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.

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