Sunday, February 24, 2013

MAAC Softball Sunday

Jen Consaul threw 10 shutout innings for Canisius Sunday
It was a busy day for the MAAC Sunday, including a couple of blowout wins, and a couple of heartbreaking losses.

Canisius was the only team that got wins today, and they outscored their opponents by 22-4. Their first game of the day was against St. Francis, a 10-4 win. The Golden Griffins jumped ahead early in this one, then busted a tie wide open late. Freshman Bethany DeMarco had a great game, hitting 3 for 4 while driving home four runs. Fellow freshman Tori Nappo was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Erica Afanador, Meghan Cuda and Robin Kennery also drove home runs. Amanda Baun improved her record to 3-0, with three of the St. Francis runs unearned due to three Canisius errors.
The Griffs then romped over host North Carolina A&T in a game that was decided early, and ended in a 12-0 score. Robin Kennery was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate, with three RBIs. Michelle DelPrince went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Tori Nappo drove home a pair, giving her four RBIs on the day; and Bethany DeMarco drove home her fifth run of the day.   All told, the Golden Griffins pounded out 16 hits. Jen Consaul threw a complete game two hitter for the win; and pitched ten shutout innings on the day. Stephanie Pfentner was 3 for 6 on the day. Canisius is now 5-1.

Fairfield played one game today, against the Big East's Notre Dame. And yes, Lauren Liseth did knock another homer out of the park, her fourth of the young season. The Irish walked her twice to prevent that from happening again. Becca Trott started for the Stags, and after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, had the Irish on the ropes, and her team in front 4-2 . But she was inexplicably relieved of duty, and Notre Dame came back to win 5-4, hitting a pair of homers in the bottom of the seventh inning for a walk off win. It would have been a huge win for the Stags; but they did have a good opening weekend, ending it at 2-2.

After giving up 34 hits in yesterday's doubleheader at East Tennessee State, the Siena Saints started their game with the Bucs today with an eye toward cleaning up their game. And they did, first by roaring out of the gate with four runs in their first at bats. Jessika-Jo Sandrini, Alyssa Lancaster and Meg Volz all drove home runs in the four hit attack. J-J also scored on a wild pitch. Jessika-Jo was in the circle again, and this time she stymied ETSU through six innings, holding them to just two hits. It was quite a different story from the previous day, when the Bucs hit at will. But ETSU came back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win, even after having a runner thrown out at home. They got the winner with two outs to add to the misery. Tough loss for the Saints, but they showed their true game Sunday, and I think with more work they'll be fine. Shake it off, and get back out there.

Iona played a couple of very good opponents Sunday, losing twice. They were never in their game with Iowa State, losing 11-1 in five innings. It was a different story against host North Carolina however. Although they lost 6-2, they were certainly in the game, loading the bases twice, including late in the game with their power hitters taking swings. But it was not to be. Eileen McCann clubbed a homer in the game; Bri Schauer and Jodi Petersen each had two hits.

St. Peter's continued to struggle in the pitcher's circle, losing 12-2 to Temple. The Peahens did get solid pitching through the game's first two innings, but the Owls put up 11 in the third, and those big innings have been demoralizing to the Peahens' young, talented hitters. Sierra Parker was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs in this one.

The weekend actually is not over, as Canisius will play two more games on Monday in the delayed North Carolina A&T Tournament.

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