|Amanda Werth was 5 for 5 and is hitting .364|
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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.