Friday, October 14, 2016

Chris Stelma Hired By Saint Peter's

The Saint Peter's University Peacocks have hired Chris Stelma of Glenwood, New Jersey as their new head softball coach.

Chris Stelma is a graduate of Rhode Island University, where he played baseball, helping the Rams to win the 2005 Atlantic 10 championship and make an NCAA Tournament appearance. Stelma last season was an assistant with the William Patterson University softball program. He also has experience as head baseball coach at County College of Morris. He is the owner of Fielder's Choice Baseball Academy and Kaboom Softball Academy, both in New Jersey.

Chris Stelma succeeds Ken Passante, who was relieved of his duties by SPU during the 2016 softball season.

Congratulations Coach!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fairfield Stags 2017 Softball Schedule

The Fairfield Stags will open their 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina in a tournament hosted by the host school 49ers. On the weekend of March 4, the Stags will be in Fairfax, Virginia to play in one of George Mason's annual tournaments. Then it's off to Florida for a pair of tournaments in the Sunshine State; first at Florida Atlantic on March 11, and South Florida on March 17. In between these two tourneys the Stags will play games vs. Fordham and Florida International.

Fairfield will then head back north, tuning up for conference play with games at Wagner and Sacred Heart. Their home opener will be on March 29 vs. Providence. The Stags will open MAAC play at home the weekend of April 1 vs. Canisius and Niagara. They will close their regular season on May at home vs. conference rival Quinnipiac. Fairfield will have nine home dates in 2017.

Fairfield 2017 schedule

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MAAC 35th Anniversary Team

Eight softball players were honored today when the MAAC announced its 35th anniversary Spring Sports Teams.


The following MAAC softball players were honored:

Jody Tassone (Canisius)
Melissa Santos (Fairfield)
Sarah Jackson (Iona)
Teresa Healy (Niagara)
Deanna Dovak (Rider)
Jennifer Drum (Manhattan)
Melissa Giordano (Marist)
Jessika-Jo Sandrini (Siena)

Congratulations to all!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another MAAC Season Comes To An End

It took her till the last day of her career - Maureen Duddy breaks record!
#13 Tennessee 10
Marist 2 (6)

Ohio St. 6
Marist 1

The Marist Red Foxes saw their record breaking 2016 season come to an end Saturday in Knoxville, TN, losing games to the host Lady Volunteers and Ohio St.

Friday's rains forced a condensed version of the Knoxville Regional, with the Red Foxes opening Saturday afternoon vs. Tennessee. Marist put up a good fight vs. the 13th ranked team, even taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Becca Freeman's homer in the top of the first inning. The game remained close until the late innings when the Lady Vols ended it early. Against Ohio St. in the subsequent elimination game, the Red Foxes fell behind in the first inning. And although they had many chances to get back in the game, they could not score until Madison Lee made it home on a passed ball in the seventh inning.

In the fifth inning of the game against Tennessee, Maureen Duddy made history when she stole second base. In doing so, she broke Canisius' Lauren Hope's MAAC career record for stolen bases. Ironic that it took Lauren until her last career day to break the record herself in 2011!

And so, we say farewell to another MAAC softball season! We say goodbye to the departing seniors, and look forward to the incoming freshmen (more on them later)!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Knoxville, TN Regional

 Tennessee Lady Volunteers
SEC 41-14


Meghan Gregg .391; 10 HR; 58 RBIs
Rainey Gaffin .380; 5 HR; 38 RBIs injured/out
Megan Greer .375; 10 HR; 53 RBIs


Matty Moss 1.64 ERA; 12-4
Rainey Gaffin 2.32 ERA; 9-3 injured/out
Erin Gabriel 2.42 ERA; 19-6

Arizona Wildcats
PAC 12 36-19


Mo Mercado .387; 8 HR; 40 RBIs
Katiyana Mauga .340; 20 RBIs; 42 Runs
Mandie Perez .339; 57 Runs


Danielle O'Toole 2.14 ERA; 22-10
Taylor McQuillin 3.38 ERA 12-8

Ohio St. Buckeyes
Big Ten 33-18-1


Cammi Prantl .405; 9 HR; 44 RBIs
Alex Bayne .365; 18 HR; 48 RBIs
Emily Clark .323; 5 HR; 25 RBIs


Lena Springer 2.66 ERA; 5-4
Shelby Hursh 2.80; 15-9

Marist Red Foxes
MAAC 45-11


Claire Oberdorf .382; 7 HR; 39 RBIs
Kyrsten Van Natta .380; 9 HR; 47 RBIs
Maureen Duddy .352; 20 RBIs, 50 Runs


Jayne Oberdorf 1.70 ERA; 16-3
Jessica Van Alphen 1,98 ERA; 10-3
Megan Beiermeister 2.62 ERA; 12-1

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Marist To Play In Knoxville Regional

Just announced...

