Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saturday In The MAAC

The Red Foxes' Maureen Duddy hit 5 for 8 Saturday
A lot of run scoring for MAAC teams Saturday, but only two wins to show for it as the 2015 softball season continued yesterday.

The Marist Red Foxes split a pair of games. In their opener vs. Wilmington, they jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but would surrender the final nine runs of the game in a 9-5 loss. They would bounce back later in the day vs. North Carolina A&T. After giving up a solo home run in the first inning of that game, pitcher Melanie White went on to strike out nine batters the rest of the way in a 5-2 win. Maureen Duddy scored three runs in the game, capping off a big day that saw her hit 5 for 8.

Canisius got good pitching from a pair of freshmen Saturday. They lost their first game, 4-2 to Army, but it went nine innings before reaching a decision. Madi Weathers had allowed just an unearned run through the game's first seven innings. In the Griffs' game vs. Brown, a 6-2 win, fellow freshman Erika Mackie earned her first collegiate win, with Madi Weathers picking up the save (Madi earned her first win on Friday vs. Cornell). Lindsey Silfer smashed a two run homer in the game; Meghan Cuda hit a two run triple.

Siena scored 13 runs on Saturday, but lost both of their games. They gave a great effort against #26 Kansas, with a six run fourth inning which gave them a shocking 7-2 lead, but they could not hold the Jayhawks back, and lost 9-7. The Saints then dropped an 11-6 decision to Stony Brook, after rallying for four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead. They had a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning, but again could not hold on. Paige Lloyd and Paige Hess each drove home two runs.

Iona stormed out to a 3-0 lead in their season opening game vs. Greensboro, but ended up losing 8-5. Against George Washington, the game was never in doubt as the Gaels fell behind early, losing 13-2. Sarah Schutz was 3 for 3 vs. GWU.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scrambling To Get Games Played

A rare photo of the Polar Vortex as she places a curse on the '15 softball season
It's been a week of cancellations and teams scrambling to try to get on the field as this cruel February draws to a close. Here's an update:

Manhattan for the second consecutive week saw their series at North Carolina Central cancelled. This time it won't be rescheduled.
Niagara had it's games at Elon's tournament cancelled; they won't see the field until March.
Rider and Monmouth, both set to play at George Mason's tournament are disappointed not to be playing.
Fairfield had their opening games cancelled.

Canisius had their tournament at East Tennesse State cancelled. This was their second cancellation, so they felt they must get on the field, and will do so in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in an impromptu tournament with Army, Brown and Cornell.
Iona also had their second cancellation; then their third a few days later. But like Canisius, they will play a series of games in South Carolina vs. George Washington and Greensboro.
Marist is in Wilmington, North Carolina and set to play, although it may be chilly.
Only Siena (again) had no question, as they once again are in Florida and far away from the evil polar vortex.

The good news is that this cold weather is forecast to expire after Saturday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gaels Rewrite Schedule

 *UPDATE 2-26b*
Iona, still scrambling, has scheduled games in Columbia, SC vs. George Washington and Greensboro. It's been that kind of a season!

 *UPDATE 2-26*
Unfortunately, the evil polar vortex has invaded Greensboro, and forced the cancellation of this tournament.

As those living in the east know, a cold wave has wreaked havoc on the beginning of the college softball season. After seeing their opening tournament cancelled last week due to the pesky polar vortex, the Iona Gaels have decided, like Marist before them, not to sit around and wait to play. So they have arranged to participate in North Carolina-Greensboro's Blue/Gold Challenge tournament this coming weekend. The schedule is not out yet, but along with the home team, Army and Appalachian St. will also be playing.

Manhattan has rescheduled their three game series at N. Carolina Central for this weekend after last week's cancellation. Unfortunately, Fairfield has seen their opening games cancelled this upcoming weekend. They were scheduled to play in Maryland at Towson's tournament. But they have added four games during their Florida trip in March.

Rider and Monmouth both have had their weekend games cancelled.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jayne Oberdorf Shines In Marist Win

Jayne Oberdorf off to great start in sophomore season
Marist 2
Campbell 1

Arkansas 9
Marist 5

The Marist Red Foxes completed their stay in Orlando, Florida this weekend, earning a split of their four games.

It was a good weekend for Marist at their impromptu tournament, as they finished 2-2 against good competition to begin their 2015 season. The Red Foxes began their Saturday with a nice win over a solid Campbell team. Sophomore pitcher Jayne Oberdorf was the story in this one. After spotting the Camels a run in the first inning, Jayne would allow only three hits the rest of the way to earn the victory. She struck out six while walking only three batters. Marist tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Kyrsten Van Natta singled, stole a base, and eventually scored after a Campbell error. They took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jordynn Barrera drove home the winner, scoring Kourtney Paul on a suicide squeeze bunt.

