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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Manhattan Jaspers 2017 Softball Schedule

The Manhattan Jaspers will open their 56 game 2017 softball schedule on the weekend of February 24 in Madeira Beach, FL at a tournament that includes Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, Loyola and Kent St. The Jaspers will then attempt to open their home season very early, on March 7, with a DH scheduled vs. Hartford. No El Nino this season however! On the weekend of March 10, Manhattan will be in DeLand, FL for the Stetson Tournament. Besides playing the host Hatters, they will face N. Dakota St., Colgate, and once again Columbia. They will also play singles against Colgate and Yale in Tampa at that time. Headed back north, the Jaspers will take part in St. John's tournament the weekend of March 17. Farleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook and Hofstra will also be there. March 24th sees Manhattan at Mount St. Mary's to close out the tournament portion of their season.

The Jaspers will open MAAC play on April 1 when they host Monmouth. Rider will be in town the next day. They close their regular season on May 6 at Iona. Manhattan will play 9 home dates in 2017.

Manhattan 2017 Softball Schedule

Iona Gaels 2017 Softball Schedule

The Iona Gaels will open their 45 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 in South Carolina in a tournament hosted by both USC Upstate and Furman. The Gaels will play Upstate, Campbell and Prebsyterian. On the weekend of March 4, Iona will be at Elon, NC for a tournament hosted by the Phoenix. St. Joseph's and Wagner will also participate. Iona flies west for a tournament at Riverside on the weekend of March 10, and will play games vs. the host Highlanders and Maryland, Weber St., Bryant and Tennessee-Martin.

After playing in Seton Hall's tournament on March 17-18, and tilts at Fordham and Penn on the 22nd and 25th, the Gaels will open the home portion of their schedule on March 28 when they host crosstown rival St. John's for a single game. Army is in town the next day for another single game. Iona will open MAAC play vs. Niagara at home on April 1, with Canisius coming in the next day. Iona will close their regular season on May 7 when they host conference rival Manhattan. The Gaels will play 7 home dates in 2017.

Iona Gaels 2017 Softball Schedule

Siena Saints 2017 Softball Schedule

The Siena Saints will open their 58 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 vs. UMass at the annual Eastern Michigan Invitational in Madeira Beach, Florida. They will also play Central Michigan, Robert Morris, UAB and the host team in this opening tournament. Immediately following, the Saints will jet out to the west coast and play single games at San Diego St. on February 21, and Riverside the next day. After that it's the Amy Harrison Classic at Riverside the weekend of February 24 with Utah St., UTEP and the host Highlanders as the competition. After some time off, Siena will travel to Wilmington, NC for a five game tournament.

The Saints will open the home portion of their schedule on March 21 when they host the Hartford Hawks for a doubleheader. After a four game set at UMBC, and a doubleheader at crosstown rival Albany, Siena will open MAAC play at Saint Peter's on April 1. They close out the regular season at conference rival Niagara on May 6. The Saints will play 10 home dates in 2017. This includes a doubleheader visit by Syracuse on April 19.

Siena Saints 2017 Softball Schedule

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chris Stelma Hired By Saint Peter's

The Saint Peter's University Peacocks have hired Chris Stelma of Glenwood, New Jersey as their new head softball coach.

Chris Stelma is a graduate of Rhode Island University, where he played baseball, helping the Rams to win the 2005 Atlantic 10 championship and make an NCAA Tournament appearance. Stelma last season was an assistant with the William Patterson University softball program. He also has experience as head baseball coach at County College of Morris. He is the owner of Fielder's Choice Baseball Academy and Kaboom Softball Academy, both in New Jersey.

Chris Stelma succeeds Ken Passante, who was relieved of his duties by SPU during the 2016 softball season.

Congratulations Coach!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fairfield Stags 2017 Softball Schedule

The Fairfield Stags will open their 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina in a tournament hosted by the host school 49ers. On the weekend of March 4, the Stags will be in Fairfax, Virginia to play in one of George Mason's annual tournaments. Then it's off to Florida for a pair of tournaments in the Sunshine State; first at Florida Atlantic on March 11, and South Florida on March 17. In between these two tourneys the Stags will play games vs. Fordham and Florida International.

Fairfield will then head back north, tuning up for conference play with games at Wagner and Sacred Heart. Their home opener will be on March 29 vs. Providence. The Stags will open MAAC play at home the weekend of April 1 vs. Canisius and Niagara. They will close their regular season on May at home vs. conference rival Quinnipiac. Fairfield will have nine home dates in 2017.

Fairfield 2017 schedule

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MAAC 35th Anniversary Team

Eight softball players were honored today when the MAAC announced its 35th anniversary Spring Sports Teams.

LINK

The following MAAC softball players were honored:

Jody Tassone (Canisius)
Melissa Santos (Fairfield)
Sarah Jackson (Iona)
Teresa Healy (Niagara)
Deanna Dovak (Rider)
Jennifer Drum (Manhattan)
Melissa Giordano (Marist)
Jessika-Jo Sandrini (Siena)

Congratulations to all!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another MAAC Season Comes To An End

It took her till the last day of her career - Maureen Duddy breaks record!
#13 Tennessee 10
Marist 2 (6)

Ohio St. 6
Marist 1

The Marist Red Foxes saw their record breaking 2016 season come to an end Saturday in Knoxville, TN, losing games to the host Lady Volunteers and Ohio St.

Friday's rains forced a condensed version of the Knoxville Regional, with the Red Foxes opening Saturday afternoon vs. Tennessee. Marist put up a good fight vs. the 13th ranked team, even taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Becca Freeman's homer in the top of the first inning. The game remained close until the late innings when the Lady Vols ended it early. Against Ohio St. in the subsequent elimination game, the Red Foxes fell behind in the first inning. And although they had many chances to get back in the game, they could not score until Madison Lee made it home on a passed ball in the seventh inning.

