Friday, April 30, 2010

Iona And Fairfield Go West

This weekend's MAAC schedule features the conference's top 4 teams playing four doubleheaders that could alter the standings. On Saturday, Iona plays at Niagara and Fairfield visits Canisus. Iona is at Canisius Sunday; Fairfield at Niagara.

Iona, Canisius, and Niagara are all in good shape as far as qualifying for the MAAC Tournament is concerned (the top four teams will qualify). Fairfield, currently at 5-3, could find themselves in a battle without at least a split of their four games.

Iona and very possibly Fairfield will be returning to the area in two weeks for the tournament which will take place at Canisius College on May 13-16.

*Note: Weather is already affecting the scheduling of these games. Niagara's doubleheaders will begin at 10am. The Fairfield-Canisius doubleheader Saturday will begin at 10am. The Canisius-Iona matchup Sunday is still on for noon, but may change. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kristin Sito Breaks Niagara RBI Record

Junior outfielder Kristin Sito set the Niagara single game RBI record in the Purple Eagles' game one 15-10 loss at Youngstown State Wednesday. Kristin drove home 6 runs after hitting a perfect 4 for 4. She also hit her 7th home run of the season, and was 6 for 8 with 8 RBIs in both games of the doubleheader.

Niagara bounced back to win game two against the Penguins, 12-2. Julie DiMatteo won her fifth consecutive game for the Purple Eagles.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Julie DiMatteo Named ECAC Pitcher Of The Week

Niagara sophomore Julie DiMatteo was named ECAC Division 1 Pitcher Of The Week today, adding to her recent MAAC honor. Julie was 3-0 last week, including a no hitter vs. Rider. BTW, she won again today at Akron, raising her recored to 10-3. Julie joins the likes of Hofstra's Olivia Galati, Sara Plourde of UMass, Fordham's Jen Mineau, and Syracuse's Jenna Caira as 2010 honorees of the ECAC---some of the best pitchers in the Northeast.
I saw Julie pitch last Saturday, she is very intense in the circle. The Purple Eagles will be counting on her to back up their powerful offense in the MAAC Tournament.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

MAAC Players Of The Week 4-26-10

Player Of The Week
Lizzy Gatto, Canisius

Pitcher Of The Week
Julie DiMatteo, Niagara

Rookie Of The Week
Katie Medina, Canisius

Manhattan @ Marist Postponed

For the second consecutive day, rain in the Poughkeepsie, NY area has forced the postponement of the Manhattan-Marist MAAC doubleheader. It has now been rescheduled for May 6.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Canisius Sweeps Rider

Canisius 12
Rider 2 (5)

Canisius 8
Rider 0 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

MAAC RBI leader Michelle Fridey (pictured) drove home 6 runs as Canisius swept Rider on a rain soaked Sunday in Buffalo, NY.

Rider got off to a good start in game one, scoring twice in their first at bat with RBI singles by Amanda Centeno and Heather Muscara. The Golden Griffins tied the game up in the bottom of the inning when Michelle Fridey hit a 2 run home run over the center field fence. They took the lead in the second inning when Amanda Cannizzo drove home Lizzy Gatto and never looked back after that. Later in the same inning, Paige Freiberger hit a bases loaded triple that gave the Griffs a 7-2 lead. Amanda Cannizzo ended the game in the fifth inning with a grand slam home run; she finished the game with 5 RBIs. Caroline Main picked up her 8th consecutive win.

Game two was more of the same, with Canisius striking early and often. The Griffs blew the game open in the third inning when Lauren Hope singled home two runs, and Michelle Fridey doubled home two runs. Amanda Baun earned her MAAC leading 14th win. Michelle Fridey now has 46 RBIs, two short of the all-time Canisius record.

It was a tough weekend for the Broncs, who were run ruled in every game on their trip west. But they are still in the running to qualify for the MAAC Tournament.

Canisius is now 8-2 in the MAAC; 26-14 overall. Rider is 4-6; 11-28-1.

Jessika-Jo Sandrini Pitches Perfect Game

Here's one for the Siena faithful. Adna High (WA) star pitcher Jessika-Jo Sandrini, who will be joining the Siena Saints this fall, pitched a perfect game a few days ago against Pe Ell High (the team Adna and Jessika-Jo beat in the Washington State Championship game last season). She struck out 12 of 21 batters, and only one ball made it to the outfield the whole game. She also hit a homer in the 9-0 win. Look forward to seeing her next season!

Jessika-Jo Mowing Them Down One By One

The photo montage below is Jessika-Jo's windup.

