Sunday, March 25, 2012
Lots of action in the MAAC Saturday on the eve of conference play.
Canisius played their first indoor game in history when they faced off against #24 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. It was odd seeing softball played on a football field.
The Golden Griffins lost a heartbreaker to Syracuse, 6-5, when the Orange scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Lizzy Gatto had given Canisius a 5-3 fifth inning lead when she hit a three run homer over the makeshift left field fence. Lizzy had two homers and six RBIs on the day, but the Griffs also lost their previous game, which was played outdoors, to Colgate 5-4 in eight innings. The two close losses extended the Canisius losing streak to eleven games.
Iona played a doubleheader at St. John's Saturday, losing the first game 4-0, but coming back late in game two to win 3-1 in eight innings. Alyssa Maise pitched a great game in the win, allowing only two hits while striking out seven. Nevertheless, the Gaels were trailing 1-0 when the seventh inning began. Brianna Schauer hit a lead off double however, and eventually scored to tie the game on Deanne Algeo's sacrifice fly. The Gaels won it in the eighth when the red hot Eileen McCann hit a one out double, and scored on a Katie Jansson sacrifice fly. Brianna Schauer then hit another double for an insurance run.
Fairfield split their doubleheader at Providence, also winning a game with a comeback. Trailing game one 3-1, the Stags scored three runs in the seventh inning for the win. After Mikayla Shumate singled home a run to pull Fairfield to within 3-2, Rae Ball hit a two out single to drive home the tying and winning runs. The Stags lost game two 4-2.
Marist played a doubleheader at Holy Cross. The Red Foxes exploded for a 12-3 win in game one, blasting 14 hits and taking advantage of four Crusaders' errors. Ally Klemmer homered and drove home a pair of runs; Nicole DiVirgilio had three RBIs; Alyssa Zhaka drove home two runs. Marist dropped the second game 6-3.
Manhattan dropped two games at Lafayette; 3-0 and a heartbreaking 8-7 loss which saw four lead changes and ten hits by the young LJs. St. Peter's lost two home games to Columbia; 5-2 and 7-1. Rider continued play at the Penn Spring Invitational, but lost to Penn 9-1, and to Villanova 5-1.