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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top MAAC Freshmen Of 2013

Elena Bowman, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

.357; 12 Home Runs; 34 RBIs

Nicole Cheek, Marist Red Foxes

.359; 12 Home Runs; 44 RBIs; 38 Runs

Meghan Cuda, Canisius Golden Griffins

.343; 34 Runs; 17 RBIs; Leads Nation In Triples (7); 11 Stolen Bases

Bethany DeMarco, Canisius Golden Griffins

.309; 11 RBIs

Maureen Duddy, Marist Red Foxes

.301; 32 Runs; 11 Stolen Bases

Lauren Filicia, Fairfield Stags

.319; 24 RBIs; 8 Stolen Bases

Lee Harrison, St. Peter's Peacocks

.311; 8 Home Runs; 22 RBIs; 28 Runs

Alyssa Lancaster, Siena Saints

.359; 25 RBIs

Sarah Schutz, Iona Gaels

.311; 7 Home Runs; 25 RBIs

Dana Sensi, Rider Broncs

.317; 6 Home Runs; 27 RBIs; 22 Runs


Monday, April 29, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/29/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Jessika-Jo Sandrini, Siena Saints

Jessika-Jo brought the Saints one step closer to making MAACs for the first time in a decade. In four pivotal conference games, she was 3-1 as a pitcher, with a 2.67 ERA. In the batter's box, she hit .387 with four RBIs. She also reached base by being hit too many times to count!

Pitcher Of The Week

Carly Argyle, Iona Gaels

"Gnarly" Carly was a workhorse, pitching all four conference games this weekend. Her 3-1 record helped put Iona back into the top four, and in control of their own destiny. Two of those wins were in extra innings games. She had an ERA of 1.35 in those MAAC games, and struck out 19.

Freshman Of The Week

Maureen Duddy, Marist Red Foxes

Maureen had a very productive week as her Red Foxes clinched a berth in the post season. She hit .500, scored 11 runs, drove home three, and stole four bases. She was a perfect 7 for 7 in the Red Foxes' sweep of St. Peter's.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Beth Kann Hits Shot Heard Round The MAAC; Iona And Niagara Split

Beth Kann's dramatic homer put Iona in the driver's seat
Niagara 2
Iona 0

Iona 4
Niagara 3 (8)

The Iona Gaels and Niagara Purple Eagles split a crucial MAAC doubleheader Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.

Game one saw the continuance of the dominant pitching of Niagara's Jen Sansano. The junior transfer was once again brilliant, shutting out the Gaels while striking out 11; she walked only one batter and scattered three hits. The Purple Eagles went in front in the top of the first inning thanks to Alexis Wayne's RBI single; it would be all they'd need. But they did add another run in the top of the fourth inning with an Ambur Farmer RBI single, and went on to win 2-0. Carly Argyle herself pitched very well in taking the loss, striking out eight. Alexis Wayne was 2 for 3 for Niagara; Sarah Schutz had two of Iona's three hits.

Niagara, needing a win to clinch a tournament berth, jumped to a 2-0 first inning lead in game two when Becky Zill launched a bomb over the fence. They increased their lead to 3-0 in the next inning when Aileen Hinton doubled home a run. Iona began to rally in the bottom of the third inning when Bri Schauer's RBI single cut the Niagara lead to 3-1. The bottom of the fourth inning saw Iona hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game, solo shots by Katie Jansson and Carly Argyle. In the fifth inning, Jen Sansano entered the game in relief of Niagara starter Kim Bryson, and shut down Iona for another three innings. The game went to extras, and in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior Beth Kann launched a pitch over the center field fence, sending the defending champions into a frenzy of celebration. It was one of the biggest hits in Iona history; a loss would have made Iona's chances at the tournament very slender. As it turned out, that is now Niagara's chances, after their fabulous streak. Jen Sansano took the loss, but you can hardly blame her for anything; she was the main reason the Purple Eagles climbed back into contention. Carly Argyle got the win, pitching 15 innings on the day, and getting three crucial MAAC wins over the weekend. Katie Jansson was 3 for 3 in the game for Iona. Becky Zill and Ambur Farmer had two hits each for Niagara.

Iona is 8-6. They must sweep St. Peter's next weekend to get in, because Manhattan at 9-7 owns the tiebreaker between the two teams. Niagara finished MAAC play at 9-7; they must hope that Siena loses all four of their remaining games.


Siena And Manhattan Split Crucial Doubleheader

Siena 14
Manhattan 3 (6)

Manhattan 5
Siena 4 (8)

The Siena Saints and Manhattan Lady Jaspers split a MAAC doubleheader full of post season implications Sunday in Riverdale, NY.

The Saints came out firing in game one, a 14-3 win. They jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning; RBIs by Stephanie Viggiano and Paige Lloyd set up Melanie Kalesse, whose triple drove home two runs, giving Siena the big lead. The Saints got four more runs in the top of the fourth inning with a Paige Lloyd home run; a two RBI double by Jessika-Jo Sandrini; and an RBI single by Alyssa Lancaster. The Lady Jaspers finally got on the board in the bottom of the same inning when Meaghan McDevitt launched a three run homer. But Siena would score six more times in the top of the sixth to end the game early. Meg Volz and Stephanie Viggiano both drove home a pair of runs; Shannon Jones added another RBI. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got the win; Manhattan used four pitchers in the game, to no avail. Everyone in the Siena lineup had at least one hit.

It seemed that game two might follow the same pattern, with Siena taking an early 4-0 lead, but the LJs had fight left in them. An Alyssa Lancaster RBI in the top of the first inning got Siena on the board. In the third inning, Meg Volz lined a pitch over the fence good for three runs, and it looked like another breeze. However, Manhattan began to rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, with RBIs by Katie Bowen and Amanda Babcock halving the Siena lead. The LJs scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, with Elena Bowman and Amanda Babcock driving home the runs. The teams then went to extra innings, with Manhattan facing elimination from post season contention. The game ended on an unfortunate note. The Saints' second baseman, Stephanie Viggiano, was shaken up in a collision in the bottom of the seventh inning. Outfielder Mandy Ferro moved to the infield as a replacement, and committed an error in the bottom of the eight inning that allowed Katie Bowen to score the winning run, unearned and without a hit in the inning. Tough break for the Saints.

Siena is now 8-4, and they can decide their destiny on the field. Manhattan closes MAAC play at 9-7, and will be looking for help next weekend.

Red Foxes Clinch Berth With Sweep Of St. Peter's

Maureen Duddy was 7 for 7 with 8 runs in the doubleheader
Marist 17
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Marist 11
St. Peter's 3 (5)

The Marist Red Foxes secured a spot in the upcoming MAAC Championship by sweeping the St. Peter's Peacocks Sunday in Jersey City, NJ.