The Marist Red Foxes will play in the Knoxville Regional, hosted by Tennessee. The Red Foxes will open vs. The Lady Volunteers. Also included in the Regional is Arizona and Ohio St.

More detail on the Regional later!

And Then There Was One

Marist seniors Colleen McWilliams, Kyrsten Van Natta and Maureen Duddy
The 2015 season just didn't seem to go right for the Marist Red Foxes from the beginning. All-MAAC senior Taylor Kuzma was out with injury, never to return to the lineup. The team lost some close games in conference play that maybe they should have won. At the end of the season, they found themselves on the outside, looking in. They were the best team not in the 2015 MAAC tournament; maybe better than a few teams that were in.

It was a disappointment for sure, but the 2015 season served as motivation for this season. No way they were going to miss out on the postseason was their thinking, and they stormed out of the gate to open the 2016 season, never looking back! This is the model all teams ought to follow in the future. The Red Foxes won four of five games at their first tournament in Tampa back in February. Through March, before beginning conference play, they lost only a few games, and were very competitive in most of those losses. By April they were in peak playing shape, and would win 13 of their first 14 MAAC games, with an extra innings thriller to Manhattan being their only loss. They swept through the recent MAAC Championship with three consecutive wins, never behind in any game.

The Red Foxes currently own a record of 45-11, best ever in the MAAC. As a team they are hitting for an average of .330; holding their opponents to .235. They have four regular players hitting .350 or better, and two regular pitchers with ERAs below 2.00. They can hit with power (53 home runs), and may be the best running team in the nation (154 stolen bases). They are also defensively very solid.

Their season continues; Sunday night the NCAA will announce the regional matchups for the 64 teams invited to the National Tournament. It's been a record breaking season for Marist. The last MAAC team to win a game in the NCAAs was Canisius, in 2008. The Red Foxes have a good chance to do the same!

Saturday, May 14, 2016



The Marist Red Foxes claimed their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, first since 2013, when they defeated the Monmouth Hawks 3-2 in the championship game Saturday in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Monmouth Hawks reached the championship game with a thrilling 8-7 win over Quinnipiac just prior to the championship game. The eight inning elimination game had been postponed from Friday, when rain halted it in the first inning. Chloe Howerth delivered the game winning hit, sending the Hawks to the championship round for the second consecutive season.

The Marist Red Foxes, the number one seed in the tournament, would need one win in two chances to gain the title. They started Jayne Oberdorf in the circle, who had not allowed a run in her previous two tournament games. She kept that shutout streak going for 5.2 innings in this game with masterful pitching, and solid defensive play behind her. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Claire Oberdorf drove a pitch over the center field fence for a home run. Another homer, this time in the bottom of the fourth inning off the bat of Kyrsten Van Natta, increased the Marist lead to 2-0. But Amanda Riley, in the circle for Monmouth, kept the game close for her team.

A two out walk to Justene Reyes in the top of the sixth inning brought the tying run to the plate for Monmouth. Jill Freese then drilled a pitch deep over the center field fence to stun Marist, and lift the Hawks to a tie. In to the bottom of the seventh inning with the game still tied, Janna Korak led off for the Red Foxes with an infield single that slipped beyond the reach of both third baseman Ashalynn Umiamaka and shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger. A walk to Colleen McWilliams brought Brittany Colombo to the plate. Brittany hit a single to the shortstop area, and Marist head coach Joe Ausanio did not hesitate to send Janna Korak, who had gotten an excellent jump off second base, home. Janna slid just under the tag of catcher Jill Freese, and the Red Foxes streamed onto the field in a frenzy, champions after a long record breaking season!

