Clarence native and Niagara junior Jennifer Sansano on Thursday evening became the first Purple Eagle to be named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Sansano compiled a regular season record of 10-11 (6-3 MAAC), posted a 2.13 ERA and threw the MAAC’s only no-hitter of 2013 on April 21 against Manhattan, striking out 10 batters in a 5-0 shutout. Six days later against Rider, she was one out away from her second no-hitter before the feat was broken up with an RBI single.

She ranks 45th in the nation with an average of 8.1 strikeouts per seven innings. Her five shutouts this season are the second most in program history. Sansano earned a spot on the All-MAAC First Team. NU seniors Becky Zill and Alexis Wayne were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Sansano and Niagara were in action on Thursday at the MAAC Championships, but the Purple Eagles’ game against Siena – the second game in the four-team, double-elimination tournament – was suspended by rain with Niagara holding a 3-2 lead after five innings. Sansano had nine strikeouts and allowed two earned runs; Zill and Wayne each had RBI singles. The game will resume at 10 a.m. today.

TRACK AND FIELD: After the first day of the Mid-American Conference championships at Akron, University at Buffalo sophomore Emma Siuciak leads the women’s heptathlon after the first four events. UB’s record-holder in the event totaled 3,295 points to lead by 65.

Jacob Sunday finished second in the men’s javelin competition. Sunday had a best throw of 219 feet, 1 inch (66.77 meters) to finish behind Kent State’s Brian Florek (223-5, 68.10m).

Through four events, the UB women stand third among the 12 MAC teams with 21.50 points. The men are tied for fourth with Miami of Ohio at 12 points through two events.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Three-time MAAC champion Canisius plays at No. 7 Penn State at 4 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The survivor will face the winner of today’s 6 p.m. game between Massachusetts and Connecticut in Sunday’s 1 p.m. second-round game at Penn State.