Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday In The MAAC

Jordan Courage's one hitter completed Iona's sweep at Marist
Interesting Saturday for MAAC softball. Manhattan took sole possession of first place with their sweep of the Bobcats at Quinnipiac. Game one saw freshman Briana Matazinsky drive home all Manhattan's runs in a 6-4 win. She did this with two home run blasts - a two run shot in the second inning, then a grand slam in the sixth. The second homer overcame Quinnipiac's 4-2 lead. Amy Bright earned her 11th win. In game two, Manhattan scored three times in the first inning, with Elena Bowman driving home a pair of runs and Anna Crowley the other. Quinnipiac freshman Casey Herzog entered the circle with no outs in the top of that first, and one-hit Manhattan the rest of the game. The Bobcats tried to rally, but came up short, 3-2. QU got RBIs from Hannah Lindsley and Keilani Finley.

Iona went to Marist and shutout the Red Foxes twice in earning a sweep. Christine Costello got the win in game one, 3-0, scattering four hits. She also drove home a run, but it was Courtney Miller's second inning two run homer that provided all the runs the Gaels would need. Melanie White struck out 11 in defeat. Jordan Courage pitched game two, giving up a single in the second inning, and nothing more. She struck out four. Christine Costello hit a grand slam home run for Iona, who improved to 7-5 in the MAAC.

Siena, playing on their home field, gained a crucial sweep over Canisius that gives them a record of 6-4. They dominated game one, winning 6-2. Stephanie Viggiano drove home a pair of runs, with single RBIs coming off the bats of Abby Carpenter, Paige Hess, Lauren Milligan and Brooke Taylor. Amanda Gatt got the win, allowing just five hits. Game two saw Siena behind 5-3 headed to the bottom of the seventh inning. Lindsey Silfer drove home two runs, helping the Griffs to the lead. But a Paige Lloyd single (she was 4 for 4 in the game) followed by Abby Carpenter's home run tied the game quickly. This was followed by Paige Hess hitting a double. Paige moved to third base on a wild pitch, then scored the winner after Alyssa Lancaster's pop single. Lauren Butts earned the win for the Saints. Canisius lost their first two conference games of the season.

Fairfield extended their conference winning streak to eight games with their sweep of the Broncs at Rider. The Stags came from behind in both games. Anglelina McGuire drove home the winner in the top of the seventh inning of the 4-3 game one. Kate Robinson drove home two for Fairfield in the game; Rider's Monica Clark did the same. The Stags came from behind in game two, winning 6-3. Ally Breeden's two run homer and Gina McCool's RBI gave the Broncs a 3-1 lead, but it would not last. A four run sixth inning gave the Stags the lead, with Kristen Ball driving home two runs; Lauren Filicia and Tori Reed also drove home runs. Destinee Pallotto earned the circle win.

Monmouth visited St. Peter's, and game one turned into a wild affair with the Hawks winning 15-11 in nine innings. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home five runs for Monmouth, with her teammate Vanessa Cardoza adding four RBIs. Taylor Corretjer hit 4 for 4 for the Peacocks. Monmouth completed the sweep with an 11-4 win in game two. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home another three runs in this game, and hit a home run. Vanessa Cardoza also added to her day's total, with a homer and three RBIs herself. Brooke Redmond also drove home three runs for the Hawks.

After Saturday's games, the standings took a bit of a jostling. Same thing could happen Sunday after five more doubleheaders!

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