Red Foxes Bounce Back with Clean Sweep of the Saints

After coming up flat offensively against the Fairfield Stags on Wednesday, the Marist Red Foxes softball team flipped the switch and came out swinging against the Siena Saints. They won game one easily 9-1 and game two by a score of 7-2. 

The biggest star for the Red Foxes today was freshman designated player Maddie Pleasants, who was on fire at the plate. In game one, she managed to draw a walk with the bases loaded for the first run of the game. In game two, she single handedly carried the Red Foxes offense. Pleasants drove in six of the seven runs in the second game, including a two-run single in the first inning, a two-run home run in the third, and a two-run double in the fifth. 

Another one of the biggest differences from today’s games versus Wednesday was the fact that the Marist pitchers got the cushion and run support they needed. In game one, junior pitcher Kiley Myers was dealing for the Red Foxes as she threw a complete game, went five innings and only gave up two hits and one run. In the second game, senior pitcher Calista Phippen also threw a complete game going seven innings as she gave up five hits, three walks, two runs, and five strikeouts. 

In the first game, Marist took the early lead and kept their foot on the gas the whole time. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, each from bases-loaded walks. The first came from Pleasants while the second was from sophomore second baseman Alyssa Grupp. 

In the bottom of the second inning, the Red Foxes had runners on first and second with two outs, and had a chance to extend their lead against the Saints. McDonald ripped a double into left center field, which scored senior left fielder Hailee Jantorno and graduate student shortstop Caroline Baratta and made it 4-0 Marist. 

With one out in the top of the third inning, Saints junior third baseman Angelina Stile hit a fly ball over the fence for a home run and made the score 4-1, cutting Marist’s lead to only three runs. 

The Red Foxes answered by putting five runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Similar to what McDonald did in the bottom of the second inning, junior right fielder Shea Walsh smashed a ball to deep right center for a double, which gave Marist a 6-1 lead. But the Red Foxes weren’t done yet as later in the inning, Baratta blasted a three-run home run over right center and gave Marist a 9-1 lead. 

The rest of the game was uneventful and was called after five innings as the Red Foxes came out victorious 9-1. The game finished in a little over an hour. 

Game two went the full seven innings. Like the first result, the Red Foxes took care of the Saints with ease. Marist scored at least one run in each of the first three innings, two in the first, one in the second, and two in the third. Pleasants delivered with a two-out single into right center field which scored Walsh and McDonald and gave them a 2-0 lead. 

Although Marist was able to get an early 2-0 lead, they were on the verge of squandering it in the top of the second inning when Phippen struggled. She walked three Siena batters in a row to load the bases with one out. But Phippen was undeterred, as she managed to force a pop-up to second and a fly out to left field to get out of bases loaded. 

The rest of the game was all about Pleasants. In the bottom of the third inning, she crushed one deep over left field for a two-run home run and extended the lead to 5-0. Then in the fifth, she nearly hit another homer, but it just missed the wall. It was instead a two-run double, which broke the game open and extended Marist’s lead to 7-0. “I get very excited because I know I’m helping my teammates and I just want to help them,” said Pleasnts after the game when talking about her impact on the game.  

In the top of the seventh inning, Siena were able to put two runs on the board as they were able to get hits off Phippen. The Red Foxes were able to close out the game and win 7-2, completing the sweep of the Saints. 

“I think we just prepared really well for Siena. You know, we watched film. We had really good swings today, and we hit the ball hard pretty much all day,” said head coach Joe Ausanio when describing the difference in the results from Wednesday to today. 

Next Wednesday the Red Foxes travel to Manhattan College to take on the Manhattan Jaspers first at 1:00 p.m. and then at 3:00 p.m. 

Edited by Ricardo Martinez

Photo from Luke Sassa

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