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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Red Foxes Rise To Top With Sweep Of Monmouth

Marist broke the school record for wins Saturday
Marist 5 
Monmouth 4

Marist 8
Monmouth 3


The Marist Red Foxes swept the Monmouth Hawks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

This long awaited series featured two teams at the top of the conference, and the games had a tournament feel to them right from the start. Marist broke the ice in game one with a two run first inning. After lead off walks to Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf, Janna Korak hit a two out double to give the Red Foxes the early lead. They would increase their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs coming off the bats of Casey Page, Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf. Claire's sister Jayne was busy holding Monmouth hitless through the game's first 4.2 innings. But the Hawks woke up their bats in the bottom of the fifth when Katie Baron slugged a two run home run to cut the Marist lead to 5-2. They continued their rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nicole Wieczorek's two out, two run single suddenly made this a one run ball game. Jessica Van Alphen entered the Marist circle, and struck out three the rest of the game to earn a big save, with her team winning 5-4. Jayne Oberdorf was credited with the win; Amanda Riley suffered the loss.

In game two, Marist would again jump out to a 2-0 first inning lead, with Janna Korak again supplying an RBI. Claire Oberdorf also snuck home when Monmouth was making an out at second base. Monmouth this time responded immediately when powerful Justene Reyes belted a three run home run over the center field fence to give her team a lead for the first time this day. However, that would be all the Hawks could muster in this game, as Marist relief pitcher Megan Beiermeister, replacing starter Kallen Leeseberg, pitched a masterful 5.2 innings, scattering five hits while allowing no runs. The freshman improved to 10-0 on the season. After Gabrielle Kelliher's RBI in the top of the third inning tied the game, Marist picked up five runs in the top of the fifth inning, all scored with two outs, with RBIs coming from Colleen McWilliams, Gabrielle Kelliher and Maureen Duddy. To preserve the 8-3 victory, Marist made two outstanding field plays. First in the sixth inning when second baseman Claire Oberdorf with her backhand snared an apparent hit then threw out the speedy Emma Hill at home. Then with a brilliant game ending double play by first baseman Maureen Duddy. First place currently belongs to the Red Foxes.

Marist set a school record for wins Saturday, and now own an impressive 34-8 record; 9-1 in the MAAC. All is not lost for Monmouth, who dropped to 9-3, but still own second place.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Big MAAC Weekend Coming Up

Fairfield's Lauren Filicia had a big DH Thursday
The MAAC softball race heats up this weekend as teams battle to position themselves looking forward to the tournament in May.

Before we get to that, Fairfield and St. Peter's made up a previously postponed conference doubleheader Thursday in Jersey City, with the Stags sweeping by the scores of 12-1 and 8-0. Senior Lauren Filicia had an enormous day for Fairfield, hitting a perfect 7 for 7. The defending champions improved to 7-3; St. Peter's fell to 0-6.

Of course, the featured matchup this weekend will be Marist at Monmouth on Saturday. First place (for now) will be on the line. The teams seem to be evenly matched in terms of hitting and pitching. Last year they split their series, but that allowed Monmouth to get into the tournament while leaving Marist out in the cold. Being swept would not be the end of the world for either team of course, but the coveted first seed with tournament hosting privilege is quite an incentive.

Fairfield is nipping on the heels of both the aforementioned teams, and probably would like to see them split. The Stags are at Quinnipiac Saturday against a Bobcats team fighting for inclusion. QU will then host Iona on Sunday; a very good weekend will put them in good shape. Iona can't afford to be swept in their only series of the weekend.

Canisius and Niagara travel east to play at Manhattan and St. Peter's. The Jaspers, Griffs and Purple Eagles are all close in the standings currently. Another team in that grouping, Siena, will be at Rider on Saturday then at Monmouth on Sunday. If you take out the top three teams as they stand today, seven teams are battling for the final three spots.You can view the standings on the left side of this page.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MAUREEN DUDDY BREAKS RECORD!

Breaking...