In the fifth inning of the game against Tennessee, Maureen Duddy made history when she stole second base. In doing so, she broke Canisius' Lauren Hope's MAAC career record for stolen bases. Ironic that it took Lauren until her last career day to break the record herself in 2011!

http://maacsoftball.blogspot.com/2011/05/lauren-hope-breaks-maac-stolen-bases.html

And so, we say farewell to another MAAC softball season! We say goodbye to the departing seniors, and look forward to the incoming freshmen (more on them later)!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Knoxville, TN Regional

 Tennessee Lady Volunteers
SEC 41-14

BATTING

Meghan Gregg .391; 10 HR; 58 RBIs
Rainey Gaffin .380; 5 HR; 38 RBIs injured/out
Megan Greer .375; 10 HR; 53 RBIs

PITCHING

Matty Moss 1.64 ERA; 12-4
Rainey Gaffin 2.32 ERA; 9-3 injured/out
Erin Gabriel 2.42 ERA; 19-6

Arizona Wildcats
PAC 12 36-19

BATTING

Mo Mercado .387; 8 HR; 40 RBIs
Katiyana Mauga .340; 20 RBIs; 42 Runs
Mandie Perez .339; 57 Runs

PITCHING

Danielle O'Toole 2.14 ERA; 22-10
Taylor McQuillin 3.38 ERA 12-8

Ohio St. Buckeyes
Big Ten 33-18-1

BATTING

Cammi Prantl .405; 9 HR; 44 RBIs
Alex Bayne .365; 18 HR; 48 RBIs
Emily Clark .323; 5 HR; 25 RBIs

PITCHING

Lena Springer 2.66 ERA; 5-4
Shelby Hursh 2.80; 15-9

Marist Red Foxes
MAAC 45-11

BATTING

Claire Oberdorf .382; 7 HR; 39 RBIs
Kyrsten Van Natta .380; 9 HR; 47 RBIs
Maureen Duddy .352; 20 RBIs, 50 Runs

PITCHING

Jayne Oberdorf 1.70 ERA; 16-3
Jessica Van Alphen 1,98 ERA; 10-3
Megan Beiermeister 2.62 ERA; 12-1


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Marist To Play In Knoxville Regional

Just announced...

The Marist Red Foxes will play in the Knoxville Regional, hosted by Tennessee. The Red Foxes will open vs. The Lady Volunteers. Also included in the Regional is Arizona and Ohio St.

More detail on the Regional later!

And Then There Was One

Marist seniors Colleen McWilliams, Kyrsten Van Natta and Maureen Duddy
The 2015 season just didn't seem to go right for the Marist Red Foxes from the beginning. All-MAAC senior Taylor Kuzma was out with injury, never to return to the lineup. The team lost some close games in conference play that maybe they should have won. At the end of the season, they found themselves on the outside, looking in. They were the best team not in the 2015 MAAC tournament; maybe better than a few teams that were in.

It was a disappointment for sure, but the 2015 season served as motivation for this season. No way they were going to miss out on the postseason was their thinking, and they stormed out of the gate to open the 2016 season, never looking back! This is the model all teams ought to follow in the future. The Red Foxes won four of five games at their first tournament in Tampa back in February. Through March, before beginning conference play, they lost only a few games, and were very competitive in most of those losses. By April they were in peak playing shape, and would win 13 of their first 14 MAAC games, with an extra innings thriller to Manhattan being their only loss. They swept through the recent MAAC Championship with three consecutive wins, never behind in any game.

The Red Foxes currently own a record of 45-11, best ever in the MAAC. As a team they are hitting for an average of .330; holding their opponents to .235. They have four regular players hitting .350 or better, and two regular pitchers with ERAs below 2.00. They can hit with power (53 home runs), and may be the best running team in the nation (154 stolen bases). They are also defensively very solid.

Their season continues; Sunday night the NCAA will announce the regional matchups for the 64 teams invited to the National Tournament. It's been a record breaking season for Marist. The last MAAC team to win a game in the NCAAs was Canisius, in 2008. The Red Foxes have a good chance to do the same!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

RED FOXES WIN MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP!

MARIST 3
MONMOUTH 2


The Marist Red Foxes claimed their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, first since 2013, when they defeated the Monmouth Hawks 3-2 in the championship game Saturday in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Monmouth Hawks reached the championship game with a thrilling 8-7 win over Quinnipiac just prior to the championship game. The eight inning elimination game had been postponed from Friday, when rain halted it in the first inning. Chloe Howerth delivered the game winning hit, sending the Hawks to the championship round for the second consecutive season.

The Marist Red Foxes, the number one seed in the tournament, would need one win in two chances to gain the title. They started Jayne Oberdorf in the circle, who had not allowed a run in her previous two tournament games. She kept that shutout streak going for 5.2 innings in this game with masterful pitching, and solid defensive play behind her. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Claire Oberdorf drove a pitch over the center field fence for a home run. Another homer, this time in the bottom of the fourth inning off the bat of Kyrsten Van Natta, increased the Marist lead to 2-0. But Amanda Riley, in the circle for Monmouth, kept the game close for her team.

A two out walk to Justene Reyes in the top of the sixth inning brought the tying run to the plate for Monmouth. Jill Freese then drilled a pitch deep over the center field fence to stun Marist, and lift the Hawks to a tie. In to the bottom of the seventh inning with the game still tied, Janna Korak led off for the Red Foxes with an infield single that slipped beyond the reach of both third baseman Ashalynn Umiamaka and shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger. A walk to Colleen McWilliams brought Brittany Colombo to the plate. Brittany hit a single to the shortstop area, and Marist head coach Joe Ausanio did not hesitate to send Janna Korak, who had gotten an excellent jump off second base, home. Janna slid just under the tag of catcher Jill Freese, and the Red Foxes streamed onto the field in a frenzy, champions after a long record breaking season!

Jayne Oberdorf was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and she earned it, pitching every inning for the Red Foxes. She gave up just two runs in 21 innings pitched.

Marist is now 45-11, which will be the best MAAC record the NCAA selection committee has ever seen. Hopefully this means Marist won't be sent to an insurmountable regional. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Canisius Squeezes Out A Win


Canisius 1
Manhattan 0 (8)


The Canisius Golden Griffins won their first MAAC Tournament game since 2012, beating the Fairfield Stags in extra innings Thursday in Poughkepsie, NY. The defending champion Stags were eliminated.

This elimination game was a quick moving pitchers' duel. Canisius sophomore Madi Weathers, who has been on a hot streak as of late, tossed a complete game shutout, limiting the Stags to just four hits. Fairfield did have a good chance of scoring in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Madi got a key strikeout of Angelina McGuire, and from thereon out pretty much shut down the Stags' offense.

Destinee Pallotto for Fairfield also pitched a stellar game; she struck out seven Golden Griffins. So of course, seven innings was not enough to decide this one! The bottom of the eighth inning saw Canisius lead off with a Sami Sharkey single. Jessica Berzins laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Sami to second base; then Alexis Roman singled to place runners on the corners. The Griffs decided at that point to use their running game to get the win: Head coach Kim Griffin called for the suicide squeeze bunt, a play Canisius is well practiced in. Sami Sharkey broke toward home with the pitch; and just slid under the tag after a perfect bunt by Moriah Harris. You can watch the video of the play above! It was an exciting play, and it extended the Griffs' season. They will play Monmouth on Friday. Fairfield's season came to an end.


Hawks Stay Alive; Manhattan Eliminated

Jill Freese delivered the big hit for Monmouth
Monmouth 5
Manhattan 2


The Monmouth Hawks extended their stay at the MAAC Championship with a 5-2 win over Manhattan Thursday in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Jaspers' season came to an end with the loss.

