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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sensational Pitching Gives Saints A Sweep

Amanda Filippazzo one hit the powerful Purple Eagles

Siena 4
Niagara 1

Siena 4
Niagara 0


Game One Box Score
Game One Box Score

Great pitching and timely hitting gave Siena a stunning doubleheader sweep of the Purple Eagles Saturday in Niagara Falls, NY.

This was a critical doubleheader for both teams; Siena is in a must win situation every game they play, and Niagara was trying to stay in the pack. Game one featured two of the MAAC's best freshmen pitchers---Kim Bryson of Niagara and Jessika-Jo Sandrini of Siena. Kim started out strongly, striking out 5 Saints in the game's first two innings. But Siena finally broke through in the 3rd. Once again, Jessika-Jo Sandrini got things going, opening with a walk (the first of 5 for her day, does she know how to get on base or what?). Samantha Ray sacrificed her to 2nd base, then after Shannon Jones walked, Mandy Ferro singled Jessika-Jo home to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. They would go on to score a run in each of the next three innings before Niagara responded. In the 4th, Lyndsey McKeever singled home a run; in the 5th, Shannon Jones smashed a solo homer over the center field fence; in the 6th, Shannon Jones singled home another run, and Siena was up 4-0. In the meantime, Jessika-Jo was busy mowing down Purple Eagles one by one, allowing only 2 hits until the MAAC's leading home run hitter, Becky Zill, launched one over the center field fence. But by then, it mattered little. Niagara would not come back in this one.

In game two, the Saints took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning, courtesy of doubles off the bats of Shannon Jones and Mandy Ferro. They upped their lead to 3-0 in the next inning when Lyndsey McKeever doubled home Natasha Powlowsky. The Saints went up 4-0 when Shannon Jones hit a sacrifice fly that produced her 4th RBI of the day, and certainly clinched another season of All-MAAC status. While all this was happening, junior Amanda Filippazzo was pitching the game of her life, one hitting the top batting team in the MAAC, a team that had suddenly found themselves desperate for a win. Consider this: Amanda neutralized Niagara's power trio of Teresa Healy, Becky Zill and Jen Hare, laying an 0 for 9 on them on their home field. Amanda did not allow a hit in this game until the 6th inning. With her great performance, she kept the Saints alive this season, and picked up her 6th win of the season. These two losses were tough for Niagara, but they are still in the hunt, and will host Marist on Sunday.

Marist And Canisius Split

LAUREN HOPE TIES MAAC RECORD

Marist 3
Canisius 1 (9)

Canisius 4
Marist 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Canisius senior Lauren Hope tied the MAAC record for career stolen bases as her team split a doubleheader with Marist Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

The Marist Red Foxes began a very important MAAC weekend by first visiting Canisius College. Game on pitted the Golden Griffins' Caroline Main against the Red Foxes' Emily Osterhaus, and both pitchers were in excellent form. Canisius opened the scoring in the 2nd inning when pinch runner Chloe Contreras scored on a Kerry Ulmer sacrifice fly. There would be no more scoring until there was one out in the top of the 7th inning. That was when freshman Haley Birnbaum smacked a pitch over the center field fence to bring Marist back even. In extra innings, Canisius had a chance when Lauren Hope walked, and was sacrificed to 2nd base. Emily Osterhaus induced a couple ground outs however, and Marist was out of danger. The Red Foxes won the game in the top of the 9th inning when Caitlin Schell scored Alyssa Zahka with a single. Caitlin was 2 for 4 in this game, also hitting a triple. A Christina Lausch sacrifice fly added another run, and Marist had a huge road victory.

Game two began with the Golden Griffins' Lauren Hope making history. After singling and being bunted to 2nd base by Katie Medina, Lauren took off for 3rd base and slid in safely. It was her 112th career stolen base, tying Ellen Sarosy, who set the mark in 2003 while playing with Fairfield. Lauren then made it home when catcher Sarah Carmody threw the ball away on the play. Canisius scored again in the 2nd inning on a Katie Medina single that scored Lauren Falzone. The Golden Griffins added two more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning when Katie Lancellotti singled home Chloe Contreras, and Val Nappo scored on a wild pitch. But, as I have written many times, the Red Foxes never give up, and they nearly came all the way back in the top of the 7th inning. After Danielle Koltz singled to open the inning, freshman Haley Birnbaum hit her second homer of the day to halve the Canisius lead. Canisius starter Jen Consaul was then relieved by Amanda Baun, who walked Caitlin Schell. Caitlin eventually scored after a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Stephanie Pfentner. Marist got the tying run on base when Ashley Corriss singled, but Amanda Baun then struck out Sarah Carmody and got Nicole DiVirgilio to pop up to end the game. Jen Consaul picked up her 7th win for Canisius; Paige Lewis suffered the loss for Marist.

The Red Foxes will have another big test Sunday when they visit Niagara.

Lady Jaspers Sweep Rider

A homer by Jaci Rahey helped the LJs sweep

Manhattan 1
Rider 0

Manhattan 6
Rider 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

A complete game shutout by Melissa Donnelly in game one and a four run 6th inning in game two gave Manhattan a doubleheader sweep against Rider Saturday in Riverdale, NY.

The Rider Broncs, in the midst of a tough season, gave the LJs all they could handle today, but in the end it wasn't enough. Game one was a pitchers' duel between Melissa Donnelly and the Broncs' Rachael Matreale. The only scoring in the game came in the 2nd inning when Erika Sullivan singled home Amanda Babcock, who had drawn a walk and stolen 2nd base. Rider had their chances in this one, especially in the 7th inning when they put runners on 2nd and 3rd bases after Lucy Higgins singled and Brittany Eckett doubled. But Melissa Donnelly retired the final two batters to end the threat and the game.

Rider jumped out to a quick 2-0 in game two. Manhattan starter Ashley Rampino was a little wild in the 1st inning, surrendering a couple singles and a walk; she also threw a wild pitch. The Broncs scored when Manhattan was turning a double play after a Sam Pugh grounder. Jen Steward scored the run. In this inning, Manhattan Coach Tom Pardalis was thrown out of the ball park after arguing a call; perhaps he was attempting to invigorate his team. The Broncs scored again in the 2nd inning when Brittany Eckett doubled, reached 3rd base on a Kehli Washington bunt single and scored when catcher Carla Velasquez threw the ball away trying to catch Kehli stealing. It was Jaci Rahey who would tie the game up for the LJs when after a Monica Evangelista walk in the 4th inning, she launched a rocket over the center field fence. But the Broncs had a lot of fight in them today, taking the lead once more in the top of the 5th inning. Jen Steward doubled and was sent home by an Alyssa Paul single, putting Rider on top 3-2. Rider held the LJs in check until there were two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, when four runs would break the game open. After surrendering a walk to Monica Evangelista and a single to Jaci Rahey, Rider starter Krysti Maronski was replaced by Rachael Matreale. After a bunt by Nicole Michel moved the runners up a base, Rachael hit Melissa Donnelly to load the bases. Rachael then struck out Ashley Rampino for the 2nd out of the inning, but a wild pitch then scored Monica Evangelista with the tying run. Freshman Katie Bowen then laced a double to left field that scored a run, and was followed by Carla Velasquez who singled home two more. Manhattan won 6-3.

