Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saints Split With Crosstown Rival

Albany 7
Siena 3

Siena 2
Albany 1 (8)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Amanda Filippazzo pitches 2 hitter.

Benefit For Jenna Baker


On Sunday April 3rd, 2011 at 1 p.m. - rain or shine - at the Niagara University Softball field - the Niagara University and Hilbert College Softball teams are joining forces to hold a fundraiser for Niagara University Softball Alumnus Jenna Baker class of 2010. Jenna was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. In an effort to raise awareness for this disease as well as to alleviate some of the cost of her treatment we will be holding a home run derby on Sunday April 3, 2011.

To make a donation, please contact Melissa Markle at:

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Siena @ Albany Live Blog

Follow all the action as Siena takes on crosstown rival Albany in a doubleheader today. First pitch is at 2:30 EDT.

Fairfield Takes Two

Fairfield 8
Yale 5

Fairfield 11
Yale 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Kristen Filicia (pictured) had 4 hits and 3 RBIs on the day in helping the Fairfield Stags sweep Yale Wednesday afternoon in New Haven, CT.

After being shutout by Providence Tuesday, the Stags got right back on the field the next day and exploded for 19 runs on 24 hits. They got in front early in game one, scoring 5 times in the 2nd inning. A Kristina Lingo double, Rebecca Trott walk and Nikki Osofsky bunt single loaded the bases for Kimi Kurata who promptly sent them all home with a double to center field. Immediatley following, Kristen Filicia tripled sending Kimi home; Kristen scored on the errant throw. Kristina Lingo doubled again in the 3rd inning, and made it home courtesy of an Ali Wigand single and the Stags were up 6-0. Yale fought back though in the bottom of the same inning, scoring 4 runs, the big shot coming with a 3 run homer. The Bulldogs added another run in the 5th, and suddenly Fairfield's lead was cut to 6-5. But in the 7th inning, after a Tiffany Lawson walk and Lauren Liseth single, Kristina Lingo got her 3rd hit of the game, a single, that scored Tiffany. Kristina would score herself on a Rae Ball pinch hit single to give the Stags an 8-5 win. Rebecca Trott started for Fairfield, Kelli Panter got the win in relief, and Sarah Minice closed the deal to earn a save.

Game 2 was actually a bit closer than the final score indicates. The Stags scored 5 runs in the 7th inning to blow the game open. Lauren Liseth continued her stellar freshman season by hitting her 4th home run of the year; she finished 3 for 4 in this game. Rae Ball was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs; Kimi Kurata, 2 for 3 with a RBI; Kristen Flicia, 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs; Rachel Beaudoin, a run and RBI. Those are all freshmen I just listed. In the 2011 season preview, I talked about the role the Fairfield freshmen would have to play---they are playing a huge role thus far this season. Rae Ball started this game, and Emily Orr pitched 4 innings of relief to pick up her first win of the season.

Next up for the Stags: MAAC season begins with a visit to Iona on Saturday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Extra Home Game For The Broncs

Because of poor field conditions in Philadelphia, Rider's scheduled game at St. Joseph's today will be played in Lawrenceville, NJ. First pitch is at 4 pm EDT.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Marist Sweeps Temple; Takes First Place

Marist 1
Temple 0

Marist 12
Temple 4 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Nicole DiVirgilio's (pictured) grand slam home run propelled the Red Foxes to a sweep of Temple and sole possession of first place in the MAAC Tuesday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Game one of this doubleheader featured another fine pitching performance by freshman Paige Lewis who seems to be developing quickly. She scattered 4 hits and allowed only one Owl to reach 3rd base in recording the shutout victory. And Marist needed her shutout pitching, as they were able to produce only a single run in this one. And that run came in the 1st inning, when Danielle Koltz continued her RBI hot streak by singling home Megan Lamoureux who had been on 2nd base after singling herself and moving over on an Aly Klemmer walk. That was all the offense Paige would need; she struck out 6 batters in the game.

The second game saw Marist starter Emily Osterhaus get off to a shaky start when she walked 2 batters and surrendered 2 homers that gave Temple a quick 4-0 lead. She settled down after that, allowing only one hit the rest of the way. The Temple starting pitcher got shaky herself in the bottom of the 2nd inning when she began by hitting Danielle Koltz, then issuing 4 consecutive walks. After a Megan Lamoureux ground ball out and a wild pitch, the Red Foxes had tied the game without recording a single hit. Nicole DiVirgilio then doubled home Christina Lausch to give Marist a 5-4 lead. In the 3rd inning, after a bunch of walks and a hit batter, Nicole DiVirgilio launched her grand slammer to give Marist an insurmountable lead. Lyndsay Durant hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning to give the Red Foxes a run rule cushion. She finished with 3 RBIs; Nicole DiVirgilio with 5.

The sweep gave Marist a 15-14 record, and first place in the MAAC. The Red Foxes begin MAAC play Saturday when they host the Siena Saints.

Katie Bowen Homer Gives LJs A Split

Manhattan 3
Columbia 1

Columbia 4
Manhattan 1

Katie Bowen continued her strong freshman season by hitting a 3 run home run that gave Manhattan a win against Columbia Tuesday at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.

After a rough first inning of game one of this doubleheader that saw Columbia take a 1-0 lead on 3 hits, Manhattan starter Ashley Rampino settled down and shut out the Lions the rest of the way, striking out 5 in the process. Katie Bowen provided the offense for the Lady Jaspers in the 4th inning when she hit a 2 out homer over the right field fence.

Manhattan could not get their bats going in the second game, although they did score in the 5th inning to cut the Columbia lead to 2-1. The LJs produced their only 2 hits of the game in this inning---Meghan McDevitt singled and Jen Keller doubled. After Monica Evangelista was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jaci Rahey walked to score the only run Manhattan would get in this game. Erika Sullivan took the loss.

Manhattan is back in action Thursday with a doubleheader at Wagner.

