Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jodi Petersen Breaks Three Iona Records

Jodi launching a 9th inning homer at 2010 MAAC Championship

Gaels' senior Jodi Petersen wrote herself into the Iona record book three times recently. When the All-MAAC outfielder and 2010 MAAC Rookie Of The Year stepped on the field last week vs. Fordham, she set the record for most games played by an Iona Gael. She recently also became the school leader in career hits, and career at bats. She needs seven more stolen bases to become the Gaels' leader in that category also. Congratulations Jodi!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fairfield And Iona Split MAAC Opener

Fairfield 3
Iona 2

Iona 6
Fairfield 2

This season's favorite Fairfield and defending champion Iona split an intense MAAC doubleheader Saturday in New Rochelle, NY

Game one was the MAAC regular season opener for both teams, but it seemed more like a continuation of their MAAC Tournament battles of the recent past. Iona went with surprise starter Beth Kann in the circle, fresh off an impressive performance at Hofstra. Fairfield went with the MAAC's ERA leader Rae Ball, and the game was scoreless through two innings. It was the Stags who struck first, in the top of the third inning. Kristen Filicia singled, followed by a walk to Lauren Liseth. The Gaels would not pitch to the conference's top hitter in this game, giving her four free passes. A passed ball sent the runners to second and third, and Carly Argyle came in to pitch for Iona. An Allie Hand error scored one run; then Nicole Capra (pictured) singled to give Fairfield a 2-0 lead. The Stags tried to score another by sending Rae Ball home on a ground ball, but second baseman Allie Hand threw her out at the plate to keep the game close. Iona tied the game in the bottom of the same inning on Katie Jansson's two out, two RBI double. Fairfield's Lauren Filicia attempted to steal home in the fifth inning after a passed ball, but was tagged out by catcher Katie Jansson, and the game remained tied entering the seventh inning. Lauren Liseth led off that inning for the Stags, and Iona elected to walk her once again. The move backfired on the Gaels, as Lauren would score the winning run after a single by Lauren Filicia and an RBI sacrifice fly by Nicole Capra. Rae Ball retired the Gaels in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn the 3-2 win. Carly Argyle was saddled with the loss in relief. For Fairfield, Kristen Filicia was 3 for 4; Nicole Capra had two RBIs. For Iona, Katie Jansson was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, Jodi Petersen had two hits.

Game two saw Iona play their best game of the season, snapping a 15 game losing streak with a 6-2 win. It also showed that the Gaels will refuse to relinquish their title without a fight. And with Iona legend Sarah Jackson in attendance, Carly Argyle pitched maybe the best game of her career, holding the high power Stags to five hits; and Lauren Liseth to none. The Stags took the quick 1-0 lead when yes, Lauren Liseth was intentionally walked with two outs but scored anyway. Taylor August singled her to second base, and Lauren Filicia singled her home. I doubt Lauren Liseth has gotten as much respect in her life as she got today at the Rice Oval! But the Fairfield lead was short lived, as Iona exploded for a four run tally in the bottom of the same inning. This was when freshman Sarah Schutz (pictured) began the game of her young career. Fairfield starter Becca Trott had loaded the bases with three walks, and with two outs, Sarah cranked a double to deep left field that emptied the bases. A Carly Argyle single scored Sarah, and the Gaels had a 4-1 lead after an inning of play. Kimi Kurata's fourth inning home run blast cut the lead to 4-2, but the Stags would get no closer. In the bottom of the fifth inning, speedy Allie Hand led off with a triple to center field. The Gaels were hoping to get one run; they got two. Sarah Schutz creamed a pitch over the right field fence, and Iona was up 6-2. Carly Argyle shut the door on Fairfield the rest of the way, including Lauren Liseth in the seventh inning; it was a signature win for the Gaels who now must feel that they can beat anyone in the MAAC. Sarah Schutz had five RBIs in the game; she entered it with two for the season. Beth Kann had two hits also for the Gaels. Lauren Filicia had two hits for the Stags. Both teams are 1-1 in the MAAC.

St. Peter's And Rider Split MAAC Opener

St. Peter's 4
Rider 1

Rider 11
St. Peter's 2 (5)

The MAAC's New Jersey teams opened up MAAC play against each other, and split their doubleheader Saturday in Jersey City, NJ.

Game one belonged to Shelby Beaver (pictured left) as she led St. Peter's to a 4-1 win with her strongest pitching performance of her senior season. Shelby seems to save her best for MAAC play, and today's opener was no exception. She held the Broncs to no hits through the game's first four innings; surrendering only five hits for the game. St. Peter's opened the scoring in the fourth inning. After a Nicole Olmedo double, and Sierra Parker single, Michelle Tinajero doubled them both home. Michelle's bat has been hot as of late; she was 3 for 3 in this game with three RBIs. The Broncs would halve the Peacocks' lead in the top of the fifth inning when Emily Cottrell hit a double that sent Amanda Irving home. But St. Peter's would score single runs in the next two innings, first in the bottom of the fifth when Chelsea Crews drove home Lee Harrison, who had doubled. They added another run in the sixth inning when Michelle Tinajero hit her second double of the game, which scored Sierra Parker. Ali Meagher took the loss for the Broncs. Sierra Parker and Nicole Olmedo had two hits each for the Peacocks.

Game two was a completely different story, as Rider unleashed their bats for 13 hits in an 11-2 run rule win. The Broncs stormed in front 4-0 in the top of the first inning with RBIs off the bats of Dana Sensi, Emily Cottrell, Gina McCool (pictured left) and Samantha Judd. St. Peter's got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third inning, with Chelsea Crews singling home Fran D'Amato, who had doubled, and Shelby Beaver driving home Chelsea. But the Peacocks would get no closer. The Broncs struck for a five run fourth inning, which featured a three RBI triple by Gina McCool, and RBIs by Emily Cottrell and Samantha Judd. The Broncs added the game shortening runs in the top of the fifth inning after Ally Breeden tripled and was sent home by Dana Sensi's single; Emily Cottrell added another run with a double. Emily was 3 for 3 with three RBIs; Gina McCool was 2 for 4 with four RBIs; Dana Sensi was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Fran D'Amato and Shelby Beaver had two hit each for St. Peter's. Krista Morrone picked up the win in the circle; Erica Colon the loss. Both teams are now 1-1 in the MAAC.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Finally...MAAC Season!


