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Softball Drops Doubleheader To Siena On Saturday

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Release: May 05, 2012
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Marist softball team (27-24, 8-6 MAAC) dropped a doubleheader at Siena on Saturday. The Red Foxes lost a thrilling Game One matchup in extra innings, 4-3 in the nine before falling in Game Two by a score of 12-6. Sophomore Haley Birnbaum (Lido Beach, N.Y.) led the offense with a pair of RBIs and two extra-base hits. Junior Joelle Zahka (Lexington, Mass.) gave the team a spark off the bench in Game One with a pinch hit go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning. In the circle, junior Emily Osterhaus (Suwanee, Ga.) threw a complete game with eight-plus innings in Game One.

GAME ONE, SIENA 4 - MARIST 3: The Red Foxes got on the scoreboard fast in the opening game of the twinbill as the team plated two runs in the first inning. After senior Megan Lamoureux (Woonsocket, R.I.) drew a walk, junior Danielle Koltz (Chenango Bridge, N.Y.) doubled to right-center field to put runners on second and third. Senior Nicole DiVirgilio (Aston, Pa.) drove both in, as she hit a ball towards first base that the first baseman was unable to come up with cleanly.

With a 2-0 lead, Osterhaus held Siena at bay until the third inning, when a two-out rally netted the Saints their first run of the game.

Two innings later, Siena tied it up at two a piece with another two-out scoring combination.

The score would stay tied at 2-2 for the next three innings. Though not without action, as the Saints had the game-winning run gunned down at home plate in the bottom of the eighth on a perfect throw in from center field by senior Ashley Corriss (Sayville, N.Y.) to Lamoureux at home, who applied the tag.

In the top of the ninth inning, Head Coach Joe Ausanio went to his bench and called on Joelle Zahka to pinch-hit and start the frame. The junior took a pitch from Jessika-Jo Sandrini and gave the ball a ride, high and deep over the right field wall for the go-ahead run.

Unfortunately for Marist, the 3-2 lead was short lived as the MAAC Triple Crown leader Shannon Jones hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for the dramatic 4-3 Siena victory.

For the game, Koltz, Birnbaum and freshman Taylor Kuzma (Freehold, N.J.) all had two hits. In the circle, Osterhaus went eight-plus innings with four runs allowed and three strikeouts.

GAME TWO, SIENA 12 - MARIST 6: Looking to comeback from a hard-fought Game One loss, the Red Foxes struck early against Siena's Amanda Filipazzo. In the first inning, Corriss led off the game with a walk and would come around to score as Koltz singled her into scoring position and DiVirgilio drove her in with a misplayed fly ball by Siena's left fielder.

One inning later Siena answered with a single run in the second.

Marist re-took the lead in the third inning as Corriss again reached base to leadoff. Following two consecutive errors, the senior outfielder was crossing home plate for Marist's second run of the game. Lamoureux scored the third run of the game after Siena's left fielder misplayed a fly ball hit by Alyssa Zahka (Lexington, Mass.).

The back-and-forth action would continue as the teams combined to score at least one run in every inning of this game. Down 3-1, Siena would score five unanswered runs in the bottoms of the third and fourth innings to overtake the Red Foxes.

Trailing 6-3, Marist manufactured two runs courtesy of extra-base hits as DiVirgilio crushed a Filipazzo offering over the wall in left-center field and Birnbaum tripled to right-center field three batters later to drive in Zahka.

The Red Foxes nearly took the lead back in the sixth inning as Corriss and Lamoureux went back-to-back with singles to give Marist two on and one out. Somehow Filipazzo was able to navigate this tricky situation and strand both runners and give the Saints the momentum going into the bottom of the frame.

With the momentum on their side, Siena batted around in the bottom of the sixth and scored six runs to put the game out of reach at 12-5.

In the seventh inning, Birnbaum capped a strong day at the plate with a scorching double down the left field line to score Alyssa Zahka for the game's final run.

For the game, Birnbaum was 2-4 with a double, triple and a team-high two RBIs. Corriss and Zahka joined her with two hits a piece. Eight of Marist's nine starters had hits and all nine reached base safely at least once. In the circle, sophomore Paige Lewis (Temecula, Calif.) took the loss as she pitched the first 3.1 innings of the game.

In the doubleheader, Marist had 20 combined hits for their eighth doubleheader of the season. Birnbaum was the leading hitter as she went 4-8 in the two contests.

With this outcome along with a d

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Marist softball team (27-24, 8-6 MAAC) dropped a doubleheader at Siena on Saturday. The Red Foxes lost a thrilling Game One matchup in extra innings, 4-3 in the nine before falling in Game Two by a score of 12-6. Sophomore Haley Birnbaum (Lido Beach, N.Y.) led the offense with a pair of RBIs and two extra-base hits. Junior Joelle Zahka (Lexington, Mass.) gave the team a spark off the bench in Game One with a pinch hit go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning. In the circle, junior Emily Osterhaus (Suwanee, Ga.) threw a complete game with eight-plus innings in Game One.