In the bottom of the first inning vs. Holy Cross in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist senior Maureen Duddy singled, then stole second and third bases. That gave her 41 stolen bases this season, which breaks the previous single season record of 40, which Canisius' Lauren Hope established in 2008. The thefts also gave Maureen 107 in her career; she now chases Lauren Hope's career record of 118.

Congratulations Maureen!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Mighty Monmouth Hawks

Rachel Shotzbarger has emerged as one of the MAAC's top hitters
The Monmouth Hawks have continued to build on the momentum from their 2015 MAAC Tournament run, and have surged to first place in the conference with a record of 9-1. On Sunday in West Long Branch, NJ, the Hawks stunned Manhattan by scoring the first 18 runs in the conference doubleheader. They won the first game 8-0, in five innings, then stormed to a 10-0 lead in game two before Manhattan staged a late innings rally. The Hawks won that game 10-7. Junior Rachel Shotzbarger had a powerful day, connecting on a grand slam homer in game two, and finished the twinbill with seven RBIs. Her teammate Jill Freese also clubbed a grand slam, in game one. Justene Reyes, the team RBI leader, hit one out herself. Emma Hill also homered. But that one was of the inside the park variety, as the speedy senior rounded the bases in softball's most exciting and rare play. She's having a terrific season as the Hawks' leadoff hitter, often getting on base with a bunt single. She leads the team in stolen bases. Amanda Riley pitched a shutout in game one; her ERA is now 2.28, and she strikes out more than one batter per inning. Sydney Underhill allowed five runs in game two, but none of them were earned. She won her 12th game of the season.

The Hawks face a major test on Saturday when they host the 30 win Marist Red Foxes, who have great hitters and pitchers also. This will be a battle for first place. And although the MAAC season has a ways to go, a sweep would put either team in the driver's seat to host the upcoming MAAC Tournament. Should be fun!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Golden Griffins Climb Into Contention

Lindsey Silfer's bat was on fire this weekend!
A lot changed for the Canisius Golden Griffins from last week. For one thing, their home field was about 45 degrees warmer! The arrival of spring warmed up their bats also, as their offense revived to its 2015 form. After starting conference play 0-2, Canisius faced a tough challenge with Fairfield and Iona coming to town. They finished the weekend winning 3 of those 4 games, coming very close to a sweep. In the first game vs. Fairfield, the Golden Griffins staged a comeback, overcoming an early three run deficit, with Destiny Holani scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the second game vs. the Stags, they carried a lead into the seventh inning, but Fairfield rallied desperately to avoid a sweep. Sunday's games vs. Iona saw Canisius score 26 runs in two run rule victories, the most runs the team has scored in a MAAC doubleheader since 1992. In the first game vs. the Gaels, Jessica Berzins hit a home run and a triple, good for six RBIs. Madi Weathers earned wins in both games of the Iona doubleheader. But it was junior ALL-MAACer Lindsey Silfer who went wild this weekend. She hit a remarkable 10 for 14, with a home run and eight RBIs.

Canisius is now 3-3 in the MAAC, and will play on the road next weekend at St. Peter's and Manhattan.

Red Foxes Sweep The Weekend

Jayne Oberdorf was nearly perfect in MAAC play this weekend
The Marist Red Foxes are on their way to having a historical season in 2016. At 30-8, one of the best records at this point in the MAAC season in recent memory, the Red Foxes are only three wins away from tying the school record (33, set a few times). This with at least 18 games left. They have won 17 of their last 18 games, the lone loss being in extra innings to Manhattan. Head Coach Joe Ausanio won his 200th game at Marist this weekend. Senior Maureen Duddy is just one stolen base away from tying the MAAC single season record, and 13 away from the MAAC career record. She's already broken the Marist record (which was hers anyway!).