The Broncs suffered their 11th MAAC loss of the season, but put in a very good effort. Manhattan is now 7-3 in conference play, and travels to Fairfield Sunday for a crucial doubleheader.

SARAH MINICE THROWS PERFECT GAME

The MAAC's top pitcher was perfect Saturday

Fairfield 8
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Fairfield 8
St. Peter's 0 (5)


Sarah Minice's MAAC ERA can't get much lower after she pitched a perfect game against St. Peter's Saturday, leading the first place Stags to a sweep in Fairfield, CT.

Wow, Sarah Minice is on her game, and the senior is going to be very difficult to beat in the upcoming tournament. She has breezed through the MAAC in 2011 with a perfect 8-0 record. Sarah handled the Peahens without breaking a sweat, retiring all 15 batters she faced and striking out 8 of them. Her overall ERA is at a miniscule 1.37; in MAAC games it's around 0.60!

Fairfield's freshman pitcher Rebecca Trott wasn't so bad herself, throwing a 3 hit shutout in game two. Freshman Lauren Liseth drove home 3 runs in the second game. I'll post box scores when they become available.

Fairfield will host Manhattan Sunday in an interesting MAAC match up.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Niagara And Canisius Split

Kim Bryson was masterful in shutting out Canisius

Niagara 1
Canisius 0

Canisius 8
Niagara 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Kim Bryson threw a 3 hitter to shutout Canisius in game one of a MAAC doubleheader and Paige Freiberger drove home the winning run in the second game to give Canisius a split Wednesday in Buffalo, NY.

The two local rivals met at Canisius College for a crucial MAAC doubleheader, and even though they are 1-2 in offense in the MAAC, game one was a classic pitchers' duel. Caroline Main saw her first action in nearly two weeks for Canisius, and got off to a sizzling start, striking out 6 batters in the first two innings. Kim Bryson matched her though in allowing only one Canisius hit through the game's first 5 innings. It was Becky Zill who broke the standstill, and provided the only offense in this game by smashing a home run over the center field fence to lead off the 6th inning. It was Becky's 11th homer of the season, which ties her for the MAAC lead. Canisius did threaten in the 6th and 7th innings, placing runners in scoring position, , but Kim Bryson ended each frame with a strikeout. Kim improved her record to 9-5, and her ERA to 1.88. Caroline Main struck out 10 batters in the loss.

Game one virtually eliminated Canisius from the MAAC race, but they came out and played a good game two anyway. The Purple Eagles jumped in front 2-0 first however. Sarah Anthon drove home a run in the 2nd inning with a double, then in the 3rd Teresa Healy sent her 11th home run over the center field fence. Canisius responded in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a Katie Medina fielder's choice RBI after loading the bases. Niagara went back up 3-1 in the top of the 4th inning on a Maggie McDonald double (Maggie was 5 for 7 on the day) before the Golden Griffins exploded for 7 runs in the bottom of the same inning. After doubling, Stephanie Pfentner scored on a throwing error; Paige Freiberger singled home 2 runs; Val Nappo singled home another; then Katie Lancellotti blasted a pitch over the centerfield fence. In the inning, Lauren Hope stole a base, leaving her one theft away from tying the all-time MAAC record. Freshman Jen Consaul picked up the win to improve her record to 6-3; Julie DiMatteo allowed only a single earned run, but suffered the loss.

Niagara continues MAAC play this weekend when they host Siena and Marist. Canisius will host Marist.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Around The MAAC Tuesday

Four MAAC teams were involved in non conference match ups Tuesday.
Iona was shutout by the great Jen Mineau at Fordham, but Deanne Algeo and Alyssa Maise held the 32-17 Rams to one run on five hits...Manhattan split a doubleheader at Monmouth, losing the first game 6-2, and winning the second game 4-0. Monica Evangelista had a triple and 2 RBIs in the win; Ashley Rampino pitched a 3 hit shutout...Marist split a doubleheader at Army, losing game one 5-3 then coming back for an 11-1 win. Freshman Paige Lewis picked up her MAAC leading 14th win of the season...Siena dropped two games to local rival Albany by scores of 5-1 and 2-0.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Stags Maintain MAAC Lead With Sweep Of Rider

The MAAC's #1 pitcher threw 12 shutout innings against the Broncs

Fairfield 3
Rider 0

Fairfield 5
Rider 2 (8)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Sarah Minice continued her mastery over the conference by winning two games for Fairfield Monday at Lawrenceville, NJ.

As the MAAC season progresses, senior Sarah Minice just keeps shaving down her ERA. Sarah started game one of this conference doubleheader, which was played today after rain forced its postponement on Saturday. The Broncs did not record a hit until the 6th inning in this one. In the meantime, the Stags jumped out to a 1st inning lead when Kristen Filicia led off the game by being hit by a pitch, stealing 2nd base and scoring when she and Mikayla Shumate, who had singled, were sent home by Ali Wigand's single. The Stags added a run in the top of the 6th inning when Rae Ball walked, stole 2nd base, got to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored after a Tiffany Lawson ground ball. Rider did get two runners on base in the 7th inning, but Sarah Minice struck out Lucy Higgins to end the game. Sarah struck out 6, and walked only one batter to pick up her 11th win of the season. Rachael Matreale pitched well for Rider, allowing only 5 hits, but did suffer the loss.

Rider put up a good fight in the second game, taking the Stags to extra innings. A passed ball and 2 errors in the 2nd inning allowed Samantha Mayer to score and give the Broncs a 1-0 lead. Fairfield tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning when Lauren Liseth doubled home Kimi Kurata, who had walked. Rider went right back on top, 2-1, in the bottom of the same inning. After singling to open the inning, Kehli Washington scored courtesy of Alyssa Paul's double. After that hit, Sarah Minice entered the game in relief of starter Rebecca Trott, and shut the door on Rider for the rest of the game. In the Fairfield 4th inning, Rae Ball tied the game once more when she walked, was moved to 2nd base after Tiffany Lawson singled, was bunted to 3rd base by Laura Carta, and made it home, unearned, after an error by 3rd baseman Brittany Eckett. Rachael Matreale entered the game for Rider in relief of starter Krysti Maronski, and this game remained tied until the top of the 8th inning. After the Stags had loaded the bases with Kristen Filicia and Mikayla Shumate singles, and an Ali Wigand walk, and with 2 outs, Rae Ball drove a pitch to the center field fence that cleared the bases and gave Fairfield the win. Sarah Minice retired the Broncs in the bottom of the 8th for her 12th win, and Rachael Matreale suffered her 2nd loss of the day. Alyssa Paul had a great day for Rider, hitting 4 for 7. The Stags improved their MAAC record to 7-1, and they remainin first place.

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/25/11

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

Player Of The Week

Shannon Jones, Siena Saints

Shannon hit for a .500 average last week, with a home run and 6 RBIs leading her team to a pair of wins, including one over MAAC rival Canisius.

Pitcher Of The Week

Jen Consaul, Canisius Golden Griffins

Jen pitched 10 shutout innings last week, earning a save and a complete game win over MAAC rival Siena.

