Sunday, February 28, 2010

Iona's Sarah Jackson Throws No Hitter

2009 MAAC Co-Rookie Of The Year Sarah Jackson tossed a no hitter in Iona's 12-0 victory at Norfolk State Sunday. The Gaels' sophomore struck out 9 Spartans while only walking 1, and her teammates exploded for 10 hits including homers by Eileen McCann and Beth Kann. The Gaels won 3 of 4 at the Spartan Invitational and moved into 2nd place in the MAAC.

Courtney Brinkman Leads Siena To First Victory

In the circle and at the plate, junior Courtney Brinkman did everything possible to earn the Saints their first win of the 2010 season.

Siena beat Morgan St. at the Winthrop Invitational 5-1 Saturday behind the arm and bat of Brinkman, who pitched five innings allowing only one hit while striking out five, and was 3 for 3 at the plate, with a double and three RBIs.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fairfield Beats Pittsburgh In 11 Innings

The Fairfield Stags, co-favorite to win the MAAC, earned their first victory of the 2010 season and it was a thriller, a 5-4 11 inning win over Big East school Pittsburgh.

2009 MAAC pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice didn't start the game played at the Tar Heel Invitational on the North Carolina campus, but she came in and shut the door on the Panthers. Kelli Panter started the game for the Stags, but was pulled in the 8th inning after Pittsburgh tied the score at 4 in favor of Minice who allowed only 1 hit in extra inning play. The Stags would score on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th to secure the win.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fairfield Loses Opener To North Carolina

Fairfield's Sarah Minice held ACC power # 23 North Carolina to two runs and eight hits, but it wasn't enough for the Stags who lost their opener to the Tar Heels 2-0 in Chapel hill, NC Friday. North Carolina got both runs on three hits in the 2nd inning, but were shutout the rest of the way by the 2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year. Fairfield could only manage two hits off North Carolina starter Amber Johnson.

The Stags continue play in the Tar Heel Invitational Saturday with games against Pittsburgh and James Madison.

Niagara Splits On Opening Day

The Niagara Purple Eagles opened their 2010 season in Greensboro, NC today with a split of two games.

In an extra inning game against Cleveland State, Jen Hare gave Niagara a 1-0 lead with a homer in the 3rd inning, but it didn't last long. Cleveland State's Tess Sito (cousin, I believe, of Niagara's Kristin Sito) hit a solo homer of her own in the 4th to tie the game; then the Vikings scored another to go up 2-1. Niagara's Sito tied the game in the 5th inning after being driven home by a Kristin Kill two out single. Cleveland State's Lia Gordon hit a three run double in the 8th to win it for the Vikings 5-3.

The Purple Eagles had better luck in their second game, a 3-2 win over host UNC Greensboro. After falling behind 1-0, Niagara's Maggie McDonald tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the 1st. Niagara scored twice in the 3rd inning, on a double by Teresa Healy, who was driven home by Kristin Sito's single, and on a Greensboro error that allowed Jen Hare to score the eventual winning run. Cassie Stone then held Greensboro at bay for the complete game victory.

Niagara remains in Greensboro Saturday for a game against Sacred Heart. Then the Spartan Classic goes to a playoff format for the remaining games, and concludes Sunday with championship and consolation games.

Niagara And Fairfield Open Seasons Today

Niagara will be in Greensboro, NC for the Spartan Classic, while Fairfield is in Chapel Hill, NC for the Tarheel Classic and will open against host North Carolina.

Siena lost their doubleheader at Georgia State Thursday, 4-2 and 9-1, and will be in Rock Hill, SC for the Winthrop Invitational. Canisius, the only MAAC team with a win so far in 2010, is in Conway, SC for the Kickin' Chicken Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina. Iona returns to action in Norfolk, VA for the Spartan Invitational. Rider is also in the same tournament, but the two MAAC schools will not be facing off.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Siena Loses Opener

The Siena Saints lost 3-0 to South Carolina Upstate to begin their 2010 season. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was tied 2-2 in the 4th inning, but had to be canceled because of heavy rains. The Saints were held to three hits in the game against the Spartans' Morgan Childers, who struck out 15. Amanda Filippazzo took the loss for Siena.