This weekend Marist improved to 7-1 in the conference with some dominating wins on their home diamond. Leading the way was junior pitcher Jayne Oberdorf, who tossed a no-hitter vs. Quinnipiac on Sunday after pitching a two-hitter vs. St. Peter's on Saturday. She allowed no runs at all. Then there's Jayne's younger sister, freshman Claire Oberdorf; she hit an astounding 8 for 11 in MAAC games this weekend. She currently leads the team, and the conference, with a .443 batting average. Not to be lost in the shuffle is senior shortstop Kyrsten Van Natta, the team's RBI leader with 30. She was 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs in the Red Foxes' 22-1 demolishment of St. Peter's, a game in which Marist exploded for nine home runs. The aforementioned Maureen Duddy ran wild again this weekend, stealing seven bases. Plus, the whole lineup is playing very well - Marist has a team batting average of .337; opposing pitchers have no escape. And they have a pitching staff that goes five deep.

Marist will host Holy Cross on Wednesday in a non conference doubleheader before hitting the road. A big test awaits them next Saturday when they play at Monmouth in what amounts to a clash for first place in the MAAC. Remember that the regular season champion wins the right to host the tournament, so this battle will have high stakes!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rider And Iona Split

Iona's Kristen Turner had a big day*
Rider 5
Iona 2

Iona 8
Rider 5


The Rider Broncs and Iona Gaels split a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.

Game one of this conference twinbill saw the Iona Gaels jump to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ashlyn Morris scored on a passed ball and Katie Newton singled home Christine Costello.  However, Rider starter Meg Ailand, pitching her finest game of the season, would shut down the Gaels for the remaining six innings. In the Iona circle, "Gnarly" Carly Argyle got the start, and was stellar through the game's first six innings, limiting the Broncs to three hits. But after a walk, and a double by Kiera Swank in the top of the seventh inning, Christine Costello entered the game for Iona in relief. Toni Nino's RBI single then got Rider on the scoreboard. The Gaels seemed to have the game won but a two out infield pop off the bat of Josettee Spencer was lost in the sun, allowing Amanda Crimarco to score and tie the game. With the bases loaded, up to the plate stepped the dangerous Dana Sensi, who proceeded to clear the bases with a double, giving Rider a big road conference win.

The Broncs, with newfound confidence, stormed to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two. With the bases loaded, Montana Berg sent them all home with a triple. In danger of being swept on their home field, the Gaels got busy in the bottom of the third inning. Marisa Gergel singled home a run to get things started, but it was the big bat of Kristen Turner, with a three run home run blast, that gave Iona a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Marisa Gergel singled home two more runs, giving her three RBIs in the game, and the Gaels extended their lead to 6-3. Rider, however, would not go away, and pulled to within 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning with RBIs by Kiera Swank and Amanda Crimarco. But it was Kristen "Grand Slam" Turner who again came up big for her team with another home run blast in the bottom of the same inning, this time producing two runs and an 8-5 Iona win. Christine Costello earned the win; Kaitlyn Kallert suffered the loss. Iona is now 1-3 in the MAAC; Rider is 1-5.

*Photo courtesy of Jim Newton Photography

Monday, April 11, 2016

Manhattan And Marist Split

ALL-MAAC seniors Maureen Duddy (left) and Elena Bowman had big games
Manhattan 4
Marist 3 (8)

Marist 10
Manhattan 5


The Manhattan Jaspers and Marist Red Foxes split a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Marist Red Foxes entered Sunday's MAAC matchup with the Manhattan Jaspers riding a ten game win streak. It would take extra innings to snap that streak, as the Jaspers staged a late inning rally for a big win. Marist jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Brandi Coon in the bottom of the second inning, and a two RBI single by Colleen McWilliams in the bottom of the third inning. But Manhattan would begin their comeback in the top of the fourth. After Elena Bowman drew a leadoff walk in that inning, her partner in homers, Jenn Vazquez, blasted a pitch over the center field fence to cut the Red Foxes' lead to 3-2. Freshman Shannon Puthe delivered a big single in the top of the seventh inning for Manhattan, driving home pinch runner Bailey Madison to tie the game. On to extra innings the teams went, with Elena Bowman leading off for the Jaspers in the top of the eighth. You guessed it...Elena launched one over the left field fence, giving her team a big road win. Marist would not pitch to her the rest of the day, giving her five walks in game two. Briana Matazinsky earned the complete game win for Manhattan; Jessica Van Alphen suffered the loss in relief.