Freshman Of The Week

Alyssa Zahka, Marist Red Foxes

Alyssa hit for a .571 average last week, hitting 2 home runs.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Broncs Split With Stony Brook

4 RBIs for Samantha Mayer

Rider 9
Stony Brook 6

Stony Brook 7
Rider 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Rider Broncs exploded for 9 runs in game one of a doubleheader vs. Stony Brook Sunday in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Rachael Matreale finally got the run support she's been looking for all season, winning her 4th game of the season with a 7 strikeout performance. Rider jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game one of the non conference doubleheader, beginning with a 2 RBI single by Samantha Mayer in the 3rd inning. The Broncs increased their lead with a 4 run 5th inning. Samantha drove home her 3rd run of the game with a single, and was followed by Lisa Blanton who singled home another run. A 2 RBI single by Jen Steward then gave Rider a 6 run lead. Stony Brook got 2 runs back in the top of the 6th inning, but Rider responded immediately in the bottom of the same inning. Samantha Mayer drove home her 4th run of the game with a single; Lisa Blanton singled home a run, giving the freshman 2 for the game. Samantha then scored on an error. A Stony Brook rally fell short in the top of the 7th inning. Brittany Eckett hit a home run in game two, but Stony Brook had jumped out to an early 6-0 lead which was too much for the Broncs to overcome.

Rider will host Fairfield for a MAAC doubleheader Monday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

MAAC Saturday Postponed

More bad weather in the northeast has postponed today's two conference doubleheaders.
Fairfield and Rider will now play on Monday.
Iona and St. Peter's will play on a date to be announced later.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Siena And Canisius Split

Siena 10
Canisius 2 (5)

Canisius 7
Siena 0


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Lopsided wins by each team resulted in a split of a MAAC doubleheader between Siena and Canisius Friday in Loudonville, NY.

These games were moved to Friday because of the threat of inclement weather this weekend. Canisius took the early lead in game one, when in the 2nd inning after a Paige Freiberger walk Emily Helbig hit her 3rd home run of the season over the right field fence. But the Saints weren't down for long, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. After Lindsey McKeever was issued a walk, Jessika-Jo Sandrini doubled her home to cut the Canisius lead in half. An error by first baseman Emily Helbig then allowed Jessika-Jo to score the tying run. After Shannon Jones was walked, Mandy Ferro singled home the go ahead run. The Saints would then score 3 times with 2 outs. Courtney Brinkman's double brought home a run, then Kirstyn Vaughn's single brought home two and Siena led 6-2. Four more runs in the bottom of the 4th inning ended this game early. Shannon Jones drove home 2 runs; Mandy Ferro and Alyssa Sceppaguercio both drove home singles to give the Saints a 10-2 win. Jessika-Jo Sandrini (pictured left) picked up her 10th win of the season; Amanda Baun saw her record drop to 8-8.

Game two went in the Golden Griffins' favor right from the 1st inning. They loaded the bases quickly after a walk to Katie Medina and singles by Lizzy Gatto and Paige Freiberger. Right fielder Courtney Brinkman could not handle a fly from the bat of Katie Lancellotti, allowing 2 runs to score unearned. A single by Val Nappo then gave Canisius a 4-0 lead. The Golden Griffins added to that lead in the 5th inning after an Emily Helbig double scored Katie Medina. They scored twice more in the 7th inning when Lauren Hope singled and scored on an error by Kayla Kaminsky, and Lizzy Gatto doubled home pinch runner Lauryn Chris. Freshman Jen Consaul (pictured left) picked up the win for Canisius, allowing only 3 hits and not permitting a Saint to advance past 2nd base. Amanda Fillipazzo took the loss.

Canisius continues MAAC play next Wednesday when they host Niagara; Siena will next be in action next Tuesday when they host cross town rival Albany.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sarah Minice Duels Sara Plourde

Sarah struck out 9 Minutewomen

UMass 1
Fairfield 0


Box Score

Sarah Minice went toe to toe with one of the nation's top pitchers, but the Stags lost 1-0 to UMass Thursday in Amherst, MA.

Sarah Minice proved again she can throw with the best of them, this time going up against Sara Plourde of UMass, a previous National Player Of The Week honoree. Sarah struck out 9 today, and did not allowed an earned run. The only run of the game was scored in the UMass 4th inning. An error by shortstop Laura Carta proved costly, leading to a 2 out wild pitch that won the game for the Minutewomen. Sara Plourde struck out 12, allowing only 2 hits, one each by Kristen Filicia and Tiffany Lawson. Even with the loss, Sarah Minice improved her conference leading ERA. The Stags continue MAAC play Saturday when they travel to Rider.

Saints Split With Holy Cross

Shannon Jones was 4 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs in game one

Siena 11
Holy Cross 5

Holy Cross 5
Siena 2


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Two homers for Courtney Brinkman in game one. Head Coach Bill Lajeunesse discusses the doubleheader:

Gaels Sweep Stony Brook

Eileen McCann drove home 3

Iona 7
Stony Brook 0

Iona 5
Stony Brook 1


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Iona Gaels won a pair of non conference games Thursday in Stony Brook, NY, and increased their current winning streak to 7 games.

The Gaels had an easy time of it at Stony Brook today; game one saw a shared shutout by Sarah Jackson and Alyssa Maiese. Iona had a big 3rd inning, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits. RBIs by Eileen McCann and Jodi Petersen, plus an error aided run by Chelsea Sheehan gave the Gaels an early lead. RBIs by Eileen McCann, Chelsea Sheehan and Deanne Algeo gave Iona the 7-0 win. More of the same in game two, although Stony Brook did take a 1-0 lead after the 1st inning. An Allyssa James double in the 2nd inning, and a Jodi Petersen single in the 3rd inning gave the Gaels the lead for good. Deanne Algeo, Eileen McCann and Alyssa Maiese drove home runs in the 5th inning; Deanne and Alyssa combined for the win.

Iona continues MAAC play Saturday with a doubleheader at St. Peter's.

Coach Pardalis Still Not Happy


Manhattan 5
Farleigh Dickinson 1

Fairleigh Dickinson 8
Manhattan 4

Manhattan Head Coach Tom Pardalis has recently expressed the thought that his Lady Jaspers are under performing. The LJs are a team with 8 seniors who have lots of tournament experience.

Listen to his interesting comments here:
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Peahens Split At Lafayette

St. Peter's 6
Lafayette 5

Lafayette 9
St. Peter's 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score




The Peahens won their second game of the season by splitting a doubleheader with Lafayette Wednesday at Easton, PA.

After falling behind 1-0 early in game one, the Peahens bolted out in front with a couple of strong innings. In the 2nd inning, after a 2 out Monique Flores single, Vanessa Acosta (pictured) launched a homer over the left field fence to put St. Peter's up 2-1. The sophomore has missed most of the season, due to injury I presume, and the Peahens have certainly missed her bat. In the 3rd inning, St. Peter's exploded for 4 runs on 5 hits. Once again they used their speed game, loading the bases with three consecutive bunt singles by Jillian Picchini, Ashley Brown and Stephanie Gilronan. A Shelby Beaver sacrifice fly scored a run; Kristen Kaneyuki then doubled home two more; Monique Flores followed that with a double of her own to give the Peahens a 6-1 lead. Lafayette fought their way back into the game, but Erica Colon, in relief of starter Shelby Beaver, retired the Leopards in order in the 7th inning for the win. Erica earned a save; Shelby picked up her second win of the season. Monique Flores was 3 for 4 in this game.