It was a must win game for both teams today, and Monmouth jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, thanks to Nicole Wieczorek's RBI single and a bases loaded HBP RBI by Ashalynn Umiamaka. Manhattan would cut that lead in half in the bottom of the same inning when Anna Crowley blasted a homer over the center field fence. The Jaspers then tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when an error scored Jenn Vazquez. The game would remain tied until Monmouth batted in the top of the seventh inning. Singles by Rachel Shotzbarger and Justene Reyes set the table for Jill Freese. After fouling off a few pitches, Jill drilled one over the left field fence, giving the Hawks the 5-2 win. They beat Manhattan in all three of the teams' meetings this season.

Monmouth will play Canisius Friday in an elimination game.

When the last out was made in the bottom of the 7th inning, the storied career of Elena Bowman came to an end. She exits as Manhattan's all-time home run hitter. Judging from all the intentional walks she received, MAAC pitchers aren't sorry to see her go! But we are.

Marist Opens Tournament By Setting Another Record!

Red Foxes Hit The Magic Number 43!
Marist 3
Fairfield 0


The top seeded Marist Red Foxes won their opening game of the MAAC Championship over the Fairfield Stags Thursday on their home diamond in Poughkeepsie, New York.

It's been a record breaking season for the Red Foxes; too many to keep up with! But they broke a significant record today as a team...most wins ever by a MAAC school, eclipsing the former mark of 42 by St. Peter's. They like the records, I'm sure, but they are more focused on coming out on top at the end of this tournament.

MAAC Pitcher of the Year Jayne Oberdorf seemed uncomfortable in the circle to start this game, and Fairfield would place two runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning. But she would eventually settle down, tossing a complete game shutotut, allowing only three hits while striking out seven Stags. Offensively, Thursday was the Colleen McWilliams show. The senior ALL-MAACer belted out two home runs. First a solo shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the second inning; then a two run towering blast over right in the bottom of the fifth inning. And that would be all Marist would need in securing their 43rd win of the season.

The Red Foxes will play Quinnipiac Friday in a winners' bracket game.

Casey At The Bat (And In The Circle)!

Quinnipiac's Casey Herzog celebrates Bobcat win
Quinnipiac 1
Manhattan 0


The 6th seed Quinnipiac Bobcats upset the 2nd seed Manhattan Jaspers Thursday at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, New York.

This mighty Casey did NOT strike out...

The Quinnipiac Bobcats continued their Cinderella run in the MAACs today, once again relying on the outstanding pitching which got them to the postseason. Sydney Robey shutout Canisius Wednesday. Thursday Casey Herzog, pitching within minutes of her hometown of Wappinger's Falls, tossed a brilliant four-hit shutout over the Jaspers. Half of those hits were surrendered to perennial All-MAACer Elena Bowman; but those were just singles. Manhattan had just one good chance to score, in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners at the corners, Manhattan's Lauren Pitney hit a fly ball right at center fielder Keilani Finley, who promptly threw a bullet to home, holding pinch runner Madison Bailey fast to the bag. Catcher Dani Edmands then gunned a throw to second base, which caught Jenn Vazquez, and ended the inning with a double play.

The Bobcats got their offense going in the top of the seventh after being held in check by Manhattan pitcher Briana Matazinsky for most of the game. After two outs in that inning, a walk was issued to Erin Larsen; this was quickly followed by Dani Edmands' single, which moved Erin to third base. Up to the plate stepped Casey Herzog. She sent a solid single to center for the go ahead run! When Casey entered the circle for the bottom of the seventh inning, you could see she was dripping with confidence. She quickly retired the Jaspers in order, causing a jubilation coming at her consisting of her QU teammates, and also causing QU to advance to the winners' bracket on Friday! The Bobcats will have two chances to get one win to advance to Championship Saturday.

Note: The Bobcats have now pitched four consecutive shutouts, and five in their last six games.

Photo courtesy of QU Bobcats

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

#1 Marist Red Foxes

Senior Kyrsten Van Natta
Record: 16-4 (42-11)
vs. the field: 7-3
Head Coach: Joe Ausanio (8th season)

HITTING

Claire Oberdorf .391; 6 HRs; 38 RBIs; 36 Runs; 15 SBs
Kyrsten Van Natta .384; 8 HRs; 46 RBIs; 49 Runs; 38 SBs
Maureen Duddy .369; 20 RBIs; 50 Runs; 51 SBs
Casey Page .365; 22 Runs; 15 SBs
Janna Korak .356; 6 HRs; 39 RBIs; 28 Runs
Colleen McWilliams .348; 7 HRs; 33 RBIs; 36 Runs
Gabrielle Kelliher .339; 9 HRs; 31 RBIs; 29 Runs
Becca Freeman .333; 8 HRs; 34 RBIs; 26 Runs
Brittany Colombo .279; 2 HRs; 11 RBIs
Miranda Perez .268
Brandi Coon .259
Kourtney Paul .122

PITCHING

Jayne Oberdorf 1.90 ERA; 13-3
Jessica Van Alphen 1.98 ERA; 10-3
Megan Beiermeister 2.62 ERA; 12-1
Brooke Peterson 3.50 ERA; 2-2
Kallen Leeseberg 4.48 ERA; 5-2

Notes:
Marist returns to tournament after missing out last season. Last time they hosted (2013), they won the title.

#2 Manhattan Jaspers

Senior Elena Bowman
Record: 14-6 (30-19)
vs. the field: 6-4
Head Coach: Tom Pardalis (7th season)

HITTING

Shannon Puthe .389; 16 RBIs; 40 Runs; 26 SBs
Elena Bowman .357; 11 HRs; 34 RBIs; 30 Runs
Briana Matazinsky .345; 7 HRs; 36 RBIs; 32 Runs
Jenn Vazquez .329; 4 HRs; 33 RBIs; 28 Runs
Emily Cutler .257; 19 RBIs; 13 SBs
Alexa Dawid .250; 12 RBIs; 27 Runs
Victoria Ross .237
Lauren Pitney .224; 18 Runs
Stephanie Reinhardt .200; 20 RBIs

PITCHING

Briana Matazinsky 2.48 ERA; 7-6
Erin Hamm 2.53 ERA; 8-2
Anna Crowley 3.10 ERA; 1-0
Stephanie Kristo 3.84 ERA; 5-7
Danielle Gabriel 4.60; 5-4

Notes:
Manhattan won 14 MAAC games this season, most in school history. Also won 30 games for the first time in 23 years.
 