Marist took no chances in their quest of a sweep that would give them a post season berth. They pummeled the Peacocks 17-0 in game one, pounding out 20 hits. Home runs were hit by Nicole Cheek, Alyssa Zahka, Aly Klemmer and Kyrsten Van Natta. Dani Koltz, Nicole Cheek and Alyssa Zahka had four RBIs each. Emily Osterhaus earned the easy win.

Game two was more of the same, with Marist jumping in front 11-0 until freshman Lee Harrison hit a three run homer for St. Peter's in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dani Koltz homered for Marist, and picked four more RBIs for a total of eight on the day. Janine Lalli was 3 for 3, as was Maureen Duddy, who finished a perfect 7 for 7 on the day, while scoring an incredible eight runs. Paige Lewis earned the win.

Marist is now 10-4, and in first place, owning the tiebreaker over Fairfield. St. peter's dropped to 1-13.

Stags Clinch Berth With Sweep Of Canisius

Rae Ball remains the top pitcher in the MAAC
Fairfield 3
Canisius 1

Fairfield 5
Canisius 1

The Fairfield Stags earned a berth in the MAAC Championship with a pair of easy wins over the Canisius Golden Griffins Sunday in Fairfield, CT.

Game one saw the Stags score all their runs in the bottom of the third inning. After loading the bases with a couple walks and a Kristen Filicia double, Fairfield opened the scoring when Canisius starter Amanda Baun hit Lauren Filicia with a pitch. This was followed with Sam Frungillo's double which produced two more runs. Canisius couldn't get to Fairfield starter Rae Ball until the seventh inning when they scored one run, but by then it was too late. Rae improved her record to 12-7. Sam Frungillo was 2 for 3 in the game.

Game two gave the Stags the chance to clinch a top four spot, and they did with a 5-1 win. Again the Stags scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning, with RBIs by the Filicia sisters, Kristen and Lauren, and the help of a Canisius error. The Stags scored twice more in the fifth inning, with the help of another Canisius error, and Taylor August's RBI. Becca Trott picked up the win; Jen Consaul took the loss. Kristen Filicia was 3 for 4.

Fairfield is now 10-4, and will prepare for the tournament. They have two more MAAC games remaining, with a chance at the number seed. Canisius dropped to 6-8, and out of post season contention.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saints Jump Into First With Sweep Of St. Peter's

Home run and 4 RBIs for Shannon Jones in game one
Siena 7
St. Peter's 3

Siena 9
St. Peter's 5

The Siena Saints found themselves at the top of the heap after sweeping St. Peter's Saturday in Jersey City, NJ.

Long RBI sacrifice flies by Siena's big hitters, Shannon Jones and Jessika-Jo Sandrini, in the top of the first inning in game one gave the Saints the quick 2-0 lead. The spunky Peacocks would fight back to take a 3-2 lead after four innings, thanks to an RBI single by Amber Velasquez and a two run single by Stephanie Gilronan. This seemed to wake up the Saints, who would retake the lead in the top of the fifth inning when Paige Lloyd doubled home two runs to put Siena on top 4-3. The Saints refused to allow the Peacocks back in the game when Shannon Jones, feeling under the weather this weekend, smashed a three run homer in the top of the seventh. Jessika-Jo Sandrini picked up the win; Shelby Beaver suffered the loss.

Siena again jumped to a first inning lead in game two, this time with four runs. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got things going with an RBI single; Abby Carpenter then cleared the bases for three RBIs with a double down the right field line. But again, St. Peter's scratched their way back, tying the game at 4-4, first striking with Sierra Parker's RBI single in the first; then scoring three times in the second inning with two more RBIs off the bat of Stephanie Gilronan and an unearned run scored by Taylor Corretjer. Siena, however, would take the lead for good in the top of the third inning when Abby Carpenter drove home her fourth run of the game with a single. The Saints would go on to score two runs in each of the game's final two innings. RBIs by Alyssa Lancaster and Paige Lloyd in the sixth; and a two run single by Meg Volz in the seventh gave them the 9-5 win. Jessika-Jo Sandrini picked up another win, improving her record to 10-6. Erica Colon took the loss. Jessika-Jo also had three hits in the game.

Siena improved to 7-3, and will be at Manhattan Sunday for a big test. St. Peter's dropped to 1-11, and will host Marist Sunday.

Purple Eagles Continue To Soar With Sweep Of Rider

Amanda Werth was 5 for 5 and is hitting .364

Niagara 5
Rider 1

Niagara 9
Rider 1 (5)

The Niagara Purple Eagles won their sixth consecutive MAAC game with a sweep of the Rider Broncs Saturday in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Game one featured again Jen Sansano, who has been pitching out of her mind for Niagara during their winning streak. Jen came within one out of throwing her second MAAC no hitter of the season, allowing only Kehli Washington's seventh inning single. The Purple Eagles scored a run in each of the game's first two innings. Brittany Richberg scored an unearned run after singling in the first; Aileen Hinton led off the second with a solo home run, and Niagara was up 2-0. A Becky Zill RBI single in the top of the fourth inning increased Niagara's lead to 3-0; Becca Saggiomo and Brittany Richnerg added RBIs in the top of the fifth inning to give Niagara a five run lead. Although Jen Sansano was one out away from the "no no", she did walk the bases loaded in the seventh inning, with Kehli Washington's hit producing a run. She struck out 11 for the game. Ali Meagher took the loss for Rider. Amanda Werth was 2 for 2 for Niagara.

Game two was an easy 9-1 five inning win for the increasingly confident Purple Eagles. Niagara jumped on starter Ali Meagher (who must be tired by now for pitching every inning for the Broncs) for four first inning runs, never looking back. Ambur Farmer hit a home run, and drove home three runs. Amanda Werth was 3 for 3 with two RBIs; Becky Zill also drove home two runs. Becca Saggiomo had what appeared to be her first college homer, but after much discussion amongst the umpires, it was called back and ruled a ground rule double, good for one RBI. It's the second time in a week Niagara had a homer called. But no worry; Niagara had this game well in hand. Kim Bryson won her third consecutive game, steadily improving from her slow start.

Niagara is now 8-6, and may be playing the best softball in the conference at this time. They close their MAAC schedule Sunday with a huge doubleheader at Iona. Rider is now 3-11, and officially eliminated from tournament possibility.

Gaels Back In Race With Sweep Of Canisius

Senior Jodi Petersen knows how to win
Iona 3
Canisius 2 (9)

Iona 8
Canisius 1

The Iona Gaels jumped back into the MAAC's top four with a sweep of the Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday at the Rice Oval in New Rochelle, NY.

