Thursday, April 30, 2009

Where Do The Griffs Stand In The MAAC?

We now head into the final weekend of regular season play in the MAAC. The Golden Griffins (8-6) play at Siena Saturday. Two victories will clinch a spot for them in the Tournament because: they will have a better record than Marist, and Niagara and/or Rider is guaranteed to lose a 7th game because they play each other Sunday. They would also have a better record than Siena. Iona and St. Peter's are already eliminated.

If the Griffs were to split against the Saints, this would eliminate Siena. Canisius would be tied with Fairfield. Niagara or Rider could move ahead, but we would probably see the Griffs in a 3 way tie. In that case, it would be better for the Griffs if Manhattan stayed in 1st place--they are playing Fairfield Sunday which should decide that matter. The Griffs would be the only team amongst the tied teams to have swept Manhattan, which is the 2nd deciding tiebreaker if the tied teams have split the series amongst themselves, which is what has happened. So if the Griffs split Saturday---root for Manhattan Sunday! Because the Griffs were swept by Fairfield.

If the Griffs are swept by Siena, forget about it, they can not qualify and their season will be over. They would be behind Manhattan, Fairfield, Marist, and Siena, so it wouldn't matter how Niagara and Rider played.

The Griffs control their own destiny, and they can thank senior Rachelle Barrientos for that because she beat Niagara with a 7th inning 2 run double when her team was about to lose.

http://goldengriffinssoftball.blogspot.com/2009/04/games-30-31.html

If she didn't make that hit, the Griffs would be in 7th place right now instead of 3rd, and looking for a lot of help! So now all Canisius has to do is beat a team with a record of 11-30 who have beaten the Griffs a total of 4 times in 36 tries. If they don't win both those games, there's no telling what will happen.

In the meantime, Niagara has found themselves in a spot to make the Tournamnet. If they win their remaining 4 games, they are in for sure. They have been erratic all season, so I have my doubts. But if they do get in, they will be dangerous.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chloe Contreras

Someone emailed me to ask why I had a high school feed in my blog list. That's the feed from Vista Murrieta High School, which is outside of Los Angeles and where Chloe Contreras and her fellow Broncos are playing softball and defending their Southwestern League Championship. This photo is from a recent game against Great Oak. The Broncos are off to an 18-4 start this season. Chloe also has played travel ball with the California Desperados.
Chloe will be joining the Golden Griffins this fall.

Games 42 & 43 Griffs Split With Buffalo

*FINAL GAME 1*
CANISIUS 6 BUFFALO 2

*FINAL GAME 2*
BUFFALO 4 CANISIUS 3 (8)

With their win in game 1 of this doubleheader, Canisius finished with a record of 5-3 vs. the local teams (including Niagara and St. Bonaventure). The Griffs had their starting lineup in for the first game, and powered past the Bulls 6-2. Mallory Aldred started in the circle, and pitched 5 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts to improve her season's record to 15-6. Caroline Main came in to pitch the final 2 innings, giving up a homer to Sharon Barr that hit the football stadium!

In the second game, Canisius started 5 freshmen, with Lauren Hope on the bench. Lauren did come in to tie the game in the 6th inning with a single, sending the game to extra innings. But in the 8th inning, Buffalo's best hitter, Kristin Waldron, hit a triple and went home with the eventual winning run on a throwing error. Canisius was the "home" team in this game, and they did get runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 8th inning, but could not get them home. Juliette Bowers pitched all 8 innings. MAAC rookie of the week Lizzy Gatto hit 3 doubles for the day; Lauren Hope had 3 RBIs. All 6 freshmen played in the 2nd game; Kerry Ulmer also played and had 2 very nice bunts, one for a single, the first one a sacrifice that put the tying run in position to score. It was a beautiful day at the UB campus as both teams closed out the non conference part of their schedules. The teams split 4 games over the season. Both Buffalo wins over the Griffs came in extra innings and were the results of throwing errors.

