POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist softball team dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Army at Gartland Field Thursday afternoon. Marist fell in the first contest by a final score of 6-4, and in game two they succumbed 2-1. Army West Point head softball coach Michelle DePolo earned her 250th-career victory in the game one 6-4 win.
Junior Miranda Perez had a Marist team-best four hits on the day. Here is a closer look at the two contests:
Game One – Army West Point 6, Marist 4
The Black Knights were able to threaten early, loading the bases in the second inning and was able to break through in the third; plating five runs, three coming via a home run by Sam Hartman. It was Hartman’s first career homer.
The Red Foxes did not get on the board until the six inning, scoring two thanks to a hit by sophomore Brandi Coon, and two ensuing fielding errors. Senior Janna Korak continued her torrid hitting streak with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh – her fifth home run in the last five games – which pulled the Red Foxes to within two. Marist was not able to complete the comeback; however, falling 6-4.
Army hurler Caroline Smith (11-5) went the first six innings to secure the victory, and Renee Poirier got the final three outs for his fifth save.
Game Two – Army West Point 2, Marist 1
In game two, Army was able to strike early with a run in the first, despite not recording any hits. The Red Foxes threatened in the opening innings, getting runners to third on multiple occasions, but they were not able to cash in. The Black Knights were able to tack on another run in the top of the fourth.
In the top of the sixth, Army had the bases, but Marist sophomore Megan Beiermeister was able to work herself out of the jam with a big strikeout. The Red Foxes were able to cut Army’s lead in half thanks to a sac fly from Coon in the bottom of the sixth. The Red Foxes threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but they were unable to score, falling 2-1.
Beiermeister (8-5) tossed a complete game. She struck out four batters, walked three, and only allowed three hits. Poirier (13-6) went the distance on a five-hitter for the Black Knights.
The Red Foxes are now 26-19 on the season, while the Black Knights are 35-16 overall.
Marist will hit the road for a pair of doubleheaders as the Red Foxes are slated to face Niagara on Friday, and Canisius on Saturday. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 2 p.m., and Saturday’s doubleheader is slated to start at noon.
The Black Knights travel to Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend for its final Patriot League series of the regular season at Lehigh. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game are slated to begin at noon.