Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Rider Broncs

Junior Dana Sensi is a career .300 hitter
2014 Record: 4-16 (6-41) 11th Place

Ally Breeden C (.144; 2 HR)
Amanda Irving OF (.294; 4 HR; 17 RBIs)
Gina McCool SS (.248)
Madison Rittley OF

Montana Berg P/1B (1-7; 7.83 ERA; 1.86)
Emily Cottrell 3B (.214; 5 HR)
Samantha Judd OF (.200)
Dana Sensi 1B (.302; 21 RBIs)
Kim Valdes C (.268)

Megan Ailand P (0-3; 4.10 ERA)
Morgan Benedetti OF (.214)
Amanda Crimarco SS/2B (.202; 2 HR)
Delaney DeMello P (2-15; 5.60 ERA)
Kaitlyn Kallert P (3-10; 5.73 ERA)
Megan McDonough P/1B (0-6; 5.11 ERA; .274)
Josettee Spencer OF (.333)

Monica Clark OF
Samantha Collura OF
Morgan DiVello P
Toni Nino OF
Jayme Zeilman P

The Rider Broncs will look to rebound from what was perhaps their toughest season. Coach Carroll has stocked her roster this year with seven pitchers after recent seasons have seen the Broncs suffer injuries at that important position and leaving a shortage. She'll be looking for development from one or more of the four sophomore pitchers, each of whom saw significant innings as freshmen. Rider has a number of upperclassmen who have shown themselves to be good hitters during their career; they will need to take leadership roles for the Broncs to progress. Coming aboard is a very talented freshman class; all of whom will have the opportunity to step right into the lineup as regular players.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Quinnipiac Bobcats

Jordan Paolucci being left off the All-MAAC team was an injustice
2014 Record: 6-14 (11-36) 9th Place

Jordan Paolucci C (.357; 9 HR; 26 RBIs)
Nikki Barba SS (.336; 6 HR; 23 RBIs)
Brittney Cyr OF (.077)
Hannah Lindsley P (6-10; 5.77 ERA; .241; 2 HR)

Molly Jarrett 3B (.111)
Abby Johnson OF (.315; 10 SB)
Sydney Robey P (2-17; 5.12 ERA; .273; 6 HR; 23 RBIs)
Courtney Solt OF (.306; 9 SB)
Katie Strong OF (.200)
Dani Edmands C/IF (.214; 14 RBIs)
Noelle Wagner C (DNP)

Keilani Finley OF (.256)
Kathryn Vitale PR (2 SB; 6 Runs)

Maria Ascher SS/3B
Emily Czaja 2B
Casey Herzog P
Miranda Magana 3B

The Quinnipiac Bobcats struggled in their inaugural MAAC season, finishing in ninth place. They have a sometimes potent hitting lineup, led by fifth year senior Jordan Paolucci. Jordan played most of 2014 injured, which made her offensive numbers even more impressive, including leading the MAAC in hitting during conference games. She's fully recovered from off season surgery. Also returning is ALL-MAACer Nikki Barba. But the Bobcats did have trouble in the pitching circle last season, with no individual ERA under 5.00. They hope freshman Casey Herzog, who was an All-NY State performer in high school, will help to fill the void and give them a more balanced lineup with which to compete for a tournament spot.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Niagara Purple Eagles

Amanda Werth is a career .300 hitter
2014 Record: 8-12 (18-30) 7th Place

Ambur Farmer OF (.188; 2 HR)
Desarae Maldonado 2B (.263; 2 HR; 18 RBIs)
Katie Gruarin OF (.250)

Amanda Werth (.313)
Becca Saggiomo 1B (.147)
Taylor Huenink C (.111)
Miranda Ortega PR (10 Runs)
Sydney Smyers P (2-1; 3.97 ERA)
Ally Gay OF (.128)
Victoria Bretz C Transfer
Taylor Grieger P Transfer

Ali VanGiesen 2B/OF (.325)
Alexandra Moore 2B
Rachel Ziarnowski SS/C (.233)
Chanelle Ward SS (.250)
Sarah March C (.172)

Brianna Clark 3B
Sarah Trifoso OF
Danielle Stockman IF
Jessica Chandler 1B
Taylor Moody C
MaryKate Richberg IF

