|She's baaaack! I know of three MAAC teams that would have preferred Jen Sansano not be in Poughkeepsie.|
Niagara came "back from the brink" after losing that heartbreaking extra innings game at Iona last week when the Gaels were upset by St. Peter's today. It must have been an agonizing week for the Purple Eagles, wondering what might have been with their pitcher Jen Sansano, who has been stonewalling the rest of the MAAC, in the tournament. Quite frankly, their chances did not look good after watching Marist put up 28 runs at St. Peter's. But all worked out in the end, and now we get to see what will happen if Jen continues her torrid pitching.
But this isn't the first time Niagara came back from the brink. It's been a tumultuous season for the Purps. Multiple canceled games, and a 1-5 start in conference play seemed to doom them. The situation surrounding their new coach, who was suspended by the University pending investigation (this will not be discussed here at this time), would have one believe that their season would fizzle to a quick end. But it has not, which is a real credit to the players. The seniors in particular, Becky Zill, Alexis Wayne and Gabby Lustrinelli have all raised the level of their play and led the team through the valleys. So, Niagara returns to the tournament for the first time since 2010, with nothing to lose and nothing to prove. The other teams will have to prove they can hit Jen Sansano though!