Game two again saw Marist jump to a lead, 5-1 after two innings. Stephanie Reinhardt did give Manhattan a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the first inning, but Marist quickly tied the game in the bottom of that inning with Becca Freeman's RBI sac fly after Maureen Duddy doubled and stole third base. The Red Foxes then scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning with RBIs courtesy of Claire Oberdorf, Kyrsten Van Natta and Janna Korak. Claire also scored on a wild pitch. Manhattan, however, attempted another comeback, tying the game in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four times. RBIs by Shannon Puthe and Emily Cutler, plus a pair of bases loaded walks did the deed. But Marist this time sealed the game with a four run output in the bottom of the same inning, with Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf both driving home a pair of runs on singles, winning the game 10-5. Jessica Van Alphen earned the win; Danielle Gabrielle took the loss. Red Fox Maureen Duddy stole three bases on the day. This leaves her just nine thefts short of Lauren Hope's MAAC single season record. Marist and Manhattan are both 3-1 in the MAAC.

Thanks to Maureen Duddy for the great photo taken after the games!

Saints Sweep Canisius In The Cold

The Siena Saints left Buffalo immediately following their sweep of the Griffs!
Siena 13
Canisius 8

Siena 7
Canisius 4


The Siena Saints swept a MAAC doubleheader over the Canisius Golden Griffins Sunday in Buffalo, NY.

MAAC teams have played plenty of cold games, but I can't recall any colder than Sunday's Siena-Canisius conference doubleheader. The official temperature when the first pitch was thrown in game one was 28 degrees; it would never rise above 34 by the end of game two. But the players braved the elements to get the important games played. Canisius did jump in front 2-0 in the first matchup, thanks to Denver Keller's RBI single and Allie Block's run after a bunt and error in the bottom of the second inning. But the Saints then exploded for 13 runs over the next three innings. After Chelsey Drew singled home Jess Volmer in the top of the third, Mady Cossack, in the midst of a productive freshman season, drilled a pitch over the center field fence good for three runs and a 4-2 lead. The Griffs did close the gap in the bottom of the same inning when Lindsey Silfer, who was 4 for 4 in the game, singled home a run. The game, however, was blown open by Siena in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs by Sammy Smaldone, Jess Volmer and Paige Hess; and in the fifth inning with an RBI by Chelsey Drew and a three run home run blast off the bat of Brooke Taylor, giving the Saints a 13-3 lead. Siena was one out from a mercy rule win, and an early trip to the warm locker room, but a bases loaded walk to pinch hitter Taylor Decker extended the game. Siena won 13-8. Lauren Butts earned her seventh circle win; Erika Mackie suffered the loss.

The Saints stormed out of the gate in game two, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. An RBI single by Paige Hess, followed by an RBI double by Chelsey Drew, then a two RBI double by Alyssa Lancaster gave Siena a lead they would never relinquish. The Golden Griffins tried to stay in the game, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when Denver Keller hit a triple. She finished the game 3 for 3. But the Saints answered that with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning when Paige Hess cracked a two run double to center field. Canisius had their chances to rally after that, but a couple of Siena double plays killed any hope for a comeback. Danielle Cacciola earned the circle win; Madi Weathers took the loss. Siena is now 2-2 in the MAAC; Canisius 0-2.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hawks Sweep Rider

Amanda Riley did it all Saturday
Monmouth 9 Rider 0 (5)
Monmouth 11 Rider 0 (5)


The Monmouth Hawks opened MAAC play with a shutout sweep over the Rider Broncs Saturday in West Long Branch, NJ.

Monmouth did not waste any time in game one, jumping to a quick and insurmountable lead. Helped by two Rider errors, and RBIs by Justene Reyes and Ashalyn Umiamaka, the Hawks led 3-0 after the opening frame. In the bottom of the second inning, the speedy Emma Hill hit a triple which drove home Katie Baron; she scored on another error, and Monmouth was up 5-0. Solo home runs by Jill Freese and Amanda Riley in the third inning extended the lead to 7-0. Katie Baron's two run home run blast ended the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Hawks a 9-0 win. Katie and Amanda Riley both had a pair of hits in the game. Sydney Underhill earned the shutout with a six strikeout performance, scattering five hits. Toni Nino and Josettee Spencer both had two hits for the Broncs.