GAME ONE, SIENA 4 - MARIST 3: The Red Foxes got on the scoreboard fast in the opening game of the twinbill as the team plated two runs in the first inning. After senior Megan Lamoureux (Woonsocket, R.I.) drew a walk, junior Danielle Koltz (Chenango Bridge, N.Y.) doubled to right-center field to put runners on second and third. Senior Nicole DiVirgilio (Aston, Pa.) drove both in, as she hit a ball towards first base that the first baseman was unable to come up with cleanly.

With a 2-0 lead, Osterhaus held Siena at bay until the third inning, when a two-out rally netted the Saints their first run of the game.

Two innings later, Siena tied it up at two a piece with another two-out scoring combination.

The score would stay tied at 2-2 for the next three innings. Though not without action, as the Saints had the game-winning run gunned down at home plate in the bottom of the eighth on a perfect throw in from center field by senior Ashley Corriss (Sayville, N.Y.) to Lamoureux at home, who applied the tag.

In the top of the ninth inning, Head Coach Joe Ausanio went to his bench and called on Joelle Zahka to pinch-hit and start the frame. The junior took a pitch from Jessika-Jo Sandrini and gave the ball a ride, high and deep over the right field wall for the go-ahead run.

Unfortunately for Marist, the 3-2 lead was short lived as the MAAC Triple Crown leader Shannon Jones hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for the dramatic 4-3 Siena victory.

For the game, Koltz, Birnbaum and freshman Taylor Kuzma (Freehold, N.J.) all had two hits. In the circle, Osterhaus went eight-plus innings with four runs allowed and three strikeouts.

GAME TWO, SIENA 12 - MARIST 6: Looking to comeback from a hard-fought Game One loss, the Red Foxes struck early against Siena's Amanda Filipazzo. In the first inning, Corriss led off the game with a walk and would come around to score as Koltz singled her into scoring position and DiVirgilio drove her in with a misplayed fly ball by Siena's left fielder.

One inning later Siena answered with a single run in the second.

Marist re-took the lead in the third inning as Corriss again reached base to leadoff. Following two consecutive errors, the senior outfielder was crossing home plate for Marist's second run of the game. Lamoureux scored the third run of the game after Siena's left fielder misplayed a fly ball hit by Alyssa Zahka (Lexington, Mass.).

The back-and-forth action would continue as the teams combined to score at least one run in every inning of this game. Down 3-1, Siena would score five unanswered runs in the bottoms of the third and fourth innings to overtake the Red Foxes.

Trailing 6-3, Marist manufactured two runs courtesy of extra-base hits as DiVirgilio crushed a Filipazzo offering over the wall in left-center field and Birnbaum tripled to right-center field three batters later to drive in Zahka.

The Red Foxes nearly took the lead back in the sixth inning as Corriss and Lamoureux went back-to-back with singles to give Marist two on and one out. Somehow Filipazzo was able to navigate this tricky situation and strand both runners and give the Saints the momentum going into the bottom of the frame.

With the momentum on their side, Siena batted around in the bottom of the sixth and scored six runs to put the game out of reach at 12-5.

In the seventh inning, Birnbaum capped a strong day at the plate with a scorching double down the left field line to score Alyssa Zahka for the game's final run.

For the game, Birnbaum was 2-4 with a double, triple and a team-high two RBIs. Corriss and Zahka joined her with two hits a piece. Eight of Marist's nine starters had hits and all nine reached base safely at least once. In the circle, sophomore Paige Lewis (Temecula, Calif.) took the loss as she pitched the first 3.1 innings of the game.

In the doubleheader, Marist had 20 combined hits for their eighth doubleheader of the season. Birnbaum was the leading hitter as she went 4-8 in the two contests.

With this outcome along with a doubleheader sweep by Niagara of Rider and a split by Manhattan of Fairfield the standings of the MAAC going into the final day of regular season play tomorrow are as follows ... Iona 11-3, Fairfield/Canisius 9-5, Marist/Siena 8-6 and Rider 7-7.

The Red Foxes will head to Iona on Sunday for a doubleheader with huge MAAC postseason implications. The first pitch of Game One will is slated for 1 p.m.

oubleheader sweep by Niagara of Rider and a split by Manhattan of Fairfield the standings of the MAAC going into the final day of regular season play tomorrow are as follows ... Iona 11-3, Fairfield/Canisius 9-5, Marist/Siena 8-6 and Rider 7-7.

The Red Foxes will head to Iona on Sunday for a doubleheader with huge MAAC postseason implications. The first pitch of Game One will is slated for 1 p.m.