The Niagara Purple Eagles will be somewhat of a new look team in 2015, with a talented group of freshmen coming aboard along with two transfer players. All-MAAC 3B/P Bridget Hogan will miss this season with a medical redshirt. This will leave Niagara with only two pitchers for the season; one of them a transfer. Sophomore Sydney Smyers should be seeing the bulk of the action in the circle. She showed promise as a freshman with a 2-1 record, but pitched only 30 innings. The Purple Eagles will have to get offensive production throughout their lineup to make a run at the tournament in '15.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Monmouth Hawks

2014 Record: 12-8 (22-21) 5th Place

Vanessa Cardoza 3B (.309; 2 HR; 18 RBIs)
Kayleena Flores 2B (.292; 21 RBIs)
Meagan Newton-Pender C (.214)
Breanna Sniffen P (4-6; 6.43 ERA)

Nikki Sandelier OF (.247; 5 SB)
Jill Freese C (.284; 4 HR; 24 RBIs)
Raelynn Galindo C (.265; 14 RBIs)
Emma Hill INF (Transfer)
Ashalynn Umiamaka 3B (Transfer)

Lauren Howard OF (.179)
Sydney Underhill P (18-15; 3.18 ERA)
Rachel Shotzbarger SS (.333; 2 HR; 24 RBIs)
Justene Reyes OF (.304; 2 HR; 21 RBIs)

Chloe Howerth OF
Katie Baron OF
Kaelyn Buskey IF
Raeann Buskey OF
Amanda Riley P
Brooke Redmond C

The Monmouth Hawks enjoyed a successful inaugural season in the MAAC, qualifying for the postseason, and winning a tournament game. They did so with a very small roster. This season they have added two transfers, and a talented freshman class. Pitcher Sydney Underhill appeared in every game as a freshman, the only pitcher in the nation to do so. But she only got stronger as the 2014 season wore on; by the end she was one of the best pitchers in the MAAC. The Hawks will again ride her arm this season. This well coached team should be in the hunt for a championship in '15.

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Marist Red Foxes

Senior Taylor Kuzma is coming off her best season
2014 Record: 16-4 (27-24) 1st Place

Taylor Kuzma OF (.382; 7 HR; 36 RBIs; 18 SB)
Janine Lalli P (8-5; 3.37 ERA)
Melanie White P (7-7; 2.41 ERA)

Maureen Duddy OF (.336; 20 SB)
Colleen McWilliams 1B/OF (.194)
Kyrsten Van Natta SS (.327; 9 HR; 39 RBIs; 23 SB)

Jordynn Jo Barrera 3B (.222; 2 HR)
Becca Freeman C (.306; 2 HR; 17 RBIs)
Janna Korak OF (.331; 5 HR; 26 RBIs)
Jayne Oberdorf P (1-5; 7.85 ERA)

Brittany Colombo INF
Gabrielle Kelliher OF
Kourtney Paul OF
Miranda Perez OF
Samantha Reilly C

The Red Foxes suffered a big loss when former MAAC Rookie of the Year Nicole Cheek transferred to another school after the 2014 season. However, Marist will retain a very strong and experienced roster this season, including three upperclassmen coming off All-MAAC seasons (sophomore Janna Korak is the fourth All-MAACer on the team). Their top two pitchers are now seniors, and both had good seasons in '14. Melanie White in particular was outstanding down the stretch. With a well coached lineup still filled with good hitters and runners, expect the Red Foxes to make another run to the top.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Niagara Softball Schedule

The Niagara University Purple Eagles will open their 51 game 2015 softball schedule on the weekend of February 6 when they play indoors at Cleveland State's Dome Tournament. On the weekend of February 28, the Purple Eagles head south to North Carolina to take part in Elon University's tournament. Niagara will participate in the Spring Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Florida beginning March 6 through the 15th against competition yet to be announced.

After a series of games at Robert Morris (March 21-22), and Cleveland State (March 25), the Purps will open conference play at Fairfield and Iona on March 28 and 29. Niagara's home opener will be vs. Akron on April 9. They will close their regular season with road MAAC matchups at Rider and Monmouth on the weekend of May 2.  The Purple Eagles will have seven home dates in 2015.