I've said all along that the Iona Gaels would rely on experience to try to make a run at the MAAC tournament, and they did just that today while exploiting Canisius' lack of the same quality. Jodi Petersen, she of the three championship rings, clubbed a dramatic walk off ninth inning home run to lift the Gaels back into contention. But she wouldn't have had that chance if not for some damaging miscues by Canisius. The Golden Griffins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Robin Kennery hit a bases loaded single. Canisius starter Amanda Baun was well in control when a passed ball got past freshman catcher Bethany DeMarco, subbing for the injured Stephanie Pfenter, allowing Katie Jansson to score from third base. But it was a fatal mistake in the bottom of the fifth inning that may have spelled the Griffs' doom. With two outs, and Beth Kann on first base after a walk, Canisius left fielder Tori Nappo misplayed the third out which resulted in Beth Kann scoring all the way from first base, and allowing Iona another chance in extra innings. Jodi Petersen grabbed that chance, like champions do. Carly Argyle got the win for Iona, striking out five.

Game two saw an obviously demoralized Canisius team, and the Gaels won with little effort, 8-1. Carly Argyle pitched another complete game, in good control walking only two batters. "Gnarly" Carly also drove home three runs in the game as a batter. Allie Hand and Brianna King had two RBIs each. Jen Consaul took the loss for Canisius.

Iona is now 7-5, and will host streaking Niagara Sunday for a crucial doubleheader. Canisius is 6-6, and not out of it yet, but have a hard road that leads through Fairield and Siena.

Marist And Manhattan Beat Each Others Aces In Split

Manhattan 7
Marist 2

Marist 8
Manhattan 0

The Marist Red Foxes and Manhattan Lady Jaspers split an important MAAC doubleheader Saturday at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.

Marist got all over Manhattan starter Kelsi Redding in the top of the first inning of game one, scoring twice thanks to an RBI single by Kyrsten Van Natta and a wild pitch that allowed Alyssa Zahka to scamper home. They would score no more against Kelsi, who would allow only two more Marist hits the remainder of the game. The Lady Jaspers wrenched control of the game from Marist in the bottom of the second inning. After Jen Keller hit a bases loaded single for one run, and with the bases still loaded, Katie Bowen (pictured) smashed an Emily Osterhaus pitch over the center field fence for a grand slam, and a 5-1 LJs lead. Manhattan added two more runs in the sixth, one of them unearned, and one of the the result of Emily Cutler's RBI double. Amanda Paxson and Andi Stallard each had two hits for the LJs.

Game two was flipped in favor of Marist, who won going away 8-0. Paige Lewis (pictured) got the complete game shutout for the Red Foxes, with the help of three double plays turned by the Marist defense, something they've excelled at all season. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, with three runs on five hits. Janine Lalli, Colleen McWilliams and Dani Koltz all singled home runs. Marist put up three more runs in the top of the fourth inning, with repeat performances by Janine Lalli and Colleen McWilliams. Janine singled home one run, Colleen doubled home two. A Dani Koltz solo homer in the sixth; and a Christina Lausch RBI double in the seventh closed out the scoring. Katie Bowen took the loss for Manhattan, which meant that both teams aces lost...go figure! Freshman Colleen McWilliams enjoyed her best day in her career, with those three RBIs in an important win.

Marist is now 8-4; Manhattan 8-6. Both teams are very much in the hunt for the tournament. Manhattan closes out MAAC play at home Sunday against Siena. Marist will play at St. Peter's tomorrow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Danielle Cacciola Signs With Siena



Danielle Cacciola of Eastchester, NY has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Siena College beginning in the 2014 season.

Another spring signing for Siena as they stock up on pitchers. Actually, Danielle is quite a good hitter also, batting .483 for the Eastchester Eagles last season, with 24 RBIs in 21 games. Back to her pitching, Danielle is a hard thrower who averages about 10 strikeouts per game. She plays travel ball with the Frozen Ropes Gold.

Congratulations Danielle!

Katie Casey Commits To Siena



Katie Casey of Braintree, MA has verbally committed to play softball at Siena College beginning in the 2014 season.

Siena has an interesting spring signing, one that fills a need after the early departure of a freshman pitcher last fall. Katie is a 6 foot tall pitcher at Braintree High School, where the past two seasons she had a record of 20-9 with an ERA of about 1.50; she averages a strikeout per inning. She has played travel ball with the Massachusetts Drifters Gold.

Congratulations Katie!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/23/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Becky Zill, Niagara Purple Eagles

Becky led her team back into the MAAC race, winning 5 of 6 conference games, in which she batted .526 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Pitcher Of The Week

Jen Sansano, Niagara Purple Eagles

Jen pitched three consecutive conference game shutouts last week, including a no hitter against Manhattan.

Freshman Of The Week

Alyssa Lancaster, Siena Saints

Alyssa hit .500 in Siena's four conference games last week, driving home six runs. She delivered the key hit, the Saints' only one, in Siena's 2-1 win over Fairfield.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Niagara Gets Back In Race With Sweep Of St. Peter's

Alexis Wayne is hitting .441 in conference games
Niagara 5
St. Peter's 0

Niagara 10
St. Peter's 2 (6)

The Niagara Purple Eagles evened their conference record at 6-6 with a sweep of the St. Peter's Peacocks Monday in Lewiston, NY.

The MAAC's hottest pitcher, Jen Sansano, got the start for Niagara in game one fresh off her no hitter of yesterday, and continued her circle dominance. Jen struck out 13 in the game, scattering seven hits and walking only one. The 5-0 win was her third consecutive MAAC shutout. The Purple Eagles scored all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to three doubles. Brittany Richberg drove home two runs; Katie Gruarin drove home one; then Alexis Wayne drove home another two. Erica Colon took the loss for St. Peter's; she was relieved by Shelby Beaver, who threw four shutout innings. Brittany Richberg was 3 for 4 for Niagara; Nicole Olmedo was 2 for 3 for the Peacocks.

Nicole Olmedo put St. Peter's ahead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning in game two, but it was all Niagara after that. The Purple Eagle scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. A bases loaded walk to Katie Gruarin was followed by Becky Zill's two run double tp put Niagara in front for good. In the fourth inning, a two run single by Gabby Lustrinelli gave Niagara a 5-1 lead. After Fran D'Amato's RBI single in the top of the fifth inning cut Niagara's lead to 5-2; the Purple Eagles went up 7-2 in the bottom of the same inning thanks to RBIs by Brittany Richberg and Alexis Wayne. The game ended early in the bottom of the sixth inning with two more doubles; Desarae's Maldonado's scored one run, then Amanda Werth's scored two for the 10-2 run rule win. Kim Bryson earned her second consecutive win while striking out seven; Tori Feorenzo took the loss.

Niagara improved to 6-6, and are back in the tournament hunt. They will play their remaining games on the road. St. Peter's fell to 1-9.

Siena And Fairfield Split Intense Doubleheader

Rae Ball hit 2 homers Sunday, including a grand slam
Fairfield 5
Siena 4

Siena 2
Fairfield 1

The Siena Saints and Fairfield Stags split a tournament like MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Loudonville, NY.