But now comes the important final 2 games at Siena on Saturday. There are 3 different scenarios for the Griffs:
Win both games and they clinch a spot in the MAAC Tournament.
Lose both games and their season is over.
Split the games, and they will need help from another team(s).
More on this later!

BOXSCORE GAME 1

BOXSCORE GAME 2

Watch Today's Game At Buffalo Live

The first game of today's Canisius-Buffalo doubleheader will be broadcast live on the UB website. Game starts at 2PM (EDT). Go here:

http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/multimedia/

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Buffalo Bulls Still In Contention

The Buffalo Softball Bulls as a result of improved play have moved into contention for the eighth and final spot in the upcoming MAC tournament.

The Bulls hit the road for the last time this past weekend and split four conference games at Bowling Green and Toledo. Terese Diaz continued her strong freshman season by picking up both of the wins, complete games where she allowed a total of 3 runs. As a matter of fact, Diaz started all four games. Senior Dana Carter's bat woke up with two homeruns over the weekend.

The two wins improved Buffalo's MAC record to 6-12, and placed them in a three way tie for eighth spot with Bowling Green and Toldeo. The Bulls have two series at home this coming weekend against W. Michigan and Northern Illinois. They have yet to win a conference game at home; they haven't won at home since beating Syracuse March 24. But their pitching has gotten back to its early season form, and they are starting to get production from the bottom of the lineup, taking some pressure off of Erin Zilka, Kristin Waldron, and Terese Diaz who besides having a record of 13-13 is hitting .259 with a homerun and 12 rbis.

The non-conference game scheduled for today at Nan Harvey Field against St. Bonaventure was cancelled due to rain. The Bulls will meet hated rival Canisius tomorrow, well again, I don't know how much hate there is, but the teams have split a pair of games this year on neutral sites.

Box Score Game One-@Bowling Green
Box Score Game Two-@Bowling Green

Box Score Game One-@Toledo
Box Score Game Two-@Toledo

Riley

Angela Tincher In Japan

Angela Tincher is my all time favorite player, even though 2 years ago she no hit the Griffs in the NCAA Tournament while striking out 18 (!). I don't feel too bad about that, because last year she no hit the USA Olympic team! (Which you can watch in my video section on the right hand side of this page).

Anyway, today I found her blog which is chronicling her first season pitching for Leo Palace of the Japanese League. I'm a big fan of Japanese Softball, so I know all about it---anyway, you can read her blog by checking out my blog list.

Monday, April 27, 2009

MAAC Reschedules Niagara-St. Peter's

I wondered yesterday if the rained out games between the Purple Eagles and Peahens would be rescheduled. They have been. However, the games will be at St. Peter's, with Niagara the designated "home" team. This doubleheader will be played Saturday. Niagara will then play at Rider Sunday. The Niagara-Rider matchup Sunday may have many implications.

Perhaps Niagara should consider an artificial turf such as Canisius has, you'll remember the Griffs got their games with Manhattan played the same day the Niagara games were postponed, although I spent much time in my car that day!

Read About It Here

Lizzy Gatto Named MAAC Rookie Of The Week...Again

No, this isn't a double post, Lizzy was honored by the MAAC as their Rookie Of The Week for the 2nd time this month! Read about it here:

Lizzy Gatto Rookie Of The Week

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Games 40 & 41 Griffs Split With Marist On Senior Day

Mallory, Juliette, Rachelle, Cameron, and Angela have played their last game at the Demske Sports Complex :(

*FINAL GAME 1*
CANISIUS 8 MARIST 4

*FINAL GAME 2*
MARIST 4 CANISIUS 2

A lot to talk about.

It was a beautiful sunny day at the Demske Sports Complex which was fitting since it was a day to honor 5 seniors who have given so much to the Canisius softball program. But it was also a very intense day of softball as teams in the MAAC are scrambling to qualify for the tournament (4 teams qualify). Both teams took this doubleheader very seriously, and it was reflected in the play.