The Saints will play a doubleheader at Georgia State Thursday.

Siena Set To Open Season Today

The Siena Saints are scheduled to open their 2010 season at USC Upstate today. However, the forecast for Spartanburg calls for 90% chance of rain. If the scheduled doubleheader gets rained out, then the Saints' opening game will be Thursday at Georgia State.
The USC Upstate website reports that the games will be played, but moved up to 4pm.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Griffs Sweep; Broncs Swept

Canisius got out of Virginia this past weekend with 4 consecutive victories, outscoring their opponents 32-2. The Golden Griffins were at Hampton University Sunday and defeated the Lady Pirates 12-1(5); and 5-1 to complete a weekend sweep. Once again the Griffs' pitching was stellar, with Caroline Main throwing a 3 hitter and Amanda Baun striking out 10. The Canisius offense was unleashed. MAAC batting leader Michelle Fridey continued her hot streak; Lizzy Gatto as well. Last year's leader in triples, Lauren Hope, hit her first of the season and collected 4 RBIs. Canisius will be in Conway, SC this weekend.

Rider is still struggling out of the gate, losing another pair to close the Elon Invitational: 9-0 to Georgetown, and 5-1 to Elon. Coach Tricia Carroll saw some positives in the Broncs' first appearance outside in 2010, but expects more from her team as the season progresses. The Broncs will be in Norfolk, VA this weekend.

The MAAC season will get underway in earnest this upcoming week with Siena, Niagara, and Fairfield all beginning play.

Lauren Hope Of Canisius Knocked In Four Sunday

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rider Swept In Openers; Canisius Throws Two Shutouts

The Rider Broncs got out of the gym and onto a field for the first time in 2010 and it showed as they were shutout twice at the Elon Invitational Saturday.

The Broncs lost their first game to Georgetown of the Big East 8-0 in 5 innings. Rachaele Matreale took the loss. In the Broncs' second game of the day, they were overpowered by host Elon 11-0 and were no hit in 5 innings. Rider Head Coach Tricia Carroll didn't want to make excuses:
"We can make excuses, that we haven't been outside or that we had new players on the field but it comes down to playing the game and competing all of the time," Carroll said. "I don't want us to get into the habit of making excuses and being satisfied. I expect more leadership out of my upperclassmen, emotionally, mentally and physically and that is an area that we can do better. We are talented enough to compete better than we showed today."
Rider will face the same 2 teams today in the second day of the tournament.

Canisius College was in Norfolk, VA Saturday, and posted a couple shutout victories over Norfolk St. Caroline Main was the starter in game one, and threw a one hitter in a 7-0 victory. MAAC batting leader Michelle Fridey was 2 for 2 in the game with 4 RBIs. In the second game, freshman Amanda Baun struck out 14 Spartans in a 3 hit 8-0 victory. Shortstop Katie Lancellotti hit a 3 run homer in the game as the Golden Griffins raised their record to 2-5 for the season. Canisius will stay in Virginia and play a doubleheader at Hampton today.

Canisius Catcher Michelle Fridey Leads MAAC With .444 Average

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rider Broncs Open Season Today

The Rider Broncs open their 2010 season down at the Elon invitational, where they will play Georgetown and host Elon both twice. The Broncs hope to build upon their strong finish from last season.

Elsewhere in the MAAC this weekend, Canisius travels down to Virginia for a pair of doubleheaders against Norfolk St. and Hampton. Full coverage at The Siena Saints open their season Wednesday.

Monday, February 15, 2010

MAAC Goes 0 For 8 Opening Weekend

Iona and Canisius opened their 2010 seasons against some tough opponents and came out of their first tournaments with no wins.

Both teams had to have their schedules adjusted due to inclement weather in Florida. Both teams had their friday games wiped out, and both lost a game.