Game two was much of the same, although in this one the Hawks scored nearly all their runs in the second inning when they crossed the plate ten times. In that inning they posted nine hits, four of them doubles plus a homer off the bat of Jill Freese, her second round tripper of the game. Monmouth won 11-0, in five innings. Amanda Riley had herself another great game, this time also as a pitcher as she threw a one hit shutout with ten strikeouts. At the plate she drove home two runs. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home three runs; Katie Baron finished the doubleheader a perfect 4 for 4.

Monmouth is 2-0 in the MAAC; Rider 0-2.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Schedule Adjustment


Even old Sol won't be able to break the cold's grip Sunday!
Go figure...after a pre-conference season that was almost totally free of weather issues, the first weekend of MAAC play has been altered by a cold front invading the east coast. Saturday's games should all get played, but Sunday's slate has been almost wiped clean. St. Peter's at Rider is still on as of this writing, but the other four MAAC doubleheaders have been postponed. Fairfield at Manhattan will now take place on Tuesday, April 5th. On Wednesday April 6th, Monmouth and Iona will play in New Rochelle. Both the Niagara at Quinnipiac and Marist at Siena conference doubleheaders have been rescheduled for May 8th, the last day of the regular season.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Conference Play Set To Begin

The Fairfield Stags will attempt to become first repeat champs since 2012
The MAAC championship race begins this weekend with ten conference doubleheaders scheduled. No matter what has transpired over the first two months of the season, each team is currently 0-0 in MAAC play!

With the lack of atrocious winter weather, as in the past two seasons, the MAAC's pre-conference season record has shown much improvement. Without an endless string of cancellations, the various teams have gotten plenty of good work in. The result should be a very competitive race. The MAAC is in its second season of a new format, with six teams to qualify for the tournament, and with the number one seed earning hosting privilege. This makes for a more exciting conference season.

As of this writing, the Marist Red Foxes are 17-7, and have played very well in all facets of the game. They also have a large degree of motivation: they were the best team not to qualify in 2015, narrowly missing out. They don't want that happening again. They have a strong senior class, all ALL-MAACers with championship experience. Maureen Duddy is running wild on the base paths, threatening to eclipse conference records. They have the deepest pitching staff in the MAAC, with five pitchers they can go to with confidence.

Manhattan also has some motivation. After an outstanding regular season in 2015, their tournament performance had to be a let down, with an early exit. They are currently 11-8. Led by senior Elena Bowman, who is beginning get on a hot streak, the Jaspers can still hit the ball hard and often. They seem to have found their "go to" pitcher in Briana Matazinsky, who struck out 11 in a recent game.

The defending champion Fairfield Stags, currently 10-10, have played very well in most their games thus far. This is a team that of course has championship experience on the roster, with players like Lauren Filicia and Lauren Falkanger. But they are also getting good production from some of their freshmen, most notably Courtney Hankins and Alisha Marshall. Sophomore Angelina McGuire also seems to have found her way, and has had many big games.

In my opinion, the Monmouth Hawks are a team to watch this season. They are currently 10-11, and have six players batting over .300. Justene Reyes has shown she can change a game with a swing of her bat. But they have four other players who can drive home runs on a consistent basis, and Emma Hill to run wild and score them. Their pitching has been very good this season, and this time around Sydney Underhill is not being asked to do it all herself. Sophomore Amanda Riley has come into her own, allowing opposing teams a stingy .212 batting average.

