Saturday, February 9, 2013

0 For MAAC

St. Peter's Coach Bart setting her opening day lineup
Early February is rarely kind to the cold weather MAAC schools, and Saturday was no exception. But there were some interesting happenings as these teams began to arise from softball hibernation.

Iona's first game today is one they'd rather forget I'm sure. They were shellacked by Nebraska-Omaha 16-0, and were one hit by the same pitcher who one hit them Friday. They just didn't seem to match up well with this team. Their second game of the day, against North Carolina-Wilmington was much better, but still a 2-1 loss. Although she had an unfortunate seventh inning with three walks that brought in the winning run, I thought freshman Christine Costello pitched a very good game. She allowed only four hits while striking out six. Iona only has five hits in their last three games, three of them off the bat of Eileen McCann. That's something they need to remedy.

Rider had an interesting pair of games. Against Towson, a team who had been averaging over seven runs a game, Krista Morrone got her first career start and did very well. She had a rough fifth inning, helped along with a key error, but otherwise showed very good control against a potent offense in a 4-0 loss. The Broncs' second game, against East Carolina, saw them hitting the ball hard and well. In the run rule 8-0 loss, Rider loaded the bases three times, but could not push across a run. They had a real chance to jump to a big lead, but could not finish. They left 11 on base. Still, considering their slow offensive start last season, it was an encouraging sign. Freshmen Dana Sensi and Samantha Judd had two hits apiece.

St. Peter's jumped to a 4-0 lead in their first game against Maryland-Eastern Shore, but could not hold it. Transfer Sierra Parker had a big game in her debut, hitting 3 for 4. Freshman Lee Harrison drove home a pair of runs. Shelby Beaver was 2 for 3. But in the end, the Peahens lost 5-4. In game two, they fell behind early, but did keep battling, eventually losing 9-4. Fran D'Amato was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs in this one. Erica Colon pitched in both games in relief, and did well, throwing a total of 6.3 innings allowing only one earned run while striking out six batters. Note: Nicole Olmedo was not in the Peahens' lineup today; looks like she's nursing an injury.

All three teams are back at it Sunday; hopefully we'll get some wins on the board!

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