Sunday, March 30, 2014

Marist Pummels Fairfield In MAAC Opener

Taylor Kuzma continued her hot hitting
Marist 10
Fairfield 0 (6)

Game 2 postponed

The Marist Red Foxes began defense of their MAAC crown with a resounding 10-0 win over Fairfield Saturday in Fairfield, CT. The second game of the conference doubleheader was postponed due to heavy rain, and will be played Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm in Fairfield.

The Marist onslaught began in the top of the second inning. Maureen Duddy's RBI ground out got the Red Foxes on the board, then Kyrsten Van Natta's three run home run blast made the score 4-0. Marist would then score six runs in the top of the sixth inning on the way to the mercy rule win. RBIs by Aly Klemmer and Haley Birnbaum increased the Red Foxes' lead to 6-0. Up to the plate then stepped one of the MAAC's top hitters in 2014, Taylor Kuzma. With the bases loaded, she launched a Lauren Falkanger pitch over the fence good for a grand slam home run, and a 10-0 rout.

Janine Lalli was outstanding in the circle for Marist, allowing only one hit, and that to the MAAC's leading hitter Kristen Filicia. She walked no one. Maureen Duddy, Haley Birnbaum and Aly Klemmer each had two hits for the Red Foxes. Fairfield, considered one of the favorites to win it all this season, continues to struggle, especially in the pitching circle. The Stags will have a chance to rebound in game two, scheduled for Monday.

Manhattan Wins MAAC Opener Over Quinnipiac

Circle win and 3 hits for Katie Bowen
Manhattan 6
Quinnipiac 1

Quinnipiac 1
Manhattan 0 (Suspended, 4th inning)

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers continued their hot streak with a 6-1 conference win over Quinnipiac Saturday in Riverdale, NY. Quinnipiac, playing their first MAAC games ever, lead game two 1-0 in the 4th inning. The game was suspended due to heavy rain, and will be rescheduled if it has tournament implications.

Manhattan jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game one, scoring twice in each of the first two innings. In the first inning, consecutive doubles by Katie Bowen and Elena Bowman scored the game's first run. A bases loaded walk then gave the LJs a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, RBI singles by Amanda Paxson and MAAC rookie of the week Jenn Vazquez upped the Manhattan lead to 4-0. Quinnipiac responded with a run in the top of the third inning when Dani Edmands singled home a run to make the score 4-1. But Elena Bowman's two RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving her three RBIs for the game, sealed a 6-1 Manhattan win.

Katie Bowen had three hits in the game, and struck out seven Bobcats to earn the win. Sydney Robey suffered the loss for Quinnipiac. In the second game, Quinnipiac's Jordan Paolucci hit a home run to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead, but the game was called in the 4th inning due to the rain.

Iona Tops St. Peter's In MAAC Opener

"Gnarly" Carly shut down the Peacocks
Iona 8
St. Peter's 0 (5)

St. Peter's 2
Iona 0 (suspended after one inning)

The Iona Gaels opened their 2014 conference season with an 8-0 win over St. Peter's in New Rochelle, NY Saturday. The second game of the MAAC doubleheader was suspended due to torrential rain, and will be rescheduled, with St. Peter's holding a 2-0 lead after an inning.

Allie Hand, who hit 4 for 4 in the game, led off the bottom of the first inning for the Gaels with a single, and would eventually score an unearned run after a passed ball. After three consecutive walks loaded the bases, Kelsey Long was hit by a Crystal Carlucci pitch and Iona had a 2-0 lead after an inning of play. The Gaels took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Allie Hand singled home Katie Newton, who hit a leadoff triple. Consecutive doubles by Katie Jansson and Bri Schauer to lead off the third inning gave the Gaels a 4-0 lead; Katie Newton's RBI single in the same inning made it 5-0. Allie Hand's two run home run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning extended Iona's lead to 7-0. The game ended early with Kristen Turner's RBI double, giving Iona the 8-0 win.

Allie Hand drove home three runs to go with her perfect game at the plate. Katie Jansson and Katie Newton each had a pair of hits. Carly Argyle pitched a three hit shutout for the Gaels. The second game has yet to be rescheduled.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Monmouth Picks Up Win For The MAAC

Shannon Fitzgerald had a big game for the Hawks
The Monmouth Hawks earned their second win of the young season when they opened play Friday in Fairfax, Virginia by beating the host school George Mason 6-1.

Senior outfielder Shannon Fitzgerald began what would be a big day for her by leading off the game with a home run. She would finish the game hitting 3 for 3, which also included a triple and two RBIs. Freshman Rachel Shotzbarger also added a couple of RBIs for the Hawks; Alicia DeSanto drove home a run too. Freshman Sydney Underhill picked up the win, pitching the complete game while scattering three hits.

Elesewhere in the MAAC, results weren't as positive. Niagara dropped their final two games at the Rebel Games,  losing to LaSalle 5-2 and Akron 3-0. Manhattan finally got to open their season at the same Rebel Games, but the rust showed as they dropped a pair of games, 8-1 to St. Francis and 13-3 to Temple. Quinnipiac was at the South Florida tournament, and is still looking for their first win of the season after losing twice, 10-1 to Indiana State and 9-0 to Cleveland State.

Marist saw their first day at the Winthrop tournament rained out. Canisius had a strange day without stepping on the field. Originally set to play at the Towson tournament that got weathered out, the Griffs were going to be part of an impromptu tournament in Virginia, which also included Rider; that one got snowed out. Canisius then scheduled a last minute doubleheader at Miami for Sunday, hopefully the weather will cooperate. Plenty of games though coming up this weekend!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jen Sansano Off To Great Start

2013 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year 3-0 so far
The Niagara Purple Eagles are in Florida this week, and their pitching is beginning to look very good already. The Purps have allowed only one run in their last three games, winning two of them while losing a tough 1-0 decision to Sacred Heart. Kim Bryson suffered the loss against the Pioneers, but she pitched an excellent game, scattering five hits while allowing just the one run. Sophomore Sydney Smyers pitched very well in the win vs. Temple today, throwing four shutout innings before being relieved by Jen Sansano; she earned her first win of the season. Speaking of Jen, she's picking up where she left off in 2013, a season which saw her named the best pitcher in the MAAC. Jen is currently 3-0, with a 1.90 ERA. This includes a 2-0 shutout over St. Francis on Tuesday. The Red Flash had pummeled Niagara on Monday, 11-1, but were totally shut down by the senior ace in the rematch. So far this young season Coach Puzan is not overworking Jen, he's used his whole pitching staff. Meaning she'll be more than ready to go extra time once conference play begins. And if the early season is any indication, she is going to be difficult to beat.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Red Foxes Win In Walk Off

Taylor Kuzma helps Marist to first win
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The Marist Red Foxes won their first game this morning with a 3-1 win over North Carolina Central which featured a seventh inning comeback. The bottom of the seventh saw Marist down 1-0, but they tied the game when Janna Korak led off with a single and was moved to third base by Haley Birnbaum and scored on a passed ball. Then up to the plate stepped Taylor Kuzma who launched a pitch over the fence for the win. Haley was 3 for 3 in the game. The Red Foxes continue play today at the Mercer classic.