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Saturday, April 26, 2014

MAAC Softball Saturday

Marist freshman Janna Korak drove home a winner in the rain
Lots of action in the MAAC this Saturday as teams vied for position leading into next month's conference tournament, the winner of which will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament.

The Iona Gaels remained on a hot streak with a 5-0 win over the Siena Saints. "Gnarly" Carly Argyle was masterful in the circle for the Gaels, tossing a one hitter while striking out nine Saints. Her team gave her ample offensive support with Sarah Schutz leading the way with a three RBI performance. Kelsey Long and Katie Jansson also drove home runs. Iona was leading game two 6-3 after three innings when the contest was suspended due to thunderstorms in the vicinity. The game will be resumed Monday. Iona is now 10-5 in the MAAC; Siena 8-3.

Monmouth and Niagara split a doubleheader in Lewiston, NY, with the Purple Eagles taking game one behind the eight strikeout performance of Jen Sansano. Brittany Richberg scored the winner with a theft of home for Niagara. Niagara jumped in front 2-0 in game two, but after that it was all Monmouth, as they would score 11 of the game's next 12 runs. Leading the way for the Hawks was Rachel Shotzbarger, who hit 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. RaeLynn Galindo was also 3 for 4 for Monmouth, who are now 7-7 in the MAAC. Niagara dropped to 4-10.

Marist swept a doubleheader over Quinnipiac in Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes fell behind early in game one, with Quinnipiac getting first inning homers from Nikki Barba and Jordan Paolucci, but starter Paige Lewis would shutdown the Bobcats the rest of the way as her team got home runs from Kyrsten Van Natta, Taylor Kuzma and Alyssa Zahka in a 6-3 win. Marist had game two seemingly in hand, with Quinnipiac down to their last strike and down three runs. But the Bobcats got a Dani Edmands hit and a break; an error allowed three runs to score and the game went to extra innings. The matter wasn't settled until the bottom of the tenth inning when in a downpour of rain, Janna Korak's RBI single gave Marist the 8-7 win. Taylor Kuzma had a homer and three RBIs, as did Quinnipiac's Dani Edmands. Marist is now 9-3 in the MAAC; Quinnipiac 5-11.

Canisius got back in the race with a home doubleheader sweep of Rider. The Griffs won game one 6-1, with two RBIs coming from Jessica Berzins. Canisus won game two 9-5 with a 15 hit attack. Robin Kennery, Lindsey Silfer and Val Nappo all had three hits for the Golden Griffins; Robin and Tori Nappo hit home runs. The Broncs had eleven hits of their own, with Emily Cottrell knocking one over the fence. Jen Consaul earned complete game wins in both games. Canisius is now 6-8, and host Monmouth Sunday in a big doubleheader. Rider fell to 3-11.

Five more MAAC doubleheaders will be played on Sunday.

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