Saturday, April 27, 2013

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.


Saggiomo Family said...

Congrats to Niagara Softball on going 9-1 in their last 10 games. The team is definitely responding to the positive atmosphere created by the current coaching staff led by Larry Puzan. We all knew that this team had the talent to win softball games & they now have a coach who believes in them! We never thought that a team would be as special to our family as my daughters Notre Dame H S. team that won a state title. This Purple Eagle team has shown us that we were wrong. The bond that they have built this year will last a lifetime. Our family cosiders it an honor to be a part of this special group of coaches, players & parents.

Proud to be a part of Purp Nation!!!!

The Saggiomo's

WNY Softball said...

It's not over yet for Niagara in 2013. They need help though.
BTW, I'm still trying to figure out why Becca's homer was called back?

Anonymous said...

Rider has a black net behind the outfield wall. The ball clearly hit the net & bounced back onto the field. The umpire on that side of the field ran half way to the wall & signaled HR. The Rider coach protested saying it was not a HR. After an umpires conference they decided it was not a HR. That's all I know. Odd decision!
All is good though....Niagara won the game

Iona parent said...

Sounds like some home cooking got that HR taken away. A friend of mine was at the game & said it was clearly a HR & the umpire signaled HR! I feel bad for the player!

Iona Softball parent.

WNY Softball said...

It's amazing it happened to Niagara twice in a week!

Rider Parent said...

Definitely a HR! I was there & saw the HR. The umpires should be ashamed of themselves for doing what they did.

Embarassed Rider Softball parent:(

Anonymous said...

Taking Hinton's HR away was unjustified also. It seems like the umpires are more & more becoming a factor in games. Good umpires fly under the radar & show confidence in their ability to work a game.

Just because a coach says something has happened....does not mean that it did! If you did not actually see something happen, don't make things up!

Yes I was there & no the player did not miss 3rd base. That's a fact!!!!!!

WNY Softball said...

That's very unbiased of you!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with the Saggiomo family! Congrats NU softball! They all should be very proud of what they accomplished! We are very proud of each and every one of them! It is amazing what a positive atmosphere can do! Having coaches that believe in you, just puts the icing on the cake! We couldn't ask for a better group of girls, coaches and parents!!!

PURP Nation Family!

The Maldonado's

Anonymous said...

What the 2013 NU Softball team has done this year in turning around their season has been nothing short of spectacular. By salvaging a season that was by most accounts going up in flames at the start of conference play the girls stuck together and played for one another and tried their best to make the best out of the situation. They demonstrated what all good teams have in the process-senior leadership, commitment and great character. Although Jen has had a remarkable season she understands that all her success on every team she's played on has been dependent on the TEAM behind her in the field, at the plate and with the backing of her coaches. As best said by her La Nova Softball Team: " It's not about the team with the best players...It's about the players with the best TEAM..." Congratulations to the 2013 Niagara Softball Team for proving the point again!

The Sansano Family

Anonymous said...

Guess NU will be going to MAACS!

Anonymous said...

haven't seen Des mALdonedo in the line up for NU the past few games. Wondering why, i know she's one of the starters