Jessika-Jo is somewhat of a legend where she plays because she brought a small Washington town a state championship. She is also a great offensive player, and was recruited by many schools. She says she chose Siena becuase Coach Parks promised her she would primarily be a pitcher.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Manhattan And Siena Split

Siena 2
Manhattan 1

Manhattan 10
Siena 1 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Siena took a squeaker and Manhattan won a run rule game in Saturday's split at Loudonville, NY on the Siena campus.

Lyndsey McKeever doubled in the winning run in the 6th inning for Siena in game one giving the Saints their second MAAC victory of the season. Amanda Filippazzo went the distance for Siena, giving up only 5 hits and earning her 4th victory of the season.

Game two saw the Lady Jaspers get out of the gate early to keep their MAAC hopes alive, scoring 8 runs in the first three innings. Jaci Rahey (pictured) hit her 7th homer of the season in the 2nd inning, a 3 run blast which gives her 35 RBIs for the season. Nicole Michel also had 3 RBIs. For some reason, Manhattan's Erika Sullivan did not play in either of these games.

Manhattan is now 3-5 in the MAAC; 16-18-1 overall. Siena is 2-6; 9-32.

Red Foxes Sweep St. Peter's

Marist 5
St. Peter's 3

Marist 9
St. Peter's 1 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Nicole DiVirgilio (pictured) drove home 5 runs, and Caitlin Schell hit a pinch run walk off homer to lead Marist to a sweep of St. Peter's and their first MAAC wins of the season.

I guess Marist Head Coach Joe Ausanio had a hunch when he sent pitcher Caitlin Schell up to bat as a pinch hitter in the 5th inning of game two with the Red Foxes up by 7 runs. It was only Caitlin's 4th career at bat, but she smashed a pitch over the left field fence to give Marist a run rule victory and the sweep.

Nicole DiVirgilio had a fabulous game two, getting 3 hits, 2 of them doubles, and 5 RBIs. Game one was a closer affair, but Kate Malloy had 2 hits and 3 RBIs to lead the Red Foxes to a 5-3 victory. Emily Osterhaus struck out 6 to win her first game of the season.

Marist is now 2-6 in the MAAC; 6-27 overall. St. Peter's is 0-10; 2-28.

Iona A Perfect 10

Iona 10
Fairfield 0 (6)

Iona 5
Fairfield 2

The Iona Gaels are a perfect 10-0 in the MAAC after sweeping the Stags in Fairfield Saturday.

The Gaels continue their dream season with a pair of impressive road victories. Game One featured the shutdown pitching of Sarah Jackson and a 4 for 4 performance by Allyssa James. Sarah breezed through this one, scattering four singles while striking out nine. She did get into a bases loaded jam in the 2nd inning, but Kristina Lingo was forced out at the plate and Jessica Stand struck out to end the threat. Sarah is now 13-4 on the season.

Allyssa James continued her hot hitting, which included her third homer of the season; she had two RBIs. The Gaels broke the game open in the 2nd inning, scoring five times on five hits, including a Tessa Earley triple that produced two runs. They ended the game in the 6th inning with four runs on five hits. All told, Iona pounded out 15 hits, and sent Fairfield starter Sarah Minice to the bench after three innings and shocked the Stags 10-0.

Iona jumped in front early in game two scoring three times in the 3rd inning, another five hit inning. Eileen McCann singled home a pair of runs; Erin Kyle drove home another.

Fairfield had some fight in them though as they scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Doubles by Dani Griswold and Kristina Lingo produced a run; a wild pitch brought home another. But that was as close as the Stags would get. The Gaels would add two more runs in the sixth when freshman sensation Jodi Petersen doubled home a run and Allyssa James drove home her third of the day. Jodi was 4 for 4 in this game. Deanne Algeo and Allyssa Maiese split circle duty for the Gaels with Allyssa picking up the win.

Iona is now 10-0 in the MAAC; 22-17 overall. Their big test of the season will come next weekend when they travel west to play Niagara and Canisius.
Fairfield dropped to 5-3 in the MAAC; 20-17 overall. They will host a non conference doubleheader against Hartford Sunday.

Julie DiMatteo No Hits Rider; Niagara Sweeps

Niagara 8
Rider 0 (5)

Niagara 12
Rider 0 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Julie DiMatteo (pictured) threw her first collegiate no hitter and Teresa Healy went 4 for 5 with 7 RBIs as the Purple Eagles solidified their position in the MAAC's top 4 with a sweep of Rider at Niagara University Saturday.

Watch out for Niagara. The Purple Eagles had the beginning of their 2010 season disrupted by many rain outs, but they are now hitting their stride and are getting the kind of pitching from sophomore Julie DiMatteo that makes them a very dangerous team. Julie completely shutdown a very potent Rider offense, allowing only 2 hits in picking up wins in both games of the doubleheader. In game one, she was totally unhittable; in game two, the Broncs loaded the bases in their first at bat, but that was as close as they got. Rider was never really in these games, as the powerful Niagara offense teed off right from the start.