The Siena Saints lost some top performers to graduation, but are actually playing better at this point in the season (9-8) than last year when they lost their first 11 games as I recall. Although their lineup is not as powerful as last season, they are getting good production down the line. A freshman, Mady Cossack, has brought a .341 average to the team. Their pitching has been solid, with Lauren Butts leading the way, and a fully recovered Danielle Cacciola becoming more of a factor this season. However, they have lost a pitcher, Amanda Gatt (I'm not privy as to why). This may hurt their chances.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats have shown definite improvement from last season, and are currently 10-11. Senior Sydney Robey has shown herself to be solid in the pitching circle, with sophomore Casey Herzog developing very quickly as the Bobcats' second pitcher. They don't seem to have a dominant hitter at the moment, but rather spread the production around offensively. They will compete to qualify, especially if they get some key early wins.

Defending regular season champion Canisius has struggled this early season, compiling 20 losses. They've had some injury issues, and a short roster. The roster got even shorter with a player leaving the team. Starting pitcher Erika Mackie has tried to stem the tide; she has a 2.99 ERA. Freshman Lauren Castro has pitched very well as of late, and seems to have earned the number two pitching spot as of now. Offensively, Lindsey Silfer is having a terrific season, with six homers and 23 RBIs plus a .363 batting average. Sophomore Moriah Harris has stepped into a larger role. The Golden Griffins must cut down on their errors however.

Iona stands at 5-16 right now, but as I recall, they had a similar record last season before surging during MAAC play. Their batting, once over .300, has cooled off a bit as of late, although Kristen Turner is having another outstanding season. Freshman Marisa Gergel is batting .365, bringing an additional threat to the lineup. Their pitching, though, has struggled a bit, and I've noticed redshirt senior Carly Argyle has not played much recently, although I have no information concerning her status. The Gaels, however, always seem to raise the level of their play this time of the season.

Niagara has struggled this season, winning only twice. I feel they have not had a schedule conducive to getting them ready for conference play, but we'll see. They seem to have found a pitcher to rely on in freshman Sierra Bertrand, who has thrown some strong games. Sydney Smyers has also pitched well at times. Redshirt sophomore Bridget Hogan is back and hitting .340. Sarah March is also having an outstanding season.

The situation with the Rider Broncs is difficult. After the messy departure of longtime Coach Carroll, their new coach, Jaci Timko did not begin her new job until January. That super short notice makes it unfair to judge her at all this season. She's still getting to know her team, which has shown both offensive and pitching sparks.

St. Peter's had their most challenging early schedule in years, and came out of it winless. The performance of freshman Tiffani Lambert is intriguing, but the Peacocks have failed to produce much in the way of offense this season.

I gave up the crystal ball years ago, so all I'll say about the upcoming championship race is that I expect it to be exciting and dramatic. Good luck to everyone!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

MAAC Hitting Leaders 3/20/16


Freshman Alisha Marshall has her college career off to flying start!
Alisha Marshall (Fairfield) .432
Kristen Turner (Iona) .429
Dana Sensi (Rider) .417
Elena Bowman (Manhattan) .409
Angelina McGuire (Fairfield) .405
Ashalyn Umiamaka (Monmouth) .404
Jill Freese (Monmouth).400
Maureen Duddy (Marist) .382
Bridget Hogan (Niagara) .378
Jenn Vazquez (Manhattan) .373
Lauren Filicia (Fairfield) .367
Marisa Gergel (Iona) .366
Becca Freeman (Marist) .357
Rachel Shotzbarger (Monmouth) .356
Christine Costello (Iona) .353

MAAC Pitching Leaders 3/20/16


Megan Beiermeister has never lost a college game!
Megan Beiermeister (Marist) 5-0; 2.45
Sierra Bertrand (Niagara) 2-1; 2.47
Sydney Underhill (Monmouth) 7-6; 2.55
Jessica Van Alphen (Marist) 4-1; 2.62
Jayne Oberdorf (Marist) 1-2; 2.92
Christine Costello (Iona) 1-3; 2.97
Brianna Matazinsky (Manhattan) 2-3; 3.07
Amanda Riley (Monmouth) 2-2; 3.08
Stephanie Kristo (Manhattan) 4-2; 3.10
Destinee Pallotto (Fairfield) 5-4; 3.27
Sydney Robey (Quinnipiac) 3-6; 3.38
Lauren Butts (Siena) 5-3; 3.41
Brooke Peterson (Marist) 0-2; 3.58
Lauren Falkanger (Fairfield) 4-2; 3.66
Casey Herzog (Quinnipiac) 4-6; 3.73

