Marist Softball's Offense Heats Up Down the Stretch
By Matt McNamara
As May comes around and the weather starts to look more like summer, the flowers are not the only things in bloom. Marist Softball has finally seemed to hit its stride on the offensive side of things as they get deeper into MAAC play.
The Foxes are now 30-19 overall, as they enter their last weekend of MAAC play with a 10-6 Conference record, 4th-best in the Conference.
But things look promising for the Foxes as they plan to enter the MAAC Tournament, as they have won 9 of their last 12 games, including sweeps of series against Boston University, Niagara, and Canisius on the road.
While the pitching has remained solid throughout the season, the budding offense has really made the difference down the stretch, and it all starts with Janna Korak.
Korak has been on an absolute tear these past few weeks, boosting her average to .346 on the season, with 12 Home Runs and 44 RBI’s, while also leading the team in walks with 23.
But just as hot as number 20 Korak is number 21, Kourtney Paul, who currently leads the team with a .365 average, with 63 total bases to lead the team with a .440 OBP.
Four other Red Foxes boast a batting average above .300 this season, including senior Rebecca Freeman who is second on the team with 31 RBI’s, and Gabrielle Kelliher who is second on the team with 6 Home Runs.
The team has also received strong offensive efforts from Casey Page who leads the team with 15 stolen bases, Miranda Perez who leads the team with 10 sacrifice bunts, and Brittney Colombo who leads the team in HBP with 12 on the season.
But let’s not forget about the dominant pitching staff, whose 4 main starters of Oberdorf, Van Alphen, Leeseburg, and Beirmeister all boast ERA’s under 3.00. Oberdorf and Van Alphen are currently battling for best team ERA with 2.07 and 2.08 respectively, but Van Alphen leads the team with 10 wins and 3 complete game shutouts.
Beirmeister is second in the rotation with 9 wins, giving up less than a hit per inning, without surrendering a single home run this season so far. Leeseburg continues to dominate batters, posting 69 strikeouts in 61 innings, holding opponents to a .210 batting average.
Marist will finish off the season this week with three 2-game series against Lafayette, Rider, and Monmouth.
They will then look to repeat as MAAC Champions next week.