MAAC hitting leader Teresa Healy, who has been on a rampage since a slow start, smacked the ball all over the field today, hitting a long homer to center field and collecting 7 RBIs. It got so bad that at one point Rider intentionally walked her and loaded the bases. Teresa is on fire right now, but she has that powerful lineup around her that makes it difficult on opposing teams who must choose their poison. The Purple Eagles scored 20 runs in 9 innings of play. Kristin Sito was a perfect 5 for 5 with 3 RBIs; Laynie Stillman was 4 for 5 with 4 runs, and 3 stolen bases. Niagara had 23 hits in 9 innings of play. The Niagara lineup is solid from top to bottom with no weak links. Shortstop Maggie McDonald was still recovering from an injury suffered against Buffalo, but freshman Alexis Wayne stepped in and made some great plays, including an unassisted double play. As I mentioned in the season preview, if Niagara's pitching holds out they will be hard to beat. They host Iona next weekend---should be interesting. It was a tough pair of losses for Rider, who will have to regroup and face Canisius Sunday.

Niagara improves to 6-2 in the MAAC; 14-14 overall. Rider is 4-4; 11-26-1

Friday, April 23, 2010

First Place Showdown

The Iona Gaels pay a visit to Fairfield University Saturday to play a doubleheader with first place in the MAAC on the line. Iona (8-0) is the current resident of the top spot, but a Fairfield (5-1) sweep would put the Stags at number one.

For Iona:
It all begins with pitcher Sarah Jackson, number one in the MAAC with a 2.02 ERA. She is having a fabulous sophomore season, with 2 no hitters to her credit. Offensively, the Gaels boast four .300 hitters, led by freshman Eileen McCann (.384) who leads the MAAC in home runs with 11. Jodi Petersen (.374) and Allyssa James (.364) complete a dangerous trio.

For Fairfield:
2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice is second in the MAAC in wins (11); Kelli Panter has pitched well as of late. Offensively, the Stags are led by Dani Griswold (.383) who is having a career year. Meghan Borst (.336) has been red hot at the plate lately and leads the Stags with 23 RBIs.

This should be a very interesting doubleheader and could be a preview of the MAAC Tournament which will be held next month at Canisius College.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dani Griswold's Remarkable Comeback

From having to use a walker to get around to being among the MAAC leaders with her .383 average, Fairfield's Dani Griswold has come all the way back.

"When Shelly Griswold pulled up in front of the dorms at the Fairfield University and saw her daughter Dani come sprinting toward the car, her heart skipped and tears welled up in her eyes.

"She came running to the car and I almost lost it," she said. "It was the biggest thrill -- I can still picture it so clearly in my mind."

A little over a month earlier, when Griswold left Fairfield and had flown back to their home in San Diego, Calif., her oldest daughter could barely get around campus with the aid of a walker..."

Monday, April 19, 2010

MAAC Players Of The Week 4-19-10

Co-Players Of The Week
Teresa Healy, Niagara
Meghan Borst, Fairfield

Pitcher Of The Week
Erika Sullivan, Manhattan

Rookie Of The Week
Jodi Petersen, Iona

Niagara And Manhattan Split

Manhattan 3
Niagara 1

Niagara 2
Manhattan 0

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Niagara's Teresa Healy (pictured) continued her torrid hitting streak by driving in the winning runs in game 2 of the MAAC doubleheader at Gaelic Park Sunday.

Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly provided the heroics in game one by ending a pitchers duel with a walk off homer in the bottom of the 7th inning. Erika Sullivan picked up the win for the Lady Jaspers with her second one run MAAC game this weekend, allowing only a Maggie McDonald solo homer. Niagara's Julie Dimatteo was equally effective, as Manhattan could only scratch out a run off a double play in the 2nd inning until Melissa Donnelly came up in the 7th with Monica Evangelista on base.

Game two was also close. Niagara's Cassie Stone scattered 8 hits for the shutout win, while Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly allowed only 3 hits. Unfortunately for her, one of those hits was off the deadly bat of Teresa Healy. In the 6th inning with two on and two out, the two time MAAC First Teamer crushed a double to left field, scoring two and giving Niagara the win. After a slow start, Teresa has raised her average to .385, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Niagara is now 4-2 in the MAAC; 11-13 overall. Manhattan is 2-4; 14-16-1.

Siena Splits With Fairfield; Wins First MAAC Game

Fairfield 9
Siena 4

Siena 5
Fairfield 4

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Siena Saints, continuing their recently improved play, won their first 2010 MAAC game in a doubleheader split at Fairfield Sunday.