Listen To Iona At Hofstra Live

Hofstra will be providing an audio stream for their game with the Gaels today at 3 pm EDT.
You have to sign up, but the broadcast is free:

Monday, March 28, 2011

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/28/11

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Melissa Donnelly, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Melissa hit for a .600 average last week with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

Pitcher Of The Week

Sarah Minice, Fairfield Stags

Sarah was 1-1 last week with a 1.62 ERA against tough competition out west. She beat Cal Poly, and pitched very well in a loss against #16 Oregon.

Freshman Of The Week

Lauren Liseth, Fairfield Stags

Lauren batted .462 last week, including a 3 for 4 game against UNLV.

Iona Splits Home Opener

Harvard 4
Iona 1

Iona 8
Harvard 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Jodi Petersen (pictured) hit 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs in the second game of the doubleheader against Harvard to lead the Iona Gaels to a split Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.

The Gaels opened their home schedule at the Rice Oval with a pair of games against Ivy League Harvard, their first game action since coming home from Hawai'i. Sarah Jackson started game one for Iona, and held the Crimson hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings. She finished the game with 9 strikeouts. However, the Gaels continued to struggle at the plate, and the game was still scoreless entering the 7th inning. Sarah retired the first 2 Harvard batters in the 7th when the troubles began. A grounder to shortstop Deanne Algeo, which would have ended the inning, was booted by her and Harvard had life with a runner on 1st base. The Crimson continued the inning with consecutive singles that loaded the bases. Harvard's pinch hitter Mari Zumbro then shocked the Gaels by hitting a Sarah Jackson pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam home run that gave the Crimson a 4-0 lead. Deanne Algeo hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, but the Gaels fell to Harvard, 4-1.

Harvard took the early 1-0 lead in the second game, scoring a run without a hit in the 1st inning after Iona starter Alyssa Maiese hit a batter and threw a wild pitch; this resulted in a run being scored on a fielder's choice. The Gaels finally broke through with some offense in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Alyssa Maiese and Courtney Duncan opened the inning with consecutive walks; a Katie Jansson single then loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Alyssa, then Allyssa James drove home Courtney to give the Gaels the lead. A 2 out Jodi Petersen single scored another run for a 3-1 Iona lead. Harvard tied the game up with a pair of runs in the 3rd inning; but the Gaels regained the lead for good in the 4th inning thanks to a Jodi Petersen 2 run double, and Deanne Algeo RBI single. Allyssa James in the 5th inning, and Alyssa Maiese in the 6th inning added RBI hits to seal the victory. Alyssa Maiese struck out 9 to earn her 2nd win of the season, helping her own cause with a 3 for 3 performance at the plate.

The Gaels are at Hofstra Tuesday for a single game.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Red Foxes Split At Princeton

Princeton 8
Marist 6

Marist 3
Princeton 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

A 9 strikeout performance by Emily Osterhaus (pictured) gained the Marist Red Foxes a split Sunday afternoon in Princeton, NJ.

The first game of the Marist-Princeton doubleheader began in wild fashion with the Red Foxes losing 4-0 and 6-3 leads. In fact, there was so much hitting in the first 3 innings that this game took nearly 3 hours to complete. Danielle Koltz continued her weekend hot streak with 4 RBIs off a double and single. But while the Red Foxes put up 6 runs on 10 hits, they could not keep Princeton off the scoreboard, surrendering 12 hits for an 8-6 loss. Hayley Shelton and Paige Lewis pitched for Marist in this one, but neither could hold the Tigers at bay.

Game two was a different story for Marist. Emily Osterhaus pitched a very good game, striking out 9 and allowing only 4 hits. This one went down to the wire though. Ally Klemmer opened the scoring with a solo homer over the right field fence in the 2nd inning; the Red Foxes increased their lead in the next inning to 2-0 when Nicole DiVirgilio singled home Ashley Corriss who had reached on a double. Princeton tied the score however with runs in the 3rd and 6th innings, setting up a 7th inning in which Marist got a little help from the home team. Lead off hitter Lindsay Durant reached base courtesy of a Princeton error; Caitlin Schell came into the game to pinch run for her. The bases then got loaded when Ashley Corriss got hit by a pitch, and Megan Lamoureux received a free pass. Another walk, this time to Nicole DiVirgilio, sent Caitlin home with the winning run. Not the most exciting way to win a game, but the Red Foxes will take it. Emily Osterhaus struck out the side in the Princeton half of the 7th to gain her 5th win of the season.

Marist will host Temple for a doubleheader Tuesday.

Broncs Split Home Opener

Army 2
Rider 0

Rider 4
Army 1

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Rider Broncs played their first games at home and Brittany Eckett's (pictured) 2 RBI performance helped them gain a split with Army Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Once again I have to point out that Rider pitcher Rachael Matreale lost a game and improved her ERA! And even though she has a 3-8 record, Rachael is currently ranked #3 among MAAC pitchers. She's having a very good year, but rarely gets the offensive support she needs. This is the number one priority for Coach Tricia Carroll---figure out a way to get Rachael some support. Rachael scattered 4 hits against Army and struck out 7, while allowing only one earned run. Good enough to win, but the Broncs simply could not provide any runs.

Rider got excellent pitching in the second game also. This time freshman Krysti Maronski took to the circle and held the Army to 3 hits. She struck out 6. Army did take a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but Rider responded this time. In the bottom of the frame, Kehli Washington walked, stole 2nd base, and reached 3rd on a wild pitch before Brittany Eckett sent her home with a double. Brittany drove home another with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning after Jen Steward and Kehli Washington singled. Jen scored and Kehli made it home on a throwing error. Pinch hitter Ally Coryell then singled home Amanda Centeno to give the Broncs a 4-1 lead. Krysti Maronski no hit Army for the final 4 innings and the Broncs had the win. Freshman Lisa Blanton was 2 for 3 in this game, with a double.

The Broncs are getting good pitching this season, but they now have to warm up the bats. BTW, Heather Muscara did not play today, and has missed 8 games this season. I'm guessing that she has some sort of nagging injury. Rider will be at St. Joseph's Wednesday.