Mallory Aldred was the starter for game 1 and she was shutting out the Red Foxes when Marist scored the first run of the game on an illegal pitch in the 4th inning. Oddly enough, the Griffs would take the lead in the botom of the same inning on an illegal pitch also, after Katie Lancellotti drove in the tying run with a single that scored Paige Freiberger.

The big inning for the Griffs was the 5th when they scored 5 runs. Katie Lancellotti hit a double that produced 2 runs, giving her 3 RBIs for the game. Emily Helbig sent Lizzy Gatto home with a single. Rachelle Barrientos also scored on a bases loaded walk.

Lauren Hope scored another run for the Griffs in the 6th inning after she walked, stole 2nd base, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a fielder's choice when she made a very hard slide at home plate beating the throw by inches and knocking the Marist catcher over.

Mallory did give up 2 solo homers in the 7th inning, and was relieved by Caroline Main who looked strong retiring the final 3 batters with 2 strikeouts and a ground out.

So Marist entered game 2 absolutely having to win as it was their last MAAC game of the season. They are hosting the tournament this year, a loss in game 2 would have made it extremely difficult to qualify. Give the Red Foxes credit---they played game 2 with intensity and desperation. And this after their #1 pitcher, Caitlin Carpentier, was forced to leave the game in the 5th inning, with the game tied, because she was hit in the leg with a ferocious line drive off the bat of Paige Freiberger. She tried to resume pitching, but couldn't and was replaced by Caitlin Schell who came into the game with 2 Griffs on base. But the Griffs could not score. Marist went on to score 3 more runs in the game to win, and keep their hopes alive. Juliette Bowers pitched for the last time at the Demske, and was doing very well, but the bounces did not go her way.

After the games, the Canisius seniors were honored by the school, with family and friends present, in a touching tribute. These 5 seniors have been a pleasure to watch these 4 years, and they have done so much for the program. But their last season isn't over yet!

So where do the Griffs stand right now? Everything we wanted to happen happened, except for the Griffs sweeping Marist. However, the Griffs control their own fate. Siena was swept by Niagara today. There are many scenarios for the Griffs getting into the tournament, but if they sweep Siena in Albany Saturday, in their last MAAC games, they are in for sure. If they beat Siena once, they eliminate the Saints as a threat. Manhattan still has 4 games, remember the Griffs swept them, so a tie in the standings means the Griffs prevail. Niagara evened their record at 6-6 today, and complicating their endeavor is the fact that their 2 home games aginst St. Peter's were rained out. There is no word on any possible rescheduling of those games, perhaps it depends on if they would be neccessary to decide the 4 qualifiers. Rider is also still in the mix. You can see the current standings on the right hand side of this page.
It will be a very interesting final week leading up to the MAAC tournament!

Next up: even though the seniors have played their last home game, the locals may see them one more time when they travel across town to play city rival Buffalo at the UB campus. This is the doubleheader that was originally scheduled for April 1 at the Demske.

BOX SCORE GAME 1

BOX SCORE GAME 2

*MAAC UPDATE*
Fairfield split with last place St. Peter's today, and are now tied with Manhattan for 1st place. The 2 teams meet next Sunday.
Root for Manhattan!:
The Griffs can not finish 1st. But if there is a 3 way tie between the Griffs, Marist, and Niagara, which is a possibility, the Griffs win the tiebreaker. Why? The three teams split the series amongst them. The second tiebreaker is which team has the best record against the 1st place team. The Griffs swept Manhattan,Marist split with them, and Niagara was swept. The Griffs were swept by Fairfield, as was Marist, but Niagara split with them.
Go Jaspars!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Niagara Splits With Marist


I mentioned earlier this week that we wanted 3 things to happen this weekend: so far, so good. We wanted Niagara to beat Marist at least once, and they did in a strange and thrilling game today.