#3 Canisius Golden Griffins

Junior Lindsey Silfer
Record: 13-7 (22-30)
vs. the field: 6-4
Head Coach: Kim Griffin (2nd season)


HITTING

Lindsey Silfer .425; 8 HRs; 40 RBIs; 26 Runs
Jessica Berzins .335; 28 RBIs; 27 Runs; 13 SBs
Lauren Castro .287; 12 RBIs; 10 SBs
Sami Sharkey .287; 19 Runs; 14 SBs
Moriah Harris .277; 6 HRs; 23 RBIs; 23 Runs
Denver Keller .261; 2 HRs; 17 RBIs
Alexis Roman .267; 14 RBIs; 22 Runs
Meghan Cuda .241; 4 HRs; 14 SBs
Destiny Holani .185; 11 RBIs; 13 Runs

PITCHING

Erika Mackie 2.91 ERA; 11-12
Madi Weathers 4.25 ERA; 8-9
Lauren Castro 4.88; 2-5
Allie Block 5.46; 1-4

Notes:
Canisius won 2015 regular season title. Last won MAAC championship in 2009.

#4 Monmouth Hawks

Junior Justene Reyes
Record: 13-7 (26-19)
vs. the field: 5-5
Head Coach: Shannon Salsburg (1st season)

HITTING

Emma Hill .346; 38 Runs; 29-30 SBs
Justene Reyes .336; 9 HRs; 44 RBIs; 26 Runs
Nicole Wieczorek .333; 6 HRs; 27 RBIs
Rachel Shotzbarger .320; 4 HRs; 33 RBIs; 34 Runs
Jill Freese .318; 11 HRs; 39 RBIs
Ashalynn Umiamaka .303; 21 RBIs; 28 Runs
Katie Baron .296; 4 HRs; 20 RBIs
Chloe Howerth .260; 16 RBIs; 28 Runs
Brooke Redmond .234
Amanda Riley .212; 12 RBIs

PITCHING

Sydney Underhill 2.26 ERA; 16-12
Amanda Riley 2.71 ERA; 10-7; 154 Ks

Notes:
The Monmouth Hawks reached the championship game in last year's tournament. Have qualified for the tournament in each of their three seasons since joining the MAAC.

#5 Fairfield Stags

Senior Lauren Filicia
Record: 12-8 (26-21)
vs. the field: 4-6
Head Coach: Julie Brzezinski (19th season)

HITTING

Lauren Filicia .416; 23 RBIs; 38 Runs; 25 SBs
Courtney Hankins .359; 4 HRs; 38 RBIs; 22 Runs
Angelina McGuire .336; 7 HRs; 32 RBIs; 34 Runs
Alisha Marshall .333; 21 Runs
Tori Reed .317; 3 HRs; 24 RBIs; 31 Runs; 11 SBs
Kate Robinson .273; 4 HRs; 26 RBIs; 23 Runs
Kristen Ball .248; 2 HRs; 13 RBIs
Nicole Capra .233; 2 HRs; 16 RBIs
Gianna Kinhofer .227; 21 RBIs
Rachel Sieber .190

PITCHING

Lauren Falkanger 2.77 ERA; 13-3
Destinee Pallotto 2.99 ERA; 10-12; 118 Ks
Karisa Hughen 3.18 ERA; 2-2

Notes:
The Fairfield Stags are defending MAAC champions. Have played in the championship game four of the last five tournaments.

#6 Quinnipiac Bobcats

Senior Sydney Robey
Record: 11-9 (26-27)
vs. the field: 2-8
Head Coach: Jill Karwoski (3rd season)

HITTING

Taylor Troyan .301; 2 HR; 11 RBIs
Miranda Magana .289; 15 RBIs
Keilani Finley .288; 4 HR; 22 RBI; 22 Runs
Sarah Heimbach .272; 11 RBIs; 19 Runs
Dani Edmands .260; 2 HRs; 20 RBIs
Sydney Robey .258; 16 RBIs
Molly Jarret .250
Erin Larsen .247; 8 RBIs
Maria Ascher .221; 12 Runs
Abby Johnson .214; 13-13 SBs
Emily Czaja .202; 12 Runs

PITCHING

Casey Herzog 3.06 ERA; 13-13; 142 Ks
Kendall Brundrett 3.13 ERA; 2-2
Sydney Robey 3.32 ERA; 11-12

Notes:
Quinnipiac will be making their first MAAC Championship appearance since joining the conference in 2014.

Monday, May 9, 2016

MAAC Regular Season Ends

The Quinnipiac Bobcats joined the party Sunday!
An exciting and competitive 2016 MAAC softball season closed on Sunday. Now it's on to the Championship phase, which will take place on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The ultimate winner will then move on to the National tournament.

Three teams entered Sunday's play with a chance to gain the sixth and final seed of the conference, but this would turn out to be Quinnipiac's weekend. In their third season of membership in the MAAC, the Bobcats qualified for the tournament for the first time after completing a perfect 4 for 4 weekend. QU has received good pitching all season, so it was fitting that they ended with a pair of shutouts, beating Niagara 5-0 and 3-0. Senior Sydney Robey did the deed in game one, going the distance while allowing only three hits. At the plate, she contributed a home run, a two run shot in the third inning. It was Casey Herzog's turn in game two, and she tossed a brilliant two-hitter, with 11 strikeouts. The sophomore has shown a steady progression this season.

Quinnipiac was all set up following game one at Siena, which saw Marist delivering a walloping 14-0 defeat on the Saints. The Red Foxes have been doing this sort of thing all season. Senior Kyrsten Van Natta drove home five runs with a pair of homers. She will graduate as the school's all-time RBI leader. Maureen Duddy stole two bases, and is still one shy of the MAAC career record, but she did set a new Marist mark for runs in a season. The team won their 42nd game of the season, which ties the MAAC mark.

The most exciting, and improbable outcome of the day however, was game two at Monmouth. The Hawks had won game one of the MAAC doubleheader vs. St. Peter's, and needed one more to clinch second place and with it a first round bye at the tournament. But the Peacocks, the last team in division 1 without a win, had other ideas! Playing the best game of their stormy season, which saw their coach fired a couple weeks ago, they won 3-2, thus altering the MAAC's postseason and dropping the Hawks all the way down to the fourth seed. Stacey Klempel, in her final game with SPU, doubled home the winning run. Crystal Carlucci earned the win in relief over the stunned Hawks.

Photo courtesy of Q30 Television


Sunday, May 8, 2016

6th Seed Scenarios

Quinnipiac, Siena and Niagara will battle on the last day of the MAAC softball regular season for the sixth and final invitation to the upcoming MAAC Championship to be hosted by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York May 11-14. Here are the scenarios for the three teams inolved:

Quinnipiac wins sixth place if they sweep Niagara OR if they beat Niagara once, and Siena loses to Marist once.

Siena wins sixth place if they sweep Marist and Quinnipiac loses to Niagara once OR if they beat Marist once and Quinnipiac is swept by Niagara.