Saints Return With Sunday Split

Siena 3
Sacred Heart 2 (8)

Sacred Heart 3
Siena 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Kayla Kaminsky (pictured) drove home the winning run in extra innings of game one of a doubleheader in Fairfield, CT as Siena split with Sacred Heart.

After a week off, the Siena Saints got back on the field and played a strong pair of games. Jessika-Jo Sandrini was the starter for game one, and pitched the complete game, striking out 6 and shutting out the host team for the final 5 innings. After falling behind 2-0 after 3 innings, the Saints began their comeback. They scored a run in the 4th inning when lead off batter Shannon Jones doubled then was sent home by the next Siena batter, Jessika-Jo Sandrini, who hit a single. The Saints then tied the game in the top of the 7th inning when Alyssa Sceppaguercio led off with a single, was bunted to 2nd base by Lyndsey McKeever, then scored on a throwing error after a Mandy Ferro ground ball. Jessika-Jo retired the Sacred Heart side in the bottom of the 7th inning, then led off the 8th with a single. A Sara Gallacchi grounder moved her to 2nd base; Kayla Kaminsky then drove a single to right field that scored Jessika-Jo for the winning run. The Saints had 9 hits in this game, with Alyssa Sceppaguercio leading the way with a 3 for 4 performance.

The second game of the day was a close one too. Amanda Filippazzo started for the Saints and pitched well, striking out 3. It was the Saints who took the early 2-0 lead in this one. Shannon Jones, who had a 3 for 3 game, opened the scoring with a 3rd inning RBI single that sent Sara Gallacchi home. Sara had singled with 2 outs. After a Jessika-Jo Sandrini single moved Shannon to 3rd base, a wild pitch allowed her free passageway to home and the Saints had the lead. Not for long though, as Sacred Heart came storming back to tie the game in the bottom of the same inning. The Pioneers won the game in the 5th inning after a triple and a throwing error by Shannon Jones.

The Saints will return to action with a single game Thursday at crosstown rival Albany.

Very Poor Coverage Today

Three of today's MAAC doubleheaders went black and never came back. A fourth had no coverage at all. I don't mean to single out Iona, but below is a screen shot of the last we heard of their game with Harvard:
This game ended 3 hours ago, and they haven't even posted a score yet. Not singling them out, all the MAAC schools (and others) have had very poor coverage. Let me ask you this: Do your men's basketball games ever get blacked out, with no access to scores for hours? This little blog has had almost 6000 visits this month, there is interest in the sport of softball. You have video, audio, live stats, twitter and facebook options. Use them!

MAAC Softball Sunday

Trying something new where I attempt to cover all of today's games simultaneously!

Red Foxes Open At Home With A Split

Holy Cross 8
Marist 3

Marist 3
Holy Cross 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Paige Lewis improved her record to 5-4 with a 6 strikeout performance in helping Marist gain a split with Holy Cross Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pictured above is beautiful Gartland Park, home of the Marist Red Foxes who finally got to play a home game Saturday. One of my favorite parks with it's great view of the Hudson River, it also happens to be the site of the 2011 MAAC Championship in May. The Red Foxes certainly want to be one of the 4 teams there, and will need to use home field advantage come MAAC season to reach their goal. But their opening home game started in shocking fashion as they saw Holy Cross jump out to a quick 6-0 lead after 2 innings. The Crusaders did that courtesy of 2 home runs and 2 doubles, and Marist was never able to recover although the game settled down after that. Aly Klemmer and Danielle Koltz did homer for the Red Foxes, but it wasn't enough. Emily Osterhaus took the loss, striking out 7.

Marist struck first in game two when Sarah Carmody led off the 3rd inning with a double and scored an unearned run due to an error. Holy Cross scored an unearned run of their own in the 4th inning, then took the lead in the 5th with a solo home run. But the Red Foxes responded quickly, scoring twice on 3 hits in the bottom of the same inning. Nicole DiVirgilio and Haley Birnbaum both singled; Alyssa Zahka drove home pinch runner Nicole Van Loan and Danielle Koltz sent home Haley with the winning run. Paige Lewis ended the game with a strikeout for the Red Foxes' 12th win of the season, which BTW is 2 more wins than they had all last season.

Marist travels to Princeton Sunday for a doubleheader.

St. Peter's Comes Oh So Close

Columbia 8
St. Peter's 0 (6)

Columbia 3
St. Peter's 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

I had hoped to write tonight about St. Peter's first win of the 2011 season, but alas, it was not to be as Shelby Beaver (pictured) played a great game but lost a heartbreaker to Columbia in New York City Saturday afternoon.

After a run rule game one loss, the Peahens hung tough and played much better in game two. St. Peter's jumped in front in the 2nd inning when Monique Flores doubled and made it home when Michelle Tinajero hit a ground ball that the Columbia shortstop could not handle. Shelby Beaver started in the circle for the Peahens, and after shutting out Columbia for the first 5 innings, she stepped up to the plate herself and clubbed a homer over the left field fence to help her own cause and give St. Peter's a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Peahens, a pair of errors and a home run led to a walk off win for Columbia. Shelby Beaver finished with 5 strikeouts.

It's going to take some time for new coach Ranae Bart to rebuild from scratch, but she has some good young players to work with and hopefully St. Peter's will be on the rise again soon!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Home Sweet Home For LJs

Manhattan 4
Lafayette 3

Manhattan 11
Lafayette 3 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Senior Melissa Donnelly hit 4 for 7 including a 3 run home run in helping the Manhattan Lady Jaspers to a doubleheader sweep of Lafayette in Riverdale, NY Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Jaspers love playing at home on the fast field of Gaelic Park; 6 extra base hits propelling them to a pair of wins. Game one was close, with the Lady Jaspers coming from behind in the 5th inning to close the deal. After Melissa Donnelly and Katie Bowen singles, and a Melissa Cascio fielder's choice RBI, Kristina Walraven drove home the winning run with a single that scored Katie Bowen. Monica Evangelista and Carla Velasquez also drove home runs. Erika Sullivan improved her record to 4-2, and in typical fashion walked no one. She struck out 4 batters.

