|Jen Sansano struck out 10 in Niagara's win over Bethune-Cookman|
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.