Saturday, April 17, 2010

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.

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