Game one of this series started out looking like it might be a Fairfield blowout. After one out, the Stags quickly loaded the bases, and went ahead 1-0 when Siena starter Jessika-Jo Sandrini walked Lauren Filicia. Rae Ball then stepped to the plate and drilled a pitch over the fence, giving Fairfield a stunning 5-0 lead. However, Jessika-Jo would limit the Stags to just one hit the rest of the game, allowing her team a chance to rally. A sacrifice fly by Meg Volz got the Saints on the board in the bottom of the second inning, then they put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within 5-4, with Shannon Jones and Jessika-Jo Sandrini providing RBIs. Fairfield starter Rae Ball hung tough though, and retired Siena in order in the seventh to preserve the win. Each team had four hits in the game.

Becca Trott started for Fairfield in game two, and it was Rae Ball who again homered, in the second inning, to give the Stags a 1-0 lead. Becca would allow only one Siena hit in the game, but it was a big one. In the bottom of the fourth inning, after walks to Shannon Jones and Jessika-Jo Sandrini, Alyssa Lancaster (pictured left) stroked a single to left field which scored Shannon and sent J-J to third. A sacrifice fly by Meg Volz scored the winning run. Jessika-Jo pitched a great game for the win, and after that big first inning of game one, allowed Fairfield only one run in 13 innings. Lauren Liseth was 2 for 3 for Fairfield in this game. The Stags are now 8-4 and in second place in the MAAC. Siena is now 5-3, and in third place.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Purple Eagles Sweep Manhattan

Becky Zill hit a pair of homers in game one
Niagara 5
Manhattan 0

Niagara 11
Manhattan 6

The Niagara Purple Eagles took a step to get back in the MAAC race when they swept Manhattan Sunday in Lewiston, NY.

As written here Sunday afternoon, junior Jen Sansano pitched a no hitter in Niagara's 5-0 game one win. She struck out 10 in the effort, walking only two. It was the second no hitter in Jen's career; and she has been pitching great as of late, which may help the Purple Eagles get back in contention. Offensively, Becky Zill was responsible for four runs, hitting two run homers in the third and fourth innings. Niagara added another homer in the fifth...well, they thought they did. With two runners on, Aileen Hinton smashed a pitch over the fence, and began her home run trot. But she was called out! Why? The base runner in front of her, Ambur Farmer, missed third base when coming home. Aileen was ruled to have passed her, and they were both called out, ending the inning! Amanda Werth was ahead of them, so her run counted. In the end, Aileen was credited with an RBI single that went over the fence! Katie Bowen took the loss for Manhattan. Becky Zill was 3 for 4.

Game two began with Manhattan scoring a run in each of the game's first two innings, with Andi Stallard and Anna Gallacher picking up the RBIs. Niagara tied it up in the third inning with RBIs by Becky Zill, her fifth of the day, and Gabby Lustrinelli. The Lady Jaspers then seemed to take control of the game when they scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Amanda Babcock, Sydney Weedon, Andi Stallard and Meaghan McDevitt were credited with RBIs. With their whole season on the line, the Purple Eagles responded with an incredible nine run bottom of the fifth inning to win going away. They seemingly had the bases loaded with no outs forever, while Manhattan went through three pitchers. The big hit was Alexis Wayne's bases clearing double, but RBIs were also produced by Gabby Lustrinelli, Ambur Farmer, Desarae Maldonado, Amanda Werth and Brittany Richberg. Kim Bryson went on to earn her first win of the season, but not before Jen Sansano came in to finish with one more no hit inning. Alexis Wayne was 3 for 4 in the game for Niagara. The Purple Eagles improved to 4-6; Manhattan dropped to 7-5.

Red Foxes Take Over Top Spot With Sweep Of Rider

Aly Klemmer saved the day for Marist
Marist 8
Rider 5 (8)

Marist 4
Rider 3

The Marist Red Foxes swept a dramatic MAAC doubleheader against the Rider Broncs Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Once again, the shorthanded Rider Broncs proved that they are a thorn in the side to the rest of the MAAC, this time pushing Marist to the limit on their home field. The Broncs controlled game one for the first five innings, building a 5-0 lead. Two Marist throwing errors and an Amanda Irving RBI gave them a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. They expanded that lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Ally Breeden singled home Kehli Washington, who had led off with a triple, and Amanda Irving received a bases loaded walk. With their backs against the wall, the Red Foxes began to fight back, scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth inning. RBIs by Janine Lalli and Taylor Kuzma, and an error aided run scored by Kyrsten Van Natta cut the Rider lead to 5-3. Marist was down to their last strike in the bottom of the seventh inning when Aly Klemmer launched a two run rocket over the fence that sent the game to extra innings. Another rocket was launched by Nicole Cheek, her 10th of the season, giving Marist the 8-5 win. Emily Osterhaus got the win; Ali Meagher took the loss. Nicole Cheek was 3 for 4 for Marist; Amanda Irving 2 for 2 for the Broncs.

Wouldn't you know it, but Rider's only remaining pitcher, freshman Ali Meagher, once again pitched better in a game two. She did give up three runs to Marist in the bottom of the first inning, with RBIs going to Alyssa Zahka, Janine Lalli and Aly Klemmer, but would allow only one more the rest of the way, Alyssa Zahka's fourth inning infield single RBI. The Broncs got back in the game thanks to Mary Rossi's RBI double in the second inning; and Dana Sensi's two run homer in the sixth. Rider got the tying run to third base in the top of the seventh inning, but starter Paige Lewis got Ally Breeden to ground out to end the game, earning the 4-3 win. Overworked Ali Meagher took the loss. Marist improved to 7-3, moving into first place in the MAAC for this weekend. Rider dropped to 3-7, but have gained a reputation for being a team no one in the MAAC wants to play right now!

Canisius Moves Into 4th Place With Sweep Of St. Peter's

Senior Amanda Baun won her last ever home start
Canisius 6
St. Peter's 1

Canisius 5
St. Peter's 2

The Canisius Golden Griffins wrapped up their MAAC home schedule with a sweep of the St. Peter's Peacocks Sunday in Buffalo, NY.

Senior day at Canisius saw Amanda Baun get her final start at the Demske Sports Complex, and she made the most of it, beating St. Peter's 6-1 with a nine strikeout performance. The Peacocks actually opened the scoring in this game in the top of the first inning. After Lee Harrison got all the way to second base due to third baseman Meghan Cuda's error, Sierra Parker singled her home for a 1-0 lead. But it was all Canisius after that. In the bottom of the third inning. Meghan Cuda led off with a double; Val Nappo's bunt moved her to third base (Val was safe on the play); and she scored on Robin Kennery's ground ball. RBIs by Bethany DeMarco and Stephanie Pfentner then gave the Griffs a 3-0 lead. Canisius added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bethany DeMarco doubled home two more runs, giving her three for the game, and Tori Nappo scored after an error. Erica Colon took the loss for St. Peter's; but she allowed only three earned runs while striking out six. Meghan Cuda, Bethany DeMarco and Val Nappo had two hits each for Canisius; Nicole Olmedo hit two doubles for St. Peter's.