In game two, the LJs fell behind 1-0 after a half inning, but then exploded for 11 runs in their first 3 at bats to win in run rule fashion. Melissa Donnelly hit her homer in the 2nd inning, and finished with 4 RBIs. Ashley Rampino was 2 for 2, the hits both being doubles good for 3 RBIs. Monica Evangelista also hit a pair of doubles that sent 3 runners home. Ashley Rampino earned her 2nd win of the season, striking out 3 batters.

The Lady Jaspers will be at Quinnipiac Sunday for a doubleheader.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Stags Split At Mustang Classic

Fairfield 2

Fairfield 3
Cal Poly 1

UNLV Box Score

The Fairfield Stags earned a split on the first day of The Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, CA due in large part to a 6 for 7 performance by freshman Lauren Liseth (pictured) and stellar pitching from Sarah Minice.

The Stags had only 4 hits against UNLV, but 3 of them were off the bat of Lauren Liseth, who also drove home a run. The Stags did take an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Kristen Filicia toured the bases courtesy of a walk, a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error. UNLV however would respond with 6 runs on 11 hits over the next 6 innings for the win.

The Stags were in control all through their game with host Cal Poly. Sarah Minice pitched a great game, scattering 4 hits and allowing one run late in the game. Again Fairfield jumped in front in the 1st inning, with a Lauren Liseth single and Kristina Lingo double giving them a 2-0 lead. Lauren Liseth drove home her 3rd run of the day with a 5th inning double that scored Kristen Filicia. Lauren was 3 for 3 in this game, making her work for the day a great 6 for 7. Sarah Minice closed the deal in the 7th for her 4th win of the season.

The Stags continue Saturday at the Mustang Classic with a rematch against Cal Poly and a game against Oregon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weather Around The MAAC

As you can see from the thinned out schedule to your right, a lot of games have been called off. Rider, Iona and Marist all are staying home today. Iona's home opener, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been pushed back. Out west, Canisius and Fairfield may lose games today, although there is no official word as of yet.

The Fairfield-Bakersfield doubleheader was rained out and will not be rescheduled.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Golden Griffins Split In Riverside

Riverside 5
Canisius 4

Canisius 9
Riverside 4

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Senior Emily Helbig (pictured) had 5 hits, Lauren Hope stole the 100th base of her career, and Canisius split a doubleheader at UC Riverside in Riverside, CA Tuesday.

The Golden Griffins got themselves into a hole in the first game of the doubleheader, falling behind 4-0 by the 3rd inning. Caroline Main began the 2nd inning by striking out the first two batters she faced, but then allowed 4 consecutive hits which gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead. An error by 3rd baseman Paige Freiberger led to 2 more Riverside runs in the 3rd inning, and Canisius was down 4-0. The Griffs would come all the way back in this one however, beginning with Katie Lancellotti's 2 run homer over the left field fence in the 4th inning which also scored Paige Freiberger who had reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Lizzy Gatto then singled, went to 3rd base on an Emily Helbig single, and scored on a double steal cutting the UCR lead to 4-3. Canisius tied the game in the 6th inning after loading the bases with singles by Stephanie Pfentner, Emily Helbig and Lauren Falzone. A sacrifice fly by Lauren Hope scored Stephanie for the tying run. Canisius got into trouble in the bottom of the 6th inning, but with runners at 2nd and 3rd bases, catcher Stephanie Pfentner turned a double play by picking off the runner at 2nd base, then tagging the lead runner who was caught in a rundown. Riverside won the game on a 2 out single in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Canisius scored in each of the first 4 innings of the second game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead. Lauren Hope made it home on a passed ball in the 1st inning; in the 2nd inning she singled home pinch runner Chloe Contreras and then stole 2nd base. That stolen base was the 100th of her career. She is the first Golden Griffin to accomplish that feat, and only the second player in MAAC history to do so. She and Val Nappo would score on a Paige Freiberger single. In the 3rd inning, Stephanie Pfentner sent home Lizzy Gatto, then after doubling, Emily Helbig scored on an error. Canisius scored another 3 runs in the 4th inning with Lizzy Gatto, Stephanie Pfentner and Emily Helbig all singling home runs. Amanda Baun, who was pitching in her hometown of Riverside for the first time since graduating from King High, picked up her 5th win.

Canisius is scheduled to play a game at Loyola Marymount Wednesday, but rain may play a factor.



Lauren Hope of Canisius just stole the 100th base of her career. She is only the second MAAC player to steal 100 bases, and is now 12 behind Ellen Sarosy's (Fairfield '03) all-time record.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stags Head West

The Fairfield Stags have one more tournament to go this season and they will be going west. After playing a doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday, Fairfield will be participating in the 2011 Mustang Classic hosted by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. Beside the host (twice), the Stags will also be playing UNLV (twice) and Oregon. Upon returning from the trip, the Stags will open their home schedule, then MAAC season.

Lauren Liseth is hitting .304 with 3 home runs her freshman season.

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/21/11

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog.

Player Of The Week

Teresa Healy, Niagara Purple Eagles

Teresa had an historic as well as productive weekend. She broke both the Niagara career home run record and career hits record. She also hit for a .467 average with 5 homers and 12 RBIs in leading the Purple Eagles to 3 wins.

Co-Pitchers Of The Week

Caroline Main, Canisius Golden Griffins

Caroline pitched two complete game victories, including a one hit shutout. Her ERA was 0.50, and she struck out 11 batters.

Sarah Jackson, Iona Gaels

Sarah lost a couple games last week, however she pitched an epic 9 inning shutout at #16 Hawai'i, a game in which she struck out 13 batters.

Freshman Of The Week

Kristen Filicia, Fairfield Stags

Kristen hit for a .385 average this past week in helping the Stags to a pair of wins.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

RE: Rebel Spring Games

My apology for the lack of coverage of the teams playing in the recent Rebel Spring Games. I usually monitor all the games in progress, but the media coverage out of the RSG was virtually non-existent. Even getting a simple score would take hours. That tournament concluded yesterday.