The various MAAC teams have played lots of games so far this season, but not any against one another. That all changes Saturday as the conference season begins; this is when the season gets real interesting and intense. Tomorrow, preseason favorite Fairfield will be at defending champion Iona. Rider will be at St. Peter's in the battle of New Jersey.

How will the MAAC season play out leading up to Poughkeepsie in May? Fairfield and Canisius have been the most consistent teams thus far; neither has had an extended losing streak. The main obstacle for the Stags is to get "over the hump" of the previous two seasons that saw them head into Championship Saturday out of the winner's bracket only to be swept each season. I don't see them having much problem getting into the tournament. Their challenge will come once they're in. Canisius will have to travel to Fairfield and Iona on the same weekend this season; they have traditionally had trouble with those games. In 2011, they were swept in those four games, and essentially fell out of the race. Even in 2009, the last time they won the MAAC, they lost three of four, and barely made it to the tournament. They want to win it all this season, and that will be a pivotal weekend for them.

Marist once again will have the advantage of playing on their own campus if they make the tournament. They started this season in great fashion, then went into a prolonged slump where they had a couple of disturbing losses. They seemed to have bounced back once they returned east. What they have in their favor is a four pitcher staff, all of whom have had great periods of play. But also not so great periods of play. If they ever get on the same page, they'll have a well rested pitcher in the circle every game and will be hard to beat. Siena got out of the gate slowly this season; then they had an offensive outburst where they feasted on inferior pitching. And that's the thing about the Saints that make them dangerous: if your pitching is not up to par on a given day, they will kill you. They then went out west and played some tough teams on on their own fields, and competed well. Obviously the hope being that this would toughen them up for MAAC season. I think it has, but they don't seem to be as strong in the pitcher's circle as they were last season. They may have to get into shootouts to win.

Last season, Manhattan had an almost complete turnover of their roster, and showed definite improvement by the end of the season, although it wasn't great enough to qualify for the postseason. They still may not be ready, but I believe they are going to make a serious run to the tournament. Their pitching has been up and down all season, with Katie Bowen being the most consistent. They need to shore that area of their game up. They have some game changing offensive weapons, including freshman Elena Bowman who figures to only get better. Niagara has had a difficult start to this year, with some weather related cancellations that have hurt their preparation for the conference season. They have an experienced pitching staff, but junior Kim Bryson is off to an 0-9 start, and if she doesn't return to the form that saw her at the top of the intra conference statistics last year, the Purple Eagles will have a tough hill to climb.

 Iona has found life after Sarah Jackson difficult; currently they are on a 14 game losing streak. They have also had injury problems; most notably All-MAAC outfielder Eileen McCann. It's unknown at this time if she will be able to return to the lineup. Their young pitching staff has experienced the inevitable growing pains, but are hanging in there, and have shown strides recently. What they have in their favor is championship experience; they don't like to lose. I believe if they can steal a win against Fairfield this weekend that they will be dangerous. St. Peter's and Rider are both teams in the midst of rebuilding. It's very important that they play hard during the conference season, no matter where they stand. They both have a lot of young talent who will be here in the future; and they must learn to compete with the other MAAC teams. And who knows? They could find themselves making a run, like Manhattan did in 2009. But even if they don't, their MAAC seasons will have meaning.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saints End Western Swing With A Win

Jessika-Jo Sandrini leads the nation in doubles per game

The Siena Saints concluded their western road trip with a hard fought 5-4 win over UTEP Wednesday in El Paso, TX. The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead in this game, and never trailed. Shannon Jones started the attack with an RBI double, followed by RBIs off the bats of Jessika-Jo Sandrini and Meg Volz. Siena added two more runs in the third inning with help from a UTEP error and J-J's second RBI of the game. Jessika-Jo hit another double in this game, and is number one in the country in doubles per game. She also got the circle win for the Saints, pitching a complete game. Melanie Kalesse and Stephanie Viggiano had a pair of hits each in this game.

The Saints had a very productive trip, playing against good competition on enemy fields far from home, and competed well. They showed that their offense is still explosive, even against very good pitching, and appear to be toughened up for conference play. Siena will have some time off before meeting cross town rival Albany next week in preparation for their MAAC opener.

Fairfield Splits At Yale

Lauren Filicia saved the day with her 7th inning assist
Fairfield 0

Fairfield 5

The Fairfield Stags traveled to New Haven, CT Wednesday for a doubleheader with cross state rival Yale, and found themselves stymied by the Bulldogs' pitching until late in game two. After managing only three hits in the 4-0 game one loss, the Stags finally warmed up their bats in the sixth inning of the second game, cutting Yale's lead to 2-1 thanks to Rae Ball's RBI single which scored Lauren Liseth. The Stags then exploded with a four run seventh, with Kristen Filicia, Lauren Liseth and Nicole Capra providing the RBIs. They would need all those runs, because the Bulldogs' rallied in the bottom of the same inning to close the gap to 5-4. And Yale had the tying run rounding third and headed  for home. However, center fielder Lauren Filicia gunned down Yale's Kelsey Warkentine at the plate to preserve the Fairfield lead. Yale did still have a runner at third, but Rae Ball, in relief of starter Lauren Falkanger, induced a pop up to end the game.
Fairfield is at Stony Brook on Thursday for a for a single game and final tuneup before opening MAAC play at Iona on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lee Harrison Wins One For St. Peter's

St. Peter's battled hard in preparation for their MAAC opener this coming Saturday with a doubleheader split in Jersey City, NJ.

Lee Harrison continues to make her case for MAAC Rookie Of The Year...she's among the conference's leaders with a .351 average and four home runs. Today she made a big statement by taking matters into her own hands when she broke a 5-5 tie with UMBC in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two by launching a bomb over the center field fence. Lee's a big piece of the rebuilding being done at St. Peter's as they climb the hill back to days of former glory. The Peacocks have already a much improved offense as they await their top pitching prospect due to arrive in 2014. They pounded out 13 hits in game two against UMBC; Lee had three of them, as did Michelle Tinajero who was 3 for 3. Nicole Olmedo and Amber Velasquez had two hits apiece; Maria Maresca drove home a pair of runs. The Peacocks hit well in game one also, a 7-5 loss, with Lee getting a couple hits, making her 5 for 7 on the day. St. Peter's will have an excellent chance for a confidence booster Saturday when they host Rider to open conference play.