The Peahens lost the second game, 9-2. Alexis Gallagher was 2 for 3 in this game, with a RBI.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Home Run Festival In Poughkeepsie

Alyssa Zahka hit a couple out of the park

Marist 9
LaSalle 0 (6)

Marist 9
LaSalle 1 (6)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Marist Red Foxes smashed the cover off the ball in Poughkeepsie, NY Wednesday, hitting 8 home runs in their doubleheader sweep of LaSalle.

The Red Foxes have lots of heavy hitters, and they all took part in a homer clinic today against poor LaSalle. Two home runs each by Megan Lamoureux and Alyssa Zahka, and singles by Nicole DiVirgilio, Haley Birnbaum, Sarah Carmody and Caitlin Schell produced 18 runs in this non conference doubleheader. If you look at the "power stats" at the top of this page, it's loaded with Marist players and now you know why.

Emily Osterhaus threw a one hitter in the first game, striking out 8 for her 11th win of the season. Paige Lewis struck out 5 in the second game to pick up her MAAC leading 13th win of the season.

The Red Foxes are off this weekend, and will next play on Tuesday against Army before heading west for a pair of crucial MAAC doubleheaders at Canisius and Niagara.

Siena-Canisius Moved To Friday

More bad weather coming to the northeast has forced Siena and Canisius to move their MAAC doubleheader to Friday. The games will be played on the Siena campus in Loudonville, NY. The Golden Griffins game today at Buffalo was canceled.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Golden Griffins Beat Cross Town Rival

Paige stepped up to the plate in the 6th and homered...or did she?

Canisius 6
Buffalo 2

Box Score

The Canisius Golden Griffins defeated their cross town rival Buffalo Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex on the Canisius campus in Buffalo, NY.

Paige Freiberger had a big game hitting a home run, a double and 4 RBIs to lead her team to a non conference win. Lauren Hope and Lauren Falzone also drove home runs; Emily Helbig had a pair of hits. Amanda Baun pitched 4 innings in picking up the win; Jen Consaul threw the final 3 innings for her 3rd save of the season. Lauren Hope stole a base in this game, leaving her just 3 shy of breaking the all-time MAAC career record. The teams are scheduled to meet again Wednesday on the campus of Buffalo.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/18/11

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

Player Of The Week

Melanie Gettins, Iona Gaels
Melanie is recognized for one play she made, but it was a huge play that may have saved Iona's season. After her team had surrendered a 2 out, 3 run homer to Niagara in the 7th inning of Saturday's MAAC game, Melanie hit a dramatic 13th inning homer to win the game, and give the Gaels new life.
Pitcher Of The Week

Sarah Minice, Fairfield Stags

Sarah started and won both MAAC games against Canisius this past week, moving her team into first place, and finished with an ERA of 1.16 while striking out 11. She improved her MAAC leading ERA to a stingy 1.69.

Freshman Of The Week

Katie Bowen, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Katie hit .357 with 5 RBIs this past week. In the second game against first place Marist, she drove home the tying and winning runs, and also earned the win in the circle.

Lady Jaspers Sweep First Place Marist

Kristina Walraven's 4 RBIs helped the LJs sweep the front runners

Manhattan 9
Marist 6

Manhattan 9
Marist 6


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score


The Manhattan Lady Jaspers became the first MAAC team to beat Marist, sweeping them Sunday in Riverdale, NY by identical 9-6 scores.

Manhattan emerged as the threat everyone thought they would be with a wild doubleheader sweep of Marist. The Red Foxes, however, did not go down easy and opened the scoring in game one. A 1st inning home run off the bat of Aly Klemmer gave them a 2-0 lead after Ashley Corriss had opened the game with a single. The LJs struck back in the bottom of the 2nd inning, first with an Erika Sullivan double which scored Melissa Donnelly. Then with two runners on, senior Kristina Walraven stepped up to the plate and crushed a pitch over the center field fence which gave Manhattan a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the LJs went up 7-2 with a 2 RBI single by Katie Bowen and a bases loaded walk to Melissa Donnelly. Marist fought back to cut the Manhattan lead to 7-6 with runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Homers by Megan Lamoureux and Aly Klemmer (her second of the game) in the 5th, and a run scored by Ashley Corriss as the result of an error in the 6th pulled the Red Foxes to within a run. But in the bottom of the 6th inning, after a Kristina Walraven single, Ashley Rampino homered and Manhattan was up 9-6. Marist did load the bases in the 7th inning, but Ashley Rampino retired Ashley Corriss for the final out, earning a save in relief of Erika Sullivan. Emily Osterhaus took the loss, and the Red Foxes' 13 game winning streak was over.

Game two was a back and forth affair. Marist again opened the scoring in their first at bats when a long Alyssa Zahka foul ball scored Ashley Corriss for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Jaspers answered immediately in their first at bats when they loaded the bases and Jaci Rahey scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Marist went right back in front in the top of the 2nd inning when Sarah Carmody singled home Danielle Koltz, who had walked and stolen a base. The bottom of the 4th inning was productive for Manhattan. Ashley Rampino led off with a single, and was then bunted to 2nd base by Jen Keller. Monica Evangelista tied the game with a double that scored Ashley, then, after Melissa Cascio walked, Amanda Babcock gave the LJs a 4-2 lead when she singled to score both runners. Marist fought back, scoring 4 times in the top of the 5th inning to take a 6-4 lead. RBIs by Nicole DiVirgilio and Danielle Koltz, and two of them by Alyssa Zahka put the Red Foxes back on top. But the LJs exploded for 5 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 6th inning to win the game. After loading the bases, and after shortstop Alyssa Zahka threw out a runner at home plate, Kristina Walraven singled to cut the Marist lead to 6-5. That's when freshman Katie Bowen stepped up and singled to center field to drive in the tying and winning runs. A subsequent double by Nicole Michel added a pair of insurance runs. The LJs used three pitchers in this game, with Katie Bowen finishing and picking up her 3rd win. Paige Lewis took the lost for Marist.

Marist lost their first 2 games in MAAC play, and are now 8-2 . Manhattan raised their record to 5-3.

Purple Eagles Sweep Rider

First baseman Jen Hare drove home 8 runs today

Niagara 12
Rider 0 (6)

Niagara 12
Rider 4


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Niagara exploded with two dozen runs in their sweep of Rider at Lawrenceville, NJ Sunday afternoon.

The Purple Eagles scored 10 runs in the final 2 innings of game one to win going away in a run rule shortened contest. Kayla Hines and Alexis Wayne each had 4 RBIs in this game; Jen Hare was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. The MAAC's hitting leader Teresa Healy was walked nearly every time at bat, but turned those free passes into 3 runs. Kim Bryson picked up her 8th win with the shutout, striking out 6 and walking no one. Rachael Matreale took the loss.

