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.