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Andi Stallard

Manhattan Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson Before Starting MAAC Play

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 03/26/2014
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College softball team (4-14) hosts at 2:30 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson (7-10) on Thursday in its final doubleheader before the start of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this weekend.  The Jaspers (0-0 MAAC) begin their conference schedule at Gaelic Park against new MAAC member Quinnipiac (3-18, 0-0 MAAC) at 12 p.m. on Saturday, then visit Siena (9-10, 0-0 MAAC) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Both the Fairleigh Dickinson and Quinnipiac twinbills will be webcast live on JasperVision, as Manhattan concludes a six-game homestand.

Sophomore Elena Bowman (San Mateo, Calif.) paces the Manhattan offense with a .352 batting average, six home runs and 20 RBIs.  Freshman Jenn Vazquez (Fairfield, Conn.), the two-time reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week, boasts a .348 average, and senior Kate Bowen (Newtown, Conn.) is hitting .295 with 18 hits and 15 runs scored.  Bowen also leads the pitching staff with three wins and a 4.12 ERA.  Amy Bright (Manlius, N.Y.), meanwhile, paces the Jaspers in strikeouts (31).

Fairleigh Dickinson hasn’t played since a 3-2 win at San Diego on March 16.  Junior Angelique Nieves leads the Knights with a .362 batting average, 17 hits and 10 RBIs, while freshman Madison Lerma is hitting .349.  Junior Cindy Zamudio, meanwhile, has belted both of the team’s home runs this season.  Junior Megan Reiner has been credited with the win in five of Fairleigh Dickinson’s seven victories, and she also leads the team in strikeouts (46).  Freshman Cheryl Lopez boasts a team-best 2.17 ERA.

Quinnipiac hosts Connecticut for a single game on Thursday afternoon.  Junior Nikki Barba and sophomore Abby Johnson are each hitting a team-best .333, while sophomore Courtney Solt, the current MAAC Player of the Week, boasts a .316 batting average.  She also paces the team with 13 runs scored.  Sophomore Sydney Robey, meanwhile, leads the Bobcats with four home runs and 16 RBIs.  In addition, Robey is the team leader in strikeouts (22) and ERA (5.16).  Although these will be the first-ever MAAC games between Manhattan and Quinnipiac, the Jaspers and Bobcats actually concluded the 2013 season by splitting a doubleheader in Connecticut.

Siena is coming off an appearance in the MAAC Tournament last season and is led by senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini. In addition to hitting .260 with nine runs scored, she has recorded eight wins (including one shutout) in the circle.  Sandrini also leads the Saints with 59 strikeouts and a 2.80 ERA.  Her younger sister Jordan, a sophomore, is tied with sophomore Alyssa Lancaster for the team lead in RBIs (7), while junior Stephanie Viggiano’s .379 batting average is the best on the squad.  Vigginao has collected 22 hits this season.  The Saints will open their MAAC schedule against the Jaspers.

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