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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fall Ball Underway In The MAAC

Pitcher Allie Block made her debut with Canisius this weekend
It's a new school year and a new softball season in the MAAC. The fall, or non traditional portion of the season is when we see a new flock of players beginning their careers in the conference. Canisius, who played in the annual Nan Harvey Tournament in Buffalo this weekend, showcased some new team members. Pitcher Allie Block began her career by striking out the side. Fellow freshman Lauren Castro also pitched, and the Golden Griffins look to have a much deeper pitching staff this season. The Griffs posted a 2-1 record in the tournament, with ALL-MAACer Lindsey Silfer boasting a five RBI performance in an 8-7 win over Buffalo. Newcomers Maddie Aston and Destiny Holani both contributed offensively.

Niagara played in the same tournament, and although they were held winless, the big news for them was the return of ALL-MAACer Bridget Hogan. Bridget, a redshirt sophomore, missed the entire 2015 season after major surgery. She's fully recovered, and had a good tournament hitting and pitching.

Iona opened their fall season Saturday, splitting a pair of games at St. John's. They lost to the host team, but finished with a come from behind win thanks in large part to Christine Costello's two run seventh inning double to beat Sacred Heart. The Gaels also had a player of note return from a lost season. ALL-MAACer "Gnarly" Carly Argyle got back into action after being out the whole 2015 season, hitting and pitching well. She will be a redshirt senior. The last time Iona had one of them, they won it all.

Marist also opened fall ball Saturday, with a pair of home wins. St. Peter's, Siena, Rider and Fairfield will all be in action on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Coaching Moves In The MAAC

Shannon Salsburg will lead Monmouth this season
Fall ball softball season has arrived for the MAAC, and a few new coaches have joined the conference.

The Monmouth Hawks have found the successor to the retired Louie Berndt, recently hiring Shannon Salsburg to be their new head coach. Coach Salsburg spent nine season with the MAC's Bowling Green Falcons, compiling 196 wins. Her best season at BGU was in 2012, when she led her team to 36 wins. Her BGU teams set school records for home runs.

Manhattan has hired Cat Clifford as an assistant coach, who recently concluded a successful playing career at Mount St. Mary's. Iona hired Matt Klampert as assistant coach. He last year was a voluntary assistant at St. John's, the Big East champions of 2015.