Niagara wins sixth place if they sweep Quinnipiac and Siena is swept by Marist.

Quinnipiac holds the tiebreaker over Siena; Siena holds the tiebreaker over Niagara. There is no chance for a three way tie.

Siena hosts Marist (12 pm EDT); Niagara is at Quinnipiac (1 pm EDT).

Also it has yet to be decided which team will be the second seed, and receive a first day bye at the tournament. Monmouth hosts St. Peter's today (1 pm EDT), and will win second place with a sweep of the Peacocks. If they do not sweep SPU, Manhattan will win second place.

Around the MAAC:
Although Marist really has nothing to play for today, they do have an opportunity to break two more records. If the Red Foxes sweep Siena, they will break the MAAC mark for team wins in a season. Senior Maureen Duddy is just three stolen bases shy of Lauren Hope's career record. Likely she will be running wild if given the opportunity.

With their sweep of St. Peter's Saturday, the Manhattan Jaspers achieved a 30 win season for the first time since 1993. Their 14 conference wins this season is a school record.

St. Peter's is the only team in all of Division 1 to yet record a win. They have one last chance today vs. Monmouth. The Peacocks will be looking for a new head coach following the conclusion of this season.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

3 For 1

Quinnipiac's Keilani Finley hit a homer, triple and double in her team's game 2 win at Rider
It was an exciting Saturday around the MAAC as play intensified with the MAAC Tournament looming on the horizon.

The Marist Red Foxes, with their game one victory at home vs. Canisius, clinched the MAAC regular season title. This secured them the right to host the tournament, which they will (teams can actually decline this privilege). Canisius did win the second game to finish at 13-7. They will be at least the fourth seed.

Fairfield became the fifth team to clinch a spot in the tournament when they beat Iona in Fairfield. The defending champions are locked into the fifth seed. Manhattan closed their regular season by sweeping St. Peter's, and are guaranteed a third seed. They will rise to number two in the unlikely event that winless SPU steals one from Monmouth Sunday, Otherwise the Hawks will earn the first day bye at the tournament.

But the real drama right now is the battle for the sixth and final tournament seed. Three teams are contending for that final spot. Quinnipiac (9-9) is currently in the driver's seat after their sweep of the Broncs at Rider. They host Niagara Sunday. A sweep gets them in outright, but there are other scenarios that would benefit them. Siena (9-9) staved off elimination with a desperate six run, sixth inning rally at home vs. Niagara, giving them a sweep of the doubleheader. They will host first place Marist on Sunday; there are many scenarios for them to win, but they also need help because Quinnipiac swept them earlier in the season and holds the tiebreaker. Niagara (8-10) is still alive, but they must sweep Quinnipiac Sunday, and hope for a Marist sweep of Siena. Certainly not out of the question, but they have the toughest row to hoe.

Stay tuned Sunday for updates as the regular season winds down!

MAAC Softball Statistics 5/7/16

Jayne Oberdorf and her fellow Marist pitchers lead the MAAC


HITTING

Lindsey Silfer (CAN) .422
Claire Oberdorf (MAR) .421
Lauren Filicia (FFD) .419 
Tori Danner (ION) .377
Maureen Duddy (MAR) .375
Kristen Turner (ION) .375
Kyrsten Van Natta (MAR) .371
Shannon Puthe (MAN) .367
Loryn DeFalco (SIE) .364
Elena Bowman (MAN) .361
Casey Page (MAR) .361
Courtney Hankins (FFD) .357
Colleen McWilliams (MAR) .356
Brooke Taylor (SIE) .353 
Emma Hill (MON) .349
Sarah March (NIA) .349 
Sammy Smaldone (SIE) .345
Briana Matazinsky (MAN) .345
Justene Reyes (MON) .343


PITCHING

Jessica Van Alphen (MAR) 1.85; 10-2
Jayne Oberdorf (MAR) 2.06; 11-3
Megan Beiermeister (MAR) 2.37; 12-1
Sydney Underhill (MON) 2.37; 15-12
Erin Hamm (MAN) 2.39; 7-2
Briana Matazinsky (MAN) 2.59; 10-6
Sierra Bertrand (NIA) 2.68; 6-9 
Amanda Riley (MON) 2.70; 10-6
Kendall Brundrett (QUI) 2.85; 2-2
Erika Mackie (CAN) 2.91; 10-12 
Lauren Falkanger (FFD) 2.98; 12-3
Destinee Pallotto (FFD) 3.04; 9-12
Karisa Hughen (FFD) 3.18; 2-2
Casey Herzog (QUI) 3.28; 11-13
Brooke Peterson (MAR) 3.43; 2-2
Christine Costello (ION) 3.50; 5-10
Sydney Robey (QUI) 3.57; 9-12
Lauren Butts (SIE) 3.84; 9-10
Stephanie Kristo (MAN) 3.84; 5-7

Friday, May 6, 2016

Regular Season Finale

Destiny Holani's 7th inning double lifted Canisius into the tournament
When Canisius won game two of their doubleheader at Quinnipiac Friday, thanks to freshman Destiny Holani's dramatic two out, two run seventh inning double, the Golden Griffins joined three other teams in qualifying for the upcoming MAAC Tournament. Marist, Monmouth and Manhattan all qualified earlier this week. Marist holds the edgein the pursuit of first place, and the right to host the tournament. One win in four games will do it for them. Canisius and Manhattan still have a chance to gain first place, should Marist stumble and lose all four games.

Heading into Saturday's games, two spots remain open to four teams. All the games will have tournament implications, so it should be an exciting day. Fairfield is in the best position of these teams, and will close their regular season at home vs. Iona. The Stags are currently 10-8 in the MAAC. Next is Niagara, in sixth place today. At 8-8, they play two teams they are battling for inclusion (Siena and Quinnipiac); they can get in without any outside help. Quinnipiac and Siena are both 7-9. QU plays at Rider on Saturday, then host Niagara on Sunday which could be for a spot in the postseason. Siena hosts Niagara Saturday, but then must play Marist, with their 40 wins, on Sunday, in Loudonville.

Stay tuned here for updates!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Red Foxes Turn 40!

Claire Oberdorf continued her impressive freshman campaign
Marist 7
Fairfield 2


The Marist Red Foxes beat the Fairfield Stags in a MAAC game Wednesday in Fairfield, CT. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain, and will be played Thursday at 5:30 pm.

The Marist Red Foxes reached another milestone Wednesday, winning their 40th game of the season, becoming the first MAAC team to do so since 2001. St. Peter's won 42 games that season, which is the MAAC record. Marist still has five regular season games remaining. Plus at least two tournament games.

