Marist Sweeps Rider
Marist College 8, Rider University 5 / 8 innings
Marist College 4, Rider University 3
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Doubleheader
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—The Rider University softball team lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at Marist College on Sunday afternoon.
This was the second day in a row that Rider lost on a walk off and the second day in a row with a one-run loss.
“This teams works so hard and competes on every pitch,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “They deserve to have a few of these games bounce our way. We fought and battled every pitch and even though Marist is a talented team, we felt we let both games get away.”
Rider led 5-0 in the opener before losing on a three-run home run in extra innings and the Broncs lost 4-3 in the nightcap.
In game one, Rider scored three times in the fourth inning to break a 0-0 tie, with sophomore Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) knocking in one with an RBI double and the Broncs adding two more runs on Red Fox errors.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) hit an RBI single, scoring junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) who led off with a triple and Irving completed the scoring in the inning with a bases loaded walk as Rider led 5-0.
Marist rallied for three runs on three hits and one Rider error in the sixth inning and the Red Foxes hit a two out, two strike home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score 5-5.
With two outs in the eighth inning, Marist hit back to back singles before a three-run home run ended the game.
“Give Marist credit, they stepped up when they needed to,” Carroll added.
Freshman Ali Meagher (Clark/Arthur L. Johnson) took the loss, recording two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
In game two, Marist jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead.
Rider got on the board in the second inning when junior Mary Rossi (Trenton/Notre Dame) doubled in sophomore Gina McCool (Marlton/Cherokee) who reached on a fielder’s choice, making the score 3-1. Rossi had two of Rider’s six hits in game two.
“Mary has come up with some big hits in the last few games,” Carroll added.
After the Red Foxes scored one in the fourth inning, Rider again rallied when freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown) hit her team-leading sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning but the comeback fell one run short.
“Dana’s home run was big, it got us back in the game,” Carroll said.
Rider put two runners on in the seventh inning but could not score again.
Meagher went six innings and took the loss, allowing only three earned runs.
Last season, Rider and Marist played a similar series with the Broncs losing 2-0 in 11 innings in the opener before rallying for a 10-7 win in the nightcap.
Marist and Rider last met in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 9, 2011 when the Red Foxes won 3-1 and 9-0. Rider swept the Red Foxes by 8-4 and 8-0 scores in 2010 and split the two games in Poughkeepsie in 2009. The Broncs have won 16 of the 46 games in the series.
Rider travels to Lafayette on Tuesday.