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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Around The MAAC This Sunday

Jen Sansano struck out 10 in Niagara's win over Bethune-Cookman
Sunday was a rough day for the MAAC. On the scoreboard, only two wins were registered. On the field, most of the teams played in frigid conditions, and even some snow.

Marist started their day with a 10-1 shellacking of the Army. And as with their rout of Norfolk State on Saturday, the Red Foxes strung together 10 runs in the game's final three innings. Sarah Carmody and Christina Lausch each drove home two runs. Freshman Kyrsten Van Natta continued her good start of her career with a 1 for 2 game that included an RBI and a stolen base. Janine Lalli was stellar in the circle, going the distance for the win. The run she allowed was unearned. Although a loss, the Red Foxes' second game of the day, against host Norfolk State, was interesting because Marist fell behind 5-0, suffering from cold bats. But considering the late innings performances of their previous two games, I figured they might stage a comeback. And they did, scoring four runs in the fifth inning, and five times in the sixth inning to knot the game at 6-6. They fell in the end, 8-6, but you can see the trend developing that they won't be easy to put away this season. Alyssa Zahka had a great game, hitting 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Niagara was in warm Daytona Beach, FL for a doubleheader at Bethune-Cookman. Their first game was one they'd like to forget, a run rule 10-2 drubbing, except for one play. In the second inning of this game, the Purple Eagles turned a rare triple play. With runners on first and second bases, and no outs, second baseman Brittany Richberg snagged what looked to be a sure extra base line drive. She quickly gunned the ball to second baseman Desarae Maldonado, picking off that runner; Desarae immediately threw to first baseman Becca Saggiomo to complete the three outs. Niagara's second game was a much better effort, led by pitcher Jen Sasano who allowed only an unearned run, while striking out 10 batters. Alexis Wayne was 3 for 4; Brittany Richberg, Desarae Maldonado and Gabby Lustrinelli each had an RBI in the 5-2 win. Niagara stays in Florida for a doubleheader against Michigan State on Tuesday.

Iona had a long, cold day in Towson, MD. It was so cold that the umpires called off their game with Lehigh with no outs in the sixth inning, and awarded the Mountain Hawks a 6-2 win. It was so cold that Bri Schauer's bat shattered into a million pieces! Still, some in the Iona camp weren't happy with the decision. In spite of this, the Gaels' next scheduled game, against Columbia, was played. It was a pitchers duel, won by Columbia in eight innings, 2-1. Freshman Jordan Courage put forth her second consecutive solid performance in the loss, as she finally saw significant action. Look for her to get a lot of starts when the Gaels travel to the west coast next week. Bri Schauer completed a nice weekend by driving home Iona's only run. The Gaels had a good chance to win this one in the seventh inning when Eileen McCann got on base with a double, and was sacrificed to third base. But on the ensuing suicide squeeze attempt, she was thrown out at the plate.

In their doubleheader at Elon, Manhattan showed a lot more offensive punch, but was swept nevertheless. In game one, an 8-7 loss, the Lady Jaspers battled back from a 7-1 deficit to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs in each of the final two innings. Katie Bowen was 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. Meaghan McDevitt hit a homer; Amanda Babcock and Andi Stallrd each had two hits and an RBI; Jen Keller was 2 for 3. Game two was an error filled game for the LJs, who committed three and allowed six unearned runs. They again tried to battle back - Amanda Babcock had another good game, hitting 3 for 4; Emily Cutler had a pair of hits. But Manhattan had dug too deep a hole and lost 10-5.

St. Peter's struggled mightily in the circle Sunday, being run ruled twice (three times, if you count the resumption of their suspended game from Friday vs. St. Francis). In their scheduled game vs. St. Francis, they did take a 5-2 lead when Michelle Tinajero clubbed a three run homer, but that lead didn't hold up as they lost 13-5.

In Fairfield's final game at the Citrus Classic, against Pittsburgh, the Stags built a quick 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Lauren Liseth in the first inning, then a two RBI single by Kristen Filicia in the third inning. But Pittsburgh would go on to score the game's final five runs for the 5-3 win.

Rider battle hard in a 6-5 loss in their first game Sunday in frigid Fairfax, VA. Ally Breeden drove home two runs; Kehli Washington and Kim Valdes each had an RBI. Their second game, a 13-4 loss to host George Mason, seemed to find the Broncs out of energy. They scored all their runs after falling behind 13-0; Ally Breeden hit a two run homer, giving her four RBIs for the day. Kehli Washington was 3 for 3, and Gina McCool drove home a pair of runs. But for the most part, it was a listless performance by Rider. They will play a doubleheader, weather permitting, at Drexel on Tuesday.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very proud of Jordan from Iona. First full weekend of pitching after 7 month rehab for ACL. Thanks for the updates, it is appreciated!

WNY Softball said...

Thanks. I was aware of her rehab, and pitching in that cold, snowy weather must mean she's 100% healed!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about 100% but I know she is looking forward to warmer weather in Cali next week. Iona's schedule next week on the west coast is brutal.

Anonymous said...

For the looks of it, I think Maldonado is NU's shortstop despite what the roster says. I watched the games on Live steam "video" while they played in Florida and I've never seen plays like the ones she made!

WNY Softball said...

Well, she's committed only one error this season.
Hope I didn't jinx her!

Anonymous said...

not sure what's going on with NU but in watching some games, these girls do no look the same as last year with there hitting. the majority of them are sticking the bats out when the pitcher is getting ready to pitch and most of them look like robots up there. The defense is phenomenal but offense is not looking good right now. Not sure if they are being taught to all hit with the same style but my opinion, you have to let these girls hit they way they know how to. I hope they figure it out because they are a good team! Go NU!! NU Alumni :)

WNY Softball said...

I have to admit, that sticking out the bat thing is just something I do not understand at a college level.

Anonymous said...

I have also seen a lot of the girls do this. I also have to agree that sticking out your bat does not give you time to load at this level. It will be hit or miss. Not sure if this is coming from the coach or them doing this on their own. Don't think coach will have them doing this but who knows!
Hopefully coach figures that one out!

Anonymous said...

You are right!!! You see that in HS ball. You don't even see it in travel ball! Im sure they have a hitting coach! What is he/she thinking!? If thats what they are telling them to do that is.

WNY Softball said...

I see it with teams all over the country. I saw it in the Olympics! The Japanese did it all the time, and they won the Gold! I just don't think it's helpful.

Anonymous said...

Your right! But i have to say that what may work for some players may not work for all! All players are different. I really dont think this coach would change a players style of
Of hitting especially not while your are in season. Anyone smart coach knows you cannot do that while in season so im sure is not the case here but you never know

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting topic. now i'm curious to know if coach is having all of them do this or are they doing it on there own?

Anonymous said...

Too bad this blog is not noticeable unless your looking at old NU info. would like to know what other people think.

WNY Softball said...

The only info on NU so far is that they're 3-16. I suppose I could write stories on how junior pitcher Kim Bryson is 0-9, but that's not really my style. It's still pre-MAAC season though.

Anonymous said...

Are they still playing tomorrow?