I took the short drive to the Niagara campus today, and it was about 40 degrees warmer than it was Wednesday! It was a beautiful day, although there were some very powerful wind gusts that at times engulfed centerfielder Felicia Coffey in a huge cloud of dust!

Once again, Niagara showed the 2 sides of their team in the doubleheader, losing the first game 3-1, only getting 3 hits. But it was game 2 that was interesting, because after 2 at bats, Marist was up 8-0, and it was looking like a mercy game. That's when the powerful Purple Eagle bats woke up though, as they would outscore the Red Foxes 12-2 for the rest of the game for a 12-10 victory. Niagara did this with 9 hits, including a 2 run homer by Teresa Healy that tied the game at 8 in the 4th inning, and 2 triples by Kristin Kill. A strange game. But that's the Purple Eagles---sometimes their bats explode.

So, if the Griffs win their 2 games against Marist Sunday, they will put the Red Foxes behind them. In the meantime, Manhattan won twice today at Iona, and Rider put themselves back in contention with 2 wins at St. Peter's. Current standings on the right hand side of this page.

BOX SCORE Game 1

BOX SCORE Game 2

Friday, April 24, 2009

Senior Day 2009




Mallory Aldred (7)
Angela Turrey (00)
Rachelle Barrientos (15)
Cameron Norton (5)
Juliette Bowers (36)


















I wish I would have thought of creating this blog years ago, because there have been a lot of great young women who have played for Canisius over the years. Maybe over the summer I'll explore that. The class of 2009 won the 2007 and 2008 MAAC Championships. They also won an NCAA Regional Tournament game. They set a Canisius record for wins in a season. Mallory set a national record for saves in a season. But more than those lofty accomplishments (and there still may be more) it has been a pleasure just to watch them play softball.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Games 38 & 39 Griffs Sweep St. Bonaventure

*FINAL Game 1*
CANISIUS 8 ST. BONA 0 (5)

*FINAL Game 2*
CANISIUS 7 ST. BONA 0

Juliette Bowers and Mallory Aldred allowed only 3 hits between them as the Griffs shutout the Bonnies twice at the Demske Sports Complex today.

The Golden Griffins seemed relaxed and prepared today as they tuned up for Sunday's important encounter with Marist by completely dominating their local rival St. Bonaventure. Mallory Aldred was the starter in game 1 of the doubleheader, and she struck out 9 Bonnies in only 5 innings. She gave up only 2 hits and pitched her 7th shutout of the season. Lizzy Gatto had 4 RBIs, 3 of them produced when she hit a long bases loaded triple to centerfield. Cameron Norton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, including a double.

Juliette Bowers was the starter in game 2, and she simply picked up where Mallory left off. She only allowed 1 hit in the game; and she struck out 7 Bonnies, smiling the whole way! There was another bases loaded triple in game 2, this time off the bat of Katie Lancellotti.

For the day: Lizzy Gatto had 4 hits; Rachelle Barrientos had 3 hits; Michelle Fridey had 3 hits; Katie Lancellotti and Lizzy Gatto each had 4 RBIs. But it was the Griffs' pitching that impressed this afternoon. I thought perhaps Coach Rappl would give Caroline Main a start in these non-conference games, but no---he went with his regular starting lineup for both games. It seemed that the Griffs were all business today in preparation for the home stretch, and Mallory and Juliette were both virtually unhittable. The Griffs will need them at the top of their games in the coming 2 weeks.

Next up is the crucial MAAC doubleheader against Marist at the Demske Sunday. And it will be senior day---more on that later.

BOX SCORE GAME 1

BOX SCORE GAME 2

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Niagara Beats UB


I finally ventured to the Niagara campus, which is just a few miles from me, but...it was C O L D. It's funny, we had a very warm March, and as soon as the local softball teams start their home schedules---boom! It's freezing again.