Emily Osterhaus Tosses 11 Inning Shutout

Emily showed outstanding control in win over Army

Rebounding from a tough outing vs. Ball State last weekend, Marist senior Emily Osterhaus was on top of her game today in West Point, NY, defeating Army 1-0 in an 11 inning game. Emily was in almost perfect control, walking only one batter while scattering six hits. She struck out four Black Knights in the game. This one was a classic pitchers duel until the top of the 11th inning when freshman Nicole Cheek crushed a pitch over the center field fence for the win. It was Nicole's sixth home run of the season, tied for tops in the MAAC. Alyssa Zahka and Maureen Duddy each had two hits. The Red Foxes lost game two of the doubleheader 3-0, and will be off until next Thursday when they travel to Hofstra for a doubleheader.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Emily Cottrell Has Career Game; Rider Splits

Emily Cottrell smashed two home runs in game two

The Rider Broncs avenged a game one thrashing by pounding out 16 hits in a 12-4 win over Hartford Tuesday in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Broncs lost game one 10-0.

After a lackluster opening performance, the Broncs smashed the ball all over the place in game two, including three home runs. Two of those homers came off the bat of freshman Emily Cottrell, including a first inning grand slam. They were the first home runs of Emily's career; she finished the game with five RBIs. Dana Sensi also homered for Rider. Amanda Irving was 4 for 4 in the game, including a double and two RBIs. Gina McCool was 3 for 4, with two RBIs. Kim Valdes and Kehli Washington each had a pair of hits; Kehli stole her MAAC leading 19th base, and now places 17th in the nation in base steals per game. Krista Morrone earned her fourth win of the season.

Now it's on to MAAC season for the Broncs, who will be at Saint Peter's on Saturday for a pair of conference games.

Bomb Threat At UTEP

Siena's scheduled doubleheader today at UTEP was postponed after the university received a bomb threat:

The University of Texas at El Paso was evacuated because of a bomb threat.
A text message was sent to students and faculty at 2 p.m. that said: "The university has a bomb threat please evacuate the university campus."
UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh said an investigation was launched into the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the campus.
Walsh (said) the school received a threat in a telephone call, which led to the evacuation of an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 students, faculty and staff. Walsh would not say what the threat was about and if police had found any items linked to the threat on campus.

Late word:
Although the university has been shut down, it appears the Saints and UTEP will play a single game tonight at 9 pm EDT.The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Monday, March 25, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/25/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Alyssa Zahka, Marist Red Foxes

Alyssa hit safely in all of the Red Foxes' western games last week, finishing with an average of .571, which included a home run and five RBIs.

Pitcher Of The Week

Kelsi Redding, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Kelsi was masterful in the circle in the Lady Jaspers' 1-0 win over Green Bay last week. She struck out 14 batters and shutout the Phoenix for 10 innings.

Freshman Of The Week

Dana Sensi, Rider Broncs

Dana continued her sensational freshman season by hitting a sizzling .556 last week, with a home run and six RBIs. She hit 6 for 6 in the Broncs' doubleheader vs. Green Bay.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Paige Lewis Ends Red Foxes' Skid

Paige again showed great control
Marist 8
Columbia 0

The Marist Red Foxes entered their game against Columbia Friday needing great pitching after suffering a pair of disturbing losses (17-0 vs. Colorado State; and 15-5 vs. Ball State) at the Colorado State Spring Tournament in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's true that the Red Foxes had not won a game on their western trip, but for the most part they were very competitive. Paige Lewis reversed both trends with a brilliant complete game shutout. Paige is not a strikeout pitcher, but uses a control game. She walked only one Columbia, which is a bout par for the course considering that she has averaged this season about two walks per game. She scattered five hits; the only trouble she got into, if you could call it that, was in the seventh inning when she had an eight run lead; but she quickly extinguished the Columbia threat to earn the win, evening her record at 3-3.

The Marist attack was led by Alyssa Zahka, who was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. For the day, she drove home five runs and hit a home run. Nicole Cheek continued her impressive play, hitting 2 for 3, including a triple. Maureen Duddy was 2 for 4, and drove home a pair of runs.

Marist is scheduled top play Columbia again on Sunday in Fort Collins, but the weather forecast is calling for upwards of a foot of snow to fall in the area. In fact, it began snowing shortly after the Red Foxes' second game was completed, bringing the tournament to a halt.

Kelsi Redding Throws 10 Inning Gem

Kelsi was masterful in Kissimmee
Manhattan 1
Green Bay 0 (10)

Thursday in Kissimmee, Florida at the Rebel Spring Games, Manhattan's Kelsi Redding threw a sparkling 10 inning shutout, propelling Manhattan to a 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Kelsi struck out 14 batters in the win, which wasn't decided until the bottom of the 10th inning when Jocelin Whitmore's one out single scored Amanda Babcock. Previously Thursday, the LJs lost to Green Bay 5-0; they will play once more in Florida Saturday when they face Cornell for a doubleheader in Clermont.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Paige Lloyd Honored By ECAC

Paige Lloyd's transfer from Coastal Carolina to Siena has worked out well for her and the Saints. The honors keep rolling in for the she was named by the Eastern College Athletic Conference as its Division 1 Player Of The Week. The ECAC covers schools all over the Northeast, so it's no small honor. Paige is currently second in the MAAC with a .429 average.
Congratulations Paige!

ECAC PLayer Of The Week

Monday, March 18, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/18/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Paige Lloyd, Siena Saints

Paige had a sizzling week for the surging Saints, hitting .533 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBIs. Even in the Saints only loss, she hit a triple and a double.

Pitcher Of The Week

Melanie White, Marist Red Foxes

Melanie was 1-1 last week, with a miniscule 0.46 ERA. This included a shutout vs. Rhode Island.

Freshman Of The Week

Nicole Cheek, Marist Red Foxes

Nicole showed last week she could hit for power as well as for average, clubbing two home runs and driving home five runs to go along with a .417 average. She had three multiple hit games.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Around The MAAC This Sunday

Meg Volz hit 3 for 3 with a homer and 3 RBIs for the streaking Siena Saints
This was the busiest weekend of MAAC softball this season; I watched so many games I'm dizzy! But, it got me excited for the upcoming MAAC season because the teams are just about in shape for the championship race, which has taken some twists and turns from my preseason thoughts.