Marist lost their second game of the day to Arkansas, 9-5, but were quite competitive vs. the SEC team, jumping out to a first inning 2-0 lead. Maureen Duddy hit 3 for 4 in the game, while freshman Sam Reilly drove home two runs.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Red Foxes Open With Impressive Win

3 RBIs for senior Janine Lalli
Marist 6
Virginia 4

After seeing a scheduled tournament cancelled, the Marist Red Foxes scrambled to play anyway, ending up at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida where they won their opening game vs. Virginia 6-4 Friday.

Marist sure didn't seem like a team coming "out of the cold" (figuratively and literally!) as they began their season against an ACC team. The Red Foxes pounded out eleven hits in their win today, five of them coming in the first inning, giving them a 2-0 lead after RBI hits by Becca Freeman and Janine Lalli. Virginia jumped in front 3-2 in the top of the second inning, but their lead would be short lived. RBIs by Janine Lalli, Kourtney Paul and Maureen Duddy put the Red Foxes on top for good, 6-3, in the bottom of the 3rd. In the meantime, although she walked seven batters, Melanie White pitched a very good game, allowing Virginia only three hits and two earned runs. Janna Korak, Miranda Perez, Janine Lalli and Becca Freeman each had two hits.

All in all, it was a very solid first effort by Marist, who will continue at the Citrus Classic with a game vs. George Washington today.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marist Makes Other Plans!

The Marist Red Foxes, after seeing their opening tournament in Norfolk, VA cancelled, decided not to sit home in the ice box and will instead head to sunny Orlando, Florida for a series of games at the Citrus Classic. The Red Foxes will play Virginia and George Washington on Friday to open their season. On Saturday they will face Campbell and Arkansas.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cold Cancels Games Once More

Western ridge weather pattern to last through February
Marist has also had their games cancelled this weekend.

Once again this coming weekend, the cold weather pattern in the east will extend down south. This means a slew of cancellations for MAAC teams. As of this writing Rider, Manhattan and Iona have had their games wiped out. Likely Marist will be staying home also. Only Siena, south of the influence of the dreaded polar vortex, will experience playable conditions. Forecast for Madeira, Florida calls for temps in the 70s and sunny this weekend. The Saints will play five games beginning Friday.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Canisius Cancels Tournament Trip

The notorious polar vortex is back!
Canisius announced today that they will not be making the scheduled trip to Durham, NC to play in North Carolina Central's tournament this upcoming weekend. The reason: the polar vortex will keep temps very cold all along the east coast down to Florida. LaSalle also pulled out of the tournament. Quinnipiac is still scheduled to play this weekend in Charlotte.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MAAC Looking For First Win

Michelle DelPrince hit two triples for Canisius Saturday
The MAAC went 0 for 5 in games Saturday, and is still looking for a win in 2015. Niagara closed out their games at the Cleveland St. Dome Tournament, dropping matches to Robert Morris (3-1), and Bowling Green (9-1). Katie Gruarin had two hits and an RBI in the loss to RMU; Taylor Moody drove home the Purple Eagles' only run vs. Bowling Green. Canisius lost their two opening games of '15, also at the Dome Tournament, falling to the host Vikings (8-4), and Bucknell (9-4). Lindsey Silfer smashed a two run homer vs. CSU; Sam Sharkey delivered two hits. Against Bucknell, Michelle DelPrince drove home two runs; she had a pair of triples on the day. Quinnipiac lost a close game to intra state rival Sacred Heart, 5-3. Nikki Barba hit an RBI triple for the Bobcats; Brittney Cyr also drove home a run. Canisius will play another two games Sunday.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Niagara Drops Pair As Season Begins

Senior Desarae Maldonado doubled home a pair vs. Toledo
Cleveland St. 8
Niagara 0

Toledo 12
Niagara 2

MAAC softball season got officially underway Friday in Cleveland, Ohio as the Niagara Purple Eagles played two games under the dome. It was a rough start for Niagara though. Game one saw them lose 8-0 to the host Vikings. Chanelle Ward doubled; Ally Gay and Victoria Bretz singled. But that was all Niagara could muster. Sydney Smyers took the loss, pitching three innings. Game two vs. Toledo was closer for a while, with Desarae Maldonado doubling home two runs in the second inning. But the Rockets would pull away after that. Taylor Grieger took the loss for the Purple Eagles; freshman Sarah Trifoso hit 2 for 3 in her college debut.