*20 innings pitched minimum

Monday, March 7, 2016

Strong Weekend For Defending Champs

Lauren Filicia hit a rare inside the park homer vs. Stetson
Defending MAAC Champion Fairfield earned their first win this past weekend in DeLand, Florida; in fact they won 3 of 4 games at Stetson University's tournament. In their opening game Saturday vs. Bethune-Cookman, freshman Courtney Hankins drilled a dramatic three run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning for a walk off 5-2 win. The Stags lost a close one to host Stetson later day, 5-4. The game featured an inside the park home run by speedy senior Lauren Filicia, but the Stags could not hold the lead despite a 3 for 4 performance by Tori Reed. Fairfield did take both of their games on Sunday, first a 7-6 win over Bethune-Cookman. The Stags scored all their runs in the first inning, led by Nicole Capra's two RBI double. In the final game, they prevailed 5-2 over Wagner. Home runs were hit by Nicole Capra, Gianna Kinhofer and Kate Robinson. Freshman Alisha Marshall hit 3 for 3 with an RBI, and Destinee Pallotto went the distant for the circle win, striking out six.

Griffs Split At Miami

Allie Block earned her 1st college win
Ohio that is. Actually the games were in Oxford, but hosted by Miami University, who the Canisius Golden Griffins didn't play for some reason. After being no-hit by Western Illinois in their opening game this weekend, the Griffs bounced back to win 2 of 3. Against alphabet school IUPUI (Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis), freshman Allie Block pitched a complete game for her first college win (5-2). She also drove home a pair of runs with a double. Senior Tori Nappo scored the winning run; hit a double; and made two outstanding run saving plays in right field. The Griffs lost to W. Illinois again on Sunday, but another freshman pitcher, Lauren Castro, was outstanding in a 2-1 loss. She drove home the Griffs' only run. It was Lindsey Silfer's three run home run blast in the 5-3 win over IUPUI that earned the split for Canisius. The junior has four homers and 14 RBIs this early season. Sophomore Moriah Harris continued her hot hitting, going 2 for 2 with an RBI. She leads the team with a .350 average. Erika Mackie got the circle win, with Allie Block earning a save in relief.

Manhattan Sweeps The Weekend

Jaspers moved into tie for 1st place
The Manhattan Jaspers went 3 for 3 in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend, unleashing their bats to the tune of 29 runs. Freshman second baseman Lauren Pitney had an outstanding weekend, hitting two home runs, including a grand slam, while driving home nine runs. ALL-MAACer Jenn Vazquez didn't do that badly herself, hitting 5 for 9 with a pair of homers and five RBIs. Freshman pitcher Stephanie Kristo improved her record to 3-1 with a six strikeout performance in a win over N. Carolina A&T. For the record, the Jaspers earned wins over N. Carolina A&T (7-6), and Hampton (12-4 and 10-7)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hawks Show No Mercy!

Junior Justene Reyes ended a game early with authority
The Monmouth Hawks used power to get themselves to the 2015 MAAC championship game, and they have picked in 2016 up where they left off. The Hawks earned a pair of impressive wins this weekend, not only beating two teams from big conferences, but run ruling each one. On Friday at the District Invite hosted by George Washington University, Monmouth beat the Big East's Georgetown 10-0, in five innings. Justene Reyes and Katie Baron both drove home a pair of runs, and Chloe Howerth went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. In the circle, sophomore Amanda Riley was dominant, limiting the Hoyas to just two hits for the shutout win.

On Saturday, Monmouth shocked the Big Ten's Maryland Terrapins, winning 11-2 in six innings. The Hawks pounded out 14 hits, with Chloe Howerth, Emma Hill and Ashalynn Umiamaka all with a pair. It was Justene Reyes who ended this game early, with a monster three run blast over the center field fence. Sydney Underhill picked up the circle win.

The Hawks continue Sunday at the District Invite, with a pair of games vs. Robert Morris, then host George Washington.