Rider 0 (5)
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