Marian extends win streak to six

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Marian University softball (7-1, 0-0 NACC) offense exploded for 31 runs as the Sabres defeated Salem State 17-4 and Curry 14-0.

In game one, the Vikings were able to jump on the board in the opening half inning but the Sabres responded in the bottom of the first in a big way.  The first eight Sabres that stepped to the plate were able to knock out a base hit with RBI hits from sophomore Olivia Hartley, freshman Gianna Esposito, senior Sara Terrian, senior Nicole LaBeck and senior Charlotte Pegram, respectively.  Marian was able to push across six runs for the inning to take a 6-1 advantage.

Salem State was able to push across another run in the top of the second before Marian answered with a four spot in the bottom of the third.  The Sabres were able to take advantage of a pair of errors in the inning with Pegram and freshman Courtney Makinen crossing the plate.  Later in the inning Hartley would drive in freshman Ally Fox with a sacrifice fly to put MU ahead 10-2.

The Vikings were able to cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth but once again the Marian bats got hot as the Sabres scored seven runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Marian had a stretch of six consecutive batters bring in runs starting with sophomore Rachel Soch.  Fox, sophomore Lindsey Strainis, Hartley, Esposito, and junior Kerianna Disterhaft followed as the Sabres built enough of a cushion to mercy-rule the Vikings 17-4.

Senior Shannon Huray (4-1) earned the win in the circle allowing three earned runs off six hits in her 5.0 innings.

Five different Sabres recorded multi-hit games led by Hartley and LaBeck who each recorded three hits.

Marian didn't need much time to get on the board in game two of the day against Curry as Fox was able to reach on a single to open the game.  She immediately then stole second with an errant throw allowing her to come around to score.

The Sabre offense went quietly in the second before the Sabres exploded for 10 runs in the top of the third.  Hartley twice, Terrian, LaBeck, Pegram, freshman Taylor Lauscher and Soch all brought runs in as the Sabres jumped out to an 11-0 lead.

Lauscher and freshman Danielle Runyon would bring in a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, and Disterhaft drove in freshman Haley Polakowski in the top of the fifth to put the final at 14-0.

Freshman Paige Rauhut (3-0) had another great outing allowing only one hit in her 4.0 innings of work with five strikeouts.

A total of 11 different Sabres recorded hits in the win led by Fox who went 3-3 with a run batted in and two runs.

Marian takes on UMass-Dartmouth at 8 a.m. (CDT) and Brockport and noon (CDT) before their off day at the Gene Cusic Classic.