The season came to end for the Niagara softball team Friday afternoon, as the Purple Eagles were eliminated from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament in Poughkeepsie.
The Purple Eagles (16-30) started off by knocking off top-seeded Siena, 6-3.
The game actually began on Thursday but the game was suspended due to weather in the fifth inning and resumed on Friday morning.
Siena had tied the game, 3-3, in the sixth but Niagara regained the lead in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk and added to its lead with a two-RBI single from Alexis Wayne (Depew). Jenn Sansano (Clarence), the MAAC Pitcher of the Year, struck out 12 batters in the win.
But the day went south for the fourth-seeded Purple Eagles as they dropped games to Marist and Fairfield.
Niagara lost, 2-0, to the Red Foxes as Janine Lalli had a two-run home run in the fourth to give Marist the win.
Sansano (11-12) took the loss, giving up the two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
The Purple Eagles lost to No. 2 Fairfield, 3-1. The Stags took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Kristen Filicia stole home.
The lead went to 3-0 when Filicia hit a two-run, two-out home run in the third.
Niagara got a run back in the fourth on an RBI double to right-center by Ambur Farmer. The Purple Eagles left five runners on base.
Kim Bryson (3-15) took the loss, tossing 5∑ innings and giving up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Green, Tanksley to Hofstra
Hofstra made it official on Friday, announcing that guards Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley were transferring to the school. The ex-Niagara players are following coach Joe Mihalich, who took the head job at Hofstra.
Green was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2012 while Tanksley averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds this past season. The players will have to sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Siuciak, Jones win titles
University at Buffalo’s Emma Siuciak won the Mid-American Conference title in the heptathlon at the conference track and field championships in Akron. The sophomore won the title with 5,388 points.
Jonathon Jones won the shot put title with a throw of 63-7¾. The junior from Portville won the indoor MAC title.
Also for the Bulls, junior Rachel Roberts took third in the shot put with a throw of 50-11½ while Katie Sanders finished second in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, breaking her own school record with a time of 10:45.99.