2015 Niagara Softball Schedule

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Elena Bowman led the MAAC in homers in '14
2014 Record: 10-10 (26-29) 6th Place

Sydney Weedon 1B (.169)
Amanda Paxson OF (.315; 5 HR; 25 RBIs; 22 HBP)
Mickayla Romero 3B (.213; 19 RBIs)
Amy Bright P (10-15; 3.82 ERA)

Elena Bowman C (.314; 13 HR; 43 RBIs)
Kelsey Brennan IF (.200)
Erin Hamm P (3.82 ERA)
Anna Crowley P/OF (3.09 ERA; .188)
Andi Stallard C/OF (.217; 15 RBIs)
Zee Pierce 1B
Meredith Bryant OF (.250)
Emily Cutler OF (.127)

Stephanie Reinhardt SS (.224; 18 RBIs)
Jenn Vazquez 1B (.303; 10 HR; 43 RBIs)
Danielle Gabriel P (4-6; 3.84)
Madison Bailey OF (Injured)

Victoria Ross OF
Briana Matazinsky P/SS
Rachael Mumma 2B

Manhattan was the surprise of the MAAC tournament in 2014, reaching the championship game out of the sixth seed.. They performed the incredible feat of beating three quality teams in one day to do so. They lost the championship game, but hope the experience will propel them to a championship of their own. The Lady Jaspers will ride the bats of twin power threats Elena Bowman and Jenn Vazquez, who drove home 86 runs between them last season. Kate Bowen has graduated, but Amy Bright and Danielle Gabriel both pitched gems in the tournament, and look to lead the LJs in the circle this season. Look for this well coached team to be in the thick of it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Fairfield Stags

Kristen Filicia has graduated, but All-MAAC sister Lauren returns
2014 Record: 15-5 (20-22) 2nd Place

Sammy Ruffolo OF (.304)
Bri Levick SS (.048)
Sam Frungillo 1B (.216)

Lauren Filicia OF (.361; 21 RBIs; 11 SB)
Nicole Capra 3B (.211; 14 RBIs)
Shelby Buttwell C/OF (.263)
Lauren Falkanger P (0-2; 4.04 ERA)

Molly Roche OF (3 games, injury)
Gianna Kinhofer OF (.317; 3 HR; 19 RBIs)
Nicole Gardon P (2-0; 0.38 ERA)
Tori Reed C/OF (.284; 15 RBIs)

MacKenna DiGuilio IF/OF
Rachel Sieber SS
Lauren Peterson C
Destinee Pallotto P/DP
Angelina McGuire OF
Kate Robinson C/IF

Gone from Fairfield due to graduation is their stellar Class of '14, who defined the team through four years of great success. The one constant for the Stags, head coach Julie Brzezinski (entering her 17th season), always has had the Stags competing for the top spot in the MAAC, no matter the players coming or going. Coach B loses her top two pitchers, but has junior Lauren Falkanger prepared to step out of the understudy role. Sophomore Nicole Gardon also showed promise in 2014. With three All-MAACers in the lineup, Fairfield should be able to generate a good offensive threat. The Stags have a very talented group of freshmen coming aboard; keep an eye on Destinee Pallotto, a double threat in the circle and at the plate.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Siena Softball Schedule

The Siena College Saints will open their 53 game 2015 softball season on the weekend of February 20 at the Madeira Beach Invitational in Florida, which will be hosted by Eastern Michigan. On the weekend of February 27, the Saints will play in North Florida's Osprey Invitational, which features a challenging field, including Kansas. On the weekend of March 13, Siena will play in UMBC's  Spring Classic; the following weekend again finds them in Maryland at Mount St. Mary's for doubleheaders vs. Cornell and the Mount.

After playing at local rival Albany on March 25, the Saints will open conference play at Manhattan on the 28th; and at St. Peter's on the 29th. Siena's home opener will be played on April 1 when they host Colgate. The Saints close regular season play on May 3 with a home doubleheader vs. MAAC rival Iona. Siena will have nine home dates in 2015.