Katie Bowen Shuts Out Lafayette

Manhattan 4
Lafayette 0

Another fine performance by freshman Katie Bowen (pictured) resulted in a 4-0 win for Manhattan at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, NJ Sunday.

As the only freshman on a senior laden team, Katie Bowen has fit in quite well. As a matter of fact, she currently leads the Lady Jaspers in hitting and pitching. Sunday she pitched a 3 hit shutout over Lafayette, striking out 5 in the process. Only one runner got to 3rd base on her---and that late in the game with the LJs up 4-0. Offensively, she scored a run to help her own cause.

Manhattan opened the game with a Nicole Michel sacrifice fly RBI in the 1st inning which scored Katie Bowen. They added to their lead in the 3rd inning when pinch runner Michelle Roemer scored on a throwing error and Meghan McDevitt singled home Jen Keller. The LJs scored another run in the 5th inning on another error that allowed Jen Keller to score once more.

Manhattan will play at home in a doubleheader against Columbia on Thursday.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

LJs Split With Sacred Heart

Manhattan 10
Sacred Heart 8

Sacred Heart 1
Manhattan 0

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan split a pair of close, but very different games Saturday at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, NJ.

In the first game, the Lady Jaspers jumped out to a 10-3 lead then held on for dear life. Nicole Michel (pictured) had a great game, hitting 3 for 4 while driving home a pair of runs. Amanda Babcock had a pair of RBIs as well; Kristina Walraven drove home one. The LJs were aided in this game by 4 Sacred Heart errors, largely responsible for half the Manhattan runs being unearned. Erika Sullivan picked up her 3rd win of the season; freshman Katie Bowen, who as a batter was 2 for 5, earned the first save of her young career.

If game one was a hitting clinic, the second game, which was a tournament playoff game, was a pitching duel. Sacred Heart's Nicole Sidor was masterful in striking out 11 and walking no one. Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly pitched very well too, surrendering just a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Each team had 4 hits. Well, the LJs have lost 6 one run games this season thus far. It means their performance is better than their current record, but they can't have these losses come MAAC season. They'll have to figure out how to get over that hump.

The Lady Jaspers will play the consolation game of the Pirate Classic against Lafayette Sunday.

Stags' Saturday Sweep

Fairfield 11
Holy Cross 2

Fairfield 2
Stony Brook 1

Holy Cross Box Score
Stony Brook Box Score

Fairfield got great pitching and staged a 7th inning comeback, winning a pair of games at the Stony Brook Invitational Saturday.

Senior Sarah Minice (pictured) held Stony Brook to 3 hits and kept the Stags close until they came storming back in the 7th inning to win. Sarah allowed only a single unearned run while striking out 5. The Stags entered the 7th inning down 1-0 and opened with a Kristen Filicia single and Mikayla Shumate walk. With one out, Kristina Lingo bunted, and everyone was safe. Ali Wigand then hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and Mikayla Shumate scored the winner due to a passed ball. Sarah Minice retired the Seawolves in order for the win.

Earlier in the day, the Stags run ruled Holy Cross. Kristina Lingo was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Rae Ball was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs. Lauren Liseth, Kristen Filicia, Macy Cutshaw, Kimi Kurata and Rachel Beaudoin all contributed RBIs. Freshman Rebecca Trott had another very good outing, pitching all 6 innings and striking out 11.

Fairfield will play the same two teams Sunday.

Golden Griffins Continue To Roll

Canisius 2
N.Colorado 0

Box Score

Caroline Main (pictured) threw a one hitter and Canisius won their 6th consecutive game with a win over Northern Colorado at the LMU Showcase in Los Angeles, CA Saturday.

Caroline Main won her second game of the weekend with a one hit, 6 strikeout performance. She allowed only a 6th inning single against N. Colorado, and has surrendered only one run in her two starts this weekend. The Canisius offense was provided by two players---Katie Medina hit a home run in the 1st inning, and Stephanie Pfentner hit one in the 6th.

Canisius improves to 9-3 and continue today with a game against host Loyola Marymount.

Iona To Play Cleveland State

The Gaels lost this game 2-1. Sarah Jackson did not allow an earned run and struck out 5. Mixed results for Iona in this tournament. They had the great upset of Hawai'i, but their offense struggled, scoring only 3 runs.
That wraps up the tournament portion of the season for the Gaels. They will next be in action on March 23 at Hartford, then will have their home opener on March 24 against Drexel.

The Iona Gaels, who lost to Cleveland State a few hours, will now play the Vikings again as the playoff round of the Hawai'i Spring Fling Tournament begins. In fact the game just got underway, in the middle of the night eastern time. This game features Sarah Jackson vs. Tess Sito. The winner will play California Sunday.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Red Foxes Split In Texas

Marist 4 (6)

Marist 5

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Marist Red Foxes received more great pitching from Emily Osterhaus (pictured) and gained a split against UTEP in El Paso, TX Friday.

I'm writing more about Marist than I thought I might be because they're playing such good softball. This is a team that could show themselves to be a factor in the MAAC race after finishing 4-12 last season. This preseason seems to be hastening their development.

The first game was actually closer than the score indicates. After falling behind 6-0, the Red Foxes rallied with a solid 5th inning, in which they scored 4 runs on 5 hits. This shows they have learned to believe in themselves. The big shot came from the bat of the red hot Megan Lamoureux (I don't know exactly how hot she is, because Marist is waiting for box scores from Morgan State that are never going to come)...anyway, Megan clubbed a grand slam homer over the left field fence to put Marist right back in the game. UTEP would score 6 times in the next 2 innings to end the game though. But that was certainly a big time hit.

It was a different story in the second game. Emily Osterhaus continued her fine pitching, this time scattering 6 hits and shutting out the home team for the final 6 innings. Freshman Alyssa Zahka continued to contribute by hitting a 4th inning solo shot that gave the Red Foxes the lead for good. Haley Birnbaum and Aly Klemmer added RBIs. The way things are playing out, the Red Foxes may be the team best prepared for MAAC play come April.

Marist plays another doubleheader at UTEP Saturday.

