NCAA softball regionals: Marist, Army eliminated
It was two-and-through for Marist and Army at the NCAA softball regionals.
The Red Foxes and Black Knights were eliminated from the first double-elimination phase of the NCAA tournament Saturday. Marist lost to Fordam 5-3 in the Norman, Okla., regional, while Army fell to Houston 7-5 in Austin, Texas.
FORDHAM 5, MARIST 3
The Rams took advantage of back-to-back Marist errors in the fifth inning to score two unearned runs, which proved to be the difference in a matchup of New York schools playing far from home.
Kayla Lombardo led Fordham (36-22) at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Pitcher Michele Daubman earned the complete-game victory, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits.
Red Foxes ace Emily Osterhaus gave up three earned runs on nine hits. Danielle Koltz was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Aly Klemmer, Krysten Van Natta and Janine Lalli accounted for Marist's RBIs.
The Red Foxes (30-26) lost to Oklahoma, the tournament's top overall seed, 17-0 on Friday night.
HOUSTON 7, ARMY 5
The Cougars scored four runs in the fifth inning in ousting Army.
Haley Outon hit a solo home run in the fifth and also doubled for Houston (41-20), which was eliminated itself later Saturday by South Carolina. Outon finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Her sister, Diedre Outon, earned the win in the circle, allowing one run on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The Black Knights' Morgan Lashley gave up seven runs on 11 hits over seven innings. Kasey McCravey, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, led Army (30-26) at the plate.
On Friday night, Army lost to Texas, the fourth overall seed in the tournament, 5-0.