Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday MAAC Wrap Up

Haley Birnbaum clubbed a pair of homers to help Marist club Rhody
The MAAC finished with a winning record for games played this Sunday, led by Marist who swept a pair of games at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD. The Red Foxes began the day with an 8-2 win at Coppin State. The Marist lineup is very balanced this season, with the freshmen making big contributions as well. In this one, Maureen Duddy got it going in the first inning with an RBI single and a run scored. Maureen got her second RBI of the game with a second inning sacrifice fly. The Red Foxes broke the game open with a four run fifth inning, thanks to Alyssa Zahka's two run homer, and RBIs by Aly Klemmer and Kyrsten Van Natta. Aly drove home another run in the sixth inning for the final tally. Paige Lewis went the distance in improving her record to 2-0, striking out five and allowing only one earned run.
Marist followed this win with a 7-0 shutout of Rhode Island. Emily Osterhaus was lockdown good in this one, striking out seven batters and scattering six hits. Freshmen got it started for the Red Foxes in the first inning, when the speedy Kyrsten Van Natta stole home followed by Nicole Cheek's first career home run, a two run effort. Haley Birnbaum hit her first of two homers in this game in the second inning, giving the Red Foxes a 4-0 lead. Her second homer was a two run blast in the fourth inning. Kyrsten Van Natta completed a 3 for 4 day with an RBI single in the sixth inning to complete the blowout win.

In Lawrenceville, NJ, the Rider Broncs opened their home schedule by splitting a closely contended doubleheader with Columbia. Game one featured a comeback, which fell just short, by the Broncs. Down 7-4, Rider pulled to within 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh, and had the bases loaded but saw Kehli Washington thrown out at home. Freshman Dana Sensi continued her hot hitting, going 3 for 4 in this game with two runs scored. Ally Breeden hit her second homer of the season, and drove home three runs. Montana Berg took the loss, but three of the Columbia runs were unearned.
In the second game, it was Columbia's turn to attempt a bases loaded, seventh inning comeback. They too failed when Rider pitcher Krista Morrone (pictured left) struck out the final batter to give the Broncs a 4-3 win. A two out, sixth inning RBI single by Amanda Irving proved to be the winner in this one. Dana Sensi had another good game, hitting 1 for 2 with an RBI; Lauren Davies also had an RBI, and Kim Valdes hit 2 for 3.

Siena left Hampton still looking for their first win of the season after dropping a close 4-3 game to the host Lady Pirates. They fell behind 3-0, and again unearned runs was the problem with three of them scored by Hampton today. Alyssa Lancaster pitched a good game, but four Siena errors spoiled the performance. Shannon Jones had a fine day at the plate, hitting 3 for 4. RBIs were provided by Meg Volz, Chelsea Stout and Jordan Sandrini. The Saints did have the tying run at third base in the seventh inning, but could not push the run across.

I have related Manhattan's Sunday in the article below this one.
It's going to be a busy week for the MAAC coming up, with games every weekday. On Monday, Marist will conclude play at the Dawg Pound Invitational, while St. Peter's will begin a run at the Spring Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Florida.

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