Canisius jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning of game two thanks to an RBI double by Robin Kennery, and a two RBI single by Stephanie Pfentner.  The Peacocks got back in the game with a run in the fourth, which was scored by Lee Harrison stealing home; and a run in the sixth, which was scored after Fran D'Amato's ground ball out. But Canisius scored twice more in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 5-2 when, after Michelle DelPrince was walked, Meghan Cuda hit a shot down the right field line, and made it all the way home with an exciting inside the park home run. Jen Consaul earned her MAAC leading 15th win of the season; Tori Feorenzo took the loss, although only two of the Canisius runs were earned. Canisius improved to 6-4 in the MAAC; St. Peter's fell to 1-9.

JEN SANSANO THROWS NO HITTER!

Breaking...

Niagara junior pitcher Jen Sansano just threw a no hitter in Niagara's 5-0 game one win over Manhattan at Niagara Field. Jen struck out 10 in her second consecutive MAAC shutout. More on the game later.

Saints Jump Into Top 4 With Sweep Of Rider

Walk off winner for Mandy Ferro in game two
Siena 16
Rider 0 (5)

Siena 7
Rider 6

The Siena Saints won their fourth consecutive conference game with a sweep of the Rider Broncs Saturday in Loudonville, NY.

Game one in this series was somewhat surreal, with the Saints pounding out 19 hits and scoring 16 runs in four innings in the run rule win. It was so lopsided, one wished that Siena coach Bill Lajeunesse might send in the bat girl as a pinch hitter to show some mercy. The Saints scored six runs in the first inning; seven runs in the third inning, and three runs in the fourth inning. Home runs were hit by Abby Carpenter, Shannon Jones and Mikaela Searight. Abby was 3 for 3 with three RBIs; Shannon was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Stephanie Viggiano and Mandy Ferro each had three hits. Meg Volz and Paige Lloyd each had two RBIs. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got the easy win. Ali Meagher took the loss.

However...

As is their style, the shorthanded Broncs bounced back in game two, playing as hard as they could, and very nearly threw a monkey wrench in the Saints' postseason plans. Rider is an amazing team this year. This has happened to them before, but they never get demoralized. Siena found themselves in a real battle in the second game, pulling it out in the seventh inning. But the Saints did take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a Meg Volz RBI and an unearned run scored by Melanie Kalesse. But if they thought they were in for another cakewalk, they were wrong. Rider responded by scoring a run in each of the next four innings to take a 4-2 lead. In the second, Gina McCool singled home a run. In the third, Emily Cottrell singled home a run. In the fourth, Dana Sensi drove one home. And in the fifth, Gina McCool gave the Broncs a two run lead. Freshman Ali Meagher, the Broncs' only pitcher, who had given up so much in game one, pitched markedly better in game two, as she has done in other doubleheaders. I think at this point Siena hit the panic button. They pulled to within 4-3 of Rider in the fifth inning when Alyssa Lancaster's single and an error scored Jessika-Jo Sandrini. The Saints then scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Paige Lloyd smashed a lead off homer, then Alyssa Lancaster's two run double gave Siena what seemed to be a comfortable lead headed to the seventh. It wasn't. The Broncs pulled to within one run with Gina McCool's double; they tied the Saints when Mary Rossi hit a two RBI single. But Siena would win the game and get the sweep in the bottom of the seventh, walk off style. After Abby Carpenter singled, and her pinch runner Chelsea Stout was bunted to third, Mandy Ferro calmly delivered the game winning hit, a single to left field, and Siena survived. Jessika-Jo Sandrini picked up her second win of the day to improve to 7-5. Ali Meagher took the loss.

Siena is now 4-2, in the top four, and awaiting the Fairfield Stags, who will be in Loudonville Sunday. Rider fell to 3-7; but you have to admire the way they play in adversity. Down the road, that may serve them well.

Iona and Marist Split

Sarah Schutz drove home 7 runs in the doubleheader
Marist 5
Iona 4

Iona 12
Marist 4

The Iona Gaels and Marist Red Foxes split a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Game one was a close one, although Marist never trailed in their 5-4 win. The Red Foxes jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, with all the runs being driven home courtesy of Nicole Cheek's ninth homer of the season. Nicole has 11 RBIs in her last six conference games. Iona pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the third inning when Sarah Schutz hit a two run single. The Gaels had loaded the bases thanks to two Marist errors and a walk. Marist would commit eight errors in the doubleheader. Marist got one back in the bottom of the same inning, taking a 4-2 lead thanks to Joelle Zahka's RBI. They increased that lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dani Koltz hit a solo homer. But Iona would cut that lead to 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning, helped by an error that allowed Sydney Dimon to score. Sarah Schutz added her third RBI of the game. However, Marist starter Emily Osterhaus shut the door the rest of the way for the win. Only one of the runs against her was earned. Carly Argyle took the loss for Iona.

Iona began game two needing a win badly to stay in the race, and they dominated, winning 12-4. In fact, they nearly run ruled Marist on their home field. Again, an error cost Marist in the top of the second inning, allowing Carly Argyle to score the game's first run. The Gaels then exploded for five runs in the top of the third, with home runs coming off the bats of Bri Schauer, Beth Kann and Katie Jansson. Katie's was a three run blast. Allie Hand drove home a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to put Iona in front 8-0. Marist averted the run rule with Aly Klemmer's two run homer in the bottom of the fifth, but it mattered little. In the top of the seventh, freshman sensation Sarah Schutz clubbed a grand slam home run to give the Gaels an even dozen runs. Marist added a pair of runs in the bottom of the same inning. Carly Argyle, making her second start of the day, got the win. Janine Lalli took the loss.

Marist is 5-3 in the MAAC, and in solid position. But they can't be committing eight errors in conference doubleheaders and expect good results. Iona is 5-5, and still in the hunt.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Manhattan And Canisius Split

Robin Kennery drove home 5 runs in the doubleheader
Manhattan 5
Canisius 4

Canisius 6
Manhattan 1

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers and Canisius Golden Griffins split a MAAC doubleheader on a cold Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

The Demske Sports Complex used to be a house of horrors for the Lady Jaspers, having gone something like 20 years without winning there, but no more. They earned their second consecutive split at Canisius when they won game one 5-4. The LJs stormed to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, knocking Canisius starter Amanda Baun out of the game in the process, thanks to Sydney Weedon's home run blast and RBIs by their two big hitters, Katie Bowen and Elena Bowman. Manhattan incresed that lead to 5-0 when Andi Stallard hit a two run homer, the first of her college career, off reliever Jenn Solis. The Griffs attempted to come back, first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, with RBI singles by Val Nappo and Robin Kennery; then with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, when pinch hitter Marissa Miller hit a two run home run. But Manhattan reliever Erin Hamm shut the door for the final 1.2 innings, earning a save and preserving Katie Bowen's win. Amanda Baun took the loss for Canisius.