The second game was closer...for a little while. Niagara jumped ahead in the top of the 1st inning when Becky Zill hit a run home run, her 10th of the season which ties her for the conference lead. But Rider showed some life by coming back to tie the game in the bottom of the same inning. Alyssa Paul, who has been hitting very well as of late, doubled home Jen Steward to cut the Niagara lead in half. Lucy Higgins then singled Alyssa home, and the game was tied. The Purple Eagles went back in the lead in the 3rd inning when Becky Zill singled home a run; Jen Hare doubled home 2; and an Alexis Wayne sacrifice fly scored another. Rider tried to get back in the game in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring twice when Alexis Wayne dropped a fly ball in right field, but Niagara went on to score 6 more runs in the final 4 innings. Jen Hare hit a home run and finished with 6 RBIs; 8 for the day. Kristin Sito drove home a pair of runs, and once again Teresa Healy was walked 3 times, and scored twice. Julie DiMatteo picked up the win for Niagara; Krysti Maronski suffered the loss.

Niagara improved to 5-3; Rider fell to 1-7.

Siena-St. Peter's Postponed

They tried to get the games in down in Jersey City, but the bad weather this weekend prevented the MAAC doubleheader from taking place. There is at this time no makeup date; probably the MAAC will wait to see how Siena does the rest of the season. If the games would have tournament implications, they would definitely be made up.

Gaels Sweep Canisius For Perfect Weekend

Sarah was 3-0 this weekend

Iona 5
Canisius 1

Iona 5
Canisius 0


The Gaels had an easy time of it in their sweep of Canisius in New Rochelle, NY Sunday, and finished their MAAC weekend a perfect 4-0.

Iona pitcher Sarah Jackson earned another win against Canisius in game one to finish the weekend with a 3-0 record, lifting her team back into contention in the MAAC. Sarah struck out 7, while walking only one. Canisius did jump out to the early lead in this one when Lizzy Gatto singled home Lauren Falzone in the 3rd inning. But that was the only scoring the Golden Griffins would produce for the rest of the day. The Gaels responded in the bottom of the same inning, taking the lead when Jodi Petersen singled home Deanne Algeo and Tessa Earley. Deanne would go on to hit a solo homer in the 5th inning to increase the Gaels' lead to 3-1; in the 6th, a ground rule double by Eilenn McCann drove home a pair and provided the final margin of victory, 5-1. Caroline Main was credited with the loss for Canisius.

The Gaels scored an unearned run in the 2nd inning of game two, with Katie Jansson making it home on an error after getting on base with a double. Jen Consaul of Canisius and Alyssa Maiese then dueled with shutout ball until the bottom of the 6th inning when Iona broke the game open. After Eileen McCann and Jodi Petersen singles, Alyssa helped her own cause by singling home a run. A Katie Jansson double and Melanie Gettins single scored 2 more, then Katie scored on a wild pitch to make the final score 5-0. Alyssa Maiese earned the win with a 6 strikeout performance, scattering 4 hits.

Iona improved to 5-3 on the season; Canisius drops to 3-5.

Schedule Changes

Siena's doubleheader at St. Peter's will now begin at 3 pm.
Fairfield's scheduled doubleheader at Boston University has been canceled.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Red Foxes Remain Unbeaten With Sweep Of Peahens

2 complete game wins for Paige today

Marist 8
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Marist 7
St. Peter's 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Freshman Paige Lewis made her case for MAAC Rookie Of The Year consideration with her sweep of St. Peter's Saturday in Jersey City, NJ. Marist remains the only unbeaten team in the conference.

Is it time now to stop referring to Marist as the "surprise" of the MAAC in 2011? After all, they are a perfect 8-0 in conference play, have now won 13 consecutive games, and are just playing good all around softball. Paige Lewis began the day by shutting out the Peahens, allowing only 2 hits. She struck out 9 batters in the 5 inning run rule game. The Red Foxes gave her all the support she needed in the 1st inning when they put up 4 runs. RBIs by Megan Lamoureux and Alyssa Zahka got things going; a single by Haley Birnbaum produced two more runs to give Marist a quick 4-0 lead. Haley drove home another pair of runs in the 3rd inning to up the lead to 6-0. Megan Lamoureux homered in the 4th, and Haley Birnbaum, with her 5th RBI of the game, homered in the 5th. Speaking of rookie of the year, Haley might be going for that award too.

The Peahens shrugged off the loss, and got off to a good start in the second game, jumping out to a 3-1 lead. In the first inning, they opened with 3 consecutive singles. Ashley Brown and Stephanie Gilronan both used their speed to beat out bunts. Shelby Beaver then singled home Ashley for the game's first run. Shelby and Stephanie then executed a double steal, and St. Peter's had a quick 2-0 lead. Marist cut that lead in half in the top of the 3rd inning when Alyssa Zhaka doubled home pinch runner Nicole Van Loan. The Peahens used their speed again to take a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning. Jillian Picchini reached on a bunt single, was bunted to 2nd base by Michelle Tinajero, got to 3rd on a wild pitch, then beat a throw home after an Ashley Brown grounder. Nice use of the running game by St. Peter's. But the MAAC's leaders could not be held down for long. In the top of the 5th, after a walk to Ashley Corriss and a single by Megan Lamoureux, Nicole DiVirgilio doubled them both home to tie the game. Nicole then scored on an error to give Marist the lead for good. Another 2 RBIs for Haley Birnabaum, giving her 7 for the day, and a Caitlin Schell RBI double gave Marist 3 more runs in the top of the 7th inning. Paige Lewis pitched another complete game, and once again struck out 9 Peahens. She improved her record to 12-5, and now leads the conference in wins.

Both teams continue MAAC play Sunday. Marist will travel to Manhattan, while St. Peter's will host Siena.

Siena And Manhattan Split

Siena 3
Manhattan 2

Manhattan 13
Siena 1 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Siena and Manhattan split a MAAC doubleheader Saturday at Riverdale, NY. Siena rode the pitching of Jessika-Jo Sandrini in game one, and the Lady Jaspers exploded for a baker's dozen in game two.

Game one featured a 7 strikeout performance by Siena's Jessika-Jo Sandrini (pictured left), who limited the LJs to 5 hits. It was Jessika-Jo herself who got the scoring going in this game. She led off the 1st inning by hitting a double, and after Samantha Ray bunted her to 3rd base, she was sent home by Shannon Jones' sacrifice fly. A Katie Bowen double and Jaci Rahey sacrifice fly did give Manhattan a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, a lead they would hold until the Siena batted in the 5th. In that inning, a 2 RBI single by Lyndsey McKeever would provide the winning margin for the Saints. Alyssa Sceppaguercio and Sarah Gallachi scored on the play after both had reached on singles. Jessika-Jo then shut the door, allowing Manhattan no more hits over the final 3 innings. She improved her record to 7-6, and hit 2 for 4 in the game. Erika Sullivan took the loss for the Lady Jaspers.

Game two was quite a different story. The Lady Jaspers scored 13 runs in the game's first 3 innings, knocking Siena starter Amanda Filippazzo out early. The LJs were led by Nicole Michel (pictured left), who 3 RBIs. Jen Keller, Ashley Rampino and Meghan McDevitt each drove home a pair of runs. Single runs were driven home by: Kristina Walraven, who also scored 3 runs; Jaci Rahey; Melisa Donnelly; and Melissa Cascio. Ashley Rampino earned her 2nd MAAC victory, striking out 7 in the run rule shortened game.

