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Saturday, April 15, 2017

NO HITTER! part 2

Two MAAC No Hitters in a week!

First it was Manhattan's Nicole Williams Wednesday vs. St. Peter's.

Saturday it was Iona's Lani Evans throwing a gem of a ball game, one that was on television too.
Lani struck out 10 Monmouth Hawks in the second game of the conference doubleheader in West Long Branch, NJ (the first being won by Monmouth via a 5 hit shutout by Amanda Riley). "Salami" allowed no hits in the 4-0 win. Iona stands at 7-3 in the MAAC; Monmouth 6-4.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NO HITTER!

Breaking...

Manhattan's freshman phenom pitcher Nicole Williams has just pitched a no hitter in a conference game vs. St. Peter's, won by the Jaspers 6-0 today in Riverdale, NY.
Nicole struck out 14 Peacocks in the win, walking just two in a dominant performance. She currently has a 1.08 ERA for the first place Jaspers, who are 7-1 in the MAAC after sweeping St. Peter's today.

Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 MAAC Season Preview

The snows have ceased, spring has arrived and we're about to enter that portion of the season known as conference play! Beginning on Saturday, April 1, the various MAAC softball teams battle one another for the conference's automatic bid to the National Tournament. Also this season there will be a second bid to a "consolation tournament", written about on this blog in January. Let the fun begin!

The Marist Red Foxes will look to become the first MAAC school to repeat as softball champion in five years, and there is ample reason to believe they could do just that. Although All-MAAC infielder Claire Oberdorf is lost to injury, the Red Foxes still boast a strong lineup. They retain their championship season pitching staff, which is deep and talented. They are the consesus favorite.

The Manhattan Jaspers emerge from tournament play with a strong pitching staff, including two freshmen who seem ready to contribute immediately. Elena Bowman has graduated, but life goes on and other Jaspers have picked up the slack, particularly Victoria Ross who is hitting in the high 300s. Manhattan should compete strongly for the number one seed, and the right to host the tournament.

The "sleeper" this season, in my opinion, is Niagara. Why? Because they've found a one-two punch in the pitching circle. Sierra Bertrand had a fine freshman season, when the Purple Eagles narrowly missed qualifying for the tournament. But she may have had too much on her shoulders. This season, Jen Szilagyi has picked up her game, and had an excellent tournament portion of the season. Along with good pitching, Niagara has some hitters who can really smack the ball. Look for them to make a strong bid to qualify.

The Iona Gaels still have players with championship experience, including senior Kristen Turner, who after a slow start has rocketed her average to .400, hitting with the usual power. They have a blanced batting lineup, including Tori Danner who has smashed seven home runs thus far this season. Their pitching has been somewhat by committee, with Lani Evans averaging a strikeout per inning.

Which team in the MAAC has the highest RPI rating? The Quinnipiac Bobcats. They've had an up and down tournament season though. They've shown the ability to hit and score in high numbers, including Rebecca Drake, who is a .400 hitter. But Casey Herzog was out for a while with injury. She's back, and pitched very well this past week, showing herself to be very valuable to her team.

The Canisius Golden Griffins have solid pitching with the junior tandem of Madi Weathers and Erika Mackie. They keep their team in all games, but the Griffs have suffered 11 one run losses. MAAC games are generally close, so they'll have to overcome that tendency somehow.  In the hitting lineup, Lauren Castro has shown to have a dangerous bat. The Griffs aren't the speed team they were in the past, but are capable of big innings with plenty of extra base hits.

Like Iona, the Fairfield Stags still have players with championship experience, including Tori Reed who has hit 4 home runs. Added to that are two dynamic freshmen, Amanda Ulzheimer and Lacey Olaff, who lead the Stags in hitting with averages of .406 and .377 respectively. But Fairfield has lacked, so far, the pitching they need to win it all. Destinee Pallotto however has won it all before, Fairfield will need her to get back on track in conference play.

The Monmouth Hawks have struggled at times in the pitching circle, although Amanda Riley has a high strikeout count. But we know she and Sydney Underhill have been dominant in the past, and if they get back to form, the Hawks could fly to the top. Justene Reyes is having another stellar season in the batters box, very dangerous hitter. I feel the Hawks will be a factor in the end, but it depends on the pitching.

Siena is another team struggling in the pitching circle, lots of extra base hits surrendered. At the bat, Loryn DeFalco is having a terrific season, and Chelsey Drew has hit 5 homers.

Rider had a rough start to their season, but the pitching duo of Delaney DeMello and Kaitlyn Kallert have been throwing well as of late. If they pick up their hitting performance, they may make some noise.