Game two was dominated by Canisius pitcher Jen Consaul, who gained her MAAC leading 14th win by holding Manhattan to one unearned run in a 6-1 win. She struck out eight in the game. Offensively for Canisius, Robin Kennery drove home four runs, three of which came in the bottom of the third inning when she hit her second home run of the season. Jen Consaul and Marissa Miller also drove home runs in that inning. Amanda Paxson drove home Manhattan's only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning, but Robin Kennery matched that in the bottom of the same inning with an RBI single. Amy Bright took the loss for the LJs. Robin Kennery and Meghan Cuda were both 3 for 4 for Canisius.

Manhattan improved to 7-3, and are tied at the top of the MAAC with Fairfield, although the Stags hold the tiebreaker against them. Canisius is now 4-4, and have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to qualify for the tournament.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Purple Eagles Shut Down Canisius Offense In Split

Jen Sansano 2 hit the Griffs in the game one shutout
Niagara 1
Canisius 0

Canisius 2
Niagara 1

Niagara and Canisius split a MAAC doubleheader Thursday in Buffalo, NY.

The Canisius Golden Griffins came into Thursday's doubleheader as the MAAC's leading offense, but found themselves stonewalled in game one by Niagara's Jen Sansano. Jen was masterful in limiting the Griffs to only two singles. The only threat Canisius had came in the bottom of the second inning when they loaded the bases with the help of an error and a walk. But Jen struck out Michelle DelPrince and induced a fly ball out to retire Canisius, who would never seriously threaten to score again. Niagara got the only run they needed in the top of the first inning, and it was an unearned one. A two out single by Becky Zill turned into a two bagger due to catcher Stephanie Pfentner's error, and Becky was then sent home by Alexis Wayne's double. The game was scoreless the rest of the way, with Niagara winning 1-0, doing serious damage to Canisius' hopes in the MAAC. Jen Sansano struck out eight, and walked only two. For Canisius, Amanda Baun pitched very well, striking out seven while allowing only three hits.

Again in game two, Canisius could not generate much offense, this time against Niagara starter Kim Bryson, who would pitch four innings before being relieved by Jen Sansano. But they did manage a run in the bottom of the third inning after Meghan Cuda scored on a fielder's choice. The Griffs added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Michelle DelPrince and Chloe Contreras executed a double steal, with Chloe getting home safely. They would need the run, because Niagara mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, scoring a run when Gabby Lustrinelli singled home Becky Zill. They had the tying run on second base, but Amanda Werth grounded out to give Canisius the 2-1 win. Jen Consaul got the win for the Griffs, her 13th of the season. She allowed no earned runs, and struck out six. Kim Bryson dropped to 0-13 with the loss. Bethany DeMarco was 2 for 2 for the Golden Griffins. Canisius is now 3-3 in the MAAC; Niagara 2-6.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MAAC Stars Of The Week* 4/16/13

*Not the official MAAC Players Of The Week, but as chosen by this blog

Player Of The Week

Nicole Cheek, Marist Red Foxes

Nicole hit .500 in games last week, with two home runs and 10 RBIs. In four conference games, she led the Red Foxes' 2-2 western trip with a homer and eight RBIs, including five in their win at Canisius.

Pitcher Of The Week

Becca Trott, Fairfield Stags

Becca pitched her best games of the season with two conference wins this past weekend. She beat St. Peter's 3-0, and Manhattan 4-1, moving the Stags into first place. She allowed no earned runs, and struck out 14.

Freshman Of The Week

Elena Bowman, Manhattan Lady Jaspers

Elena hit .636 in MAAC games this past weekend, including a 4 for 4 performance in a loss at Fairfield. She also hit her conference leading 10th home run.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saints Sweep Niagara; Get Back In Race

Shannon Jones drove home all 5 Siena runs in game one
Siena 5
Niagara 2

Siena 10
Niagara 7

The Siena Saints swept an important pair of MAAC games from the Niagara Purple Eagles Monday in Lewiston, NY.

Senior Shannon Jones stepped up for the Saints in game one, opening the scoring in the third inning by doubling home Meg Volz and  Melanie Kalesse. She really made a statement in the fifth inning of the still close game when she launched a pitch over the fence with two runners on, giving Siena a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the same inning, thanks to RBI singles by Katie Gruarin and Alexis Wayne, but they would get no closer in the 5-2 loss. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got the win in perhaps her best pitching performance of the season, striking out five. Jen Sansano took the loss, in spite of a 10 strikeout performance. Alexis Wayne was 3 for 4 for Niagara.

The Saints got on the board first in game two when Paige Lloyd hit a solo homer in the second inning. This seemed to motivate Niagara, who put up three runs in the bottom of the second, with RBIs coming from Aileen Hinton and Becca Saggiomo. The Saints pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the third inning with Meg Vilz's RBI single, then exploded for a six run fourth. In that inning, Melanie Kalesse singled home a run; then a bases loaded single by Jessika-Jo Sandrini scored two more. Meg Volz, Paige Lloyd and Stephanie Viggiano added RBIs to give Siena an 8-3 lead. Stephanie Viggiano and Paige Lloyd RBIs extended that lead to 10-3 in the sixth inning. Niagara tried to make a late rally, but it was too little, too late, and the Saints had the MAAC sweep. Alyssa Lancaster got the win; Sydney Smyers took the loss after entering the game early when the Saints knocked starter Kim Bryson out of the game. Mandy Ferro, Meg Volz and Paige Lloyd each had three hits for the Saints. Meg and Paige had thee RBIs each. Brittany Richberg had three hits for the Purple Eagles. Siena improved to 2-2 in the MAAC; Niagara fell to 1-5.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rider Hangs Tough; Splits With Iona

Ali Meagher is pitching more than figured her freshman season...a lot more!

Rider 10
Iona 6

Iona 10
Rider 5 (8)

The Rider Broncs and Iona Gaels split a wild doubleheader Sunday in Lawrenceville, NJ.

The Rider Broncs began the season with three freshmen pitchers for their staff. They are now down to one. Emily Cottrell is their emergency pitcher, but barring that, Ali Meagher will pitch every inning. After going two games on Saturday, Ali beat Iona today. She very nearly beat them twice! Rider coach Carroll said,“This team has been dealt things that in my 28 years of coaching, I have not seen”. And yet, the Broncs admirably played their guts out today! They shocked the Gaels in game one by storming to a 4-0 first inning lead. It started when freshman Dana Sensi smashed a three run homer over the center field fence. A Mary Rossi sacrifice fly RBI then gave the Broncs the quick four run lead. Iona got all those runs back with a five hit attack in the top of the fourth inning. Red hot Sarah Schutz began the rally with a two run blast over the right field fence. RBI singles by Sydney Dimond and Katie Jansson then tied the game at 4-4. But the Broncs went back in front for good in the bottom of the same inning. A bases loaded single by Ally Breeden brought home one run, and the resultant error scored two more to give Rider a 7-4 lead. Amanda Irving's two RBI double in the fifth inning increased the Broncs' lead to 9-4. Kim Valdes homered in the sixth inning making the score 10-4. Iona added two runs in the seventh, but could get no closer than the 10-6 final. Amanda Irving was 3 for 4; Kehli Washington 2 for 2 with three runs scored. For Iona, Sarah Schutz was 3 for 4. Carly Argyle relieved Beth Kann back in the first inning, and took the loss.