Iona was in Tallahassee for the Sunshine State Tournament hosted by Florida State, a top 20 team. The Gaels lost to them 9-1. They also lost to Bowling Green and Mercer.

Canisius was in Clearwater for the DeMarini Tournament hosted by South Florida, and lost to powerful Georgia Tech 9-0. They also lost to host South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, and Illinois State. They also lost a neutral site game to Long Island on the monday following the tournament.

This coming weekend, the Golden Griffins visit the state of Virginia for a pair of doubleheaders against Norfolk State and Hampton. Rider will open their 2010 season at the Elon Invitational on saturday.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gaels Open Season With Pair Of Losses

The Iona Gaels opened their 2010 season today at the Sunshine State Classic in Tallahassee, FL with losses at the hands of host Florida State and Mercer.

In the first game, Mercer scored 3 runs on Iona starter Alyssa Maiese in the second inning to set the tone, then a run in the third and 4 in the fifth sealed the run rule shortened game and gave Mercer the 8-0 (5) victory. The Gaels had 3 hits in the game, one each by Amy Metcalfe, Jodi Petersen, and Beth Kann.

In the second game, the Gaels fell to #19 Florida State 9-1 in 6 innings. Sarah Jackson started the game for Iona, but gave up 7 runs in 4 innings, 5 of them earned. Iona did have 5 hits, with freshman Marisa Newman driving in the Gaels' only run with a double.

The Gaels return to action in Tallahassee sunday with a game against Bowling Green.

Canisius Drops Two In Clearwater

Canisius College loses to #13 Georgia Tech and Florida Gulf Coast at the USF Tournament in Clearwater, FL.
Read more here:

Friday, February 12, 2010

MAAC Openers Rained Out

Florida rains have delayed the opening games of Canisius and Iona.
The revised schedules are on the left hand side of this page. The forecast is for sun this weekend.

New Schedule For Florida State Tournament

An update on the status of Iona's games in Florida...


6 p.m. Iona vs. Mercer (weather permitting)

8 p.m. Southern Miss vs. Bowling Green (weather permitting)


9:30 a.m. Southern Miss vs. Bowling Green or Iona vs. Mercer (depending on Friday)

11:45 a.m. Bowling Green vs. Florida State

2 p.m. Iona vs. Florida State

4:15 p.m. Mercer vs. Southern Miss

6:30 p.m. Southern Miss vs. Bowling Green or Iona vs. Mercer (depending on Friday)


9 a.m. Iona vs. Bowling Green

11:15 a.m. Southern Miss vs. Mercer

1:30 pm Florida State vs. Mercer

3:45 p.m. Florida State vs. Bowling Green

Weather Delay In Tallahassee

Iona's games today at the Florida St. tournament are in question due to rain. Florida St. will make an announcement concerning game status at noon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Iona At Florida State Live Video Stream

The Gaels opening game of the 2010 season against Florida State on Friday at 2:30 pm EST will be streamed live. There is a fee of $7.95; if you don't want to pay that, they will also be providing live stats. Be aware that the weather forecast for Tallahassee calls for rain Friday, so there may be a rescheduling of games. Go here for all the information:

Live video stream information for Canisius games this weekend may be found at our sister site, Golden Griffins Softball.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

2010 Season Begins This Week!

Hard to believe, but the 2010 MAAC Softball season is about to get underway, beginning with games on friday. Upcoming games will be posted on the left hand side of this site. Game summaries will be provided, and select games will be live blogged throughout the season. Canisius games will be live blogged at Golden Griffins Softball.

Last season may have been the most competitive in MAAC history, with teams fighting to qualify for the tournament and position themselves right up to the last regular season doubleheader. In the end, much was decided by way of tiebreakers. This season may be just as exciting. Canisius and Iona open the schedule in Florida with some very challenging games.