St. Peter's already seems a different team with their new coach, and freshmen Alina Guevara and Bri Hutchinson are hitting very well. It's time for them to experience some success in conference play.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MAAC Hitting Leaders 3/28/17


Amanda Ulzheimer (Fairfield) .450
Lacey Olaff (Fairfield) .413
Kristen Turner (Iona) .408
Rebecca Drake (Quinnipiac) .403
Miranda Magana (Quinnipiac) .390
Keilani Finley (Quinnipiac) .368
Alina Guevara (St. Peter's) .367
Sami Sharkey (Canisius) .361
Bridget Hogan (Niagara) .358
Jerri Ann Orfano (Niagara) .357
Justene Reyes (Monmouth) .356
Lauren Castro (Canisius) .353
Tori Reed (Fairfield) .352
Casey Page (Marist) .350
Janna Korak (Marist) .347
Becca Freeman (Marist) .338
Loryn DeFalco (Siena) .333
Chelsey Drew (Siena) .333
Harlequin Connors (St. Peter's) .333
Ashlyn Morris (Iona) .329
Courtney Hankins (Fairfield) .327
Shannon Puthe (Manhattan) .324
Alisha Marshall (Fairfield) .324
Ali Milam (Marist) .321
Marisa Gergel (Iona) .320
Miranda Perez (Marist) .318
Gianna Kinhofer (Fairfield) .318
Jasmine Temple (Iona) .311
Bri Hutchinson (St. Peter's) .308
Cassie Ho (Canisius) .304
Kourtney Paul (Marist) .304
Sarah March (Niagara) .302
Sarah Trifoso (Niagara) .300
Victoria Ross (Manhattan) .300

MAAC Pitching Leaders 3/28/17


Jessica Van Alphen (Marist) 1.51
Nicole Williams (Manhattan) 2.14
Jen Szilagyi (Niagara) 2.44
Megan Beiermeistser (Marist) 2.50
Kallen Leeseberg (Marist) 2.50
Madi Weathers (Canisius) 2.56
Sierra Bertrand (Niagara) 2.86
Kayla McDermott (Manhattan) 3.00
Bri Matazinsky (Manhattan) 3.02
Stephanie Kristo (Manhattan) 3.11
Jayne Oberdorf (Marist) 3.33
Abbey Long (Quinnipiac) 3.54
Erika Mackie (Canisius) 3.76

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MAAC Pitching Leaders

Jessica Van Alphen (MAR) 1.83
Stephanie Kristo (MAN) 1.85
Jen Szilagyi (NIA) 2.03
Sierra Bertrand (NIA) 2.28
Bri Matazinsky (MAN) 2.37

MAAC Hitting Leaders

Amanda Ulzheimer (FFD) .541
Lacey Olaff (FFD) .469
Jerri Ann Orfano (NIA) .462
Sami Sharkey (CAN) .422
Casey Page (MAR) .419

Friday, January 27, 2017

Marist Red Foxes 2017 Softball Schedule

 *UPDATE*
Marist has added four games to their schedule, and will now begin their season on February 18 at Norfolk State.

The Marist Red Foxes will begin defense of their MAAC championship when they open their 53 game 2017 schedule on the weekend of February 24 at the Mercer Tournament. Savannah St, IPFW and the home school will be the opponents. On the weekend of March 3, the Red Foxes will play four games at UMBC vs. the Retrievers and Coppin St. The highlight of the early season, for the players I'm sure, will be an extended stay in beautiful Hawaii, beginning March 10. Marist will play in a pair of tournaments hosted by the Rainbow Wahine, playing Purdue, UConn, Harvard, Toledo and the host school in 10 games between beachside luau's!

After this distant road trip, Marist will actually host a pre-conference season tournament themselves! On the weekend of March 24, Harvard and Hartford will visit Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes will open MAAC play on April 2, hosting Siena. They will close their season on May 7 with a home DH vs. Monmouth that could have tournament hosting implications. The defending champs will play 11 home dates in 2017.

Marist Red Foxes 2017 Softball Season

Canisius Golden Griffins 2017 Softball Schedule

The Canisius Golden Griffins will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 11 at the annual Cleveland St. Dome Tournament. The Griffs will play the host Vikings, Robert Morris and Bowling Green. On the weekend of February 17, Canisius will visit Charlotte for the First Pitch Classic, and will play the host 49ers, Bowling Green and local rival St. Bonaventure. The South Carolina Upstate Tournament is next on the schedule, the weekend of March 3; then it's off to Florida to play in one of South Florida's annual tournaments on the weekend of March 10. On March 15 they will play a challenging split doubleheader vs. Florida St. and Florida Gulf Coast at Fort Myers, where they will stay put and play in FGCU's tournament the weekend of March 17. The Golden Griffins will play at one more tournament, Mount Saint Mary's Invite on the weekend of March 25, before opening the home portion of their schedule vs. crosstown rival Buffalo on March 29.