On Sunday, Siena will travel to St. Peter's while Manhattan will host first place Marist.

Gaels Sweep Niagara

Melanie Gettins hits the game winner

Iona 4
Niagara 1

Iona 9
Niagara 6 (13)



Iona and Niagara just finished a marathon in New Rochelle, NY with the Gaels gaining the sweep in dramatic fashion.

The Gaels and Purple Eagles will sleep well tonight after their second game went a grueling 13 innings. Senior Melanie Gettins finally ended the game with a 3 run homer with one out in the bottom of the 13th. Alyssa Maiese started this game for Iona, and pitched until there were 2 outs in the top of the 7th inning when she was relieved by Sarah Jackson. But with 2 runners on, Kristin Sito hit a home run that drew the Purple Eagles even at 6-6. Both teams had chances in the extra frames, but could not push the winning run across until Melanie's shot. Bri Allen took the loss for Niagara. Eileen McCann and Katie Jansson also homered in this game for the Gaels. Maggie McDonald hit one out for Niagara.

Sarah Jackson pitched the equivalent of 2 complete games today, having started game one. She was helped greatly by the bat of Allyssa James, who hit a home run and finished the game with 3 RBIs. Jodi Petersen also homered. Kayla Hines drove home Niagara's only run.

Both teams continue MAAC play Sunday. Iona will host to Canisius, while Niagara travels to Rider.

Stags Sweep Canisius

A wild guess---Sarah Minice pitched a shutout

Fairfield 3
Canisius 0

Fairfield 4
Canisius 3

Fairfield couldn't be bothered to provide coverage of this crucial conference doubleheader. No excuse for that in the computer and smart phone age. I have no idea what happened.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Purple Eagles Continue To Soar

6 RBIs today for Teresa Healy

Niagara 4
Cleveland St. 0

Niagara 5
Cleveland St. 4


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Niagara Purple Eagles won their 7th consecutive game with a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland State Thursday in Niagara Falls, NY.

Niagara got another great performance out of freshman Kim Bryson in game one of this non conference doubleheader. Kim scattered 5 hits, struck out 7 and walked no one to earn the shutout win, her 7th of the season. She has now lowered her ERA to 2.01. Teresa Healy got the Purple Eagles on the board in the 3rd inning with an RBI double that scored Maggie McDonald; in the 5th inning she doubled home 2 more runs. Becky Zill followed that with a single that scored Teresa.

The Purple Eagles jumped on Cleveland State in the 1st inning of game two with 4 runs. After a Maggie McDonald double and Kristin Sito single, Teresa Healy crushed a pitch over the left field fence for her MAAC leading 10th home run. She was followed by Becky Zill, who launched a homer over the center field fence, and Niagara was up 4-0. Becky Zill singled home another run in the 3rd inning, which was the eventual winner. Julie DiMatteo picked up her 3rd win in a week, with Bri Allen earning a save for closing out the final two innings.

Teresa Healy has now increased her average to a remarkable .500, which is not only the best in the MAAC, but 5th best in the whole nation. Niagara continues MAAC play when they visit Iona Saturday.

Gaels Edge The Army

Sarah Jackson struck out 8

Iona 2
Army 1


Box Score

Sarah Jackson was in good form Thursday in West Point, NY in Iona's 2-1 win over Army. Sarah struck out 8 Black Knights in 4 innings of work to pick up her 6th win of the season. Alyssa Maiese pitched the final 3 innings to earn the save. RBIs by Tessa Earley and Allyssa James provided the Gaels with all the runs they would need. Chelsea Sheehan was 3 for 3 in the game.

Iona continues MAAC play Saturday when they host Niagara.

Danielle Koltz Does It Again!

Another walk off homer for Danielle

Marist 6
Hartford 5

Marist 3
Hartford 2


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score


For the second time in a week, Danielle Koltz hit a walk off homer to give Marist a win. The Red Foxes swept Hartford Thursday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Danielle Koltz began her great day by homering in the 2nd inning of game one; later in the inning a 2 RBI single by Nicole DiVirgilio gave Marist a 3-1 lead. Hartford tied the game in the top of the 3rd, but Lyndsay Durant's double put the Red Foxes back in front, 4-3, in the bottom of the same inning. A big 4th inning by Hartford put them up 5-4. Sarah Carmody doubled home Lyndsay Durant in the 5th inning to pull Marist even once more, and set the table for Danielle Koltz's heroics. Leading off the bottom of the 7th inning, Danielle drove a pitch over the center field fence, just as she did last weekend against Iona, and Marist had the win. Paige Lewis, who had come on in relief of Emily Osterhaus in the 3rd inning, improved her record to 10-5.

A 2 run homer in the 1st inning off the bat of Aly Klemmer gave Marist the early lead in game two. Starter Emily Osterhaus kept Hartford off the board until the 7th inning, when she walked the lead off batter and surrendered a home run. With the game tied in the bottom of the 7th, Caitlin Schell hit a 2 out double scoring, you guessed it, Danielle Koltz with the winning run! Emily Osterhaus improved her record to 10-5.

The Red Foxes continue MAAC play at St. Peter's on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

East Coast Rains

Rain all over the east coast wiped out most of today's scheduled games; Iona will now play a single game at Army on Thursday. Rider did get a game in at Delaware, although it was called after 5 innings. The Broncs lost 4-1.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Golden Griffins Split With St. Bonaventure

Lizzy Gatto hit 2 triples, drove home 3 and stole 3

St. Bonaventure 8
Canisius 6

Canisius 9
St. Bonaventure 8 (8)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Canisius split a pair of big hitting games with local rival St. Bonaventure Tuesday in Buffalo, NY.

After falling behind in the first inning of game one, Canisius responded in the bottom of the same inning with 3 hits and tied the game when Emily Helbig singled home Lauren Falzone. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Emily singled home 2 more runs after Lauren Hope and Lauren Falzone both reached on singles. But with two outs in the top of the 6th inning, Griffs' starter Caroline Main issued a walk that proved costly, as the next two St. Bonaventure batters hit home runs. Finding themselves down 8-3, the Griffs began a comeback attempt. In the bottom of the 6th, Lizzy Gatto tripled home Lauren Falzone to cut the Bonnies lead to 8-4. In the bottom of the 7th inning, after Stephanie Pfentner and Val Nappo singled home runs to make it an 8-6 game, Canisius loaded the bases with no outs. They would score no more however. St. Bonaventure forced two runners out at the plate, and held on for the win. Lauren Falzone was 3 for 5 in the game; Emily Helbig was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

Canisius came out of the gate quickly in game two, striking for 7 runs in the first two innings. After Lizzy Gatto's 2nd triple of the day produced a pair of runs, Stephanie Pfenter blasted her 6th homer of the year to give Canisius a 5-0 lead after one inning. The Griffs would score twice in the next inning, as the result of a 2 run single by Paige Freiberger. But the Bonnies, no hit by Jen Consaul through the game's first three innings, mounted a steady comeback, scoring 8 times afterward, and tying the game in the top of the 7th inning. Once again, the Golden Griffins loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 7th and were forced out twice at home plate. Canisius won the game in the 8th inning when Lizzy Gatto walked and stole 2nd base, and was subsequently driven home by Emily Helbig's single. Lizzy was 3 for 4 in this game, with 2 RBIs. Freshman Val Nappo was 3 for 4. Jen Consaul improved her record to 4-2. The MAAC's batting leaders pounded out 27 hits on the day.

