|Manhattan's Stephanie Reinhardt had a 5 RBI game this weekend|
Monmouth opened their 2015 season, and promptly moved to the top of the standings after a successful weekend of games. After beginning Saturday with a 6-2 loss to Morehead St., the Hawks got their game together with a win over MAAC rival Fairfield (which was a non conference match). Raelynn Galindo, who had an excellent tournament, drove home two runs; freshman Chloe Howerth drove home the other in the 3-2 win. Another freshman, pitcher Amanda Riley, earned her first collegiate win with five solid innings in the circle. On Sunday, the Hawks embarrassed host Campbell on their own field, mercy ruling them by a score of 13-4. Monmouth pounded out 13 hits in this one, scoring 11 runs in the final three frames. Emma Hill had a big game, with a triple and three RBIs. Rachel Shotzbarger hit 3 for 5, with two doubles and as many RBIs. Breanna Sniffen picked up the circle win with two innings of shutout pitching. Monmouth finishes their opening weekend with a record of 2-1.
Manhattan finally got their season going, and their bats were mostly hot, scoring 26 runs over the weekend. The Lady Jaspers began Saturday with a 9-5 loss to Binghamton, despite Jenn Vazquez's three run home run. They came back strong however, beating Hartford 6-2 in their second game of the day. Danielle Gabriel got her first win of the season, throwing six shutout innings before surrendering two runs in the seventh with her team up 6-0. Mickayla Romero, Elena Bowman, Amanda Paxson and Sydney Weedon all collected two hits in the game.
On Sunday, Manhattan began the day by crushing Hartford 15-8. They actually had fallen behind early in this one before scoring the game's final 11 runs. Stephanie Reinhardt had a fabulous game, with a double, triple and five RBIs. Andi Stallard blasted a grand slam home run in the third inning that put the Lady Jaspers in the lead for good. Freshman Briana Matazinsky drove home a pair of runs. Manhattan finished the weekend at 2-2 after falling to Binghamton.
After losing their first five games of the season, the Iona Gaels finally got into the win column with a very good effort in a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern, who hosted the tournament the Gaels got into at the last minute. Freshman Jessica Harkness pitched a complete game gem to earn her first collegiate win, scattering six hits. She didn't give up a run until the seventh inning with the contest all but decided. Sarah Schutz had a big game for the Gaels, with a double and a three run home run that came in the top of the seventh inning to seal the game. Kelsey Long also drove home a run in that inning.
Quinnipiac had their struggles at Florida Gulf Coast's tournament, losing five games, but they did come up with a big win over Boston University on Sunday. Another MAAC freshman pitcher earned her first win when the Bobcats' Casey Herzog threw a complete game in a 2-1 win. She struck out six batters, while scattering six hits in the performance. QU got both their runs in the 6th inning, breaking a scoreless tie. RBIs by Dani Edmands and Molly Jarrett providing the margin of victory.
Fairfield went 0-3 this weekend, but they could have won any of their games. All the losses were by one run. The good news for the Stags is that despite losing their two regular pitchers to graduation after last season, their pitching looks just fine for 2015. In fact, for opening weekend, all their pitchers did very well. The Stags never seem to have poor pitching. Fairfield lost to Campbell (2-1); Monmouth (3-2); and Morehead St. (5-4).
Rider had a successful opening of their season, going 2-3 on the weekend. On Saturday the Broncs got their feet wet with a grueling tripleheader. They dropped their first two games, including a close 3-2 loss to Binghamton. Delaney DeMello kept the Broncs close; she had a very good opening weekend in the circle. Rider finished Saturday with a very strong performance in a 9-3 win over Hartford. The Broncs got good pitching in this game also, with Megan McDonough who allowed just one earned run. At the plate, Rider pounded out 11 hits, led by Dana Sensi who drove home three runs. Gina McCool hit 3 for 4; freshman Toni Nino had two RBIs. Kim Valdes and Amanda Crimarco also drove home runs.
On Sunday, the Broncs suffered a setback, losing to Binghamton 20-2 (!) in their opening game. But they shook off that loss, closing the weekend with a hard fought nine inning 7-6 win over Hartford. The Broncs came from behind twice in extras, with a two run single by Gina McCool providing the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kim Valdes had a great game, hitting 4 for 5, including two doubles. Emily Cottrell drove home a pair of runs, Amanda Irving hit a home run. Kaitlyn Kallert got the win, allowing just three earned runs in the contest.
There will be MAAC games every day this work week, with St. Peter's, Niagara and Quinnipiac all playing in Florida.