Canisius will open MAAC play on April 1 at Fairfield. They will close their 2017 regular season on May 7 when they host local rival Niagara. The Golden Griffins will play seven home dates in 2017, including a doubleheader vs. Syracuse.

Canisius Golden Griffins 2017 Softball Schedule

Rider Broncs 2017 Softball Schedule

The Rider Broncs will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 at Coastal Carolina's Battle at the Beach with 5 games vs. the host school and Greensboro and Missouri-Kansas City. The weekend of March 3 will see the Broncs in Buies Creek, NC for Campbell's tournament; Norfolk St. and Appalachian St. will also participate. On March 11 Rider will play at UMBC's Retriever Classic, then play five road doubleheaders.

The Broncs will open the home portion of their schedule on March 29 with a doubleheader vs. Wagner. They will open MAAC play at Quinnipiac on April 1. Rider will close their regular season on May 7 at St. Peter's. They will play nine home dates in 2017.

Rider Broncs 2017 Softball Schedule

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2017 Softball Schedule

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will open their 55 game 2017 softball schedule on the weekend of February 17 in Florida at the Madeira Beach Invite hosted by E. Michigan. Aside from playing the host, the Bobcats will face Boston U., Villanova, Oakland and C. Michigan. On the weekend of March 3, QU will be at the Colonial Classic hosted by George Washington. The Bobcats will then head west, and play a very challenging game vs. powerhouse Arizona on March 10 at Los Angeles. They will also play Bryant, Boise, Hartford and Northridge. After two weekday games, the Q will play in Northridge's tournament on the weekend of March 17.

After a game at Long Island, Quinnipiac will open the home portion of their schedule with a doubleheader vs. Wagner on March 25. They will open MAAC play on April 1 when they host Rider; and close out their regular season on May 7 at Fairfield. QU will have eight home dates in 2017.

QU Bobcats 2017 Softball Schedule

Niagara Purple Eagles 2017 Softball Schedule

The Niagara Purple Eagles will open their 41 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 11 at Cleveland State's annual Dome Tournament. The Purps will play the host Vikings, Bowling Green and Robert Morris. Niagara won't be back on the field until the weekend of March 17 when they participate at George Washington's tournament vs. the host school and Albany in a series of five games.

After doubleheaders at Syracuse and Cleveland St., the Purple Eagles will open MAAC play at Iona on April 1. Niagara will close out their regular season on May 7 at local rival Canisius. The Purps will have seven home dates in 2017.

Niagara Purple Eagles 2017 Softball Schedule

Monmouth Hawks 2017 Softball Schedule

The Monmouth Hawks will open their 54 game 2017 softball season on the weekend of February 17 at the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston. Aside from playing the home team, the Hawks will face Lipscomb, Winthrop, Illinois Chicago and E. Kentucky. After two games at George Washington on March 3 and 4, Monmouth heads to Florida for a pair of appearances at South Florida's annual tournaments, with some weekday games to also keep them busy. Among the opponents will be Missouri, Chattanooga, N. Florida and South Carolina Upstate.

After road doubleheaders vs. Stony Brook, Columbia and Farleigh Dickinson, the Hawks will open their home season vs. St. Joseph's on March 29. Monmouth will open MAAC play on April 1 at Manhattan. They will close their regular season May 7 at Marist. The Hawks will have nine home dates in 2017.

Monmouth Hawks 2017 Softball Schedule

St. Peter's Peacocks 2017 Softball Schedule

The Saint Peter's Peacocks will open their 40 game 2017 softball season on March 13 in Vero Beach, FL with a pair of doubleheaders vs. Bucknell. On the weekend of March 17, they will take part in the Pirate Invitational hosted by Seton Hall, playing Brown, Hartford and the host school. After doubleheaders at Lafayette and at Drexel, the Peacocoks will open MAAC play by hosting Siena on April 1. They will close their regular season on May 7 vs. conference rival Rider. St. Pete's will play 6 home dates in 2017.

St. Peter's 2017 Softball Schedule

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Additional NCAA Softball Tournament in 2017!



Beginning this season, there will be a second NCAA Softball national tournament. Schools who don't make the championship tournament will be eligible for the new tournament, which will begin May 16.
The big news for the MAAC is that each conference will have an automatic bid in this new tournament, so that means more to play for. There will be some at large bids also.

Read and watch HERE