Fairfield won the first game of this doubleheader coming back from a 4-1 defecit with 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Siena's Shannon Jones, in the midst of an outstanding freshman season, was responsible for all of the Saints runs hitting 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs including her 5th homer of the season. But The Stags came storming back---Kristina Lingo was 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs; Kayla Marth doubled home 2 more; Dani Griswold was 2 for 3; Megahan Borst had 2 hits and a RBI. Sarah Minice weathered the early storm to win her 11th game of the season.
The game was a milestone for Fairfield Head Coach Julie Brzezinski as it marked the 600th win of her career.

The second game was a back and forth affair, as the teams traded leads. The Stags jumped in front in the first when Kristie Trifiolis scored on a bases loaded walk. The Saints tied it up in the second off a Nastasha Powlowsky sacrifice fly. Fairfield jumped back in front in the third when Allie Ritacco singled home a run. Courtney Brinkman drove home a run in the fourth; Kristen Vaughn doubled home a pair in the fifth; and Amanda Ferro double home a run in the sixth to give the Saints a 5-3 lead. Fairfield scored a run in the seventh when pinch hitter Jenna DiBernardo drove home a run, but the game ended with Laura Carta stranded on third.

Siena is now 1-5 in the MAAC; 8-31 overall. Fairfield is in second place in the MAAC with a 5-1 record; 19-15 overall.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Iona Remains Undefeated

Iona 10
Marist 2 (6)

Iona 5

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Iona Gaels, perhaps the surprise team of the 2010 MAAC season, completed a weekend sweep by winning a pair of games over Marist. The Gaels are now a perfect 8-0 through the first half of the MAAC season, and are the only undefeated team left in the conference.

The first game against the Red Foxes was a perfect example of why the Gaels have been successful this season. Unlike last year, they are now producing run support for ace pitcher Sarah Jackson. Sarah improved her record to 12-4, but she did it in a breeze because her teammates produced 10 runs on 13 hits to win going away. Marist had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 4th inning off RBI singles by Christina Lausch and Danielle Koltz. But the Gaels stormed back in defense of their pitcher putting up 6 in the bottom of the same inning. Marisa Newman had 2 RBIs; Eileen McCann was 3 for 4; Allyssa James 3 for 4; Erin Kyle 2 for 3; Melanie Gettins 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Names sound familiar? It's because I've been writing them often.

In game two, Deanne Algeo pitched her second outstanding game in as many days, this time a 3 hit shutout. The emergence of Deanne as a reliable second pitcher makes the Gaels even more formidable than they already are. Jodi Petersen (pictured) hit a homer in the third inning to give the Gaels all they would need in this one. She's another Iona player mentioned a lot here. Allyssa James was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs; Erin Kyle a perfect 3 for 3. The Gaels are for real---look for them to be at Canisius College for the MAAC Tournament next month.

Iona is now 8-0 in the MAAC; 20-15 overall. Marist dropped to 0-6; 4-25.

Canisius Sweeps St. Peter's

Canisius 9
St. Peter's 1 (6)

Canisius 14
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Katie Lancellotti (pictured) belted a grand slam home run, and Canisius pounded out 11 extra base hits in two run rule wins over St. Peter's in Jersey City, NJ Sunday.

The defending MAAC Champions had an easy time of it against the Peahens with multiple players having big days. Michelle Fridey had 4 hits and 4 RBIs; Lizzy Gatto also had 4 hits and 4 RBIs; Katie Medina was a perfect 5 for 5 on the day; Paige Freiberger drove home 3 runs.

Canisius improved to 6-2 in the MAAC; 22-14 overall. St. Peter's is 0-8; 2-24.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gaels Stay Atop the MAAC

Iona 1
Siena 0

Iona 5
Siena 0

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Iona Gaels held on to first place in the MAAC with a doubleheader sweep of Siena Saturday at the Rice Oval in New Rochelle, NY.

Game one saw another stellar performance by Iona ace Sarah Jackson (pictured). The Gaels gave her one run in the first inning, off an Allyssa James RBI, and she took care of the rest. Sarah allowed only six hits, walked no one, and struck out eleven en route to her 11th victory. Amanda Filippazzo pitched very well for Siena, allowing only three hits herself, but found no offensive support behind her.

Deanne Algeo started the second game for Iona and did a great job, allowing only four hits while walking no one. Melanie Gettins had two RBIs; Eileen McCann, Allyssa James, and Melanie Hay each had a RBI to give the Gaels five runs and the sweep.

Iona is now 6-0 in the MAAC; 18-15 overall. Siena dropped to 0-4; 7-30.

