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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Recap of the 1st Fall Weekend

Fall Scores

George Washington beat Howard 11-3 (5 innings)
WP-Heidi Penna

Notes: George Washington broke out the bats as they beat Howard 11-3 in 5 innings. Courtney Martin and Heidi Penna both saw action in the circle, combining to allow just 4 hits over 5 innings, while striking out 3. At the plate, the Colonials were led by freshman Victoria Valos who went 2-3 with 4 RBI, Chelsea Lenhart went 1-2 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored, Lauren Wilson was 2-3 with a RBI, and Jordyn O'Donnell was 2-2 with 1 RBI. Autumn Taylor, Sandi Moynihan, and Samantha Dos Santos also added hits.

George Washington lost to Maryland 3-0 (8 innings)
WP-Kaitlin Schmeiser
LP-Kara Clauss

Notes: George Washington went toe to toe with NCAA Regional participant Maryland playing scoreless ball through 7 innings before Maryland broke through in the 8th. Kara Clauss did an excellent job in the circle, limiting the Terps to 7 hits. The Colonials picked up 3 hits in game, from Alex Thompson, Samantha Dos Santos, and Autumn Taylor. George Washington hitters also showed that they have keen eyes at the plate, picking up 8 walks.

Fordham beat Albany 8-2
WP-Jen Mineau

Notes: Jen Mineau was in dominant form once again striking out 9 batters in 5 innings, while allowing just one hit. Taylor Pirone threw the final two innings and picked up 4 strikeouts in her 1st appearance as a Ram. Fordham racked up 10 hits in the game with Chelsea Palumbo and Jamie LaBovick each tallying two.

Fordham lost to Binghamton 6-5
LP-Jen Mineau

Notes: The Rams battled back from a 4-3 deficit only to fall 6-5 on a walk off home run. Michelle Daubman made her debut in the circle for the Rams and Mineau closed the game out. Paige Ortiz hit a huge 2 run HR to put to give Fordham the lead heading into the bottom of the 7th and Michelle Daubman tallied a 2 run double in the 6th.

Fordham beat Syracuse 2-1
WP-Jen Mineau
LP-Jenna Caira

Notes: Jen Mineau turned it up a notch once again, dominating the Big East champion Orange, by striking out 13 and allowing just 2 walks. Chelsea Palumbo hit a solo HR, and Elise Fortier doubled in Brianna Turgeon after Turgeon hit a triple. Paige Ortiz and Gabby Luety had Fordham's other hits during the game.

Fordham beat Cornell 10-0
WP-Taylor Pirone

Notes: Taylor Pirone threw 4 scoreless innings before giving way to Michelle Daubman for the final 3, as the Rams offense came to life in this game. Fordham scored 10 runs on 10 hits, including 2 hits for Kayla Lombardo, Kat Van Benschoten, and Brianna Ciuffi.

Charlotte beat East Carolina 13-7
WP-Katie Watkins

Charlotte lost to UNC Greensboro 10-9
LP-Chelsea Lisikatos

St. Bonaventure beat St. Rose 12-0
WP-Jen Sansano

St. Bonaventure beat Colgate 3-0
WP-Jen Sansano

St. Bonaventure lost to Marist 16-8
LP-Diana Phalon

St. Bonaventure beat Marist 6-2
WP-Jen Sansano

Dayton lost to Northern Kentucky 1-0
LP-Sarah Wedel

Dayton beat Cedarville 5-0
WP-Kayla English

Dayton beat Findlay 7-3
WP-Kayla English

Dayton beat Findlay 4-0

Temple vs Lafayette
Temple vs Iona

UMass vs Boston College
UMass vs Sacred Heart

St. Louis vs. SIUE was rained out

I don't have any scores or details from UMass or Temple
If you have details on those games or pictures please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Friday, September 16, 2011


Sorry for the dearth of updates lately...

If anyone would like to help out with postings please send an email to atlantic10softball@gmail.com
Otherwise expect postings once or twice a week until January.

Back to softball news:

Fordham has hired Kyle Jamieson as its new assistant coach. Jamieson is an accomplished coach, who knows how to both win and develop talent. Coach Bridget Orchard made an outstanding hire and it is easy to see this hire paying dividends right away.

St. Louis has hired Pat Kies and Sarah Clynes as assistants. Clynes was an outstanding player for UIC, both in the circle and at the plate, so she will be able to help the Billikens in all aspects of the game. Kies comes to St. Louis from UMKC, which just had one of its best seasons in school history. Kies has proven he can help out a program and Coach Christy Connoyer is excited to have him on board. Both these young assistants should play a big role in shaping Billiken softball.

Former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and St. Joe's great Brooke Darreff has joined Temple's staff as a graduate assistant. Coach DiPietro has definitely added a good one to his program.

Roster updates
Temple has picked up former USF Bull ace Capri Catalano. Catalano was the Big East Freshman of the Year in 2008, going 17-1 her freshman year with a 1.40 ERA and 176 SO in 129.2 IP. She then lost her entire sophomore season due to injury and is still looking to regain the form of her freshman season. In 2010, she was 3-5 with a 3.78 ERA and 50 SO in 50 IP and last season she went 2-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 31 SO in 38.2 IP. She will be a true shutdown pitcher for the Owls and if she can return to her freshman year form...let's just say it will be a very exciting year in the A10.

Here are some freshmen that the blog missed.
Erica Willis, an outfielder for Fordham
Natalie Mariano, an outfielder for Dayton
Traneya White, an outfielder for St. Joseph's
Taylor McGorry, an infielder for St. Joseph's

Carlee Gray
George Washington has picked up a verbal from Carlee Gray of the Cal Breeze travel team and Elk Grove HS. Gray swings a powerful bats and she can play either corner infield position. Elk Grove has been one of the top high school programs in the country producing numerous college players. Gray is an outstanding pickup and Coach Stacey Schramm has really put together an outstanding 2012 recruiting class.

If you have knowledge of any commitments please email atlantic10softball@gmail.com

Scheduling news
The NFCA Leadoff Classic has released its schedule and the teams participating in the tournament. UMass will be attending the tournament along with Boston University, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Hofstra, Illinois, Illinois State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Michigan, Mississippi State, Tennessee, USF, and Winthrop. The Minutewomen will be facing Tennessee, Michigan, DePaul, Illinois, and Georgia Tech at the tournament. It will be a very tough stretch of games, but it will definitely pay dividends come tournament time.

The USF Under Armour Showcase has released its schedule and Fordham will be playing Wisconsin-Green Bay, Cleveland State, Rutgers, Northern Iowa, and Western Michigan, while Temple will be playing Central Michigan, Cleveland State, East Tennessee State, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. In addition, both Fordham and Temple will have exhibitions against the Dutch National team.

The USF Tournament on March 16-18 has also released its schedule and UMass will be playing UNC Wilmington, Northern Colorado, Chattanooga, Illinois, and Florida Gulf Coast.

And finally fall ball starts this weekend for A10 teams, so please send in scores, pictures, etc. and they will be posted.