It was the Iona Gaels who jumped in front in game two. A two RBI single by Allie Hand put them in the lead in the third inning. Beth Kann and Allie Hand RBIs gave them a 4-0 lead after five innings. Iona starter Carly Argyle was cruising along at this point, but she too had done a lot of pitching on this day, with her early relief appearance in game one. The Broncs finally got to her in the bottom of the sixth. First Dana Sensi singled home a run, then Kim Valdes singled home two, and suddenly it was a 4-3 game. In the top of the seventh inning, Carly Argyle doubled, and eventually scored on a two out error. Turned out to be a huge run, because in the bottom of the seventh, Lauren Davies hit a dramatic two run homer for Rider to send the Broncs' faithful to hysteria and the game to extras. But in the top of the eighth, Iona scored five runs, three of them unearned. Allie Hand would produce her fourth RBI of the game in this inning, and Sydney Dimon doubled home two runs, giving the Gaels a 10-5 win. Jodi Petersen, Beth Kann, Bri Schauer, Carly Argyle and Katie Jansson all had two hits for the Gaels. Rider had 18 hits in this game - Kim Valdes and Kehli Washington both had three. Carly Argyle got the win; Ali Meagher took the loss. Iona is now 4-4 in the MAAC; Rider 3-5. It's been a season of growing pains for the freshmen pitching staff of Rider, as expected, But the way things are playing out, they may mature into an excellent force down the road. And they have a nice prospect coming on board next season.

Niagara And Marist Split

Jen Sansano struck out 11 in game two for Niagara
Marist 7
Niagara 5

Niagara 3
Marist 2

The Marist Red Foxes ended their western swing by splitting a MAAC doubleheader with the Niagara Purple Eagles Sunday in Niagara Falls, NY.

The Red Foxes came out swinging in game one, building a quick 6-0 lead. A Kyrsten Van Natta home run got them on the board in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Marist then scored five runs in the top of the third inning, beginning with Nicole Cheek's  three run home run blast. Nicole finished with eight RBIs on the weekend. Joelle Zahka then increased the Marist lead to 6-0 with an RBI double. Niagara got half of those runs back in the bottom of the same inning, with a fielder's choice RBI by Becky Zill, and a two run double off the bat of Alexis Wayne. A Colleen McWilliams RBI in the top of the fifth inning gave the Red Foxes a 7-3 lead. Niagara tried to rally with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to RBIs by Becky Zill and Alexis Wayne, but fell short and lost 7-5. Emily Osterhaus improved her MAAC record to 4-0; 7-6 overall. Kim Bryson took the loss, and is now inexplicably 0-12 this season. Nicole Cheek hit 3 for 4 for the Red Foxes.

Marist jumped to a 2-0 lead in game two thanks to Aly Klemmer's second inning, two run homer. But the Red Foxes would be shutdown the rest of the game by Niagara's Jen Sansano, who struck out 11 in the game, and allowed only three hits. The Purple Eagles finally scored in the fifth inning when Ambur Farmer doubled home Gabby Lustrinelli. They attempted to tie the game, but shortstop Kyrsten Van Natta gunned down Desarae Maldonado as she attempted to score. But Des got her revenge, as it was she who drove home the winning run after Becky Zill tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Desarae's double scored Gabby Lustrinelli for a final of 3-2. Janine Lalli took the loss. Marist is now 4-2 in the MAAC; Niagara 1-3.

Fairfield Sweeps Manhattan; Takes Over First

Becca Trott tossed a two hitter in game two
Fairfield 4
Manhattan 3 (8)

Fairfield 4
Manhattan 1

The Fairfield Stags handed the Manhattan Lady Jaspers their first MAAC losses of the season by sweeping them Sunday in Fairfield, CT.

Game one in this series was a MAAC classic, with the teams exchanging leads and finally settling the matter in extra innings. Fairfield opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Lauren Filicia sent home Sam Frungillo with a single. It would be the first of three RBIs in the game for Lauren. Her single in the third inning scored Lauren Liseth to give the Stags a 2-0 lead. The Lady Jaspers would come back to take the lead though. In the top of the fifth inning, MAAC home run leader Elena Bowman hit her 10th round tripper to cut the Fairfield lead in half. In the top of the sixth inning, Katie Bowen and Elena Bowman singles put the LJs on top 3-2. But in the bottom of the same inning, Lauren Filicia singled home her sister Kristen, and the game was all tied up at 3-3. Manhattan had an excellent chance to score in the top of the seventh inning, loading the bases with one out, but Rae Ball, who had been relieved by Lauren Falkanger one batter into the inning then reentered, got the final two outs. Third baseman Nicole Capra forced out Anna Gallacher at home to preserve the tie. In the bottom of the eight inning, leadoff hitter Lauren Liseth was walked, as she usually is in that situation. And again, she would score the winning run, on Rae Ball's two out single. It's the third time this MAAC season Lauren was walked to open the final inning where she scored the winner. Only Marist pitched to her, and they won. Rae Ball got the win; Katie Bowen took the loss. Lauren Filicia had three hits to go along with those three RBIs. For Manhattan, Elena Bowman was 4 for 4.

Game two was the Becca Trott show, as the junior pitched probably her finest game of the season. She no hit Manhattan through the game's first five innings, allowing a total of only two hits for the game. Manhattan's only run came on a wild pitch. Fairfield scored all four of their runs in the game's first two innings. Lauren Filicia got her fourth RBI of the day in the first inning, followed by Sammy Ruffolo's run scored after a passed ball. In the second inning, Lauren Liseth's RBI double, and Rae Ball's sacrifice fly gave the Stags a 4-0 lead; they cruised to victory the rest of the way behind Becca Trott's arm.  Kelsi Redding took the loss for Manhattan. Lauren Liseth was 2 for 2 for the Stags, who managed only five hits. But they made the most of them. Fairfield, with the sweep, solidified their position as MAAC favorites. Although Manhattan lost both games, they proved they are for real in 2013.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Manhattan Remains Perfect With Sweep Of Rider

Sydney Weedon's late inning homer won game two
Manhattan 13
Rider 1 (5)

Manhattan 5
Rider 1

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers improved their MAAC best record to 6-0 with a sweep of the Rider Broncs Saturday in Riverdale, NY.