Canisius will next play at Fairfield on Saturday.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Win Or Lose, The Lady Jaspers Are Champions

This past Saturday, when the Manhattan College softball team traveled to Niagara to continue their heated rivalry with the Purple Eagles, a team that had eliminated them from the past two MAAC tournaments, they found it in their hearts to take up a collection for former Niagara player Jenna Baker, who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. They presented this collection, and a photo collage of Jenna from her playing days, which was highlighted by the slogan "Fight as hard as you played", to Jenna and Niagara Coach Al Dirschberger. The Niagara softball family is grateful for this kind gesture on the part of the young women of the Manhattan softball team, their coaches, families and fans.

To learn more about Jenna Baker, go here:
http://maacsoftball.blogspot.com/2011/03/benefit-for-jenna-baker.html


MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/11/11

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

Player Of The Week

Becky Zill, Niagara Purple Eagles

Becky hit for a .500 average last week, hitting 5 home runs and 16 RBIs.

Pitcher Of The Week

Emily Osterhaus, Marist Red Foxes

Emily won 2 MAAC games last week, including a 9 inning battle against Iona's Sarah Jackson. She had an ERA of 0.53.

Freshman Of The Week

Jen Consaul, Canisius Golden Griffins

Jen pitched in 2 MAAC games last week, finishing with a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 0.77.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Emily Orr Throws No Hitter; Stags Sweep

Emily Orr

Fairfield 7
Hartford 2

Fairfield 8
Hartford 0 (5)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score


Emily Orr tossed a no hitter as The Stags swept Hartford in a non conference doubleheader Sunday at Fairfield, CT.

In the first game of this doubleheader, 5 different Stags drove home runs to help Rae Ball pick up her 4th win of the season. The second game saw Emily Orr get a rare start, and the junior made the most of it, retiring every batter she faced except one, who she walked. Rae Ball hit a homer in this game; Kristina Lingo and Laura Carta each had a pair of RBIs. Fairfield improved to 18-13.

The Big Purple Machine Unleashes

Julie DiMatteo tossed a no hitter

Niagara 18
St. Peter's 3 (5)

Niagara 18
St. Peter's 0 (5)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Niagara Purples Eagles scored an astounding 36 runs in just 8 innings in their doubleheader sweep of St. Peter's Sunday afternoon in Niagara Falls, NY.

The thunder that interrupted game one for an hour must have been an omen of things to come, as the hardest hitting team in the MAAC scored at will against the Peahens. Instead of giving you a blow by blow account and wearing out my keyboard, here are the highlights: MAAC hitting leader Teresa Healy drove home 8 runs on the day, and increased her average to .487. She hit her MAAC leading 9th homer as well. Sophomore Becky Zill concluded a fabulous week by hitting 2 homers, and 8 RBIs too. Alexis Wayne was 3 for 3 in game two with a homer and 5 RBIs. Also hitting homers today were: Kayla Hines, Maggie McDonald and Sarah Anthon, giving the Purple Eagles 7 for the day. Niagara had 13 hits in each game. In game two, Julie DiMatteo pitched the 2nd no hitter of her career, striking out 3 and walking only 1. For St. Peter's, Kristen Kaneyuki did have 2 RBIs, but I'm sure this is a day the Peahens would rather forget.

Niagara improved to 3-1 in the MAAC; St. Peter's dropped to 1-5.

Saints Sweep Rider; Get Back In Race

5 RBIs for Shannon Jones

Siena 2
Rider 1 (9)

Siena 9
Rider 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

This time Siena prevailed in extra innings and won their first conference games by sweeping Rider Sunday in Loudonville, NY.

Game one of this doubleheader was a tight pitchers' duel between Siena's Jessika-Jo Sandrini and Rachael Matreale of Rider. The Saints opened up the scoring in the 2nd inning thanks to a couple errors by Rider. Alyssa Sceppaguercio scored when first baseman Lucy Higgins threw the ball away. Rider tied the game in the 5th inning when Jen Steward singled home Lisa Blanton, who had been on base due to an error by Jessika-Jo Sandrini. So both teams had scored unearned runs as the game headed to extra innings. Rider loaded the bases in the top of the 9th after leading off with a walk to Alyssa Paul, and singles by Lucy Higgins and Samantha Mayer. Prospects were grim, but Siena escaped when second baseman Alyssa Sceppaguercio threw out 2 runners at home and Jessika-Jo induced a Kehli Washington pop up. Siena would then load the bases themselves in the bottom of the inning. After 2 outs, Jessika-Jo Sandrini got hit by a pitch (she is awfully good at that, isn't she? She leads the MAAC in that specialty!), and was followed by a Samantha Ray single and a wise and careful walk to Shannon Jones. However, Rachael Matreale then walked home the winning run when she issued a free pass to Sarah Gallachi. And once again, Rachael lowered her ERA, yet took a loss. Jessika-Jo evened her record to 7-7.

Siena scored 3 times in the 1st inning of game two, thanks to RBIs by Shannon Jones, Kayla Kaminsky and Courtney Brinkman. The Broncs got a run back in the 2nd inning with a Lucy Higgins RBI single. Shannon Jones singled home her 2nd run in the bottom of the 2nd to put the Saints up 4-1, but it was her 3 run homer to center field in the 4th inning that put this one to bed. Amanda Filippazzo picked up the win. The Broncs used 3 pitchers; with Rachael Matreale suffering her 2nd loss of the day.

Siena is now 2-4 in the MAAC; Rider falls to 1-5.

Red Foxes Sweep Defending Champs

Danielle Koltz lifts Marist in extra innings

Marist 2
Iona 1 (8)

Marist 13
Iona 5 (5)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Marist swept defending champion Iona in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon in Poughkeepsie, NY.

I told you yesterday that Marist could make a "statement" by sweeping Iona today. They spoke loud and clear, and the rest of the conference better be listening. The Red Foxes, who have already doubled last season's win total, faced their toughest challenge when they went up against Iona's Sarah Jackson in game one of the doubleheader. Sarah pitched a great game too, striking out 10 and allowing only 3 hits. The Gaels got on the board first in the 2nd inning when Alyssa Maiese continued her hot hitting by smashing a lead off homer over the left field fence. That would be it for Iona though, as Marist starter Emily Osterhaus pitched a great game herself, allowing only 4 hits. That one run would hold up until the 6th inning. In that inning, Sarah Jackson issued her only walk of the game, but it was a fatal one. Caitlin Schell received the free pass, then made it to 2nd base when Ashley Corriss fouled out. Megan Lamoureux then delivered a huge 2 out single that scored Caitlin to tie the game, which would go into extra innings. In the Iona 8th, Katie Jansson singled, and found herself on 3rd base after a bunt and Deanne Algeo single. But she was stranded when Emily Osterhaus retired Eileen McCann and Jodi Petersen. Danielle Koltz led off the bottom of the inning for the Red Foxes, and delivered a solo homer over the center field fence that sent the Marist side into celebration.