Siena have won five of their last six games with another late inning rally win over Georgetown to finish 3-1 at the UMBC Spring Classic. The Saints overcame a 6-3 deficit with a four run sixth inning to win 7-6. Alyssa Lancaster got the comeback started with an RBI double that scored Jessika-Jo Sandrini, who had singled. Meg Volz's third hit of the game set up Chelsea Stout's RBI single, and the Saints were within a run of the Hoyas. Luck goes hand in hand with hard work, and Siena got some when Georgetown committed a two run error that gave the Saints the go ahead run. Alyssa Lancaster  picked up the win, allowing only two earned runs; she was also 2 for 3 at the plate. Meg Volz had a great game, going 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs.

Canisius rebounded Sunday at the Cherry Blossom classic after a pair of lopsided losses the previous day by crushing host George Mason 9-2. The Patriots got a run in the top of the first inning; after that it was all Canisius. Robin Kennery had a great game, hitting 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs. Freshman Alexis Roman was 1 for 1 with a walk and three RBIs. Michelle DelPrince had two hits and as many runs; Tori Nappo drove home her 16th run of the season. Jen Consaul improved her record to 7-3, and struck out seven.

Elsewhere, teams didn't have as much luck. Manhattan dropped a pair of games at the Stony Brook tournament. They lost to Holy Cross 6-5 on a walk off home run after tying the game in the top of the seventh inning thanks to Jocelin Whitmore's RBI, her second of the game. Elena Bowman did homer again in this one, her fifth of the season; Meghan McDevitt and Jen Keller also added RBIs. The Lady Jaspers then dropped a rematch to Providence, 6-0. They will be in Florida all week for a series of games.

 Fairfield played another long extra innings game, this time losing to San Diego 3-2 in 10 innings. It was a very entertaining game, and Lauren Liseth just missed driving home a pair in the ninth inning. Lauren Falkanger and Rae Ball both pitched well. At the same tournament in San Diego, Marist dropped a 6-0 game to the tough Texas Tech team, who boasts a 25-9 record.

Out in Riverside, Iona lost a back and forth game to the host Highlanders, 8-5. Alli Hand crushed a three run homer that gave the Gaels a 5-4 lead, but they could not hold on. Beth Kann was 3 for 4 in the game. Katie Jansson had two hits and an RBI; Riverside native Jodi Petersen had a pair of hits as well.

Rider lost two games in Kissimmee, Florida, 11-3 to Columbia, and 7-1 to Albany. Troublemaker Kehli Washington (my new name for her, because she is such trouble on the base paths), stole five bases on the day, to give her a MAAC leading 16 for the season. If she keeps this up, she will have a shot at Lauren Hope's record of 40 in a season. She stole four in the Albany game alone. She also hit 3 for 6 on the day.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Star Is Born At Manhattan!

2 homers, 6 RBIs and a dramatic 7th inning game winner for Elena Bowman
Manhattan 14
Yale 11

Manhattan 6
Providence 4

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers swept a pair of games Saturday at the Stony Brook Invitational in chilly Stony Brook, NY.

Katie Bowen had just drilled a double in the seventh inning of Manhattan's game against Providence, but the LJs were losing 4-3 and down to their last out. Up to the plate stepped freshman Elena Bowman; and she was down to her last strike. The Manhattan website describes this moment as Providence choosing "to pitch to Elena Bowman with first base open"...which is an odd thing to say about a freshman who at that point had played only nine games in her career. But I thought the same thing as I watched! And sure enough, she launched a bomb over the center field fence which gave the LJs the win. Elena finished the day 4 for 7, with two homers and six RBIs. It's great to see a new player come into the conference and make such an impact; the MAAC has already recognized her as a player of the week. But the whole Manhattan team again showed explosive offensive prowess Saturday. For instance, immediately following Elena's dramatic home run, Amanda Babcock stepped up and smashed one over center herself. It was Amanda's second homer of the game, and fifth RBI of the day. She's having a tremendous senior season, and is right at the top of the MAAC in hitting. And of course, Katie Bowen keeps doing her thing, collecting four hits on the day and another circle win.

Manhattan's 14-11 win over Yale was a crazy game. The LJs had a couple chances to put this one away in run rule fashion, but just missed, and Yale got some late runs to make it look close. But it really wasn't. Elena Bowman got this one started with a three run home run over the left field fence. They would go on to build a 14-7 lead. Andi Stallard had another great game at the plate, driving home three runs. She, Mickayla Romero, Amanda Babcock, Elena Bowman and Katie Bowen each had two hits. Amanda Paxson drove home a pair of runs. Emily Cutler also had an RBI. Amy Bright improved her record to 2-1. The LJs are quickly proving themselves to be a factor in the MAAC race.

Manhattan will play two more in Stony Brook on Sunday.

Broncs Stage 7th Inning Rally, Beat Army

Kehli Washington recorded her 100th career hit Saturday
Rider 4
Army 3

The Rider Broncs rallied from a three run deficit in the seventh inning of their game with Army in Kissimmee, FL to win 4-3. Dana Sensi drove home the winner with a two out single. Kim Valdes, Gina McCool and Lauren Davies also had hits in the inning. Krista Morrone earned the win in the circle. Actually Rider had two three run seventh inning rallies Saturday, but they fell short vs. Utah Valley earlier in the day, and lost 5-4. Dana Sensi hit a three run home run in that game, giving her four RBIs on the day. Kehli Washington was 3 for 4, and continues to be a troublemaker on the base paths, leading the MAAC in stolen bases.
Rider will play a pair of games Sunday in Kissimmee.

Rae Ball Shuts Down Long Beach St.

Rae Ball is second in the MAAC with a 2.04 ERA
Fairfield 2
Long Beach St. 0

The Fairfield Stags continued their west coast trip Saturday with a 2-0 win over Long Beach State in San Diego, CA which featured a great performance by junior pitcher Rae Ball. Rae walked no one and scattered seven singles. Long Beach's only threat came in the fifth inning when, after a pair of singles, a runner was sent home only to be gunned down at the plate by left fielder Sammy Ruffolo. The Stags scored all the runs they would need in the second inning when Nicole Capra singled home Lauren Liseth and Tiffany Lawson scored after a throwing error.
The Stags will play San Jose State late tonight.