The Lady Jaspers scored once in the bottom of the first inning of game one thanks to Amanda Babcock's RBI, but it was in the second inning when their offense exploded, scoring 11 runs. The LJs had six hits in that inning, and were helped by two errors. They seemed to forever have the bases loaded. RBIs by Amanda Babcock, Andi Stallard, Sydney Weedon, Jen Keller and two apiece by Katie Bowen and Elena Bowman paced the onslaught. Sydney Weedon added another RBI in the third inning. The run rule shutout was spoiled Amanda Irving's RBI in the top of the fifth inning; but Manhattan won 13-1. Katie Bowen got the win; Ali Meagher took the loss.

The bad news coming from Rider is that two of their freshmen pitchers are injured, very possibly for the rest of the season. Therefore Ali Meagher had to get right back in the circle for game two. Incredibly, after the game she just had, Ali pitched extremely well, holding the LJs to one run and three hits through the game's first five innings. The Broncs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Amanda Irving singled home Dana Sensi. Manhattan tied the score at 1-1 with Jen Keller's RBI. The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the sixth inning when Sydney Weedon drove a pitch over the center field fence good for two runs. After a walk to Emily Cutler, Katie Bowen increased the LJ lead to 5-1 with a homer over the right field fence. Amy Bright got the win, striking out six. Ali Meagher took the loss, and has a lot of pitching left in front of her. Rider dropped to 2-4.

Fairfield Sweeps St. Peter's

4 RBI day for Sammy Ruffolo
Fairfield 9
St. Peter's 1 (6)

Fairfield 3
St. Peter's 0

The Fairfield Stags swept the St. Peter's Peacocoks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Fairfield, CT.

Fairfield jumped in front 4-0 in game one in the first inning with only one hit, being helped by a pair of Peacocok errors. A sacrifice fly by Nicole Capra produced one run; Rae Ball's single produced two more. Lauren Liseth, who naturally had been intentionally walked, scored an unearned run. Amber Velasquez's first college home run in the top of the second inning cut Fairfield's lead to 4-1, but that was as close as the Peacocks would get. Kristen Filicia's two RBI single and Sammy Ruffolo's sacrifice fly gave the Stags a 7-1 lead after three innings. Sam Frungillo's solo homer in the fourth inning increased that lead to 8-1; and Rae Ball's third RBI of the game in the sixth inning ended the game early, giving Fairfield the 9-1 win. Rae got the win in the circle; Tori Feorenzo suffered the loss. Rae Ball was 3 for 4 in the game.

Game two was highlighted by Becca Trott's three hit shutout, a 3-0 win. Sammy Ruffolo drove home all three runs for the Stags. In the first inning, she singled home Kristen Filicia, who had tripled. In the second inning, Sammy tripled herself, sending home two runners. Erica Colon pitched well for the Peacocks, allowing only six hits, but took the loss. Fairfield improved to 5-3 in the MAAC; St. Peter's fell to 1-5.

Marist And Canisius Split

Nicole Cheek had 5 RBIs in the Red Foxes' win
Marist 10
Canisius 2

Canisius 6
Marist 4

The Marist Red Foxes and Canisius Golden Griffins split a MAAC doubleheader on a brisk and breezy Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

Game one started out very well for Canisius starting pitcher Amanda Baun, as she struck out the first seven Marist batters she faced. That great start did not last however. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the top of the third inning when Nicole Cheek hit a bases loaded single good for two runs. Canisius responded in the bottom of the same inning when Meghan Cuda, who hit her MAAC leading seventh triple, scored on Val Nappo's ground out. Marist put up four runs in the top of the fifth inning when Nicole Cheek again stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. This time she hit a triple that cleared the bases, giving her five RBIs for the game. She then scored after Alyssa Zahka's suicide squeeze bunt. Val Nappo did homer in the bottom of the same inning to cut the Red Foxes' lead to 6-2, but Marist blew the game open in the top of the seventh inning with a three run home run by Alyssa Zahka, and a solo shot by Kyrsten Van Natta, giving Marist a 10-2 win. Emily Osterhaus got the win, raising her MAAC record to 3-0. Amanda Baun took the loss, despite striking out a dozen batters.

Marist jumped to a 1-0 first inning lead in game two thanks to Alyssa Zahka's RBI, her fifth of the day. Canisius finally got their bats warm in the third inning, taking a 6-1 lead. A two RBI double by Robin Kennery, and an RBI double by Tori Nappo knocked Marist starter Melanie White out of the game. The first batter reliever Paige Lewis faced, Marissa Miller, drilled a pitch over the left field fence good for three runs. The Red Foxes' tried to get back in the game, with an RBI double by Janine Lalli, and a two run homer by Colleen McWillimas (the first of her career) in the fifth inning, but their rally fell short and Canisius won 6-4. Jen Consaul got the win, striking out six; Melanie White took the loss. Marist is now 3-1 in the MAAC; Canisius is 2-2.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Siena At Niagara Moved To Monday

The MAAC doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at Niagara University between the Purple Eagles and Saints has been moved to Monday because of soaking rains this past week. Niagara is still scheduled to host Marist on Sunday. Canisius, with their artificial field, will still be hosting Marist on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the MAAC on Saturday, Fairfield will host St. Peter's, and Manhattan will host Rider. Iona will be at St. John's for a non conference game.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Around The MAAC

Jenn Solis earned her first college win Tuesday
The MAAC did well in non conference play Tuesday. Let's begin in Fairfield, CT where the Stags were at the ball park of their crosstown rival Sacred Heart. The Pioneers seemed to be in control of this game when the Stags exploded for an incredible 11 seventh inning runs to win going away, 14-6. Freshman Nicole Capra had another 3 for 3 day for Fairfield; she drove home two runs as did Lauren Liseth, Taylor August, Sammy Ruffolo and Kristen Filicia.

Canisius swept a pair of games from local rival St. Bonaventure in their home opener. The Griffs overcame a 4-0 deficit in game one when they hit six consecutive singles in the fifth inning to tie the game. They added three more runs in the sixth inning for the 7-4 win. Robin Kennery drove home three runs; Michelle DelPrince was 2 for 2. In game two, freshman Jenn Solis made her first college start, and got the win, 4-2. Meghan Cuda was 3 for 4 in the game, and hit her sixth triple of the season.

Siena swept a home doubleheader vs. Holy Cross, and their bats were red hot in the pair of run rule wins. The Saints won game one 10-2 in five innings; Jessika-Jo Sandrini led the way with three RBIs, and the complete game win in the circle. Game two saw the Saints win again in five innings, 14-7. Alyssa Lancaster hit 3 for 4 with three RBIs; Stephanie Viggiano was 3 for 3 and Mandy Ferro also had three hits.

Niagara opened their home schedule by dropping a doubleheader to local rival Buffalo. The Purple Eagles were run ruled, 8-0, in game one as Kim Bryson's difficult junior year continued. She is now 0-11 in the circle this season. Game two lasted only five innings, but this time due to a rain storm that shortened the game. Niagara lost 1-0 despite another strong pitching performance by Jen Sansano.