Fairfield scored first in this game when Nicole Capra's sacrifice fly sent Courtney Hankins home in the bottom of the second inning. For a while, Stags' starter Destinee Pallotto and Marist starter Jayne Oberdorf were involved in a pitchers' duel, with the scored tied 1-1 after four innings after Claire Oberdorf clubbed a homer for the Red Foxes. Tori Reed's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Fairfield the lead back, but Marist, who have been almost unbeatable since late March (their only loss since then was in extra innings to Manhattan), opened the floodgates with a six run sixth inning. Again Claire Oberdorf, hitting .432 in this her freshman season, hit a home run, this time good for two runs. A short while later, Janna Korak smashed a three run homer. Brandi Coon added an RBI double to complete the rout.

Marist is now 14-1 in the conference; an incredible 40-8 overall. Fairfield fell to 9-8.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Golden Griffins Sweep Monmouth

Jessica Berzins delivered the key hit in game two
Canisius 5
Monmouth 1

Canisius 5
Monmouth 4 (11)


The Canisius Golden Griffins swept the Monmouth Hawks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

Prior to this big conference match up, Canisius had never beaten the Monmouth Hawks, who entered the MAAC in 2014. The Hawks owned a perfect 5-0 record vs. the Griffs, including a 12-1 win in last year's tournament. So this was a big test for the home team. Monmouth got on the scoreboard first in game one in the top of the first inning, thanks to Rachel Shotzbarger's sacrifice fly which scored Emma Hill. But that would be the only run they would score on Canisius starter Madi Weathers, who has been pitching very well in MAAC games this season. The Griffs tied the score in the bottom of the same inning when Jessica Berzins scored after a wild pitch. Jessica then gave her team the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning, singling home Sami Sharkey. Denver Keller's two RBI double, and Moriah Harris' RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning completed the scoring, giving Canisius a 5-1 win and their first ever victory over the Hawks.

Game two was an intense extra innings affair, with the Griffs prevailing, 5-4. Monmouth again opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, putting up three runs; Rachel Shotzbarger and Ashalynn Umiamaka were credited with RBIs with another scoring after a Canisius error. The Griffs kept the game close with two runs of their own in the bottom of the same inning, courtesy of Meghan Cuda's triple which scored Lindsey Silfer and Lauren Castro. Jill Freese's home run blast in the top of the fourth inning gave the Hawks a 4-2 lead. But Canisius would tie the game, eventually sending it to extra innings, in the bottom of the sixth inning with RBIs off the bats of Denver Keller and Moriah Harris. Erika Mackie then entered the pitching circle for Canisius in relief of Lauren Castro, and tossed five shutout innings. With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, Jessica Berzins blooped a single over the infield that scored Moriah Harris with the game winner, giving the Griffs the sweep. Sydney Underhill suffered the loss for Monmouth after pitching in all 11 innings.

Canisius is now 9-5 in the MAAC; Monmouth is 11-5.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Red Foxes Rise To Top With Sweep Of Monmouth

Marist broke the school record for wins Saturday
Marist 5 
Monmouth 4

Marist 8
Monmouth 3


The Marist Red Foxes swept the Monmouth Hawks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

This long awaited series featured two teams at the top of the conference, and the games had a tournament feel to them right from the start. Marist broke the ice in game one with a two run first inning. After lead off walks to Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf, Janna Korak hit a two out double to give the Red Foxes the early lead. They would increase their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs coming off the bats of Casey Page, Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf. Claire's sister Jayne was busy holding Monmouth hitless through the game's first 4.2 innings. But the Hawks woke up their bats in the bottom of the fifth when Katie Baron slugged a two run home run to cut the Marist lead to 5-2. They continued their rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nicole Wieczorek's two out, two run single suddenly made this a one run ball game. Jessica Van Alphen entered the Marist circle, and struck out three the rest of the game to earn a big save, with her team winning 5-4. Jayne Oberdorf was credited with the win; Amanda Riley suffered the loss.

In game two, Marist would again jump out to a 2-0 first inning lead, with Janna Korak again supplying an RBI. Claire Oberdorf also snuck home when Monmouth was making an out at second base. Monmouth this time responded immediately when powerful Justene Reyes belted a three run home run over the center field fence to give her team a lead for the first time this day. However, that would be all the Hawks could muster in this game, as Marist relief pitcher Megan Beiermeister, replacing starter Kallen Leeseberg, pitched a masterful 5.2 innings, scattering five hits while allowing no runs. The freshman improved to 10-0 on the season. After Gabrielle Kelliher's RBI in the top of the third inning tied the game, Marist picked up five runs in the top of the fifth inning, all scored with two outs, with RBIs coming from Colleen McWilliams, Gabrielle Kelliher and Maureen Duddy. To preserve the 8-3 victory, Marist made two outstanding field plays. First in the sixth inning when second baseman Claire Oberdorf with her backhand snared an apparent hit then threw out the speedy Emma Hill at home. Then with a brilliant game ending double play by first baseman Maureen Duddy. First place currently belongs to the Red Foxes.

Marist set a school record for wins Saturday, and now own an impressive 34-8 record; 9-1 in the MAAC. All is not lost for Monmouth, who dropped to 9-3, but still own second place.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Big MAAC Weekend Coming Up

Fairfield's Lauren Filicia had a big DH Thursday
The MAAC softball race heats up this weekend as teams battle to position themselves looking forward to the tournament in May.

Before we get to that, Fairfield and St. Peter's made up a previously postponed conference doubleheader Thursday in Jersey City, with the Stags sweeping by the scores of 12-1 and 8-0. Senior Lauren Filicia had an enormous day for Fairfield, hitting a perfect 7 for 7. The defending champions improved to 7-3; St. Peter's fell to 0-6.

Of course, the featured matchup this weekend will be Marist at Monmouth on Saturday. First place (for now) will be on the line. The teams seem to be evenly matched in terms of hitting and pitching. Last year they split their series, but that allowed Monmouth to get into the tournament while leaving Marist out in the cold. Being swept would not be the end of the world for either team of course, but the coveted first seed with tournament hosting privilege is quite an incentive.

Fairfield is nipping on the heels of both the aforementioned teams, and probably would like to see them split. The Stags are at Quinnipiac Saturday against a Bobcats team fighting for inclusion. QU will then host Iona on Sunday; a very good weekend will put them in good shape. Iona can't afford to be swept in their only series of the weekend.

Canisius and Niagara travel east to play at Manhattan and St. Peter's. The Jaspers, Griffs and Purple Eagles are all close in the standings currently. Another team in that grouping, Siena, will be at Rider on Saturday then at Monmouth on Sunday. If you take out the top three teams as they stand today, seven teams are battling for the final three spots.You can view the standings on the left side of this page.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MAUREEN DUDDY BREAKS RECORD!

Breaking...