Stags Sweep Marist; Remain Unbeaten

Fairfield 5
Marist 4

Fairfield 9
Marist 1 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Fairfield remained unbeaten by virtue of a doubleheader sweep of Marist Saturday at Alumni Softball Field in Fairfield, CT.

The Stags built a 5-0 lead in game one and weathered a late inning Marist rally to hold on for the victory. Allie Ricatto (pictured) started things off for the Stags in the second inning with the first of her three hits and was eventually sent home, along with Laura Carta, by an Ali Wigand single. Fairfield made it 3-0 the next inning when team leading hitter Dani Griswold hit one over the left field fence. Allie Ricatto then drove home Meghan Borst to give the Stags a four run lead.

Meghan Borst drove in another run in the fourth inning and Fairfield starter Sarah Minice was cruising along until Marist mounted a comeback beginning in the sixth inning. A double by Nicole DiVirgilio and a single by Ashley Corriss produced RBIs for both and cut the Fairfield lead to 5-2. In the seventh the Red Foxes would score twice more on another Nicole DiVirgilio RBI double, and a McCallion Campbell single. Unfortunately for Marist, Nicole was left stranded on third as the inning and game ended with a double play. Sarah Minice held on for her 10th win of the season.

Game two was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning when the Stags exploded for eight runs in two innings to end the game early. Meghan Borst had three RBIs, Kayla Marth was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs as well. Kelli Panter pitched very well again and improved her record to 6-4.

Fairfield is now 4-0 in the MAAC, 18-14 overall. Marist dropped to 0-4 and 4-23.

Manhattan And Canisius Split

Manhattan 5
Canisius 1

Canisius 5
Manhattan 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan earned their first MAAC win of 2010 in a doubleheader split vs. Canisius Saturday at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.

The story of game one was Manhattan's junior pitcher Erika Sullivan (pictured). Pitching perhaps her best game of the season in a crucial matchup, Erika delivered a sparkling 3 hitter, allowing only a Katie Lancellotti home run and showing her typical control in walking no one.

The Lady Jaspers got out of the gate early, scoring three times in the first inning. After Kristina Walraven struck out to lead off, Manhattan produced four consecutive hits, including RBI doubles by Jaci Rahey and Nicole Michel. Katie Lancellotti hit her homer in the second inning for the Golden Griffins, but the Lady Jaspers got that right back in the bottom of the same inning, fueled by an error by Canisius pitcher Amanda Baun and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Monica Evangelista. Erika Sullivan helped her own cause in the fourth inning when she singled, stole second base, reached third base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Kristina Walraven grounder.

This win was only the seventh for Manhattan against Canisius in 51 games, and they earned it from start to finish. Erika Sullivan is now 9-4; Amanda Baun took the loss and is now 11-9.

Game two was the opposite of game one as the Golden Griffins scored first and controlled play throughout the game. Canisius opened the scoring in the third inning, with the help of two Manhattan errors. Katie Medina singled to open the inning, then with one out Lizzy Gatto laid down a sacrifice bunt which was thrown away by pitcher Melissa Donnelly allowing the runners to advance to second and third. Michelle Fridey drove in the Griffs' first run off an error by Erika Sullivan, who was playing at second base this game.

Canisius broke the game open in the fifth inning using their speed. Lauren Hope led off with a double; then the MAAC's leading base stealer stole third base. Lizzy Gatto then drove her home with a single giving the Griffs a two run lead. Lizzy then stole second, and was eventually driven home by a Katie Lancellotti single making the score 3-0.

Manhattan would respond in the sixth inning with a Kristina Walraven homer to center field, but in the top of the seventh inning Canisius added some insurance. Lauren Hope led off with a walk, and then was sacrificed to second base by Lizzy Gatto. Lauren slid past the bag and was originally called out, but upon appeal by Canisius Coach Rappl, the ruling was overturned. Two batters later Paige Freiberger hit her 9th homer of the season over the right field fence and the Griffs had a 5-1 lead. Ashley Rampino would add a solo homer for the Lady Jaspers in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all they would get off Canisius starter Caroline Main who struck out five and improved her record to 9-5. Melissa Donnelly took the loss for Manhattan and is now 2-6.

Canisius stands at 4-2 in the MAAC, and 20-14 overall. Manhattan is 1-3 in MAAC play and 13-15-1 overall.

Niagara Crosses Home 30 Times

Niagara 16
St. Peter's 7

Niagara 14
St. Peter's 4 (6)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Niagara set a school record for runs scored in a doubleheader with Jenna Baker (pictured) driving home 7 of them in the Purple Eagles' sweep of St. Peter's Saturday.

Oddly enough, game one of this MAAC doubleheader was going in St. Peter's favor until the final two innings when the Purple Eagles scored 12 runs. The Peahens had built a 6-4 lead after scoring four runs in the 5th inning. St. Peter's was led by freshman Vanessa Acosta who continued her hot hitting with a two run homer, and catcher Amanda Rice who hit a bases loaded double in the 5th for 3 RBIs.

