By Mike Ferraro
RIVERDALE – The Marist softball team swept a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader from Manhattan at Gaelic Park on Sunday. The Red Foxes won the first game, 10-1 in six innings, and earned a 4-0 shutout in game two.
Game One – Marist 10, Manhattan 1 (6 inn.)
Marist scored twice in the top of the first. Sophomore Caroline Baratta led off with a ground-rule double, and scored on a single by senior Brandi Coon. Coon then took home on the front end of a double steal with red-shirt junior Claire Oberdorf, which put Marist up 2-0.
In the top of the third, senior Casey Page reached on a one-out infield single, and junior Ali Milam followed with a two-run homer over the wall in center. This gave the Red Foxes a 4-0 advantage.
Freshman Morgan Gianelle’s solo homer in the fourth put Marist up 5-0.
In the top of the fifth, Marist expanded its lead to 6-0 as a ground-rule double by Coon scored Page.
Freshman Calista Phippen held the Jaspers without a hit for the first 4.1 innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Christine Gebhardt doubled, which was followed by a Daniela Chiorazzi RBI single to make the score 6-1.
In the Marist half of the sixth, sophomore Hunter Hand led off with a homer. Coon added a two-run single, and Oberdorf had a sacrifice fly as Marist’s lead reached 10-1.
Phippen finished with 13 strikeouts and a two-hitter.
Coon went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Page scored three runs and went 2-for-2.
Game Two – Marist 4, Manhattan 0
Manhattan loaded the bases with one out in the second, but senior Megan Beiermeister quieted the rally with a strikeout and a lineout.
Marist opened the scoring with two runs in the third. Coon’s RBI single scored Page, and Oberdorf’s sacrifice fly plated Milam.
In the top of the fourth, Gianelle started a rally with a one-out double, and Baratta drove her in with a two-out single which expanded Marist’s lead to 3-0.
Manhattan had runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth, but Oberdorf fielded a ground ball, stepped on third and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.
In the top of the sixth, Page’s two-out single brought home Madison Lee, which gave the Red Foxes a 4-0 advantage.
Beiermeister went the distance on a four-hitter. She struck out a season-high seven and walked just one.
Baratta, Page, and Coon had two hits apiece.
Gebhardt went 2-for-3 for Manhattan. Marist returns to action on April 10 at Army West Point.