Big Inning Propels Siena Comeback Win

Jessika-Jo Sandrini struck out 7 Hoyas in the win
Siena 5
Georgetown 4

The Siena Saints came from behind to beat Georgetown 5-4 Saturday at the UMBC Spring Classic in Baltimore, MD.

The Saints had fallen behind in this game, 2-0 through five innings of play, having two bases loaded opportunities go by the wayside, when they got serious in the top of the sixth inning. Meg Volz got things going with a one out double, followed by a Georgetown error which placed her on third base and Mandy Ferro on first. Mandy stole second base, putting the tying run in scoring position. Abby Carpenter then stepped up and smashed a double to right field to tie the game at 2-2. A Chelsea Stout single, and walks to Alyssa Lancaster and Melanie Kelasse gave Siena a 3-2 lead. RBIs by Stephanie Viggiano and Shannon Jones increased the Siena lead to 5-2, and they would need those extra runs. Jessika-Jo Sandrini pitched the first five innings of the game, but was relieved to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. After a two run home run by Georgetown, she was quickly back in the circle, and finished what she started to earn the win.

The Saints are currently playing Morgan State.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Golden Griffins Back In First Place

Michelle DelPrince hit 4 for 7 with 2 triples and 3 RBIs Friday
Canisius 6
George Mason 3

The Canisius Golden Griffins swept their first day at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, VA, taking back first place in the MAAC with a 10-4 record.

Canisius was the only MAAC team to experience victory Friday, first with their dominant performance vs. Pittsburgh (described in the post below), and then by beating the host Patriots later in the day. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning in their game against George Mason, the Griffs took the lead in the second inning thanks to Michelle DelPrince's 2 RBI single. George Mason jumped back in front 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning, but Canisius tied the game back up at 3-3 when Meghan Cuda singled Beth DeMarco home. The game stay tied until the top of the seventh inning when Val Nappo drove home Alexis Roman, who had singled to lead off the inning, and Meghan Cuda who had reached due to a Patriot error. Val's sister Tori added her 15th RBI of the season for the final score of 6-3. Jen Consaul went the distance for the Golden Griffins, allowing just one earned run.

On the day for Canisius, Michelle Delprince was 4 for 7, which included two triples and three RBIs. The Griffs lead the nation in triples per game. Meghan "Barra" Cuda was 4 for 9 with two RBIs; The Nappo sisters had three RBIs each; Alexis Roman was 3 for 7 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Canisius will continue play at the Cherry Blossom Classic Saturday with games against Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

Number 800 For Mike Rappl

Canisius Coach Mike Rappl reached his 800th win Friday
Canisius 10
Pittsburgh 5
Just in...

Canisius Head Coach Mike Rappl reached the milestone of 800 wins this afternoon when his Golden Griffins pounded out 10 runs on 10 hits against Pittsburgh in Fairfax, VA. Canisius jumped out to a 7-1 lead against the Big East foe, and never looked back. Michelle DelPrince hit consecutive triples in the game; Meghan Cuda was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Tori Nappo and Robin Kennery drove home two runs each. Corinne Schaus went the distance in the circle to earn her first win of the season. It had to be a nice way for the long time Canisius coach to get to number 800. Mike Rappl has the most wins of any MAAC coach in any sport. Congratulations Coach!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shannon Jones And Saints Break Records

Shannon Jones began her assault on the Siena record book. The Saints assaulted Coppin St.
Siena 19
Coppin St. 4 (6)

Siena 10
Coppin St. 6

The Siena Saints won their first games of the seasons, scoring 29 runs in a doubleheader at Coppin St. Thursday in Baltimore, MD.

The Saints' offense got on track Thursday, and how! Siena was at Coppin St. for two in advance of their participation in this week's UMBC Classic. Their offense, which was very often powerful last season, needed the work. It got it, scoring 19 runs in game one, 15 of which came in inning number six. Those 15 runs set a new MAAC record for hits in an inning. The Saints were in such a zone, that their lineup was having three at bats in the inning! Everyone had a good game, but of note, Paige Lloyd did smash a grand slam home run. Stephanie Viggiano also cleared the bases with a triple. Game two saw the Saints hit double figures again, this time scoring 10 runs, and featured another grand slam homer, this time off the bat of Mandy Ferro.

In this doubleheader, senior Shannon Jones broke two career Siena records. She passed all-time Saints Carrie Getz (pictured left), in hits, and Jennifer Granato, in RBIs. If Shannon has a normal Jones season, she's going to continue to rewrite the Siena record book. But I'm sure she's more concerned about getting her team into the MAAC tournament. The Saints took an important step in that direction today. Now they have five important games coming up this weekend.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Amy Shines Brightly! LJs Sweep St. John's

Amy Bright has allowed just one run her last two starts
Manhattan 2
St. John's 0 (9)

Manhattan 3
St. John's 2

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers won two exciting walk off style games against cross town Big East rival St. John's Wednesday in Riverdale, NY.

The Lady Jaspers seem to be building on their strong finish from last season, winning a couple of hard played, close to the vest games today at Gaelic Park. And suddenly we're looking at a team that may make a serious push to the tournament. A big story at Manhattan is the return of sophomore pitcher Amy Bright, who as a promising freshman saw her initial season cut short due to injury. She has been outstanding her last two starts, and threw a nine inning shutout today, a game in which she showed great control, scattering four singles. Game one was a classic pitchers' duel, and entered extra innings scoreless. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after an Emily Cutler lead off walk, Katie Bowen smashed a pitch over the right field fence to stun the Red Storm, and give the LJs the walk off win. They probably should have walked her, because Katie is clutch.

Katie Bowen started in the circle in game two. She allowed the leadoff batter for St. John's to hit a home run, but would allow just another run the rest of the way. In the meantime, Manhattan tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a couple of hit batters, and a St. John's error. Amanda Babcock, off to a .389 start her senior season, clubbed a homer over the center field fence to give the LJs a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. St. John's tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, but that only set up some more walk off heroics. This time it was freshman Andi Stallard's one out RBI single, scoring Amanda Babcock, that won the game. Andi was 2 for 4 in the game; Amanda Paxson also had a pair of hits.

