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.

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