But the Purple Eagles could not be contained. Teresa Healy, whose bat has been coming to life after a slow start, was 3 for 4 with a homer, triple, and five RBIs. Jenna Baker also had a terrific game, hitting 4 for 5 for the "cycle"---that is she hit a single, a double, a triple, and a home run. She also collected 5 RBIs. Teresa and Jenna both tied the school record for RBIs in a game. The Purple Eagles had 15 hits in this game.

Again in the second game St. Peter's held a lead, this time 2-0 after 3 innings. The game was tied 4-4 after 5 innings before Niagara exploded for 10 runs in the top of the 6th inning to end the game early.

The Purples Eagles pounded out 18 hits in game two. Teresa Healy was 3 for 5, with all of the hits being doubles. She drove home another pair giving her 7 for the day. Kristin Kill and Maggie McDonald each had 3 hits and 2 RBIs.

All of this shows that Niagara is still a team that can explode offensively in any given inning. They improve to 3-1 in the MAAC. St. Peter's, who were very competitive in these games until the sudden onslaughts, fall to 0-6 in MAAC play.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fairfield Edges Quinnipiac

Proving that the Stags have pitching talent besides Sarah Minice, Kelli Panter (pictured) shut out Quinnipiac 1-0 Thursday in Hamden, CT.

Fairfield scored one unearned run off a Meghan Borst single in the first inning. That was all Kelli would need as she scattered 8 hits and escaped a 7th inning bases loaded jam to improve her record to 5-4.

The Stags return to MAAC play this weekend, playing host to Marist and Siena.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Siena Sweeps Colgate

Amanda Filippazzo (pictured) and Courtney Brinkman each pitched 3 hitters in the Saints 6-1 and 8-1 sweep of Colgate Wednesday.
Siena has now won 3 games in a row, and have done so with good pitching and plenty of offense. Lauren Weingart hit a home run in the first game and freshman Shannon Jones hit a 3 run homer in the second game to propel the Saints to victory. Shannon had 5 RBIs for the day, raising her average to .381, fourth best in the MAAC.

The Saints return to MAAC play this weekend against Iona and Fairfield.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Big Game For Vanessa Acosta

St. Peter's just snapped an 18 game losing streak with the help of freshman Vanessa Acosta's huge game.

In an 8-4 victory over Lafayette at Jaroschak Field in Jersey City, NJ today, Vanessa was 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

Monday, April 12, 2010

MAAC Players Of The Week 4-12-10

Player Of The Week
Allyssa James, Iona

Pitcher Of The Week
Sarah Jackson, Iona

Rookie Of The Week
Amanda Baun, Canisius

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Iona Sweeps Rider, Takes MAAC Lead

Iona 1
Rider 0

Iona 11
Rider 1 (5)

The Iona Gaels took a pair of games from the Rider Broncs in New Rochelle, NY Sunday and in the process took first place in the MAAC.

Game one of the MAAC doubleheader was a showdown between two of the conference's top pitchers. Iona's Sarah Jackson and Rider's Rachael Matreale both pitched well enough for their teams to win, but Sarah was slightly better, pitching a complete game shutout while striking out 13 and allowing only 2 hits. The Gaels were able to scratch out a run in the second inning when Chelsea Sheehan singled home Melanie Gettins, who had reached second base with a double. That was all Iona would get on Rachael Matreale who allowed only 5 hits throughout.

The second game was close, 1-1 until...the Gaels lit the fireworks for 10 runs in the 4th inning, stunning the Broncs into an early bus ride back to New Jersey. The Gaels batted around the order, and some, producing 9 hits. For the game, Allyssa James was 3 for 3, Melanie Gettins 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs, Jodi Peterson 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, Tessa Early and Marisa Newman each had a pair of hits. Alyssa Maiese picked up the win for the Gaels.

Iona improved their MAAC record to 4-0; 15-14 overall. Rider is now 4-2 in the MAAC; 10-20-1 overall.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Rider's Rachael Matreale Throws No Hitter In Sweep Of Marist

Rider 8
Marist 0 (5)

Rider 8
Marist 4

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Watch out, here come the Rider Broncs! Rider's sweep of Marist, highlighted by Rachael Matreale's no hitter, gives the Broncs sole possession of first place in the MAAC.

The Broncs charged out of the gate quickly in game one of their MAAC doubleheader with Marist at Herb and Joan Young Field in Lawrenceville, NJ. An Amanda Centeno sac fly RBI followed by a Heather Muscara 2 RBI single gave Rider a quick 3-0 lead. The Broncs made it 6-0 off of an Amanda Centeno 3 run homer in the 3rd inning. A Sam Pugh RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Samantha Mayer ended the game in the bottom of the 5th. Rachael Matreale (pictured) allowed no hits raising her record to 5-10.