2010 MAAC Preview---St. Peter's College

2009 Finish: 9th place
Departing Players: 4

Returning Players:
Samantha Bennett (.269 BA)
Ariana Payan (.250 BA)
Nicole Schnecker (.200 BA; 1-9, 6.96 ERA)
Ashley Brown (.186 BA)
Ashley Centeno (.174 BA)
Erin Archer (.160 BA)
Jessica La Bovick (.143 BA, 2-5, 5.53 ERA)
Jillian Magee (.069)
Amanda Rice (.059)

Incoming Players:
Vanessa Acosta (IF)
Shelby Beaver (P)
Danielle Cuglietto (OF/P)
Alexis Gallagher (OF)
Stephanie Gilronian (1B/CF)
Jessica Hartland (P/3B)
Jillian Picchini (IF)
Kimberly Prevedal (P)

The Peahens are coming off a tough 2009 season that saw them finish 2-12 in the MAAC, but they are in rebuilding mode under 2nd year Head Coach Donna Barone. Returning will be sophomore catcher Samantha Bennett who had a productive first year with 3 homers and a .269 batting average. The Peahens have a talented class of freshmen coming in this year (and next year as well), and will begin to build around 2 of the rookies---pitchers Kimberly Prevedal and Shelby Beaver, who both had very successful high school and travel ball careers. 2010 may be filled with growing pains for a young St. Peter's team, but the future is looking bright.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010 MAAC Softball Preseason Coaches Polls

1. Canisius (70)
1. Fairfield (70)
3. Niagara (62)
4. Marist (45)
5. Iona (42)
6. Manhattan (41)
7. Siena (36)
8. Rider (27)
9. St. Peter's (12)

Michelle Fridey (C, Canisius)
Kristie Trifiolis (IF, Fairfield)
Melissa Donnelly (IF, Manhattan)
Teresa Healy (IF, Niagara)
Kayla Hines (IF, Niagara)
Brittany Eckett (IF, Rider)
Lauren Hope (OF, Canisius)
Kristina Walraven (OF, Manhattan)
Kristin Kill (OF, Niagara)
Ashley Rampino (DP, Manhattan)
Meghan Borst (UT, Fairfield)
Lauren Weingart (UT, Siena)
Sarah Minice (P, Fairfield)

2010 MAAC Preseason Player Of The Year Teresa Healy, Niagara

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 MAAC Preview---Siena College

2009 Finish: 7th place
Departed Players: 5

Returning Players:
Lauren Weingart (.267 BA)
Courtney Brinkman (.231 BA; 5-8, 5.38)
Natasha Powlowsky (.197 BA)
Stacie Sueda (.282 BA)
Amanda Filippazzo (.256 BA; 5-14, 3.03 ERA)
Sara Gallacchi (.185 BA)
Lindsey McKeever (.176 BA)
Alyssa Sceppaguercio (.169 BA)
Jessica Mushel (.150 BA)
Jen Duell (.143 BA)
Courtney Mahan (.091 BA)
Kirstyn Vaughn (.000 BA)
Emily Snow (.000 BA)
Kristen Borsella (.000 BA)

Incoming Players:
Amanda Ferro (P/OF)
Alexis Gonzalez (C/UT)
Shannon Jones (SS)
Kayla Kaminsky (1B)

The Saints finished last in the MAAC in team hitting, and will have to improve that statistic in order to compete for a spot in the MAAC Tournament. They will need a big season from senior Lauren Weingart who led the team with 7 homers and 26 RBIs in 2009, to go along with a .267 average. Lauren's average fell 49 points from her 2008 season; if she can rebound Siena's chances will improve. They did finish at 7-9 in the MAAC last season, but weak hitting doomed their chances.

Sophomore pitcher Amanda Filippazzo had a record of 5-14 in 2009, but a respectable 3.03 ERA. She'll need more run support in 2010. As a team, Siena's pitching in 2009 was on par with Fairfield. Siena has 2 talented pitchers coming aboard in 2011, but in the meantime the Saints' mission in 2010 is to produce runs any way they can.