Niagara is back at it Saturday in the Dome; and will be joined by Canisius who will play their season opener.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MAAC Season Begins This Weekend!

The weather will not be a consideration when three MAAC teams open the 2015 season this weekend. First to play in the new campaign will be the Niagara Purple Eagles, with a pair of games Friday indoors at the Cleveland State Dome Tournament. The Purps will play the host Vikings and Toledo beginning at 3:30. They will then on Saturday face off against Robert Morris and Bowling Green.

Canisius will be playing in the same CSU Tournament, not beginning until Saturday when they play Cleveland State and Bucknell. The Griffs will have a pair of games on Sunday, vs. Toledo and Bowling Green.

Quinnipiac will also be indoors to begin the new season. The Bobcats will play intra state rival Sacred Heart on Saturday evening in Danbury, CT.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

MAAC Record Book Update

A number of MAAC softball players last season cracked the top 20 in various career and single season marks:

Kate Bowen posted the 10th all-time best career for hits with 211.
Eileen McCann posted the 11th all-time best career for hits with 208.
Kristen Filicia posted the 12th all-time best career for hits with 204.
Kristen Filicia posted the 7th all-time best career for runs with 138.
Lauren Liseth posted the 9th all-time best career for runs with 135.
Kate Bowen posted the 14th all-time best career for runs with 122.
Eileen McCann posted the 18th all-time best career for runs with 120.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini posted the 19th all-time best career for runs with 116.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini posted the 13th all-time best career for doubles with 40.
Kate Bowen posted the 15th all-time best career for doubles with 39.
Lauren Liseth posted the 18th all-time career for doubles with 38.
Eileen McCann posted the 6th all-time best career for home runs with 33.
Elena Bowman posted the 11th all-time best career for home runs with 25.
Lauren Liseth posted the 12th all-time best career for home runs with 24.
Lauren Liseth posted the 9th all-time best career for RBIs with 124.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini posted the 17th all-time best career for RBIs with 107.
Kristen Filicia posted the 4th all-time best career for stolen bases with 75.
Lauren Liseth posted the 10th all-time best career for stolen bases with 53.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini posted the 7th all-time best career for pitching wins with 56.
Jen Consaul posted the 13th all-time best career for pitching wins with 48.
Rae Ball posted the 15th all-time best career for pitching wins with 46.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini posted the 11th all-time best career for strikeouts with 488.
Becca Trott posted the 15th all-time best career for strikeouts with 409.
Kim Bryson posted the 17th all-time best career for strikeouts with 397.

Eileen McCann posted the 19th all-time best single season for batting average when she hit .432.
Kyrsten Van Natta posted the 18th all-time best single season for runs when she scored 42.
Kate Bowen posted the 20th all-time best single season for runs when she scored 41.
Elena Bowman posted the 11th all-time best single season for doubles when she hit 16.
Elena Bowman posted the 7th all-time best single season for home runs when she hit 13.
Kristen Turner posted the 5th all-time best single season for RBIs when she drove home 52.
Elena Bowman & Jenn Vazquez posted the 17th all-time best season for RBIs when they both drove home 43.

MAAC Softball Coaches' Poll

Saturday, January 31, 2015

MAAC's Returning Top Pitchers

Melanie White of Marist
With the MAAC 2015 softball season about to get underway in a few days, here's a refresher of the returning top pitchers in the conference.

Melanie White (Marist) 2.41
Danielle Cacciola (Siena) 3.17
Sydney Underhill (Monmouth) 3.18
Janine Lalli (Marist) 3.37
Carly Argyle (Iona) 3.71
Toni Edwards (Siena) 3.72
Amy Bright (Manhattan) 3.82
Danielle Gabriel (Manhattan) 3.84

Sydney Underhill (Monmouth) 18-15
Carly Argyle (Iona) 15-9
Amy Bright (Manhattan) 10-15
Janine Lalli (Marist) 8-5

MAAC's Returning Top Hitters

Taylor Kuzma of Marist
With the MAAC 2015 softball season about to get underway in a few days, here's a refresher of the returning top hitters in the conference.