So why not start Rachael the second game? That's exactly what Rider Head Coach Tricia Carroll did. But coach pulled her after 2 innings when the Broncs had already built a 6-0 lead (no doubt saving her for Sunday's doubleheader vs. Iona). Brittany Eckett hit her 8th home run of the season giving the Broncs another 3-0 1st inning lead. Rider added 3 more in the 2nd inning when Allyson Melia scored on a wild pitch and Amanda Centeno knocked in 2 more with a single. Brittany Eckett knocked in another run in the 3rd inning to give Rider a 7-0 lead. Marist did respond with 4 runs of their own in the 5th inning, thanks in part to an Ashley Corriss 2 RBI double. But Rider would score again in the 6th on a wild pitch and take the game 8-4. Kelsey Krisch improved her record to 4-3 with the win.

Rider is now 4-0 in the MAAC; 10-18-1 overall. Marist begins MAAC play at 0-2; and is 4-20 overall.

Canisius Sweeps Siena

Canisius 6
Siena 0

Canisius 7
Siena 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Canisius hit 4 triples on a windy day at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY and won both games of a MAAC doubleheader against the Siena Saints.

Canisius opened the scoring in game one when leadoff hitter Lauren Hope started the first inning by hitting a triple, and then scored on a Michelle Fridey (pictured) single. Michelle would then widen the Golden Griffins lead to 6-0 with a bases loaded triple in the 4th inning, scoring herself on an errant throw. Amanda Baun went the distance for Canisius, allowing 4 hits and striking out 8. Paige Freiberger also tripled for the Griffs; Michelle Fridey finished with 4 RBIs. Courtney Mahan had a pair of hits for the Saints.

Canisius also opened the scoring in the 1st inning of game 2 when Lizzy Gatto scored on an Amanda Filippazzo wild pitch. Siena battled back to tie the score in the top of the 3rd inning when Shannon Jones drove home Amanda Ferro with a single. But Canisius broke the game open with 4 runs in the bottom of the same inning when Lizzy Gatto scored on another wild pitch and Katie Lancellotti singled home 2 runs then scored herself on an Emily Helbig double. A Kerry Ulmer triple brought home 2 more runs for Canisius in the 5th inning. Caroline Main went the distance for the Golden Griffins and struck out a career best 10 batters.

Canisius is now 3-1 in MAAC play; 17-13 overall. Siena is 0-2 in the MAAC; 4-27 overall.

Fairfield Sweeps St. Peter's

Fairfield 12
St. Peter's 1 (6)

Fairfield 13
St. Peter's 4 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice (pictured) pitched both games of a doubleheader sweep of St. Peter's at Jersey City, NJ today.

When Fairfield means business, they put ace Sarah Minice in the circle and keep her there. The junior evened her record at 9-9 with her 2 victories today. The first game saw Fairfield with a 3-1 lead when they exploded for 9 runs on 6 hits in the 6th inning to end the game early. Jenna DiBernardo hit a 3 run pinch hit homer. Kristie Trifiolis pitched in with 3 RBIs. St. Peter's scored their lone run on a Vanessa Acosta home run.

In the second game, centerfielder Dani Griswold got the Stags started with a 1st inning RBI triple, and then came home on a Meghan Borst ground ball. St. Peter's did even the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the 1st inning on hits by Samantha Bennett and Danielle Cuglietto, but that was as close as the Peahens would get, although catcher Amanda Rice did hit a 2 run homer in the 3rd inning and finished the game with 3 RBIs. Fairfield finished the 5 inning game with 13 hits, Meghan Borst and Laura Carta had 3 RBIs each.

Fairfield begins MAAC play with a 2-0 record; 15-13 overall. St. Peter's falls to 0-4 in MAAC play; and 1-19 overall.

Iona Powers Past Manhattan

Iona 8
Manhattan 1

Iona 7
Manhattan 4 (8)


Eileen McCann (pictured) and Jodi Peterson each hit 3 homers as their Gaels swept a MAAC doubleheader against Manhattan at Gaelic Park on the Manhattan campus.