Manhattan has won 3 of 4, and will next play this weekend at the Stony Brook tournament.

St. Peter's Fights Hard For Comeback Win

Lee Harrison (left) hit a homer and picked up a circle win Wednesday
Saint Peter's 6
Youngstown St. 5

The St. Peter's Peacocks (when they became a university, they seemingly dropped the long standing Peahens moniker) are in the midst of a program rebuild, and struggles will go along with that. The 2013 team is making strides though, especially offensively, and one thing they've learned to do this season is fight hard, which will pay dividends in the near future I believe. Wednesday in Kissimmee, Florida was a good sign of their progress under coach Bart. Coming off a disappointing loss earlier in the morning (12-3 to Utah Valley), the Peacocks got right back on the field vs. Youngstown St., fell behind, but kept fighting on until they earned a 6-5 victory.

Freshman Lee Harrison, who is among the MAAC leaders with a .358 average, led off the game for the Peacocks with a home run blast, her third of the season. Erica Colon started in the circle for St. Peter's, and although she has been pitching well as of late, she got into trouble early on with walks, and Youngstown St. took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning. But the Peacocks responded in the bottom of the same inning with three runs of their own. Sophomore Fran D'Amato, third in the MAAC with 11 RBIs, and hitting .339, singled home a run to start things off. Nicole Olmedo, this blog's 2012 freshman of the year, and just recovered from injury, slammed a double to bring home another run. Junior transfer Sierra Parker then drove home her seventh run of the season to give St. Peter's a 4-3 lead. An Alexis Gallagher RBI in the fifth inning would increase that lead to 5-3; but the Penguins would tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. The Peacocks had a little hard work, and a little luck to get the winner in the bottom of the same inning. Freshman Amber Velasquez led off by reaching due to an error. Maria Maresca bunted her to second base; Taylor Corretjer moved her to third; then Amber scurried home after a wild pitch. Lee Harrison, who assumed pitching duties in the fourth inning, retired Youngstown St. quickly and in order in the seventh to seal the win.

St. Peter's will play two in Kissimmee on Thursday, then after a day off will wrap up their Florida trip on Saturday.

A Look Into The Future

Kayleena Flores leads Monmouth in hitting
Monmouth scored 7 late unearned runs to topple Rider, 11-3. The rest of the MAAC will have to contend with the Hawks in 2-14!

This afternoon, Rider will host the Monmouth Hawks in a sneak preview of the new MAAC which will begin in the 2014 season when Monmouth and Quinnipiac join the conference.

The Monmouth Hawks are currently chasing a championship in their final season as a member of the Northeast Conference. The Hawks are off to a good start in 2013, coming into Lawrenceville today with a 7-3 record. They are hitting .282 as a team, and feature a pitching staff with an ERA of 2.93, although two of those pitchers are seniors and will not play in the MAAC. We'll follow the two future MAAC schools more closely as they begin conference play.

As for Rider, they rebounded Sunday with a solid doubleheader effort. The Broncs are a team with an all freshman pitching staff who have suffered growing pains at times, but they need every inning they can get as MAAC season approaches. The Broncs do also have a promising pitcher joining the program next season. Rider heads to Florida after this home game.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stags' San Diego Sweep

A win in the circle and 3 RBIs for freshman Lauren Falkanger
Fairfield 3
Bryant 1

Fairfield 5
S.Utah 1

The Fairfield Stags began their west coast trip in San Diego, CA Tuesday with a pair of wins which featured great pitching.

Lauren Liseth continued her incredible junior season with a four RBI day, beginning in the first inning of today's first game vs. Bryant. That inning featured two triples, both which produced RBIs, by Kristen Filicia and Lauren. Bryant cut that lead in half in the top of the sixth inning, but in the bottom of the same inning, Lauren Liseth got the run back with an RBI double. Becca Trott was stellar in picking up the win, pitching six innings and striking out six. Rae Ball pitched the seventh inning to earn the save, and struck out three. Lauren Liseth and Kristen Filicia both had two hits.

The Stags' second game of the day, against Southern Utah, was a showcase for freshman pitcher Lauren Falkanger. She cruised through a complete game victory, allowing just one run on six hits. But that wasn't all. Lauren helped her own cause by driving home her team's first three runs, and was 2 for 3 at the plate. Have to love the "double trouble" pitchers. Of course, it wouldn't be a Fairfield game if Lauren Liseth didn't get in on the action. And she did, driving home a pair of runs in the fourth inning to give her four on the day. She leads the MAAC in hitting, home runs and RBIs. Tiffany Lawson was 2 for 3 in this game. The Stags stay in San Diego, and play Texas Tech on Wednesday.

National Leaders

The NCAA released their first list of statistics, and the following MAAC players are leading the nation in the noted categories:

Lauren Liseth, Fairfield Stags

Lauren leads the nation in home runs per game, and RBIs per game.

Meghan Cuda, Canisius Golden Griffins

Meghan leads the nation in triples per game.

Val Nappo, Canisius Golden Griffins

Val leads the nation in toughest to strike out.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Red Foxes Sweep Up The Dawg Pound

Dani Koltz led the Fox raid with a grand salami and 7 RBIs!
Marist 6
Rhode Island 0

Marist 7
UMBC 6 (8)

The Marist Red Foxes completed a sweep of the Dawg Pound Invitational with two more wins Monday in Baltimore, Md.

The Red Foxes opened today against Rhode Island, and had a repeat performance of their Sunday game with the Rams, winning 6-0. Melanie White got the start in this one, and pitched a great game, scattering three hits while striking out four and walking zilch. Marist scored twice in the first inning with RBI singles off the bats of Nicole Cheek and Alyssa Zahka. Nicole got her second RBI of the game in the fourth inning, but not before Dani Koltz drove home a pair of runs with a single. Kyrsten Van Natta's first college home run in the sixth inning closed out the scoring. Kyrsten had two hits in this game, as did Nicole Cheek and Aly Klemmer.

