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Friday, February 22, 2013

Niagara Drops A Pair On Opening Day

Desarae Maldonado was 4 for 7 on the day
Tennessee Tech 7
Niagara 4

Ohio 14
Niagara 5 (6)


The Niagara Purple Eagles opened their 2013 with a pair of losses Friday at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, TN.

Niagara got their 2013 feet wet today, and although the second score looks lopsided, they had leads in both of these games before falling at the end. The Purple Eagles built an early 4-0 lead against Tennessee Tech, first by scoring an unearned run in the opening inning. It was Becky Zill's two run blast in the third inning that really got their offense going, and it was going well. A Desarae Maldonado double gave them a 4-0 lead, but it was all Tennessee Tech after that. Junior Jen Sansano made her first start in a Niagara uniform, and breezed through the game's first three innings, holding the Golden Eagles without a hit. But she ran into trouble beginning in the fourth inning;  and although she allowed only six hits, most of them were ill timed.

Niagara fell behind a run early in their game against Ohio, a team enjoying their best start in school history. But they again had a good third inning, scoring three runs to take the lead. A bases load walk to Becky Zill tied the game, and Gabby Lustrinelli's two out single sent two more runs home. A Brittany Richberg double in the fourth inning; and a Katie Gruarin triple in the fifth inning provided runs to keep the score close. But Ohio struck for a dozen runs in the last three innings, ending this one early. Freshman Sydney Smyers made her first college start, and did well for three innings, but I thought she was left in too long. And I don't know why Kim Bryson saw no action; hopefully there is not a physical problem there.

For the day, second baseman Desarae Maldonado hit 4 for 7 , with two doubles and an RBI. Becky Zill had three RBIs. Freshman Becca Saggiomo had her first college hit against Tennessee State. Niagara will play two more Saturday, against North Carolina Central; and Lipscomb.

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