LJs Snap Losing Streak

Manhattan 6
Lafayette 4

Seton Hall 2
Manhattan 1

Lafayette Box Score
Seton Hall Box Score

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers stopped the bleeding with a 6-4 win over Lafayette at the Pirate Classic in South Orange, NJ Friday.

The LJs, after exploding out of the gate to begin the season, lost 9 consecutive games...5 of them were by one run and 3 of those were in extra innings. More hard luck than anything I guess, but I'm sure they were relieved to get the tiger off their tail. They fell behind 4-0 in their game against Lafayette and said "enough is enough!". Katie Bowen got things rolling with a RBI single in the 3rd inning; Jaci Rahey (pictured) followed her with an RBI double and the lead was cut in half. The LJs kept it going in the 4th inning when Monica Evangelista brought home 2 runs with a single to center field to tie the game. Katie Bowen's second RBI of the game gave Manhattan the lead in the 6th inning. Erika Sullivan singled home another run for good measure in the same inning. Pitching was by committee, with Melissa Donnelly getting the start, Katie Bowen pitching 2 innings in the middle,and Erika Sullivan pitching the final 2 innings and earning the win.

Manhattan then played a close game with host Seton Hall. The LJs had only one hit in this, but made it pay. Monica Evangelista singled in the 6th inning, stole second base, and scored on a bad throw. Ashley Rampino pitched a good game, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, but Manhattan fell short.

The Lady Jaspers continue at the Pirate Classic Saturday with a game against Sacred heart and then a two day playoff.


Niagara 7
St. Francis 2

Niagara 6
Morgan St. 5

St. Francis Box Score

2010 MAAC Player Of The Year Teresa Healy (pictured) clubbed 3 homers Friday at the UMBC Spring Classic in Baltimore, MD and in the process became the all-time Niagara home run hitter.

Teresa Healy had a great day hitting 4 for 7 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIS along with breaking her sister Tory's home run record. The Purple Eagles jumped out of the gate early when Teresa hit her first homer, a 2 run shot that scored Kristin Sito who had doubled, in the 1st inning against St. Francis. Alexis Wayne singled home Becky Zill, who also doubled, in the same inning. In the 3rd inning, Niagara led off with a pair of solo homers, first by Teresa Healy, then Becky Zill. Teresa Healy would add another RBI in the 4th inning, and Sarah Anthon singled another home in the 5th. Bri Allen improved her record to 3-0.

After falling behind 1-0 to Morgan St., Becky Zill hit her second homer of the day, a 2 run shot that scored Maggie McDonald, to give Niagara the lead after an inning. Niagara seemed to be cruising when in the 5th Teresa Healy hit another homer, this time for 2 runs. But a crucial 2 out error by pitcher Kim Bryson led to 4 Morgan St. runs in the 6th inning, and suddenly Niagara was down 5-4. Niagara loaded the bases in the bottom of the 7th, and a 2 out error brought home the tying and winning runs.

Niagara improves to 6-4 on the season, and will continue in Baltimore with a pair of games Saturday.



#16 HAWAI'I 0 (9)

This just in...

Sarah Jackson was masterful in shutting out #16 Hawai'i on their home field. She struck out 13 and scattered 4 hits against the 2010 World Series team.

The Gaels had only one hit themselves (Katie Jansson), off of Stephanie Ricketts, who also struck out 13.

Iona scored the only run of the game in the top of the 9th inning, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect. Eileen McCann bunted Erin Kyle from 2nd to 3rd base; then Erin scored on a passed ball. Sarah Jackson retired the side in the bottom of the 9th inning to complete the major upset.

The Gaels continue in Hawai'i tomorrow...well, today!, against Cleveland St.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Watch Iona vs. Hawai'i Live

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Today's games are running late; the Hawai'i-BYU game is only in the 3rd inning at the time of this post. So it looks like Iona's game will not be starting until around 1 am eastern time (10 pm pacific time).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Red Foxes Sweep Maryland-Eastern Shore

Marist 8
Maryland-Eastern Shore 4

Marist 12
Maryland-Eastern Shore 4 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Nicole DiVirgilio (pictured) drove home 6 runs Wednesday as the Red Foxes moved into second place in the MAAC with a sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD.

Marist started their 2011 with 6 straight losses, but have since won 10 of 13 to put their record over .500 for the first time since opening day 2009. The first game of this doubleheader was tied at 4-4 when the Red Foxes broke it open with 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning. Ashley Corriss singled home a run; Megan Lamoureux doubled home another; and Nicole DiVirgilio singled home a pair to give Marist the win. Nicole was 3 for 5 in this game. Freshman Hayley Shelton earned her 2nd win of the season and struck out 6.

The second game of this doubleheader saw Marist score in each inning of a run rule game, although they were behind 4-2 after the first inning. Megan Lamoureux was 4 for 4, with a double and RBI. Nicole DiVirgilio hit 2 doubles and drove home 4 runs. Alyssa Zahka was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs; Ashley Corriss 3 for 3; Hayley Birnbaum 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Freshman Paige Lewis picked up the win and raised her record to 3-2, striking out 8 in the effort.

The Red Foxes improved their record to 10-9, and are currently in 2nd place. They really are playing very good softball right now, and will continue their road trip in El Paso, TX this weekend where they will play a pair of doubleheaders against Texas-El Paso.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gaels In Paradise

The Iona Gaels are in Hawai'i and between luau's will take part in the Spring Fling Tournament beginning Wednesday. It will be a very tough test for Iona. Besides playing the nationally ranked host school, the Gaels will also be playing BYU, California and Cleveland State. There will also be a playoff on the final day.

Game time: Midnight Iona time! And since it's a tournament, probably later.

Hard Luck Rachael

Youngstown St. 3
Rider 2 (10)

Box Score

It seems that almost every time Rider's Rachael Matreale pitches, her ERA goes down but her losses go up. The Broncs lost a 10 inning affair to Youngstown State at the Rebel Spring Games Monday in Kissimmee, FL.

