Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saints Firing On All Cylinders

Samantha Ray was an astounding 7 for 9 in Siena's sweep of Holy Cross

The MAAC's leading hitting team seem to have gotten over their opening weekend collapse at Canisius. Siena is now 4-2 in the conference, and are just tearing the cover off the ball offensively. If you take a look at the conference stats (click the tab at the top of the page), you'll see Siena Saints all over the page. The Saints crushed Holy Cross in a doubleheader in Worcester, MA Tuesday by scores of 10-3, and 11-0. Everyone's getting in the act too, from the MAAC's top hitter Shannon Jones, to the pinch hitters. Nastasha Powlowsky in particular has been on a tear; she drove home six runs Tuesday and has vaulted to the top of the MAAC offensive categories. In this season's very tight race, the other MAAC teams ought to be getting very nervous about playing this team, which has now won seven straight games and seems to be peaking at just the right time.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the NCAA statistics released Tuesday showed that Iona is #15 in the nation in earned run average. The problem is, the Gaels can't seem to hit and score for their star pitchers. They were shutout for the third time in five games Tuesday, 5-0 by Army. Consider that Alyssa Maiese, who struck out 15 in a MAAC game at Niagara Saturday, and has a very stingy ERA of 1.75, only has a .500 record (9-9). Hard to believe, but the defending champs will have to learn how to scratch out runs for their pitchers.

In other action Tuesday, Canisius split a doubleheader with local rival St. Bonaventure. Sophomore Jen Consaul pitched her second consecutive shutout, and has not allowed a run in her past 19 innings.

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