Game two got off to a strange start. No doubt shocked by the turn of events of game one, the Gaels stormed out of the gate and scored 3 runs in the opening inning, thanks to a 2 run homer by Eileen McCann, and a passed ball that scored Jodi Petersen who had previously doubled. Marist reacted to that by scoring 6 times in the bottom of the 1st inning. After a bases loaded walk to Alyssa Zahka scored a run, Haley Birnbaum launched a grand slam homer over the right field fence. She was followed by Danielle Koltz, who hit her 2nd homer of the day, and Marist was up 6-3. Iona responded quickly with a pair of runs in the top of the 2nd inning. After Chelsea Sheehan was hit by a pitch, Deanne Algeo sent one deep over the center field fence and it was a 6-5 game. But Marist rode a wave of confidence and scored 7 runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to end the game early. RBIs by Danielle Koltz, Sarah Carmody and Caitlin Schell in the 3rd inning made it 9-5. Alyssa Zahka, Nicole DiVirgilio and Danielle Koltz all drove home runs in the 4th; Alyssa scored the game ender on an error. Freshman Paige Lewis picked up her 9th win of the season.

Iona dropped to 1-3. Marist, at 6-0, is the only unbeaten team in the MAAC. This may be a surprise to some, but I have been warning you for quite some time about this team.

Canisius And Manhattan Split

Jaci Rahey hit a dramatic homer

Canisius 8
Manhattan 0 (6)

Manhattan 5
Canisius 3


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan finishes their western trip with a 2-2 record after splitting with Canisius Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, NY.

Game one of this MAAC doubleheader was all Canisius, who won in run rule fashion. Paige Freiberger started things off for the Golden Griffins when she hit a long solo homer over the center field fence in the 2nd inning. Canisius would then score in each of the next 4 innings. Doubles by Lizzy Gatto and Paige, and a single by Emily Helbig extended their lead to 4-0 after 3 innings. A Lauryn Chris double made it 5-0 in the 4th; a 2 RBI single by Val Nappo 7-0 in the 5th; and the Griffs won it 8-0 when Lauren Hope scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning. Amanda Baun picked up the win for Canisius, striking out 7; Erika Sullivan suffered the loss.

So the LJs were facing a losing conference record heading into game two; that's when their seniors stepped up their play. Manhattan scored first on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Rampino in the 2nd inning. Canisius took the lead in the 4th inning when, after a Lizzy Gatto walk, Katie Lancellotti lined a homer over the left field fence. The LJs came right back in the top of the 5th inning with the equalizer however. After walks to Kristina Walraven and Jaci Rahey by Caroline Main, who had replaced Canisius starter Jen Consaul, Nicole Michel singled home Kristina and it was 2-2. An unusual play then gave the Golden Griffins the lead once more in the bottom of the 5th inning. After advancing to 3rd base on Ashley Rampino's wild pitch, Lauren Hope spied Ashley and catcher Carla Velasquez asleep at the wheel, and immediately took off for home on a tear, sliding under the tag for the go ahead run. It was Lauren's 3rd stolen base of the day, and left her 4 short of breaking the all-time MAAC career record. Amanda Baun came into the game in the top of the 7th inning with Canisius clinging to a one run lead. The LJs were desperate for a comeback, and got it---led by 3 seniors. Kristina Walraven led off with a double, advancing to 3rd base after Melissa Donnelly singled. Then up stepped All-MAAC senior Jaci Rahey to the plate. She unloaded a rocket over the center field fence to give the LJs the winning margin. Ashley Rampino picked up the win. That huge hit evened Manhattan's record to 2-2; Canisius is now 3-1.

Stags Win Marathon; Sweep Siena

The MAAC's leading pitcher picked up 2 wins Saturday

Fairfield 5
Siena 3

Fairfield 4
Siena 3 (12)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Fairfield and Siena played a classic Saturday in Loudonville, NY, but it was the Stags who came away with a pair of MAAC wins.

Why don't we start with the epic game two...12 innings of "never say die" softball from two MAAC teams fighting for position in the standings. Fairfield took the lead in the 1st inning thanks in large part to the work of freshman Kristen Filicia. Like any good lead off hitter, Kristen gets on base any way she can, this time getting hit by a pitch. It didn't hurt too bad, because she immediately stole 2nd base. She must have been feeling much better, because she then stole 3rd! Kristina Lingo then gave her a trip home by singling, and the Stags led 1-0. Siena came back to tie the game in the 2nd inning. Mandy Ferro led off with a double, and was bunted to 2nd base by Alyssa Sceppaguercio. Natasha Powlowsky singled her home, and it was a 1-1 game. Fairfield went back on top in the 3rd inning. Again, Kristen Filicia started things by getting on base, this time with a walk. She stole 2nd base, her 3rd theft of the game. Tiffany Lawson sacrificed her to 3rd; from there she scampered home after a wild pitch. Now you know why Kristen hits lead off! The Stags weren't done---Lauren Liseth then walked, and was followed by a Kristina Lingo single. Ali Wigand then singled Lauren home, and Fairfield was up 3-1. They held this lead until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Saints stormed back. Shannon Jones led off with a double, and made it to 3rd base on a wild pitch. Kirstyn Vaughn then singled; Kristen Borsella was sent in to pinch run for her. A Mandy Ferro sac fly scored Shannon, and moved Kristen to 2nd base. Kayla Kaminsky then tied the game with a double. Enter Sarah Minice. Fairfield's ace relieved starter Rebecca Trott at this point. She would go on to pitch 6.1 innings of shutout softball, allowing only 4 more hits. Pitching for Siena was Amanda Filippazzo, who heroically pitched the whole 12 innings. She would shutout the Stags for 8 consecutive innings before succumbing in the 12th. In that inning, Fairfield led off with a Kristina Lingo single. Ali Wigand bunted her to 2nd; and she got to 3rd after a passed ball. Rae Ball then singled home the winning run. Sarah Minice surrendered a single to Samantha Ray in the bottom of the 12th, but retired Shannon Jones and Kirstyn Vaughn to earn her 2nd win of the day. All told, it was a classic game.

Fairfield won the first game of the doubleheader 5-3. Sarah Minice got the complete game victory, aided by a quick 4-0 lead. Kristen Filicia led off with a single, and was tripled home by Tiffany Lawson to open the game. Tiffany was 4 for 4 in this game, with 2 doubles and a triple. A sac fly by Lauren Liseth made it 2-0. The Stags went up 4-0 in the 3rd inning when Rae Ball singled home Ali Wigand and Kristina Lingo. A Shannon Jones RBI single cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the 3rd. Doubles by Kimi Kurata and Tiffany Lawson gave Fairfield a 5-1 lead in the 6th. Siena rallied for 2 runs in the 7th, on a 2 RBI Shannon Jones single, but it wasn't enough. Jessika-Jo Sandrini took the loss.

Fairfield's freshmen keep coming up big, and Sarah Minice gives them great confidence as she has returned to her Pitcher Of The Year form. Tough losses for Siena, but you see the progression in their game. They will get back at it Sunday with a home date against Rider.