2015 Siena Softball Schedule

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Canisius Golden Griffins

Senior Robin Kennery had another fine season in '14
2014 Record: 8-12 (18-30) 8th Place

Robin Kennery 2B (.308 BA; 26 RBIs)
Michelle DelPrince OF (.277 BA; 6-6 SB)

Meghan Cuda 3B (.228 BA; 9 HR; 22 RBIs)
Bethany DeMarco C (.196 BA; 15 RBIs)
Tori Nappo OF (.176 BA)
Alexis Roman SS (.308 BA)

Sarah Andrews P (1-7; 10.21 ERA)
Jessica Berzins OF (.326 BA)
Taylor Decker C (.125 BA)
Sam Sharkey OF (.232 BA)
Lindsey Silfer C/IF (.336; 17 RBIs)

Moriah Harris 3B
Erika Mackie P
Madi Weathers P

With the glory days of Mike Rappl now in the past, Canisius will strive to establish themselves in the MAAC under new head coach Kim Griffin. The Golden Griffins lose a number of players, not all to graduation, and enter the season with only 14 on their roster. Gone is pitcher Jen Consaul after a fine career; the Griffs will depend on a pair of freshmen (Madi Weathers and Erika Mackie) in the circle this season. Both performed very well during fall ball. If they can carry that into the season, Canisius has offensive punch at the top of their lineup that would give them the chance to return to the tournament for the first time since 2012.

2015 Iona Softball Schedule

The Iona College Gaels will begin defense of their MAAC title on the weekend of February 20 at the N.C.-Greensboro Spartan Classic. On the weekend of March 6 they will be in Fairfax, Virginia for George Mason's Invitational tournament. Then it's off to Southern California for the Gaels, where they will play in a tournament hosted by Cal State Northridge beginning March 13. On March 17, Iona will play a split doubleheader at Loyola Marymount vs. the host Lions and Farleigh Dickinson.

When the Gaels head back east, they will open their home schedule vs. Army on March 24. They begin conference play at home on the weekend of March 28, facing Canisius and Niagara. The Gaels will close their regular season at home vs. Fairfield on May 2; then at Siena the following day. Iona will have eight home dates in 2015.

2015 Iona Softball Schedule

Friday, December 26, 2014

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Iona Gaels

Senior Carly Argyle will lead Gaels in the circle

2014 Record: 14-6 (24-24) 3rd Place

Carly Argyle P (15-9; 3.71 ERA; .276 BA)
Allie Hand OF (.327 BA; 8 HR; 29 RBIs)
Bri Schauer SS (.315 BA; 3 HR; 20 RBIs)

Sarah Schutz 3B (.279; 5 HR; 31 RBIs)
Brianna King C (.143 BA)
Jordan Courage P (7-13; 5.03 ERA)
Christine Costello P (4 innings pitched)
Allyne Clark C
Transfer/Highland Community College

Kristen Turner 1B (.336 BA; 11 HR; 52 RBIs)
Ashlyn Morris OF (.304 BA)
Katie Newton 2B (.271 BA)
Kelsey Long OF (.276 BA)
Sarah McMahon P (2-2; 5.54 ERA)
Lauren Filardi IF

Courtney Miller OF
Tori Danner C
Jessica Harkness P

The Gaels won the MAAC Championship in 2014, their fourth title in five seasons. They have lost  key performers to graduation, but will field a very strong senior class, all three of whom are All-MAAC honorees with plenty of championship experience. With strong hitting throughout their lineup, and experienced pitching, the Gaels will compete for another championship in 2015.

Photo courtesy Jim Newton Photography

Friday, December 19, 2014

2015 Marist Softball Schedule

The Marist Red Foxes will begin their 56 game 2015 schedule on the weekend of February 21 at Norfolk State's Spartan Classic; then on the weekend of the 28th they will take part in Wilmington's Seahawk Spring Classic. Not quite spring yet, but that's what they call it! On the weekend of March 13, the Red Foxes will be in Charleston for a tournament that includes games vs. Wisconsin, Memphis and New Mexico. After playing doubleheaders at UNC Central and Hampton, Marist will close out the tournament portion of their schedule with a series of games at the University of Virginia.

The Red Foxes' home opener will also serve as their conference opener, March 29 vs. Rider. Marist will close their regular season the weekend of May 2-3 on the road at Manhattan and St. Peter's. The Red Foxes will have seven home dates in 2015.

