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Friday, January 27, 2017

Marist Red Foxes 2017 Softball Schedule

 *UPDATE*
Marist has added four games to their schedule, and will now begin their season on February 18 at Norfolk State.

The Marist Red Foxes will begin defense of their MAAC championship when they open their 53 game 2017 schedule on the weekend of February 24 at the Mercer Tournament. Savannah St, IPFW and the home school will be the opponents. On the weekend of March 3, the Red Foxes will play four games at UMBC vs. the Retrievers and Coppin St. The highlight of the early season, for the players I'm sure, will be an extended stay in beautiful Hawaii, beginning March 10. Marist will play in a pair of tournaments hosted by the Rainbow Wahine, playing Purdue, UConn, Harvard, Toledo and the host school in 10 games between beachside luau's!

After this distant road trip, Marist will actually host a pre-conference season tournament themselves! On the weekend of March 24, Harvard and Hartford will visit Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes will open MAAC play on April 2, hosting Siena. They will close their season on May 7 with a home DH vs. Monmouth that could have tournament hosting implications. The defending champs will play 11 home dates in 2017.

Marist Red Foxes 2017 Softball Season

Canisius Golden Griffins 2017 Softball Schedule

The Canisius Golden Griffins will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 11 at the annual Cleveland St. Dome Tournament. The Griffs will play the host Vikings, Robert Morris and Bowling Green. On the weekend of February 17, Canisius will visit Charlotte for the First Pitch Classic, and will play the host 49ers, Bowling Green and local rival St. Bonaventure. The South Carolina Upstate Tournament is next on the schedule, the weekend of March 3; then it's off to Florida to play in one of South Florida's annual tournaments on the weekend of March 10. On March 15 they will play a challenging split doubleheader vs. Florida St. and Florida Gulf Coast at Fort Myers, where they will stay put and play in FGCU's tournament the weekend of March 17. The Golden Griffins will play at one more tournament, Mount Saint Mary's Invite on the weekend of March 25, before opening the home portion of their schedule vs. crosstown rival Buffalo on March 29.

Canisius will open MAAC play on April 1 at Fairfield. They will close their 2017 regular season on May 7 when they host local rival Niagara. The Golden Griffins will play seven home dates in 2017, including a doubleheader vs. Syracuse.

Canisius Golden Griffins 2017 Softball Schedule

Rider Broncs 2017 Softball Schedule

The Rider Broncs will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 at Coastal Carolina's Battle at the Beach with 5 games vs. the host school and Greensboro and Missouri-Kansas City. The weekend of March 3 will see the Broncs in Buies Creek, NC for Campbell's tournament; Norfolk St. and Appalachian St. will also participate. On March 11 Rider will play at UMBC's Retriever Classic, then play five road doubleheaders.

The Broncs will open the home portion of their schedule on March 29 with a doubleheader vs. Wagner. They will open MAAC play at Quinnipiac on April 1. Rider will close their regular season on May 7 at St. Peter's. They will play nine home dates in 2017.

Rider Broncs 2017 Softball Schedule

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2017 Softball Schedule

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will open their 55 game 2017 softball schedule on the weekend of February 17 in Florida at the Madeira Beach Invite hosted by E. Michigan. Aside from playing the host, the Bobcats will face Boston U., Villanova, Oakland and C. Michigan. On the weekend of March 3, QU will be at the Colonial Classic hosted by George Washington. The Bobcats will then head west, and play a very challenging game vs. powerhouse Arizona on March 10 at Los Angeles. They will also play Bryant, Boise, Hartford and Northridge. After two weekday games, the Q will play in Northridge's tournament on the weekend of March 17.

After a game at Long Island, Quinnipiac will open the home portion of their schedule with a doubleheader vs. Wagner on March 25. They will open MAAC play on April 1 when they host Rider; and close out their regular season on May 7 at Fairfield. QU will have eight home dates in 2017.

QU Bobcats 2017 Softball Schedule

Niagara Purple Eagles 2017 Softball Schedule

The Niagara Purple Eagles will open their 41 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 11 at Cleveland State's annual Dome Tournament. The Purps will play the host Vikings, Bowling Green and Robert Morris. Niagara won't be back on the field until the weekend of March 17 when they participate at George Washington's tournament vs. the host school and Albany in a series of five games.

After doubleheaders at Syracuse and Cleveland St., the Purple Eagles will open MAAC play at Iona on April 1. Niagara will close out their regular season on May 7 at local rival Canisius. The Purps will have seven home dates in 2017.

Niagara Purple Eagles 2017 Softball Schedule

Monmouth Hawks 2017 Softball Schedule

The Monmouth Hawks will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 at the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston. Aside from playing the home team, the Hawks will face Lipscomb, Winthrop, Illinois Chicago and E. Kentucky. After two games at George Washington on March 3 and 4, Monmouth heads to Florida for a pair of appearances at South Florida's annual tournaments, with some weekday games to also keep them busy. Among the opponents will be Missouri, Chattanooga, N. Florida and South Carolina Upstate.

