Saturday, March 3, 2012

Much Better Day For The MAAC

Rachaele Matreale threw 2 hit shutout

After a disappointing Friday, MAAC teams bounced back with some big wins on a rain drenched Saturday as tournament play continued.

I have previously told you about Siena's impressive win over Army. Rider also scored their first victory of the season behind a masterful performance by their All-MAAC pitcher Rachael Matreale. The Broncs defeated George Mason at that school's Patriot Classic, 5-0. Rachael was dominant, striking out six Patriots while walking no one. She surrendered just a pair of harmless singles, which were GMU's only base runners. The Broncs exploded for five runs in the fourth inning to take the game. Freshman Allysen Breeden continued her good play with a three run blast over the left field fence; Sam Pugh followed her with a two run shot of her own, and the Broncs were in the win column.

Niagara secured their first win of the season also, holding on to beat Princeton 4-3 at the Retriever Classic. Julie DiMatteo started for the Purple Eagles, and threw five strong shutout innings before being relieved by Bri Allen. The game was scoreless after five innings, but Becky Zill changed that in the sixth when she hit her second homer of the season, a two run shot. Aileen Hinton hit her first career home run in the seventh before Alexis Wayne doubled home a run that turned into the winner. Princeton went on to score three times in the bottom of the seventh, but left a runner stranded at second base as Niagara sealed the deal.

Marist won a pair of games today at the Patriot Classic, first shutting down Cornell 6-0. Emily Osterhaus pitched the complete game shutout, throwing a two hitter with eight strikeouts. Freshman Taylor Kuzma had a pair of hits and an RBI in the win. Because of the rains forcing rescheduling, Marist then played a rare non-conference game against MAAC rival Rider, which was won by the Red Foxes 7-4. Paige Lewis picked up the win, striking out six Broncs, and allowing only one earned run.

Fairfield jumped into first place with a win over Providence College in a game played at Towson. The Stags won 5-3, with Rae Ball gaining the win with six strong innings of pitching. Mikayla Shumate, Lauren Liseth, Ali Wigand, Rachel Beaudoin and Rae Ball all contributed RBIs, with Rae's coming from a home run.

Elsewhere in the MAAC, Canisius lost to UMBC 6-4 in the completion of their suspended game; Iona lost to Princeton 5-2. St. Peter's saw both of their scheduled games rained out.

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