Hudson Valley Hurricanes Alumni, Freshman Janine Lalli earns her 1st career win in her 1st college start!
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Red Foxes capped off a weekend of action at the North Carolina A&T Tournament with a 6-3 win over the host Aggies. Junior Danielle Koltz (Chenango Bridge, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with a sixth inning grand slam.
North Carolina A&T opened the scoring with a three hit, one run bottom of the first inning. Making her first career start, freshman pitcher Janine Lalli (Eastchester, N.Y.) settled down after that initial inning and let her offense take control from there on out.
Marist took the lead in the third inning as it put up two unearned runs on the scoreboard. With the first two batters retired, Koltz came to bat and hit a come-backer to pitcher, who bobbled the ball, allowing Koltz to reach via error. Following a passed ball, Marist’s clean-up hitter, senior Nicole DiVirgilio (Aston, Pa.), tied the game up with a single up the middle. DiVirgilio came around to score as the next batter senior Megan Lamoureux (Woonsocket, R.I.) hit a ball towards the Aggie second baseman, who misplayed it.
Up 2-1, the Red Foxes put some distance between them and the host Aggies in the top of the sixth inning. Singles by junior Sarah Carmody (Camarillo, Calif.), sophomore Alyssa Zahka (Lexington, Mass.) and senior Ashley Corriss (Sayville, N.Y.) loaded the bases for Marist before Koltz quickly unloaded them with a long drive out over the center field wall. This was the junior’s second home run of the young season and the team’s first grand slam.
After five scoreless innings with just two hits, North Carolina A&T finally was able to get to Lalli one last time. The Aggies scratched out two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before finally succumbing to the Red Foxes by a count of 6-3.
Lalli earned her first career victory with a final pitching line of seven innings pitched, eight hits allowed, three earned runs and six strikeouts.
Both Corriss and Carmody paced the offense with two hits, though Koltz’ one hit in the sixth inning left the largest impression on the scoreboard.
The Red Foxes (2-5) will be back in action next weekend at a tournament at George Mason. Beginning on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m., the Red Foxes will play a series of four games versus George Mason, Cornell and Akron (2).
Prior to Marist: A five-year member of the varsity softball team at Eastchester High School, Lalli also lettered in basketball. She is a two-time All-State, All-Section, All-County and All-League. As a junior she compiled a record of 10-1 and struck out 134 batters in 66 innings pitched. Her earned run average was 0.32. Lalli is a two-time recipient of the New York State Scholar-Athlete Award. On the club level, Lalli and the Hudson Valley Hurricanes Gold went undefeated at the 2010 ESPN Rise/PGF Midwest Qualifier and advanced to the PGF National Tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif. Scholastically, Lalli was a member of the National Italian Honor Society.