Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Siena Softball Schedule

The Siena Saints will open their 54 game 2014 softball season on the weekend of February 22 when they travel to Tennessee to play in E. Tennessee State's Buccaneer Challenge. They will then stay a week in Kissimmee, Florida beginning March 9 and play a dozen games at the Rebel Spring Games. On the weekend of March 21, they will participate in the Robert Morris tournament.

After a tuneup doubleheader at Hartford on March 29, the Saints will open MAAC play at home on the 30th vs. Manhattan. They will play new MAAC rival Monmouth in New Jersey on April 6; and host their other new rival Quinnipiac on April 12. The Saints will play their traditional home and home games vs. crosstown foe Albany again this season, and will play eight home dates in 2014.

Siena softball schedule

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 St. Peter's Softball Schedule

The St. Peter's Peacocks will begin their 56 game 2014 softball season on the weekend of March 1 at the Coastal Carolina tournament. They will then head to Kissimmee, Florida for a series of 16 games at the Rebel Spring Games, including a rare out of conference game vs. MAAC foe Siena. St. Peter's will close out the "preseason" portion of their schedule when they participate at the UMBC Classic on the weekend of March 21.

The Peacocks will open conference play on March 29 at Iona, and March 30 at Rider. They will host new MAAC rival Quinnipiac for the first time on April 5. They travel to Monmouth for their first conference doubleheader with that new MAAC team on April 19. St. Peter's will have eight home dates in 2014, including their home opener vs. Wagner on April 3.

St. Peter's 2014 schedule

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 MAAC Preview - Siena College

Siena looks to make more history in '14
Last season: The Saints won the MAAC regular season title in 2013, making the tournament for the first time in a decade and finishing with a 12-4 conference record (21-26 overall). They of course lose maybe their all-time player, Shannon Jones, to graduation, as well as Mandy Ferro.

2014 roster: Siena will have just one senior in tow for the 2014 season, but she is one of the best players in the MAAC. Pitcher/designated hitter Jessika-Jo Sandrini had another fabulous season in 2013, once again making the All-MAAC team twice (as a pitcher and utility player). At the plate, she hit .361 while driving home 31 runs. She also was among the nations leaders for reaching base after getting hit by pitches (25)...she will produce offensively any way she can. She hit .410 in MAAC games. As a pitcher, J-J began the season with some nagging injuries, but ended with a 15-9 record. In conference, she was 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA---her pitching took Siena all the way to the top.

After transferring to Siena for her sophomore season, Paige Lloyd burned up the MAAC with a .377 batting average, leading the team with eight home runs while contributing 34 RBIs. All of which earned her All-MAAC honors. Meg Volz drove home 30 runs while batting .237. Abby Carpenter hit .257, chipping in two homers and 19 RBIs. Stephanie Viggiano had a solid sophomore season, hitting .266. Lauren Milligan hit .217; Chelsea Stout hit .186. Toni Edwards was 3-7 in the circle.

Leading the sophomores this season is All-MAAC utility player Alyssa Lancaster, who hit .367 with 30 RBIs in 2013. She also pitched 88 innings. Melanie Kalesse hit .244, leading the team in stolen bases while scoring 29 runs. Jordan Sandrini hit .208; Mikaela Searight .167. Mackenzie Cronin saw limited time in the circle.

The Saints will have two freshman pitchers this season, Katie Casey and Danielle Cacciola, both of whom will compete for circle time. Nastasha Powlowsky's sister Mikayla joins the team in 2014. Chelsey Drew and Bridget Connors are also newcomers.

Outlook: Life without Shannon Jones begins now for Siena, and someone will have to step up to replace her production, but the Saints still have the players and experience in place to make a serious run for a MAAC championship behind the bat and arm of Jessika-Jo Sandrini.

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Niagara Softball Schedule

The Niagara Purple Eagles will open their 2014 softball season on February 21 at the Elon Tournament with games against the host school, St. Joseph's and UMBC. Niagara will then spend a week in Florida at the Rebel Games, beginning March 1. On the weekend of March 15, the Purple Eagles will play at the UMBC tournament. After a stop at Youngstown State on March 19, Niagara will close out the pre MAAC portion of their schedule at the Robert Morris tournament on March 21.

The Purple Eagles will begin conference play at home vs. local rival Canisius on March 29. They will host new MAAC rival Monmouth on April 26; and play their other new rival, Quinnipiac, on the road May 3. Niagara will have only six home dates in 2014.