Broncs challenge Marist but fall, 4-3 and 5-1
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Amanda Jordan (Somerset, NJ/Franklin Township) doubled, homered and drove in three, but the Rider University softball team fell at defending MAAC Champion Marist, 4-3 and 5-1, Saturday afternoon. With the losses, the Broncs slip to 6-42 (1-17 MAAC) while the Red Foxes improve to 34-19 (12-6 MAAC).
The Red Foxes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first of Game 1 on Janna Korak's two-run home run. But the Broncs battled back with three in the top of the fourth. Toni Nino (Adelanto, CA/Silverado) singled, stole second with two out and scored on Gabby Bram's (Jackson, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) RBI infield single. Jordan then homered to right to stake the Broncs to a 3-2 lead. But the Red Foxes tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI infield single and scored what proved to be the winning run when a passed ball on a swung on third strike to lead off the bottom of the sixth came around to score on a Korak sacrifice fly.
In Game 2, the Red Foxes methodically built a 5-0 lead with a run in the first, two in the second and one each in the fourth and fifth innings. Nino singled with two out in the top of the sixth and Jordan followed with an RBI double. But Marist would close out the 5-1 victory.
• Emily Oltman (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) started Game 1 in the circle and got a no decision. She allowed three earned runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out two in 4.2 innings pitched.
• Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park, NJ/Passaic Valley) took the tough-luck loss in Game 1, allowing just an unearned run on one hit in 1.1 innings. She struck out a batter, but that Red Fox reached on a passed ball and scored to account for the winning run.
• Elyse Cuttic (Easton, PA/Bethlehem Catholic) went the distance in Game 2, allowing five runs, three earned, on 11 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings. She struck out four.
BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
• Nino led the Broncs with three hits, two runs scored and two stolen bases on the day.
• Jordan's three RBI's gave her a team-leading 10 for the season. She's also tied for first with five doubles and second in home runs with three.
• Kiera Swank (Bear, DE/Caravel Academy), Bram and Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) each added one hit.
The Broncs close out the season Sunday, when they travel to hOURglass rival Saint Peter's for a doubleheader. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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