Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday In The MAAC

Katie Gruarin made two big plays in Niagara's win over Siena
The Iona Gaels continued their hot streak by sweeping first place Manhattan in New Rochelle. They jumped to a 6-1 lead in game one, thanks in large part to Christine Costello's second grand slam homer in two days. But the Jaspers were not to be outdone in that category - Briana Matazinsky hit her second grand slam in two days with two outs in the seventh to tie the game. The Gaels scored the winner in the ninth inning after an error, which marred an otherwise great game. Manhattan stormed to a 5-0 early lead in game two, with Jenn Vazquez notching a pair of RBIs. But the Gaels mounted a comeback, scoring the game's final nine runs. Sarah Schutz blasted a three run homer that tied the game; Kristen Turner and Christine Costello both drove home two runs. Jordan Courage pitched six innings of relief for the circle win.

Marist and Quinnipiac played a doubleheader in Hamden that resulted in two dramatic finishes. Game one was tied 2-2 in the seventh inning as a result of Marist getting a home run from Sam Reilly and QU getting RBIs from Sydney Robey (who hit 3 for 3 in the game) and Abby Johnson. It was Jordan Paolucci, on fire since her return, who delivered the big hit, a two run walk off homer for a 4-2 win. Game two got even more intense, with both teams trying to stay in the thick of the MAAC race. Jordan Paolucci gave the Bobcats the lead in the first inning with an RBI single; the lead held until the top of the sixth when Colleen McWilliams singled home a run to tie it up for the Red Foxes. Kyrsten Van Natta's seventh inning homer gave Marist the lead, but only temporarily. Abby Johnson's single in the bottom of the seventh, aided by an error, tied the game once more. Then the marathon began, with the teams trading good scoring chances that went for naught. It wasn't until the top of the 12th inning that Marist broke the ice, with Maureen Duddy singling, stealing a base and eventually scoring on Becca Freeman's sacrifice fly for a 3-2 win.

Niagara hosted Siena Sunday for their MAAC doubleheader, and the Purple Eagle snapped a losing streak by winning game one 2-1 behind a fine pitching performance by Sydney Smyers. Katie Gruarin gave Niagara the lead in the third inning with an RBI triple. Alyssa Lancaster's RBI single in the top of the sixth inning drew the Saints even, but Niagara got that right back in the bottom of the same inning when Amanda Werth singled Ally Gay home with the eventual winning run. Siena threatened in the seventh inning, but center fielder Katie Gruarin chased Paige Hess's long fly ball and caught it at the fence for the game's final out. The Saints rebounded for the split, winning game two 4-1. A three RBI double by Brooke Taylor gave them all the runs they would need in the third inning; Abby Carpenter added an RBI for the Saints.

St. Peter's earned their first MAAC win of the season when they beat Rider 12-8 in game one of a doubleheader in Jersey City. The Peacocks hit five home runs in this one, with Crystal Carlucci hitting two of them. Rider won the second game 9-2. Montana Berg, Gina McCool and Megan McDonough each drove home two runs. Megan got the win in the circle, striking out eight.

Fairfield traveled to Monmouth for that MAAC series. MU took game one 8-0 in five innings. Justene Reyes drove home three runs for the Hawks; Ashalynn Umiamaka drove home a pair. Vanessa Cardoza homered, and freshman Amanda Riley scattered three hits for the circle win. It was all Fairfield in game two, as they grabbed a big lead early en route to a 10-2 win. Lauren Filicia had a big game at the plate, hitting 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Kate Robinson continued her fine season with a home run. Nicole Capra also hit one out of the park for the Stags, and Bri Levick was 3 for 4.

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