Jayne Oberdorf was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and she earned it, pitching every inning for the Red Foxes. She gave up just two runs in 21 innings pitched.

Marist is now 45-11, which will be the best MAAC record the NCAA selection committee has ever seen. Hopefully this means Marist won't be sent to an insurmountable regional. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Canisius Squeezes Out A Win

Canisius 1
Manhattan 0 (8)

The Canisius Golden Griffins won their first MAAC Tournament game since 2012, beating the Fairfield Stags in extra innings Thursday in Poughkepsie, NY. The defending champion Stags were eliminated.

This elimination game was a quick moving pitchers' duel. Canisius sophomore Madi Weathers, who has been on a hot streak as of late, tossed a complete game shutout, limiting the Stags to just four hits. Fairfield did have a good chance of scoring in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Madi got a key strikeout of Angelina McGuire, and from thereon out pretty much shut down the Stags' offense.

Destinee Pallotto for Fairfield also pitched a stellar game; she struck out seven Golden Griffins. So of course, seven innings was not enough to decide this one! The bottom of the eighth inning saw Canisius lead off with a Sami Sharkey single. Jessica Berzins laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Sami to second base; then Alexis Roman singled to place runners on the corners. The Griffs decided at that point to use their running game to get the win: Head coach Kim Griffin called for the suicide squeeze bunt, a play Canisius is well practiced in. Sami Sharkey broke toward home with the pitch; and just slid under the tag after a perfect bunt by Moriah Harris. You can watch the video of the play above! It was an exciting play, and it extended the Griffs' season. They will play Monmouth on Friday. Fairfield's season came to an end.

Hawks Stay Alive; Manhattan Eliminated

Jill Freese delivered the big hit for Monmouth
Monmouth 5
Manhattan 2

The Monmouth Hawks extended their stay at the MAAC Championship with a 5-2 win over Manhattan Thursday in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Jaspers' season came to an end with the loss.

It was a must win game for both teams today, and Monmouth jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, thanks to Nicole Wieczorek's RBI single and a bases loaded HBP RBI by Ashalynn Umiamaka. Manhattan would cut that lead in half in the bottom of the same inning when Anna Crowley blasted a homer over the center field fence. The Jaspers then tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when an error scored Jenn Vazquez. The game would remain tied until Monmouth batted in the top of the seventh inning. Singles by Rachel Shotzbarger and Justene Reyes set the table for Jill Freese. After fouling off a few pitches, Jill drilled one over the left field fence, giving the Hawks the 5-2 win. They beat Manhattan in all three of the teams' meetings this season.

Monmouth will play Canisius Friday in an elimination game.

When the last out was made in the bottom of the 7th inning, the storied career of Elena Bowman came to an end. She exits as Manhattan's all-time home run hitter. Judging from all the intentional walks she received, MAAC pitchers aren't sorry to see her go! But we are.

Marist Opens Tournament By Setting Another Record!

Red Foxes Hit The Magic Number 43!
Marist 3
Fairfield 0

The top seeded Marist Red Foxes won their opening game of the MAAC Championship over the Fairfield Stags Thursday on their home diamond in Poughkeepsie, New York.

It's been a record breaking season for the Red Foxes; too many to keep up with! But they broke a significant record today as a team...most wins ever by a MAAC school, eclipsing the former mark of 42 by St. Peter's. They like the records, I'm sure, but they are more focused on coming out on top at the end of this tournament.

MAAC Pitcher of the Year Jayne Oberdorf seemed uncomfortable in the circle to start this game, and Fairfield would place two runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning. But she would eventually settle down, tossing a complete game shutotut, allowing only three hits while striking out seven Stags. Offensively, Thursday was the Colleen McWilliams show. The senior ALL-MAACer belted out two home runs. First a solo shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the second inning; then a two run towering blast over right in the bottom of the fifth inning. And that would be all Marist would need in securing their 43rd win of the season.

The Red Foxes will play Quinnipiac Friday in a winners' bracket game.

Casey At The Bat (And In The Circle)!

Quinnipiac's Casey Herzog celebrates Bobcat win
Quinnipiac 1
Manhattan 0

The 6th seed Quinnipiac Bobcats upset the 2nd seed Manhattan Jaspers Thursday at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, New York.