Last season, the Iona Gaels weren't producing enough runs for their ace pitcher Sarah Jackson. Well, that's all changed this season. The Gaels hit a total of 8 home runs in their Saturday sweep of Manhattan. Sarah started game one of the doubleheader, and was in complete control from start to finish, not giving up a run until the 7th inning and striking out 10. Her record improved to 8-4. The Iona power surge began on their first at bat, as Tessa Early got the Gaels up early with a solo homer to right field. In the Iona 4th, Jodi Peterson hit her first of 3 homers, another solo shot that gave the Gaels a 2-0 lead. Then the dam burst in the 6th inning---once again Jodi Peterson led off with a homer. Not to be outdone, Eileen McCann came up and hit one out herself. All told, the Gaels had 4 runs on 4 hits in the inning. Eileen McCann then led off the 7th inning with a, you guessed it, home run. The Gaels added another run and had an 8-1 victory.

The second game of the doubleheader was a much more competitive affair. Manhattan jumped out of the gate early with Jaci Rahey hitting a 3 run homer. The Lady Jaspers held that lead until the top of the 5th inning when Jodi Peterson hit her third homer of the afternoon with two runners on to tie the game at 3-3. Manhattan answered quickly in the bottom of the same inning when Kelly Murray singled home Melissa Donnelly to give the Lady Jaspers a 4-3 lead. But the Gaels would tie it back up with yet another lead off homer, this time from the bat of Allyssa James. This game needed an extra inning to decide a winner. And in the 8th, yet another lead off homer was hit by Iona, Eileen McCann hit her third of the afternoon, her MAAC leading 11th home run. The Gaels would add a couple more and win the game 7-4. Alyssa Maiese earned the win for the Gaels, with Sarah Jackson coming in for the 8th inning and recording a save.

Iona is now 2-0 in MAAC play, 13-14 overall. Manhattan begins MAAC play at 0-2, they are 9-13 overall.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sarah Minice And Stags Back At .500

The Fairfield Stags evened their record at 13-13 Thursday by defeating Quinnipiac 7-1 at Alumni Field on the Fairfield campus.

Fairfield's ace pitcher Sarah Minice took a no hitter into the 7th inning, striking out ten along the way for her seventh win of the season.

The Stags had a big 1st inning, scoring four thanks in part to Kristina Lingo's two RBI triple. In the 6th inning, Jenna DiBernardo hit a three run pinch hit home run to seal the victory.

Fairfield will begin their quest to repeat as MAAC regular season champions beginning Saturday at St. Peter's.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rider Fit To Be Tied

The Rider Broncs lost two 7th inning leads in their home doubleheader against Delaware today losing the first game 6-5, but gaining a 4-4 tie in the second game which ended in extra innings when the sun went down.

Brittany Eckett continued her hot streak by hitting two homers, giving her seven for the season and placing her in a second place tie with Paige Freiberger of Canisius.

Heather Muscara went 3 for 4 in the second game, and took the lead among MAAC batters by raising her average to .407.

The Broncs fell to 8-18-1 for the season. However, they are currently in first place in the MAAC with a 2-0 conference record.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MAAC Players Of The Week 4-6-10

Player Of The Week
Allyson Melia, Rider

Pitcher Of The Week
Rachael Matreale, Rider

Rookie Of The Week
Jodi Peterson, Iona

Monday, April 5, 2010

Watch Manhattan At Fordham Live Tuesday

Watch the Manhattan Lady Jaspers play a doubleheader at Fordham Tuesday beginning at 3pm EDT. The live stream is free.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rider Sweeps St. Peter's

The Rider Broncs claimed the early lead in the MAAC after defeating St. Peter's in a pair of run rule games won by the scores of 8-0 and 12-0 at Herb And Joan Young Field on the Rider campus.

The first game was scoreless through three innings when Rider broke through for eight runs in the final three innings. For the Broncs, Sam Pugh was 3 for 3, Brittany Eckett (pictured) was 2 for 3, Allyson Melia was also 2 for 3. Rachael Matreale picked up the complete game shutout win, her 4th of the season. St. Peter's picked up 3 hits in the game.

In game number two, Rider was all over the Peahens right from the start, scoring twelve runs on thirteen hits through the first three innings. Brittany Eckett hit a three run homer and finished with four RBIs. Allyson Melia was 3 for 3, Heather Muscara 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Candice Harris went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Kelsey Krisch pitched the shutout for her third win of the season. Stephanie Gilronian had a 3 for 3 game for the Peahens who finished with six hits but committed four errors.

The wins start Rider off at 2-0 (8-15 overall) in the young MAAC season, and currently places them in first place. St. Peter's starts at 0-2, and are now 1-13 on the season.


Niagara And Canisius Split

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Trying The Patience Of Saints

The Siena Saints had a not so Good Friday on their way to Quinnipiac. The bus broke down delaying their arival 4 hours, and...well, read the rest here:

The Saints have good young players and're still 0-0 in the MAAC!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sarah Jackson Throws No Hitter

This just in...

Iona's Sarah Jackson just no hit Lafayette.

Final score, 15-0.

Sarah struck out 10.