After road doubleheaders vs. Stony Brook, Columbia and Farleigh Dickinson, the Hawks will open their home season vs. St. Joseph's on March 29. Monmouth will open MAAC play on April 1 at Manhattan. They will close their regular season May 7 at Marist. The Hawks will have nine home dates in 2017.

Monmouth Hawks 2017 Softball Schedule

St. Peter's Peacocks 2017 Softball Schedule

The Saint Peter's Peacocks will open their 40 game 2017 softball season on March 13 in Vero Beach, FL with a pair of doubleheaders vs. Bucknell. On the weekend of March 17, they will take part in the Pirate Invitational hosted by Seton Hall, playing Brown, Hartford and the host school. After doubleheaders at Lafayette and at Drexel, the Peacocoks will open MAAC play by hosting Siena on April 1. They will close their regular season on May 7 vs. conference rival Rider. St. Pete's will play 6 home dates in 2017.

St. Peter's 2017 Softball Schedule

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Additional NCAA Softball Tournament in 2017!



Beginning this season, there will be a second NCAA Softball national tournament. Schools who don't make the championship tournament will be eligible for the new tournament, which will begin May 16.
The big news for the MAAC is that each conference will have an automatic bid in this new tournament, so that means more to play for. There will be some at large bids also.

Read and watch HERE

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Manhattan Jaspers 2017 Softball Schedule

The Manhattan Jaspers will open their 56 game 2017 softball schedule on the weekend of February 24 in Madeira Beach, FL at a tournament that includes Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, Loyola and Kent St. The Jaspers will then attempt to open their home season very early, on March 7, with a DH scheduled vs. Hartford. No El Nino this season however! On the weekend of March 10, Manhattan will be in DeLand, FL for the Stetson Tournament. Besides playing the host Hatters, they will face N. Dakota St., Colgate, and once again Columbia. They will also play singles against Colgate and Yale in Tampa at that time. Headed back north, the Jaspers will take part in St. John's tournament the weekend of March 17. Farleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook and Hofstra will also be there. March 24th sees Manhattan at Mount St. Mary's to close out the tournament portion of their season.

The Jaspers will open MAAC play on April 1 when they host Monmouth. Rider will be in town the next day. They close their regular season on May 6 at Iona. Manhattan will play 9 home dates in 2017.

Manhattan 2017 Softball Schedule

Iona Gaels 2017 Softball Schedule

The Iona Gaels will open their 45 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 in South Carolina in a tournament hosted by both USC Upstate and Furman. The Gaels will play Upstate, Campbell and Prebsyterian. On the weekend of March 4, Iona will be at Elon, NC for a tournament hosted by the Phoenix. St. Joseph's and Wagner will also participate. Iona flies west for a tournament at Riverside on the weekend of March 10, and will play games vs. the host Highlanders and Maryland, Weber St., Bryant and Tennessee-Martin.

After playing in Seton Hall's tournament on March 17-18, and tilts at Fordham and Penn on the 22nd and 25th, the Gaels will open the home portion of their schedule on March 28 when they host crosstown rival St. John's for a single game. Army is in town the next day for another single game. Iona will open MAAC play vs. Niagara at home on April 1, with Canisius coming in the next day. Iona will close their regular season on May 7 when they host conference rival Manhattan. The Gaels will play 7 home dates in 2017.

Iona Gaels 2017 Softball Schedule

Siena Saints 2017 Softball Schedule

The Siena Saints will open their 58 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 vs. UMass at the annual Eastern Michigan Invitational in Madeira Beach, Florida. They will also play Central Michigan, Robert Morris, UAB and the host team in this opening tournament. Immediately following, the Saints will jet out to the west coast and play single games at San Diego St. on February 21, and Riverside the next day. After that it's the Amy Harrison Classic at Riverside the weekend of February 24 with Utah St., UTEP and the host Highlanders as the competition. After some time off, Siena will travel to Wilmington, NC for a five game tournament.

The Saints will open the home portion of their schedule on March 21 when they host the Hartford Hawks for a doubleheader. After a four game set at UMBC, and a doubleheader at crosstown rival Albany, Siena will open MAAC play at Saint Peter's on April 1. They close out the regular season at conference rival Niagara on May 6. The Saints will play 10 home dates in 2017. This includes a doubleheader visit by Syracuse on April 19.

Siena Saints 2017 Softball Schedule

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.

LINK

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!

http://maacsoftball.blogspot.com/2011/05/lauren-hope-breaks-maac-stolen-bases.html

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

BATTING

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

PITCHING

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

BATTING

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

PITCHING

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

Ohio St. Buckeyes
Big Ten 33-18-1

BATTING

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

PITCHING

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

Marist Red Foxes
MAAC 45-11

BATTING

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

PITCHING

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!