Marist Splits Home Doubleheader With Monmouth

By Mike Ferraro

POUGHKEEPSIE – Behind an extraordinary performance from Miah McDonald and an efficient two-hitter from Kiley Myers, the Marist softball team defeated Monmouth 16-0 in five innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Hawks then came back for a 6-4 victory in game two.

Marist now stands at 16-22 overall and 4-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Game One
Marist 16, Monmouth 0
5 innings
W: Myers (6-2), L: Gletow (4-15)
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Caroline Baratta homered off the right field foul pole to give Marist a 1-0 lead. Miah McDonald followed with a triple, and after Maddie Pleasants walked, Meghan Davis drove home McDonald with a single.

McDonald cleared the bases with a double in the second, as she brought home Shea Walsh, Alyssa Grupp, and Baratta to put Marist up 5-0.

The Red Foxes tacked on seven runs in the third, punctuated by a three-run homer by McDonald. The inning also included a two-run single by Grupp and RBI single by Walsh.
McDonald hit another three-run homer in the fourth, a four-run frame which put Marist up 16-0. The inning also included a sacrifice fly by Grupp.

McDonald went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, two homers, and nine RBIs. It was the most RBIs in a game by a Red Fox since Rebecca Freeman tied the NCAA single game record with 11agianst Savannah State on Feb. 26, 2017.

Kiley Myers tossed a two-hitter, struck out five, and did not walk anyone. She needed just 61 pitches to get through five innings.

McDonald, Baratta, and Walsh all scored three runs. Grupp drove in three.
The Red Foxes racked up 13 hits.

This was Marist’s highest single-game run total since scoring 16 at Fairfield on April 13, 2018.

Game Two
Monmouth 6, Marist 4
W: Kerwood (3-14), L: Phippen (2-3)
Calista Phippen did not allow a Monmouth hit until the fourth inning.

The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Stavi Augur’s two-run homer gave Monmouth a 2-0 lead.

Marist scored four times in the bottom of the sixth. Walsh came home on an error with the Red Foxes’ first run. Meghan Davis drove home Baratta with a double to tie the score.

Maddie Pleasants then brought home McDonald and pinch-runner Hannah Brock with a single.

Monmouth then scored four times in the top of the seventh. Abby Warner’s homer tied the game at four. The Hawks took the lead for good on Lindsey Baron’s RBI single, and added another run on a wild pitch.

Monmouth outhit Marist, 6-3.

Phippen struck out nine against just one walk. She allowed six hits in 6.1 innings.

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