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Sunday, February 23, 2014

This Weekend In The MAAC

Freshman Bridget Hogan had a big game in Niagara's first win of the '14 season
Five more MAAC teams opened their seasons this past weekend, with Manhattan once more having their (rescheduled) tournament appearance in North Carolina cancelled due to unplayable conditions. Overall the MAAC didn't fare well in this early season action, but there were bright spots.

The Rider Broncs got busy, getting six games played at the Aggie Invitational hosted by North Carolina A&T. They lost a pair of games on Friday; most noticeable was their 15-6 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore, a game in which they had held a 5-2 lead. Freshman Amanda Crimarco hit her first college home run in the game, but the Broncs surrendered 13 runs in the final three innings. They then lost 10-1 to St. Francis. On Saturday, Rider got their first win of the season, 6-1 over Coppin State. Home runs by Ally Breeden and Dana Sensi paced the Broncs; freshman Kaitlyn Kallert earned her first career college win. Earlier the same day, the Broncs dropped a 7-3 decision to Morgan St., despite a 3 for 4 performance by senior Kehli Washington. On Sunday, the Broncs dropped another game to UMES, this time by a 3-0 score before closing their weekend by beating the host Aggies 8-7 with four seventh inning runs. Freshman Delaney DeMello had three hits in the game.

Niagara began their season with an extra innings loss to Elon, who hosted the tournament the Purple Eagles and Iona played at this weekend. Niagara took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, but could not hold it, losing 6-5 in eight innings. Amanda Werth was 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the loss. The Purple Eagles dropped a game to UMBC later that day, 3-1. Kim Bryson took the loss, although she allowed no earned runs. On Sunday, Niagara came from behind to win 5-2 in eight innings vs. St. Joseph's. Freshman Bridget Hogan had a big game, hitting 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, including the game winner. Jen Sansano won her first game of the season with a five strikeout performance.

Siena began their season at the Buccaneer Challenge hosted by East Tennessee St. with a strong pitching performance by Jessika-Jo Sandrini. J-J earned a complete game shutout, striking out six. She also drove home the only run in the 1-0 victory over Oakland. The Saints lost their second game on Saturday, 6-1 to the host Bucs. For the day, Alyssa Lancaster was a perfect 5 for 5. On Sunday, Siena dropped a pair of games, including a tough 3-0 eight inning loss to Oakland. Toni Edwards started this game for the Saints, and pitched very well before being relieved by Jessika-Jo in the sixth inning. An eight inning three run home run by Oakland ended the game abruptly. The Saints then lost again to the host team, this time 7-1.

Fairfield began their season on Friday at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida. They lost 7-3 to Northern Illinois in their first game of the day; Sam Frugillo had three RBIs in the loss. Four errors by the Stags hurt starter Becca Trott, who struck out seven. Four of NIU's runs were unearned. Rae Ball's three hit performance in the circle vs. Lamar later in the day gave the Stags their first win of the young season, 2-1. Sammy Ruffolo began what would be a 6 for 6 streak with a pair of hits and an RBI in the game. Orlando experienced thunderstorms on Saturday, and the Stags had their scheduled games cancelled. On Sunday, they lost a tough one to East Carolina, again errors playing a major role. Sammy Ruffolo had a great game, hitting 4 for 4 with an RBI. A two out double in the top of the seventh inning by Kristen Filicia tied the game, then Sammy drove home what appeared to be the game winner. But a costly error in the bottom of the same inning cost the Stags the game in a 5-4 loss.

Iona was at the Elon tournament, dropping all four games this weekend. They had leads in each of their first three games, but could not hold them. On Friday the Gaels lost 13-9 in eight innings to UMBC. Iona had a 7-4 lead in the game before surrendering nine runs in the final three innings. Freshman Kristen Turner had a fabulous college debut, hitting 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs. Christine Costello hit 3 for 4. On Saturday, the Gaels lost to the same UMBC, this time by a score of 10-8. The Gaels had a 4-1 lead in this one, but a nine run UMBC fifth inning spelled their doom. Bri Schauer hit two homers in this one, to go along with four RBIs. The Gaels dropped a pair of games on Sunday, 5-2 to St. Joseph's and 10-1 to host Elon.

Canisius went 0-5 this past weekend, losing 5-0 to Miami and 8-1 to W. Kentucky, who hosted the tournament, on Friday. After a 2-0 loss to Belmont on Saturday, in which Jen Consaul allowed only two hits an one earned run, Canisius suffered the worst loss in their history, 17-0 to Bradley. But the Griffs rebounded on Sunday, when Jen Consaul again pitched a great game, shutting down the host Hilltoppers and holding a 1-0 lead through six innings. But two crucial Canisius errors in the bottom of the 7th inning scored two unearned runs and gave the Griffs a 2-1 loss.

1 comment:

The Saggiomo's said...

Bridget Hogan named MAAC Rookie of the week! Congrats from the Saggiomo family!!!!

Go Purp!!!!!