2015 Marist Softball Schedule

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 St. Peter's Softball Schedule

St. Peter's will open their 46 game 2015 softball schedule on the weekend of March 6 when they take part in Towson University's tournament, which will include a rare non conference game vs. MAAC rival Manhattan. After playing there, the Peacocks will immediately head to Florida for a week full of doubleheaders at the Spring Rebel Games in Kissimmee.

After a non conference tilt at St. Joe's on March 25, St. Peter's will open conference play at Quinnipiac on March 28. The Peacocks' home opener will take place on March 29 with a MAAC doubleheader vs. Siena. St. Peter's will close their regular season on May 3 when they host MAAC rival Marist. The Peacocks will have seven home dates in 2015.

2015 St. Peter's Softball Schedule

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Manhattan Softball Schedule

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers will open their 53 game 2015 softball schedule with three games at North Carolina Central in Durham the weekend of February 20. Then Manhattan will attempt to open their home schedule, with what may be the earliest home game in MAAC history when they host Coppin State for a doubleheader on February 28. They will stay at home for a pair of games vs. Hartford on March 3. All depending on the weather of course, keeping in mind last season's adventures with the dreaded polar vortex!

On the weekend of March 6, the LJs will take part in Towson's tournament, which includes a rare non conference tilt vs. St. Peter's. After that, on the weekend of March 13, they will stay local by playing in St. John's tournament. Then it's off to California for Manhattan for the Santa Clara Round Robin, which will begin on March 20. A doubleheader at St. Mary's is also on the slate at that time.

The Lady Jaspers will open conference play when they host Siena on March 28. They will close their MAAC regular season on the weekend of May 2; first by hosting Marist, then traveling to Fairfield. In 2015, Manhattan will have ten home dates.

2015 Manhattan Softball Schedule

Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Fairfield Softball Schedule

The Fairfield Stags will open their 47 game 2015 schedule on the weekend of February 27 at the Towson University tournament. On the weekend of March 6 the Stags will be in Bules Creek, North Carolina playing in Campbell's Camel Stampede. Fairfield will make a Florida trip in '15, taking part in Central Florida's tournament the weekend of March 13.

Fairfield's home opener will be a MAAC matchup vs. Niagara on March 28, with Canisius coming into town the next day. The Stags wrap up the regular season also at home, vs. Manhattan on May 3. Fairfield will have ten home dates in 2015.

2015 Fairfield Softball Schedule

2015 Canisius Softball Schedule

The Canisius Golden Griffins will open their 51 game 2015 schedule, their first season with new Head Coach Kim Griffin, on the weekend of February 7 when they will make their third consecutive appearance at Cleveland State's Dome Tournament. On the weekend of February 13, they will be in Durham, North Carolina to play in the Eagle Challenge, hosted by N.C. Central. E. Tennessee's Holiday Inn Classic will be the Griffs' next stop, the final weekend of February. After a week off, Canisius will make a Florida trip, first playing in one of South Florida's tournaments the weekend of March 13; then staying another week for a series of non conference games.

Canisius comes back north to play a doubleheader at state rival Syracuse on March 24, before opening up conference play at Iona and Fairfield on March 28-29. The Golden Griffins' home opener is scheduled to take place April 7 vs. Detroit Mercy, the first of seven home dates. Canisius will end their regular season with a pair of MAAC doubleheaders on the weekend of May 2 at Monmouth and Rider.

2015 Canisius Schedule

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 Rider Softball Schedule

The Rider Broncs will open their 56 game 2015 softball schedule on the weekend of February 20 when they take the field at Charlotte's 49er Classic. On February 28, they will play in George Mason's Patriot Classic in Fairfax, Virginia. After a doubleheader at Penn on March 4, the Broncs will play their home opener at Young Field on March 11 vs. Drexel. After that, it's back to tournament play; first at the Blue-Gold tournament hosted by North Carolina A&T on the weekend of March 14. Rider will play a series of seven games at the Liberty Classic beginning March 19 to wrap up their tournament portion of the season.

The Broncs will open conference play on March 28 when they host Monmouth. Their regular season will close on the weekend of May 2 with a pair of MAAC doubleheaders vs. Niagara and Canisius. Rider will have 10 home dates in 2015.

Rider 2015 Schedule