Friday, March 4, 2011
Niagara Splits At The Buzz Classic
Senior Kayla Hines (pictured) singled home the winning run in extra innings to give Niagara a win over Winthrop and a split on the first day of the Buzz Classic in Atlanta, GA Friday.
Niagara got good pitching in their game against Winthrop, allowing only a pair of hits. One of those hits, however, was a 2nd inning solo homer that put them down 1-0. The Purple Eagles opened the 4th inning with a double by Teresa Healy, who was immediately sent home when Becky Zill singled. When Teresa Healy tied the game, she also set a Niagara record for runs in a career, passing Felicia Coffey (2006-09). Niagara jumped out in front in the top of the 6th inning. Becky Zill led off with a walk; and was bunted to 2nd base by Kristin Sito. After a Kayla Hines ground out moved her to 3rd base, Becky scored on a wild pitch to give the Purple Eagles the lead. Niagara starter Julie DiMatteo walked two batters in the bottom of the inning; she then surrendered her second hit of the game which was enough for Winthrop to tie it up. The game moved to extra innings, and with Teresa Healy placed on 2nd base to begin the 8th, Niagara got her home with singles by Kristin Sito and Kayla Hines. Bri Allen, who had come on in relief in the 6th inning, retired Winthrop in their half of the 8th and picked up her first Division 1 win.
Freshman Kim Bryson started her first game for Niagara against Kennesaw State, and breezed through the first two innings. The 3rd inning turned into a nightmare for Niagara though, beginning with an error by 3rd baseman Kayla Hines. Three walks and a wild pitch shook Kim Bryson, who allowed 6 runs in the inning with only one of them earned. She was relieved by Ali Grab who fared no better. Jen Hare did hit her first homer of the season for the Purple Eagles, but they went down 12-1.
Niagara is now 1-2 on the season, and continue in Atlanta Saturday with games against Alabama St. and Akron.