After Dani Koltz singled home another run in the top of the first inning of game two, the Red Foxes suddenly found themselves challenged by the host Retrievers, who put up four runs in the bottom of the same inning to lead Marist 4-1. That didn't last long, because with two outs in the top of the second inning, and with the bases loaded, Dani Koltz drilled a pitch over the center field fence for the grand slam, giving her five RBIs for the game and seven for the day. This was immediately followed by Nicole Cheek's blast over the right field fence, and the Red Foxes were up 6-4. The game settled down after that offensive barrage displayed by both teams, and UMBC eventually tied the game and forced extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, the Red Foxes executed the tiebreaker runner, Janine Lalli, home with a Maureen Duddy bunt and Christina Lausch grounder for a 7-6 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, UMBC bunted their tiebreaker runner to third base, but relief pitcher Emily Osterhaus forced a foul ball out, and then froze the final batter for a strikeout and a Marist win. Emily earned the win in relief of starter Janine Lalli. Dani Kolzt was 3 for 3 in this one; Nicole Cheek hit 3 for 4. Kyrsten Van Natta kept on her hot streak with a 2 for 3 effort.

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/11/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog.

Player Of The Week

Meghan Cuda, Canisius Golden Griffins

This past weekend, Meghan "Barra" Cuda hit for a .429 average, which included three triples, four RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.

Pitcher Of The Week

Emily Osterhaus, Marist Red Foxes

On Sunday, Emily pitched a complete game shutout, winning 7-0 over Rhode Island. She struck out seven batters, walking only one.

Freshman Of The Week

Elena Bowman, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

In the LJs' home opener on Sunday, Elena hit two home runs, and drove home a total of six runs.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday MAAC Wrap Up

Haley Birnbaum clubbed a pair of homers to help Marist club Rhody
The MAAC finished with a winning record for games played this Sunday, led by Marist who swept a pair of games at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD. The Red Foxes began the day with an 8-2 win at Coppin State. The Marist lineup is very balanced this season, with the freshmen making big contributions as well. In this one, Maureen Duddy got it going in the first inning with an RBI single and a run scored. Maureen got her second RBI of the game with a second inning sacrifice fly. The Red Foxes broke the game open with a four run fifth inning, thanks to Alyssa Zahka's two run homer, and RBIs by Aly Klemmer and Kyrsten Van Natta. Aly drove home another run in the sixth inning for the final tally. Paige Lewis went the distance in improving her record to 2-0, striking out five and allowing only one earned run.
Marist followed this win with a 7-0 shutout of Rhode Island. Emily Osterhaus was lockdown good in this one, striking out seven batters and scattering six hits. Freshmen got it started for the Red Foxes in the first inning, when the speedy Kyrsten Van Natta stole home followed by Nicole Cheek's first career home run, a two run effort. Haley Birnbaum hit her first of two homers in this game in the second inning, giving the Red Foxes a 4-0 lead. Her second homer was a two run blast in the fourth inning. Kyrsten Van Natta completed a 3 for 4 day with an RBI single in the sixth inning to complete the blowout win.

In Lawrenceville, NJ, the Rider Broncs opened their home schedule by splitting a closely contended doubleheader with Columbia. Game one featured a comeback, which fell just short, by the Broncs. Down 7-4, Rider pulled to within 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh, and had the bases loaded but saw Kehli Washington thrown out at home. Freshman Dana Sensi continued her hot hitting, going 3 for 4 in this game with two runs scored. Ally Breeden hit her second homer of the season, and drove home three runs. Montana Berg took the loss, but three of the Columbia runs were unearned.
In the second game, it was Columbia's turn to attempt a bases loaded, seventh inning comeback. They too failed when Rider pitcher Krista Morrone (pictured left) struck out the final batter to give the Broncs a 4-3 win. A two out, sixth inning RBI single by Amanda Irving proved to be the winner in this one. Dana Sensi had another good game, hitting 1 for 2 with an RBI; Lauren Davies also had an RBI, and Kim Valdes hit 2 for 3.

Siena left Hampton still looking for their first win of the season after dropping a close 4-3 game to the host Lady Pirates. They fell behind 3-0, and again unearned runs was the problem with three of them scored by Hampton today. Alyssa Lancaster pitched a good game, but four Siena errors spoiled the performance. Shannon Jones had a fine day at the plate, hitting 3 for 4. RBIs were provided by Meg Volz, Chelsea Stout and Jordan Sandrini. The Saints did have the tying run at third base in the seventh inning, but could not push the run across.

I have related Manhattan's Sunday in the article below this one.
It's going to be a busy week for the MAAC coming up, with games every weekday. On Monday, Marist will conclude play at the Dawg Pound Invitational, while St. Peter's will begin a run at the Spring Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Florida.

Manhattan Routs Hartford In Home Opener

Elena Bowman began her Gaelic Park career with a bang!
Manhattan 12
Hartford 2 (6)

Hartford 1
Manhattan 0

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers opened their home schedule with a resounding 12-2 win over Hartford Sunday in Riverdale, NY. The two teams are currently playing game two of the doubleheader.

The 2013 version of the Lady Jaspers has shown itself to be offensively explosive. Against the Hawks today in the first game of a doubleheader, the LJs pounded out 12 runs on 12 hits. Freshman Elena Bowman had a remarkable game in her home debut, hitting 3 for 3 with two home runs, a double and six RBIs. Her first homer was a three run shot in the bottom of the second inning, which sparked a seven run outburst for Manhattan. Katie Bowen doubled home two runs in that inning; Emily Cutler and Jocelin Whitmore also drove home runs. Jocelin Whitmore then homered herself in the fourth inning, with Amanda Babcock adding an RBI for a 9-2 lead. Elena Bowman then blasted another three run homer in the sixth inning to end the game early. Katie Bowen, who picked up the win in the circle, was 3 for 4 at the plate.

I'll update this post later with the results of game two.
Just in...Manhattan lost the second game of the doubleheader, 1-0. Amy Bright pitched a three hitter in the loss, but the LJs could manage only two hits themselves.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

MAAC Saturday

Meghan "Barra" Cuda hit two triples and drove home four runs for Canisius vs. UMES
Canisius and Siena were the only MAAC teams in action Saturday, both playing games at the Lady Pirates Classic in Hampton, Va.

The Siena Saints certainly put forth a much better effort today, although they suffered two losses. What cost the Saints Saturday was a slew of unearned runs, 12 to be exact. Antonia Edwards made her first circle start for Siena against Delaware and was doing quite well until an error ridden sixth inning. She would allow only one earned run in a 7-3 loss; Mikaela Searight drove home a pair of runs.
The Saints held the lead two separate times in their game against Central Connecticut State, but the fifth inning saw them surrender five unearned runs and they lost, 7-4. Jessika-Jo Sandrini hit two doubles; and Shannon Jones hit a triple in the game. Abby Carpenter was 2 for 3 with an RBI. The Saints will play Hampton on Sunday.

