|Becky Zill hit a pair of homers in game one|
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.