In the bottom of the first inning vs. Holy Cross in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist senior Maureen Duddy singled, then stole second and third bases. That gave her 41 stolen bases this season, which breaks the previous single season record of 40, which Canisius' Lauren Hope established in 2008. The thefts also gave Maureen 107 in her career; she now chases Lauren Hope's career record of 118.

Congratulations Maureen!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Mighty Monmouth Hawks

Rachel Shotzbarger has emerged as one of the MAAC's top hitters
The Monmouth Hawks have continued to build on the momentum from their 2015 MAAC Tournament run, and have surged to first place in the conference with a record of 9-1. On Sunday in West Long Branch, NJ, the Hawks stunned Manhattan by scoring the first 18 runs in the conference doubleheader. They won the first game 8-0, in five innings, then stormed to a 10-0 lead in game two before Manhattan staged a late innings rally. The Hawks won that game 10-7. Junior Rachel Shotzbarger had a powerful day, connecting on a grand slam homer in game two, and finished the twinbill with seven RBIs. Her teammate Jill Freese also clubbed a grand slam, in game one. Justene Reyes, the team RBI leader, hit one out herself. Emma Hill also homered. But that one was of the inside the park variety, as the speedy senior rounded the bases in softball's most exciting and rare play. She's having a terrific season as the Hawks' leadoff hitter, often getting on base with a bunt single. She leads the team in stolen bases. Amanda Riley pitched a shutout in game one; her ERA is now 2.28, and she strikes out more than one batter per inning. Sydney Underhill allowed five runs in game two, but none of them were earned. She won her 12th game of the season.

The Hawks face a major test on Saturday when they host the 30 win Marist Red Foxes, who have great hitters and pitchers also. This will be a battle for first place. And although the MAAC season has a ways to go, a sweep would put either team in the driver's seat to host the upcoming MAAC Tournament. Should be fun!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Golden Griffins Climb Into Contention

Lindsey Silfer's bat was on fire this weekend!
A lot changed for the Canisius Golden Griffins from last week. For one thing, their home field was about 45 degrees warmer! The arrival of spring warmed up their bats also, as their offense revived to its 2015 form. After starting conference play 0-2, Canisius faced a tough challenge with Fairfield and Iona coming to town. They finished the weekend winning 3 of those 4 games, coming very close to a sweep. In the first game vs. Fairfield, the Golden Griffins staged a comeback, overcoming an early three run deficit, with Destiny Holani scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the second game vs. the Stags, they carried a lead into the seventh inning, but Fairfield rallied desperately to avoid a sweep. Sunday's games vs. Iona saw Canisius score 26 runs in two run rule victories, the most runs the team has scored in a MAAC doubleheader since 1992. In the first game vs. the Gaels, Jessica Berzins hit a home run and a triple, good for six RBIs. Madi Weathers earned wins in both games of the Iona doubleheader. But it was junior ALL-MAACer Lindsey Silfer who went wild this weekend. She hit a remarkable 10 for 14, with a home run and eight RBIs.

Canisius is now 3-3 in the MAAC, and will play on the road next weekend at St. Peter's and Manhattan.

Red Foxes Sweep The Weekend

Jayne Oberdorf was nearly perfect in MAAC play this weekend
The Marist Red Foxes are on their way to having a historical season in 2016. At 30-8, one of the best records at this point in the MAAC season in recent memory, the Red Foxes are only three wins away from tying the school record (33, set a few times). This with at least 18 games left. They have won 17 of their last 18 games, the lone loss being in extra innings to Manhattan. Head Coach Joe Ausanio won his 200th game at Marist this weekend. Senior Maureen Duddy is just one stolen base away from tying the MAAC single season record, and 13 away from the MAAC career record. She's already broken the Marist record (which was hers anyway!).

This weekend Marist improved to 7-1 in the conference with some dominating wins on their home diamond. Leading the way was junior pitcher Jayne Oberdorf, who tossed a no-hitter vs. Quinnipiac on Sunday after pitching a two-hitter vs. St. Peter's on Saturday. She allowed no runs at all. Then there's Jayne's younger sister, freshman Claire Oberdorf; she hit an astounding 8 for 11 in MAAC games this weekend. She currently leads the team, and the conference, with a .443 batting average. Not to be lost in the shuffle is senior shortstop Kyrsten Van Natta, the team's RBI leader with 30. She was 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs in the Red Foxes' 22-1 demolishment of St. Peter's, a game in which Marist exploded for nine home runs. The aforementioned Maureen Duddy ran wild again this weekend, stealing seven bases. Plus, the whole lineup is playing very well - Marist has a team batting average of .337; opposing pitchers have no escape. And they have a pitching staff that goes five deep.

Marist will host Holy Cross on Wednesday in a non conference doubleheader before hitting the road. A big test awaits them next Saturday when they play at Monmouth in what amounts to a clash for first place in the MAAC. Remember that the regular season champion wins the right to host the tournament, so this battle will have high stakes!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rider And Iona Split

Iona's Kristen Turner had a big day*
Rider 5
Iona 2

Iona 8
Rider 5


The Rider Broncs and Iona Gaels split a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.

Game one of this conference twinbill saw the Iona Gaels jump to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ashlyn Morris scored on a passed ball and Katie Newton singled home Christine Costello.  However, Rider starter Meg Ailand, pitching her finest game of the season, would shut down the Gaels for the remaining six innings. In the Iona circle, "Gnarly" Carly Argyle got the start, and was stellar through the game's first six innings, limiting the Broncs to three hits. But after a walk, and a double by Kiera Swank in the top of the seventh inning, Christine Costello entered the game for Iona in relief. Toni Nino's RBI single then got Rider on the scoreboard. The Gaels seemed to have the game won but a two out infield pop off the bat of Josettee Spencer was lost in the sun, allowing Amanda Crimarco to score and tie the game. With the bases loaded, up to the plate stepped the dangerous Dana Sensi, who proceeded to clear the bases with a double, giving Rider a big road conference win.

The Broncs, with newfound confidence, stormed to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two. With the bases loaded, Montana Berg sent them all home with a triple. In danger of being swept on their home field, the Gaels got busy in the bottom of the third inning. Marisa Gergel singled home a run to get things started, but it was the big bat of Kristen Turner, with a three run home run blast, that gave Iona a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Marisa Gergel singled home two more runs, giving her three RBIs in the game, and the Gaels extended their lead to 6-3. Rider, however, would not go away, and pulled to within 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning with RBIs by Kiera Swank and Amanda Crimarco. But it was Kristen "Grand Slam" Turner who again came up big for her team with another home run blast in the bottom of the same inning, this time producing two runs and an 8-5 Iona win. Christine Costello earned the win; Kaitlyn Kallert suffered the loss. Iona is now 1-3 in the MAAC; Rider is 1-5.

