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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spank Or Be Spanked

Lauren Liseth keeps spanking the ball out of the park!
There seemed to be no middle ground for MAAC teams playing Saturday.  They were either packing wallops or being walloped. Fairfield simply continued the tear they were on from last night's epic seventh inning vs. East Carolina, tonight whipping Liberty 12-2 in a revenge match. Lauren Liseth had another incredible game, hitting home runs in the second and fifth innings. She finished with five RBIs. Also for the Stags, Sam Frungillo hit a two run double; Sammy Ruffolo hit an RBI triple; Kristen Filicia and Mikayla Shumate also drove home runs. Rae Ball earned the win. The Stags are now 2-1, and finish the Pirate Classic with a tough game vs. Notre Dame Sunday morning.

Niagara had a mixed day, beginning with a resounding 9-1 win, coach Ellie Chan's first, over North Carolina Central, which ended in run rule fashion after five innings. The Purple Eagles stormed in front with a seven run second inning. Brittany Richberg led the way with a pair of RBIs. Also driving home runs were Taylor Huenink, Ambur Farmer and Amanda Werth. Jen Sansano earned her first win as a Purple Eagle, tossing a two hitter. Brittany Richberg; Desarae Maldonado; and Gabby Lustrinelli all had a pair of hits. The good feeling from that win was lost when Niagara faced Lipscomb later on and lost 17-1.

Siena opened their 2013 season at East Tennessee State with a doubleheader, losing 12-5 and 10-4. Melanie Kalesse, Jordan Sandrini and Mikaela Searight all recorded their first career hits. The Saints' offense performed fairly well for a first outing, producing nine runs on 16 hits. The pitching simply wasn't there on opening day however. The Saints used three of pitchers, but the results were nearly identical: 17 hits in each game and 22 runs. They need their innings, so they will have to take their lumps, but do so without getting discouraged. The Saints play another game at ETSU Sunday.

St. Peter's was cursed with bad first innings that got them buried in holes they were unable to climb out of. They lost a pair of 10-0 games; one to host Elon, and one to Hampton. The early deluge seemed to put a quick damper on their offense. At press time, they are losing their third game of the day, 12-3 vs. Elon.

Iona had their game rained out Saturday. They will now play two on Sunday. And Canisius also gets in on the action with a couple games.


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