Rachael pitched another very good game, striking out 5 and walking only 2. She allowed only one earned run, and saw her ERA drop from 2.72 to 2.30. But she saw her record drop to 1-5. The record and ERA don't go together and the Broncs must find a way to support her offensively come MAAC play.

This was a close one though. After falling behind 1-0, the Broncs tied the game in the 4th inning on a Sam Pugh pinch hit single that scored Samantha Mayer. The game would stay tied through regulation. In the top of the 8th inning, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, the Broncs took the lead when Amanda Centeno singled home Kehli Washington. Youngstown State would tie it right up in the bottom of the inning, and go on to win the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th.

Rider lost earlier in the day to Army, 10-3. They continue at the Rebel Spring Games Wednesday with games against Lafayette and Eastern Illinois.

Monday, March 14, 2011

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/14/11

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Paige Freiberger, Canisius Golden Griffins

Paige hit for a .800 average this past weekend and helped her team win 3 games.

Pitcher Of The Week

Kim Bryson, Niagara Purple Eagles

Kim won 2 games this past weekend, struck out 15 and allowed just one earned run. She threw a shutout and a one hitter.

Freshman Of The Week

Katie Bowen, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Katie won her first collegiate game, and hit for a .720 average in helping her team win 3 games.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saints Sweep; Move Into Second

Siena 3
Colgate 2

Siena 4
Lafayette 0

I have to tell you that those Rebel Games down in Florida do not provide media coverage, so I really don't know what happened yet! We've got four teams down there this week too. I do know Manhattan lost both their games in extra innings.
I'll try to sketch things out tomorrow, but anyone down there, feel free to comment or write me.

Kim Bryson Throws One Hitter; Niagara Splits

Brown 4
Niagara 1

Niagara 5
Drexel 1

Brown Box Score
Drexel Box Score

Freshman Kim Bryson (pictured) turned in another stellar performance, helping her Purple Eagles split on Sunday at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD.

With her two wins this weekend, Kim Bryson has vaulted over the other pitchers in the MAAC. She threw another great game against Drexel, retiring the first 11 batters she faced. She allowed only one hit while striking out 8. The Purple Eagles got her the early lead when Becky Zill clubbed a 2 run homer over the left field fence immediately following Teresa Healy's double. Alexis Wayne added to the lead in the 3rd inning when she drove home Kayla Hines. Niagara put up another pair of runs in the 7th inning for good measure on a Jen Hare RBI and a Teresa Healy run scored as a result of a wild pitch. Teresa was 3 for 3 in this game.

The Purple Eagles began Sunday against Brown, and tied the game with a 2nd inning Kayla Hines solo shot, but could never really get their offense going in this one, although Maggie McDonald was 3 for 3 and Kristin Sito was 2 for 3. Niagara could not execute any sacrifices, and was the victim of two double plays. Julie DiMatteo allowed two home runs and took the loss.

Niagara won 3 of 5 and will be returning to Baltimore this coming weekend.

Red Foxes Split On Final Day Of Spartan Classic

Marist 10
Norfolk St. 1 (5)

St. Francis 2
Marist 0

Norfolk St. Box Score
St. Francis Box Score

Freshman Aly Klemmer (pictured) drove home 3 runs as the Marist Red Foxes wrapped up another successful tournament in Norfolk, VA Sunday.

Marist continued their good play today at the Spartan Classic with a split that enabled them to take 3 of 4 this weekend. Against Norfolk State the Red Foxes showed a balanced attack, jumping in front early when Haley Birnbaum doubled home a pair of runs in the 1st inning. Ashley Corriss led off by getting hit with a pitch; Megan Lamoureux followed her with a single. They were both moved up a base by an Alyssa Zahka bunt, then sent home. Solid fundamental softball, which the Red Foxes have been executing a lot lately. Marist is well coached, with Joe Ausanio having played baseball once upon a time.

Megan Lamoureux has been on a hot streak lately, and continued it with a lead off double in the 3rd inning, her second hit of the game. She would make it home on an error, and Alyssa Zahka, who reached on that error, would score herself as a result of a wild pitch. Marist was up by 4 runs as a result. Aly Klemmer got the first of her 3 RBIs in the 4th inning with a single to center field that made it a 5-0 game. Marist then scored 5 times in the top of the 5th to close the deal early. Sarah Carmody drove a run home; Aly Klemmer singled home another two; then she and Sarah both scored on an error. Game over. Freshman Paige Lewis earned the win by striking out 5 and allowing only a single run. She raised her record to 2-2.

The Red Foxes lost their second game of the day, to St. Francis, but it was a close one. Emily Osterhaus took the loss, but she pitched well again. Marist could only manage a pair of hits, Megan Lamoureux singled and Lindsay Durant doubled.

Marist is showing improvement not only from last season, but from the earlier part of this season. They are playing well, and playing together. Coach Ausanio has to be pleased with the progress. Marist continues this trip Monday with a doubleheader at Morgan State in Baltimore.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kim Bryson Throws Shutout

Niagara 7
Coppin St. 0

Box Score

Niagara won their second game of a Saturday tripleheader when freshman Kim Bryson (pictured) shutout Coppin St. at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD.

The MAAC has a lot of talented freshman pitchers this season, and Niagara has one themselves. Kim Bryson picked up her first college win by pitching a complete game 3 hit shutout. Kim was in control throughout, striking out 8 and not allowing a runner to advance past 2nd base. She didn't walk a single batter either.

Her teammates gave her plenty of support in this game. The Purple Eagles scored a pair of runs in the 4th inning---with a Kayla Hines lead off home run, and then a Jaclyn Russell sacrifice fly that sent Kristin Sito home after she had tripled. In the 5th inning, Niagara put up 2 more runs. Teresa Healy singled and scored after 2 errors, and then Kristin Sito drove home a run of the game with a single. The Purple Eagles struck for 3 more in the 6th inning with an Alexis Wayne homer, and RBI hits by Becky Zill and Jen Hare.

The Purple Eagles continue Sunday in Baltimore with games against Brown and Drexel.