*Photo courtesy of Jim Newton Photography

Monday, April 11, 2016

Manhattan And Marist Split

ALL-MAAC seniors Maureen Duddy (left) and Elena Bowman had big games
Manhattan 4
Marist 3 (8)

Marist 10
Manhattan 5


The Manhattan Jaspers and Marist Red Foxes split a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Marist Red Foxes entered Sunday's MAAC matchup with the Manhattan Jaspers riding a ten game win streak. It would take extra innings to snap that streak, as the Jaspers staged a late inning rally for a big win. Marist jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Brandi Coon in the bottom of the second inning, and a two RBI single by Colleen McWilliams in the bottom of the third inning. But Manhattan would begin their comeback in the top of the fourth. After Elena Bowman drew a leadoff walk in that inning, her partner in homers, Jenn Vazquez, blasted a pitch over the center field fence to cut the Red Foxes' lead to 3-2. Freshman Shannon Puthe delivered a big single in the top of the seventh inning for Manhattan, driving home pinch runner Bailey Madison to tie the game. On to extra innings the teams went, with Elena Bowman leading off for the Jaspers in the top of the eighth. You guessed it...Elena launched one over the left field fence, giving her team a big road win. Marist would not pitch to her the rest of the day, giving her five walks in game two. Briana Matazinsky earned the complete game win for Manhattan; Jessica Van Alphen suffered the loss in relief.

Game two again saw Marist jump to a lead, 5-1 after two innings. Stephanie Reinhardt did give Manhattan a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the first inning, but Marist quickly tied the game in the bottom of that inning with Becca Freeman's RBI sac fly after Maureen Duddy doubled and stole third base. The Red Foxes then scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning with RBIs courtesy of Claire Oberdorf, Kyrsten Van Natta and Janna Korak. Claire also scored on a wild pitch. Manhattan, however, attempted another comeback, tying the game in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four times. RBIs by Shannon Puthe and Emily Cutler, plus a pair of bases loaded walks did the deed. But Marist this time sealed the game with a four run output in the bottom of the same inning, with Maureen Duddy and Claire Oberdorf both driving home a pair of runs on singles, winning the game 10-5. Jessica Van Alphen earned the win; Danielle Gabrielle took the loss. Red Fox Maureen Duddy stole three bases on the day. This leaves her just nine thefts short of Lauren Hope's MAAC single season record. Marist and Manhattan are both 3-1 in the MAAC.

Thanks to Maureen Duddy for the great photo taken after the games!

Saints Sweep Canisius In The Cold

The Siena Saints left Buffalo immediately following their sweep of the Griffs!
Siena 13
Canisius 8

Siena 7
Canisius 4


The Siena Saints swept a MAAC doubleheader over the Canisius Golden Griffins Sunday in Buffalo, NY.

MAAC teams have played plenty of cold games, but I can't recall any colder than Sunday's Siena-Canisius conference doubleheader. The official temperature when the first pitch was thrown in game one was 28 degrees; it would never rise above 34 by the end of game two. But the players braved the elements to get the important games played. Canisius did jump in front 2-0 in the first matchup, thanks to Denver Keller's RBI single and Allie Block's run after a bunt and error in the bottom of the second inning. But the Saints then exploded for 13 runs over the next three innings. After Chelsey Drew singled home Jess Volmer in the top of the third, Mady Cossack, in the midst of a productive freshman season, drilled a pitch over the center field fence good for three runs and a 4-2 lead. The Griffs did close the gap in the bottom of the same inning when Lindsey Silfer, who was 4 for 4 in the game, singled home a run. The game, however, was blown open by Siena in the top of the fourth inning with RBIs by Sammy Smaldone, Jess Volmer and Paige Hess; and in the fifth inning with an RBI by Chelsey Drew and a three run home run blast off the bat of Brooke Taylor, giving the Saints a 13-3 lead. Siena was one out from a mercy rule win, and an early trip to the warm locker room, but a bases loaded walk to pinch hitter Taylor Decker extended the game. Siena won 13-8. Lauren Butts earned her seventh circle win; Erika Mackie suffered the loss.

The Saints stormed out of the gate in game two, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. An RBI single by Paige Hess, followed by an RBI double by Chelsey Drew, then a two RBI double by Alyssa Lancaster gave Siena a lead they would never relinquish. The Golden Griffins tried to stay in the game, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when Denver Keller hit a triple. She finished the game 3 for 3. But the Saints answered that with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning when Paige Hess cracked a two run double to center field. Canisius had their chances to rally after that, but a couple of Siena double plays killed any hope for a comeback. Danielle Cacciola earned the circle win; Madi Weathers took the loss. Siena is now 2-2 in the MAAC; Canisius 0-2.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hawks Sweep Rider

Amanda Riley did it all Saturday
Monmouth 9 Rider 0 (5)
Monmouth 11 Rider 0 (5)


The Monmouth Hawks opened MAAC play with a shutout sweep over the Rider Broncs Saturday in West Long Branch, NJ.

Monmouth did not waste any time in game one, jumping to a quick and insurmountable lead. Helped by two Rider errors, and RBIs by Justene Reyes and Ashalyn Umiamaka, the Hawks led 3-0 after the opening frame. In the bottom of the second inning, the speedy Emma Hill hit a triple which drove home Katie Baron; she scored on another error, and Monmouth was up 5-0. Solo home runs by Jill Freese and Amanda Riley in the third inning extended the lead to 7-0. Katie Baron's two run home run blast ended the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Hawks a 9-0 win. Katie and Amanda Riley both had a pair of hits in the game. Sydney Underhill earned the shutout with a six strikeout performance, scattering five hits. Toni Nino and Josettee Spencer both had two hits for the Broncs.

Game two was much of the same, although in this one the Hawks scored nearly all their runs in the second inning when they crossed the plate ten times. In that inning they posted nine hits, four of them doubles plus a homer off the bat of Jill Freese, her second round tripper of the game. Monmouth won 11-0, in five innings. Amanda Riley had herself another great game, this time also as a pitcher as she threw a one hit shutout with ten strikeouts. At the plate she drove home two runs. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home three runs; Katie Baron finished the doubleheader a perfect 4 for 4.

Monmouth is 2-0 in the MAAC; Rider 0-2.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Schedule Adjustment


Even old Sol won't be able to break the cold's grip Sunday!
Go figure...after a pre-conference season that was almost totally free of weather issues, the first weekend of MAAC play has been altered by a cold front invading the east coast. Saturday's games should all get played, but Sunday's slate has been almost wiped clean. St. Peter's at Rider is still on as of this writing, but the other four MAAC doubleheaders have been postponed. Fairfield at Manhattan will now take place on Tuesday, April 5th. On Wednesday April 6th, Monmouth and Iona will play in New Rochelle. Both the Niagara at Quinnipiac and Marist at Siena conference doubleheaders have been rescheduled for May 8th, the last day of the regular season.