Taylor Kuzma (Marist) .382
Nicole Olmedo (Saint Peter's) .362
Lauren Filicia (Fairfield) .361
Jordan Paolucci (Quinnipiac) .357
Stephanie Viggiano (Siena) .341
Nikki Barba (Quinnipiac) .336
Maureen Duddy (Marist) .336
Lindsey Silfer (Canisius) .336
Kristen Turner (Iona) .336
Rachel Shotzbarger (Monmouth) .333
Janna Korak (Marist) .331
Allie Hand (Iona) .327
Kyrsten Van Natta (Marist) .327
Alyssa Lancaster (Siena) .326
Jessica Berzins (Canisius) .326
Gianna Kinhofer (Fairfield) .317
Abby Johnson (Quinnipiac) .315
Bri Schauer (Iona) .315
Amanda Paxson (Manhattan) .315
Elena Bowman (Manhattan) .315
Abby Carpenter (Siena) .310
Vanessa Cardoza (Monmout) .309
Robin Kennery (Canisius) .308
Alexis Roman (Canisius) .308
Courtney Solt (Quinnipiac) .306
Becca Freeman (Marist) .306
Sammy Ruffolo (Fairfield) .304
Justene Reyes (Monmouth) .304
Jenn Vazquez (Manhattan) .303
Dana Sensi (Rider) .302

Elena Bowman (Manhattan) 13
Kristen Turner (Iona) 11
Jenn Vazquez (Manhattan) 10

Kristen Turner (Iona) 52
Jenn Vazquez (Manhattan) 43
Elena Bowman (Manhattan) 43
Kyrsten Van Natta (Marist) 39
Taylor Kuzma (Marist) 36

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Siena Saints

Junior Alyssa Lancaster has been All-MAAC her whole career
2014 Record: 13-7 (29-26) 4th Place

Chelsea Stout OF (.278)
Lauren Milligan OF (.213; 8 SB)
Stephanie Viggiano SS/2B (.341; 21 RBIs)
Abby Carpenter 3B (.310; 6 HR; 24 RBIs)
Toni Edwards P (3-7; 3.73 ERA)
Paige Lloyd 1B (.288; 3 HR; 23 RBIs)

Sammy Smaldone C (Transfer)
Alyssa Lancaster OF (.326; 29 RBIs)
Melanie Kalesse SS (.251; 12 SB)

Amanda Gatt P (Transfer)
Bridget Connors C (.308)
Chelsey Drew DP/OF (.277; 4 HR; 26 RBIs)
Danielle Cacciola (5-4; 3.17 ERA)

Paige Hess 3B/SS
Lauren Butts P
Brooke Taylor OF

The Siena Saints' softball program took a big step forward in 2014, again qualifying for the MAAC tournament after a fine season and then winning their first ever post season game. The Saints return a very strong upper class, with three All-MAACers in the group. They all now have plenty of winning experience, and have been quite productive during their careers. Gone is pitching stalwart Jessika-Jo Sandrini, but Siena has a good group of pitchers who all will probably contribute significantly. Also coming aboard is a promising transfer, catcher Sammy Smaldone, and a very talented group of freshmen. This well coached team now must have just one goal...winning it all. They have all the tools to accomplish that in 2015.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - St. Peter's Peacocks

Nicole Olmedo not being named All-MAAC was an injustice
2014 Record: 4-16 (10-42) 10th Place

Nicole Olmedo 1B (.362; 6 HR; 17 RBIs)
Taylor Corretjer 2B (.188; 7 SB)
Chelsea Crews C/OF (.179)
Fran D'Amato SS (.210; 7 SB)
Tori Feorenzo P (0-7; 8.43 ERA)

Cierra Cosslett P (Transfer)
Lee Harrison OF (.248; 4 HR; 16 SB)
Stacey Klempel OF (Transfer)
Nicole Wilson P (Transfer)

Crystal Carlucci P/DP (4-11; 7.15 ERA; .245; 3 HR; 18 RBIs)
Candice Koch DP (.237)
Alyssa Ruiz P/2B (1-1; 9.08 ERA; .250)
Samantha Storms 3B/1B (.227; 4 HR; 18 RBIs)

Nicole Feoli 2B/SS
Skyler Hoyt SS
Kristen Kelley OF
Shamar Sanchez SS/OF
Jill Silvanic C

The Saint Peter's Peacocks had a stretch in the 2014 season that saw them win five of six games, including three conference wins. They were in legitimate contention for a tournament spot until a tough, late inning loss vs. Monmouth. It was plain that the team needs to learn to win the important games, and that will be their goal in this new season. Led by senior Nicole Olmedo, who had an All-MAAC type campaign in '14, the Peacocks have some offense firepower in place, and also showed they can run with the best of the MAAC, stealing 63 bases. But they need a pitcher to step up and keep the team in games this season. St. Peter's has added a couple of transfers to their roster, and a very talented freshman class, all of whom will have the opportunity to see significant playing time.

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.