This mighty Casey did NOT strike out...

The Quinnipiac Bobcats continued their Cinderella run in the MAACs today, once again relying on the outstanding pitching which got them to the postseason. Sydney Robey shutout Canisius Wednesday. Thursday Casey Herzog, pitching within minutes of her hometown of Wappinger's Falls, tossed a brilliant four-hit shutout over the Jaspers. Half of those hits were surrendered to perennial All-MAACer Elena Bowman; but those were just singles. Manhattan had just one good chance to score, in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners at the corners, Manhattan's Lauren Pitney hit a fly ball right at center fielder Keilani Finley, who promptly threw a bullet to home, holding pinch runner Madison Bailey fast to the bag. Catcher Dani Edmands then gunned a throw to second base, which caught Jenn Vazquez, and ended the inning with a double play.

The Bobcats got their offense going in the top of the seventh after being held in check by Manhattan pitcher Briana Matazinsky for most of the game. After two outs in that inning, a walk was issued to Erin Larsen; this was quickly followed by Dani Edmands' single, which moved Erin to third base. Up to the plate stepped Casey Herzog. She sent a solid single to center for the go ahead run! When Casey entered the circle for the bottom of the seventh inning, you could see she was dripping with confidence. She quickly retired the Jaspers in order, causing a jubilation coming at her consisting of her QU teammates, and also causing QU to advance to the winners' bracket on Friday! The Bobcats will have two chances to get one win to advance to Championship Saturday.

Note: The Bobcats have now pitched four consecutive shutouts, and five in their last six games.

Photo courtesy of QU Bobcats

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

#1 Marist Red Foxes

Senior Kyrsten Van Natta
Record: 16-4 (42-11)
vs. the field: 7-3
Head Coach: Joe Ausanio (8th season)


Claire Oberdorf .391; 6 HRs; 38 RBIs; 36 Runs; 15 SBs
Kyrsten Van Natta .384; 8 HRs; 46 RBIs; 49 Runs; 38 SBs
Maureen Duddy .369; 20 RBIs; 50 Runs; 51 SBs
Casey Page .365; 22 Runs; 15 SBs
Janna Korak .356; 6 HRs; 39 RBIs; 28 Runs
Colleen McWilliams .348; 7 HRs; 33 RBIs; 36 Runs
Gabrielle Kelliher .339; 9 HRs; 31 RBIs; 29 Runs
Becca Freeman .333; 8 HRs; 34 RBIs; 26 Runs
Brittany Colombo .279; 2 HRs; 11 RBIs
Miranda Perez .268
Brandi Coon .259
Kourtney Paul .122


Jayne Oberdorf 1.90 ERA; 13-3
Jessica Van Alphen 1.98 ERA; 10-3
Megan Beiermeister 2.62 ERA; 12-1
Brooke Peterson 3.50 ERA; 2-2
Kallen Leeseberg 4.48 ERA; 5-2

Marist returns to tournament after missing out last season. Last time they hosted (2013), they won the title.

#2 Manhattan Jaspers

Senior Elena Bowman
Record: 14-6 (30-19)
vs. the field: 6-4
Head Coach: Tom Pardalis (7th season)


Shannon Puthe .389; 16 RBIs; 40 Runs; 26 SBs
Elena Bowman .357; 11 HRs; 34 RBIs; 30 Runs
Briana Matazinsky .345; 7 HRs; 36 RBIs; 32 Runs
Jenn Vazquez .329; 4 HRs; 33 RBIs; 28 Runs
Emily Cutler .257; 19 RBIs; 13 SBs
Alexa Dawid .250; 12 RBIs; 27 Runs
Victoria Ross .237
Lauren Pitney .224; 18 Runs
Stephanie Reinhardt .200; 20 RBIs


Briana Matazinsky 2.48 ERA; 7-6
Erin Hamm 2.53 ERA; 8-2
Anna Crowley 3.10 ERA; 1-0
Stephanie Kristo 3.84 ERA; 5-7
Danielle Gabriel 4.60; 5-4

Manhattan won 14 MAAC games this season, most in school history. Also won 30 games for the first time in 23 years.

