Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - The Marist softball team (20-19, 4-2 MAAC) will be in action this weekend with a single doubleheader at home versus Niagara. On April 21, the Red Foxes will do battle with MAAC rival Niagara (9-22, 2-2 MAAC) in a twinbill that begins at noon.
LAST TIME OUT - After five-plus hours and 18 innings of doubleheader action two teams, who came into the day with identical 3-1 MAAC records, left Young Field on the campus of Rider University with identical 4-2 conference records. On the strength of stellar pitching in the circle by Emily Osterhaus and an 11th inning home run by Haley Birnbaum, Marist earned a 2-0 game one win over Rider. The host Broncs earned the victory in a game two slugfest by a score of 10-7.
For the doubleheader, Ashley Corriss led a group of five Red Foxes with multiple hits as she went three for eight. Fellow senior Nicole DiVirgilio(3-9), Danielle Koltz (3-9), Taylor Kuzma (2-3) and Birnbaum (2-8) also had multi-hit days. In the circle, Marist's four pitchers combined for a 1.65 ERA and were led by Osterhaus, who threw 11 shutout innings and struck out five batters.
RECENT HISTORY - Last season at Niagara, the Red Foxes earned a doubleheader sweep of the Niagara Purple Eagles on May 1 by a score of 13-12 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2. Five players had multiple hits in game one to lead the offensive explosion. In game two, solid team softball led to the victory. Sarah Carmody went 5-9 on the afternoon with one home run and three RBIs. Osterhaus collected the win in Game One, while Paige Lewis earned the victory on the strength of five strikeouts in a complete game effort.
SCOUTING NIAGARA - The Purple Eagles will take on the Red Foxes on Saturday following a doubleheader at Siena on Friday. Most recently, Niagara fell in non-conference action versus Buffalo on Wednesday, 11-0 and 9-6. Last weekend in MAAC play, they split series with Iona and Fairfield at one game a piece. Offensively, Jessica Hitchcock, who has recently started seeing playing time leads the team with a .304 batting average. Preseason All-MAAC honorees Jen Hare and Becky Zill loom as players to watch, as Zill leads the team with three home runs and 19 RBIs, while Hare is hitting .250 with 11 RBIs.
In the circle, Julie DiMatteo has posted a 2.92 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched this season. Their second pitcher Kim Bryson has struck out the fourth-most batters in the MAAC with 104 punchouts in 86.2 innings pitched.
MARIST IN THE NATION - In the NCAA's weekly release of Division 1 statistics here is where Marist ranks as a team amongst 300 eligible squads ...
#120 Batting Average - .272
#120 Scoring - 4.31 runs per game
#100 Home Runs - 0.67 per game
#61 Doubles - 1.28 per game
#100 Triples - 0.15 per game
#117 Stolen Bases - 0.97 per game
#107 Slugging Percentage - 0.404
#132 Winning percentage - .513
MARIST IN THE MAAC - Through nine weeks of action (Monday, Apr. 16) here's a quick glance of where Marist sits among the team and individual statistical standings in the MAAC...
#2 Batting Average - .272
#2 Slugging Pct. - .404
#1 On-Base Pct. - .349
#1 Runs Scored - 168
#1 Hits - 287
#1 Runs Batted In - 149
#1 Doubles - 50
#3 Triples - 6
#2 Home Runs - 26
#T1 Walks - 107
#3 Stolen Bases - 38
#5 ERA - 4.19
#5 Batters Struck Out - 163
#9 Batting Average - .319
#5 Slugging Pct. - .578
#1 Runs Batted In - 30
#T3 Home Runs - 7
#12 Batting Average - .310
#T2 Runs - 29
#T3 Walks - 20
#T4 Doubles - 8
#6 Batting Average - .330
#3 Hits - 38
#5 Runs Scored - 25
#T1 Triples - 3
#1 Hit by Pitch - 8
#2 Walks - 21
#T5 Wins - 8
MILESTONES TO WATCH - In the coming games and weeks, four Red Foxes will be approaching career and program milestones.
117 Runs Batted In (#2 in Program History): Currently at 107
163 Hits (#6): Currently at 159
538 At-Bats (#6): Currently at 528
99 Runs (#4 in Program History): Currently at 92
7 Triples (#6): Currently at 5
69 Runs (#8 in Program history): Currently at 68
13 Home Runs (#8): Currently at 12
19 Home Runs (#6 in Program history): Currently at 18