of the second after senior Janna Korak drove in junior Brittany Colombo on a sacrifice fly. Cornell cut into the lead in the top of the third when Bridgette Rooney hit the first pitch she saw over the left-center field wall for a two-run homer.

A pivotal moment in the game occurred when red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen came in to pitch in the top of the fifth with a runner on and two outs. She forced Rooney to fly out to deep center.

GAME TWO
Marist got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning. After singles by junior Miranda Perez senior Rebecca Freeman, Kelliher crushed a 1-0 pitch for a three-run home run, keeping it just fair down the left-field line.

Sophomore pitcher Kallen Leeseberg coasted through the first four innings for the Red Foxes, allowing no runs and just two hits. After a leadoff double by Ivey Wagner in the top of the fifth, Leeseberg retired the next two, but Sarah Murray hit an RBI double to right center, plating the Big Red’s first run of the game. Leeseberg ended the threat by getting Meg Murray to fly out to center field in the next at bat.

Leeseberg finished with 71 pitches, allowing just one run, four hits, and striking out two. Sophomore Megan Beiermeister closed it out for Marist, pitching two scoreless innings in relief. Beiermeister allowed just one hit to earn her second save of the season.

Marist moves to 18-11 on the season with the sweep, and Cornell moves to 6-11 with the losses.

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