#3 Canisius Golden Griffins

Junior Lindsey Silfer
Record: 13-7 (22-30)
vs. the field: 6-4
Head Coach: Kim Griffin (2nd season)


Lindsey Silfer .425; 8 HRs; 40 RBIs; 26 Runs
Jessica Berzins .335; 28 RBIs; 27 Runs; 13 SBs
Lauren Castro .287; 12 RBIs; 10 SBs
Sami Sharkey .287; 19 Runs; 14 SBs
Moriah Harris .277; 6 HRs; 23 RBIs; 23 Runs
Denver Keller .261; 2 HRs; 17 RBIs
Alexis Roman .267; 14 RBIs; 22 Runs
Meghan Cuda .241; 4 HRs; 14 SBs
Destiny Holani .185; 11 RBIs; 13 Runs


Erika Mackie 2.91 ERA; 11-12
Madi Weathers 4.25 ERA; 8-9
Lauren Castro 4.88; 2-5
Allie Block 5.46; 1-4

Canisius won 2015 regular season title. Last won MAAC championship in 2009.

#4 Monmouth Hawks

Junior Justene Reyes
Record: 13-7 (26-19)
vs. the field: 5-5
Head Coach: Shannon Salsburg (1st season)


Emma Hill .346; 38 Runs; 29-30 SBs
Justene Reyes .336; 9 HRs; 44 RBIs; 26 Runs
Nicole Wieczorek .333; 6 HRs; 27 RBIs
Rachel Shotzbarger .320; 4 HRs; 33 RBIs; 34 Runs
Jill Freese .318; 11 HRs; 39 RBIs
Ashalynn Umiamaka .303; 21 RBIs; 28 Runs
Katie Baron .296; 4 HRs; 20 RBIs
Chloe Howerth .260; 16 RBIs; 28 Runs
Brooke Redmond .234
Amanda Riley .212; 12 RBIs


Sydney Underhill 2.26 ERA; 16-12
Amanda Riley 2.71 ERA; 10-7; 154 Ks

The Monmouth Hawks reached the championship game in last year's tournament. Have qualified for the tournament in each of their three seasons since joining the MAAC.

#5 Fairfield Stags

Senior Lauren Filicia
Record: 12-8 (26-21)
vs. the field: 4-6
Head Coach: Julie Brzezinski (19th season)


Lauren Filicia .416; 23 RBIs; 38 Runs; 25 SBs
Courtney Hankins .359; 4 HRs; 38 RBIs; 22 Runs
Angelina McGuire .336; 7 HRs; 32 RBIs; 34 Runs
Alisha Marshall .333; 21 Runs
Tori Reed .317; 3 HRs; 24 RBIs; 31 Runs; 11 SBs
Kate Robinson .273; 4 HRs; 26 RBIs; 23 Runs
Kristen Ball .248; 2 HRs; 13 RBIs
Nicole Capra .233; 2 HRs; 16 RBIs
Gianna Kinhofer .227; 21 RBIs
Rachel Sieber .190


Lauren Falkanger 2.77 ERA; 13-3
Destinee Pallotto 2.99 ERA; 10-12; 118 Ks
Karisa Hughen 3.18 ERA; 2-2

The Fairfield Stags are defending MAAC champions. Have played in the championship game four of the last five tournaments.

#6 Quinnipiac Bobcats

Senior Sydney Robey
Record: 11-9 (26-27)
vs. the field: 2-8
Head Coach: Jill Karwoski (3rd season)


Taylor Troyan .301; 2 HR; 11 RBIs
Miranda Magana .289; 15 RBIs
Keilani Finley .288; 4 HR; 22 RBI; 22 Runs
Sarah Heimbach .272; 11 RBIs; 19 Runs
Dani Edmands .260; 2 HRs; 20 RBIs
Sydney Robey .258; 16 RBIs
Molly Jarret .250
Erin Larsen .247; 8 RBIs
Maria Ascher .221; 12 Runs
Abby Johnson .214; 13-13 SBs
Emily Czaja .202; 12 Runs


Casey Herzog 3.06 ERA; 13-13; 142 Ks
Kendall Brundrett 3.13 ERA; 2-2
Sydney Robey 3.32 ERA; 11-12

Quinnipiac will be making their first MAAC Championship appearance since joining the conference in 2014.