Canisius is done at the tournament, after splitting a pair of games today. Almost all of the Golden Griffins' offense this weekend came in their game vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Griffs pounded out 19 hits in a 15-2 win. Freshman Meghan Cuda had a great game, hitting 4 for 6. She hit two triples, drove home four runs, scored twice and stole a base. Val Nappo was 4 for 5, with two RBIs. Jen Consaul hit 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and earned the win in the circle to improve her record to 5-2.
But the Griffs' offense quieted back down vs. host Hampton in a 4-1 loss. A crucial third inning error led to three Pirates' runs, and Canisius never got back in the game. Michelle DelPrince hit 2 for 3; Val Nappo drove home the only Canisius run, giving her three for the day. The Golden Griffins will play at George Mason's Cherry Blossom Classic next weekend.

On Sunday, Marist will begin play at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore. Rider and Manhattan will have home doubleheaders.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bad Friday For The MAAC

The MAAC went a collective 0-5 today, and at this point in the season coaches do not like this kind of softball being played.
The Siena website pulled no punches concerning the performance of the Saints today:

The (Maryland-Eastern Shore) Hawks (4-8) would score the next 11 runs of the game culminating in a nine run fifth. Those nine runs would be scored on only five hits the biggest one was a bases clearing triple by Belen Benitez. All four of the wins from Maryland Eastern Shore since 2011 have come this season and all have been against MAAC teams. The Hawks went 0-31 last season, and ranked last in the country in RPI.

Siena will need to play a lot better than this if they want to take advantage of MAAC Player Of The Year Shannon Jones' final college season. The Saints lost a promising freshman pitcher this past fall, for reasons unknown to me, and it has clearly hurt their chances in 2013. They will have to find a way to win games more through offense, which has been explosive for them in the past.

First place Canisius fared no better, beginning the day by being embarrassed by Delaware 10-0, in a run rule shortened game. As you know, Marist was handling Delaware quite easily last weekend until an error filled seventh inning, so Canisius was hardly "out of their league". They then were easily handled by Central Connecticut State, 6-1. Their pitching, which stood atop the MAAC, surrendered 23 hits in the two games. The Golden Griffins were sloppy on the field, committing four errors against Central.

Niagara, off to a 3-12 start, at least rallied in their first game of the day after falling behind 4-0, against St. Francis. They fell short however, allowing the Red Flash to score three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to walk off with a 7-6 win. They then dropped a 6-1 decision to Tennessee-Martin to close out their Florida trip. Sustaining offensive attack has been a problem for the Purple Eagles this season.

There was poor play last weekend as well, and with conference season coming up in a few weeks, MAAC teams really ought to be getting their game in shape while they still have time.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The MAAC Is Back This Weekend

Canisius Coach Mike Rappl is two wins away from 800 for his career
The MAAC is back in full swing this weekend with a couple of tournaments and even some home games.

Starting the weekend early will be Niagara, who are at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, FL. The Purple Eagles play Holy Cross and Sacred heart later today; Friday they will face off against St. Francis and Tennessee-Martin.

Siena and Canisius will both take part in the Lady Pirates Classic in Hampton, VA, but will not meet on the field. The Saints and Golden Griffins will be matched against Central Connecticut State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Delaware and host Hampton. Canisius Head Coach Mike Rappl could reach the 800 career win milestone during this tournament.

Marist will travel to Baltimore to participate in the Dawg Pound Invitational. The weather down there wasn't so great during the middle of the week, but it looks to be clear for the weekend. The Red Foxes will be playing George Washington, Howard, Mount Saint Mary's, Rhode Island and host UMBC.
Weather issues have forced a readjustment. Marist will now play on Sunday and Monday vs. Coppin St., Howard and Rhode Island (twice).

Rider and Manhattan will both be opening their home schedules, weather permitting. The Broncs will host Columbia on Saturday for a doubleheader. On Sunday, the Lady Jaspers will play two against Hartford at Gaelic Park.

Monday will see some MAAC teams begin play in Florida and California. Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Madi Weathers Commits To Canisius

Madison Weathers of Westminster, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2015 season. Madi is a pitcher who is currently in her junior year at Fountain Valley High School. She plays travel ball with one of the premier clubs in the country, the Corona Angels out of Southern California. In 2011, Madi led the 14U team to a second place finish at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament, posting a 1.29 ERA and a 4-0 record along the way.

Congratulations Madi!

Moriah Harris Commits To Canisius

Moriah Harris of East Amherst, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2015 season.

Moriah Harris is the third baseman for the New York State champion Clarence High Red Devils where she was a teammate of current Golden Griffin Tori Nappo. Moriah had a fabulous sophomore season at Clarence, hitting for the second highest average in school history (.531). She also hit five homers and three triples while driving home 26 runs in 24 games. But she saved her best for the Red Devils' historic playoff run to the state title. In the Section 6 championship game, Moriah went 3 for 3 in the win over Niagara Falls...all the hits being consecutive home runs, the first player in school history to do that. She hit another homer in the Far West Regional win over Fairport. In a tight championship game against Cicero, Moriah drove home the winning run in the 6th inning to give Clarence their first State title in any sport. She enters her final two years of high school softball as one of the top players in the area.

Moriah currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors where she is teammates with future Griff Lindsey Silfer, and has also played with the Diamond Girls.

 Congratulations Moriah!

Moriah cranks one out in Far West Regional

Monday, March 4, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 3/4/13

*Not the oficial MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Dani Koltz, Marist Red Foxes

Dani began her senior season on a tear this past weekend, hitting .429 with a home run and six RBIs. She also hit a triple, and scored six runs.

Pitcher Of The Week

Jordan Courage, Iona Gaels

Jordan saw the first significant action of her college career, and was 1-1 this past weekend with a 1.97 ERA.

Freshman Of The Week

Kyrsten Van Natta, Marist Red Foxes

Kyrsten got her college career off to a great start this past weekend, hitting .385. She also scored three runs and stole three bases in four attempts.