It's supposed to be in the 70's this weekend when Niagara and Canisius host their MAAC visitors, but not today. The field at Niagara, which is a clay infield, looked muddy and hard. I felt sorry for the players trying to keep warm. Anyway, Niagara won 8-1, you can see the result HERE

I think they're playing a 2nd game, but I quickly retreated to my warm car and drove home.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What's Up MAAC?


So how does the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference look after this past weekend of important softball games? (Current standings in right hand column).

We know the Griffs only won 1 of 4 games during the past weekend, but it was an important win. Fairfield solidified their position when they split with Niagara Sunday. The Griffs lone win put them in a 3rd place tie with Marist. St. Peter's, the last place team in the MAAC, did the Griffs a favor by splitting with Siena. In fact, Siena had to go extra innings to avoid being swept. Manhattan is 5-3, which is surprising to me. Niagara is in a tough spot, they were 2-2 this weekend. Rider is tied with Niagara; Iona is pretty much out of contention; and St. Peter's would need the intercession of St. Peter to qualify.

Niagara is a puzzle to me. We've seen them beat Canisius 6-1; yesterday they beat Fairfield 6-1, they beat Sarah Minice. They beat Mallory Aldred. But then they turn around and play like a different team. They have 4 MAAC games at home this weekend---do or die.

Which brings us to an interesting possible scenario. Marist and Siena are coming to Western New York this weekend. The Griffs will only be playing Marist; Niagara both teams. These are the 2 teams fighting with the Griffs for the last 2 spots to qualify for the tournament. So: if on Saturday Niagara beats Marist once, and the Griffs then sweep Marist, Marist can not catch Canisius, as their MAAC play ends Sunday, and they would have 8 losses. And then if on Sunday Niagara sweeps Siena, combined with a Canisius sweep of Marist, Siena would not be able to catch Canisius either. This scenario would essentially clinch a tournament spot for the Griffs.

The Griffs close their MAAC play the following weekend at Siena. It's feasible their season could come down to those games. Whatever happens, the long season is coming to a very interesting end.

Canisius and St. Bonaventure announced today that their doubleheader, scheduled for April 22 at Canisius, has been moved to April 23 at 3pm. Because of the weather of course. The game that was scheduled for April 23, vs. Robert Morris, has been postponed so R.M. can make up a rained out conference game. Supposedly this game will be rescheduled, but no date has yet been announced.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

LAUREN HOPE NEW BASE STEALING QUEEN!

When sophomore Lauren Hope swiped 3rd base in game 1 against Iona today, she became the most prolific base stealer in Canisius softball history!

It was the 54th stolen base in Lauren's career, surpassing the record of 53 set by Jacqueline Fusco (class of 2000). The speedy outfielder from Los Osos, CA already holds the Canisius record for stolen bases in a season (40). And she's not done yet! When all is said and done, she may set a record that will never be broken.

Congratulations Lauren!

Game 37 @ Iona

Juliette Bowers will be in the circle for game 2 of the doubleheader. Niagara has won at Farfield in the first game of their doubleheader, 6-1.

*UPDATE*
No score after 1 inning of play

*UPDATE*
Iona hit a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Once again, communication from Iona is very poor, and I have to use alternate means. I think next season I'll just drive to all the MAAC games!
Iona 5 Canisius 0

*UPDATE*
In the top of the 4th inning, Angela Turrey hit a double, Emily Helbig walked, then Lauren Hope hit a double to send them both home. Caroline Main has replaced Juliette in the circle.
Iona 5 Canisius 2

*UPDATE*
Iona hit another homer in their half of the 4th inning.
Iona 8 Canisius 2

*UPDATE*
Still 8-2 Iona after 5 innings.
A lot of growing pains for freshman pitcher Caroline Main, but you can see Coach Rappl pitched her 3 times this week because she needs the experience. Toughest position to play in Division 1 and next year it will be Caroline and 2 freshmen, Amanda Baun and Brittany Wood. I'm sure we'll see Caroline starting against St. Bonaventure Wednesday at the Demske. She retired the Gaels in the 5th with no damage.