Golden Griffins Split At Dawg Pound Invitational

Seton Hall 9
Canisius 6

Canisius 4
Brown 1

SHU Box Score
Brown Box Score

Senior Paige Freiberger (pictured) had a 3 for 4 day with 3 RBIs as Canisius shook off the rust and gained a split at the Retriever Classic in Baltimore, MD Saturday.

Because of weather and travel problems, Canisius had to sit through a 20 day layoff after their opening weekend before finally getting some games in today. Their offense didn't seem much affected though as they bolted out of the gate with 4 runs in the 1st inning of their game with Seton Hall. The Griffs immediately loaded the bases when Lauren Hope reached on an error, Katie Medina walked and Lizzy Gatto singled. The next batter, Paige Freiberger, drove home 2 runs with a single to left field. Paige and Lizzy both scored on an ensuing error by the shortstop, and Canisius was up 4-0. The lead was short lived however as Seton Hall struck for 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. And that's how it went for the rest of the game...Canisius getting the lead, and Seton Hall tying it right back up. In the 5th inning, with Canisius up 6-5 and Jen Consaul in relief for starter Caroline Main, Seton Hall took the game. With 2 runners on and 2 outs, Jen Consaul misplayed a ground ball for an error, and the inning was extended. SHU hit 2 consecutive hits that produced 4 runs. Lauren Falzone was 2 for 3 in this game; Paige Freiberger had 3 RBIs; Lauren Hope 2 for 4. Lauren stole 2 bases, and moved with 16 of the MAAC career record.

Amanda Baun started the game against Brown, and was in control from the start, striking out 6. Katie Lancellotti was 2 for 3 for Canisius, driving home 3 runs. Kerry Ulmer drove home the other run in pinch hit duty.

The Griffs continue Sunday in Baltimore with games against Morgan St. and UMBC.

They Did It Again!

Fairfield 2
James Madison 1 (8)

This just in...

The Fairfield Stags just completed their second comeback win of the day, this time in extra innings. Kristina Lingo (pictured) drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning when she smashed a double to center field scoring Kristen Filicia. The Stags had tied the game in the 4th inning when Ali Wigand drove home Lauren Liseth with a double. Lauren was 2 for 3 in the game. Sarah Minice got the complete game victory, striking out 7 along the way while walking no one.

The Stags have won 3 of 4 at the Wolfpack Challenge, and will close out play Sunday against Maine.

Red Foxes Continue Hot Streak

Marist 4
Delaware 3

Marist 4
Maryland-E. Shore 2

Delaware Box Score
UMES Box Score

Marist continued their recent good play with a pair of wins Saturday at the Spartan Classic in Norfolk, VA.

After a slow start to their season, the Red Foxes have come alive, winning 5 of their last 6 games. Saturday they received clutch pitching that gave them the advantage of playing with the lead all day long. Emily Osterhaus (pictured) fought off a furious Delaware rally in the Red Foxes' first game of the day, stranding a Blue Hen on 3rd base as the final out of the game was recorded. She struck out 6 and walked no one in earning her third win of the season. Marist scored 4 times in the game's first 2 innings with the help of 3 Delaware errors and RBIs by Alyssa Zahka and Aly Klemmer. Danielle Koltz was 3 for 4 in this game; Megan Lamoureux had a pair of hits.

Freshman Hayley Shelton earned the first win of her career over UMES. She scattered 9 hits while striking out 4. Her team gave her a 3 run lead in the 1st inning and never looked back. After Ashley Corriss scored on a Nicole DiVirgilio ground out, freshman Haley Birnbaum slugged her second homer of the year, producing 2 more runs. Sarah Carmody doubled home another run in the 4th inning, allowing Hayley Shelton to breeze through the final 3 innings.

Marist is now 5-7 on the season and return to action Sunday against St. Francis and Norfolk St.

Stags Stage Comeback

Fairfield 4
Charleston Southern 2

Box Score

Fairfield scored 4 runs in the final 2 innings to complete a comeback that was capped off by Kimi Kurata's home run, and freshman Rebecca Trott (pictured) pitched a 4 hitter in her first appearance to give the Stags another win at the Wolfpack Challenge in Raleigh, NC Saturday.

Fairfield lost a load of seniors to graduation and were counting upon their freshmen to help fill the gaps, but they've been performing as difference makers. Today Rebecca Trott joined the fray, making her first ever college start. She pitched a very good game, allowing only 2 runs and keeping the Stags in the game until some more freshmen could step to the front. And they did. Down 2-0 in the 6th inning, speedy Tiffany Lawson led off with a bunt single. Freshman Lauren Liseth doubled to left to cut the CSU lead in half. After being moved to third on a Kristina Longo ground out, she took advantage of an error and sped home with the tying run. Freshman Kristen Filicia singled to open the 7th inning, and that's when freshman Kimi Kurata boomed a shot over the right field fence to give Fairfield the lead 4-2. Rebecca Trott retired CSU with little difficulty in the bottom of the 7th to win the game.

This freshman class, which hasn't even played a month yet, is most impressive. When one thinks of them growing up together, Fairfield looks to be a contender for years to come. The Stags continue tonight with a game against James Madison.

Purple Eagles Begin Long Day With Win

Niagara 6
Morgan St. 2

Senior Teresa Healy (pictured) hit a 3 run homer to propel Niagara to a win over Morgan State. Niagara is playing a tripleheader at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD Saturday.

Poor field conditions delayed the start of this tournament, and Niagara began their busy Saturday early. In the bottom of the first inning in their game against Morgan St., the Purple Eagles led off with singles by Maggie McDonald and Brittany Richberg. The 2010 MAAC Player Of The Year Teresa Healy then smashed her second homer of the season to give her team a 3-0 lead. Morgan St. would walk Teresa her next 3 at bats.

Niagara added two more runs in the 3rd inning with consecutive RBI doubles by Kristin Sito and Kayla Hines. A bases loaded single by Becky Zill in the 6th inning gave Niagara a 6-2 win. Bri Allen made her first start in a Purple Eagles' uniform and went the distance, picking up her second win of the season.

Niagara continues today with games against Seton Hall and Coppin St.