*UPDATE*
Lauren Hope just hit a 2 run inside the park homer! The girl can fly. She has 4 RBIs in this game. Heading to the bottom of the 6th inning.
Iona 8 Canisius 4

*UPDATE*
Michelle Fridey has homered in the 7th inning to make the score 8-5.
Griffs have 2 on base with 1 out. Single by Lauryn Chris and an error gets Katie Lancellotti on base. Lauryn Chris scores, 8-6, runners on 1st and 3rd 1 out. Emily Helbig up with the tying runs on base. Emily pops up. Last chance for the Griffs with Angela turrey up.

*FINAL*
IONA 8 CANISIUS 6

The Griffs' furious 7th inning rally falls short, but it never should have come to that. They simply did not get the pitching they needed in game 2 today. Lauren Hope had 4 RBIs in this game, including a spectacular inside the park homer.

Not a successful weekend for the Griffs who went 1-3 and are now fighting to qualify for the MAAC tournament. The good news is that they play the 2 teams they are fighting for positioning---Marist next Sunday at home, and Siena on the last day of the season in Albany. So the Griffs can control their own fate. But they must play better than they did this weekend.

Next up they play local rival St. Bonaventure at home Wednesday---and I hate to say this, but after a beautiful week in Western New York, the weather forecast for this upcoming week is for *ugh* wintry rainy cold weather. Also, the game against Robert Morris scheduled for Thursday at the Demske has been postponed, with no makeup date announced yet. Have a safe trip home girls!

Game 36 @ Iona

Mallory Aldred starts game 1 in New Rochelle.

*UPDATE*
Griffs have 2 runners on in the 2nd inning. Singles by Katie Lancellotti and Lizzy Gatto with 1 out. They stay ther as the top of the 2nd inning. Griffs have 3 hits.
Canisius 0 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
3 strikeouts and no hits for Mallory through 2 innings pitched.

*UPDATE*
Cameron Norton just hit a double in the 3rd to send home Rachelle Barrientos. Paige Freiberger singles to score Cameron. 6 hits for the Griffs.
Canisius 2 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
The Gaels get their first hit, but Mallory has 6 strikeouts through 3 innings.
Canisius 2 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
8 strikeouts for Mallory through 4 innings. Still 2-0 Griffs.

*UPDATE*
LAUREN HOPE STEALS 3rd BASE AND BREAKS THE CANISIUS RECORD FOR CAREER STOLEN BASES.
No runs for the Griffs in the 5th inning. Congratulations Lauren!
Canisius 2 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
The Gaels had 2 runners on base in the bottom of the 5th inning, but Mallory strikes out her 9th batter to end the inning. Niagara winning at Fairfield 2-0 in the 5th inning.
Canisius 2 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
10 strikeouts for Mallory through 6 innings.
Canisius 2 Iona 0

*UPDATE*
Heading to the bottom of the 7th inning with the Griffs winning 2-0. It's up to Mallory now. Niagara is beating Fairfield 4-0 in the 6th inning.
1 out. Single for Iona.
Strikeout. 2 outs. Mallory strikes out the final batter Griffs win!

*FINAL*
CANISIUS 2 IONA 0

Mallory Aldred pitches a shutout to get the much needed win. She struck out 12 Gaels while only allowing 5 hits. Cameron Norton hit a big double for an RBI; Paige Freiberger also had an RBI. And of course Lauren Hope broke the Canisius stolen base record. At the moment, Niagara is beating Fairfield 4-0 in the top of the 7th inning. Game 2 coming up.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bulls Split With Eastern Michigan

Buffalo finished their Michigan road trip Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. They lost the first game 10-1, but the second game was a come from behind thriller for the Bulls.

Trailing in the seventh inning of game two by a run, Kristen Gallipani hit a solo home run to tie things up. It was her first of the season, and couldn't have come at a better time. The game remained tied until there were two outs in Buffalo's half of the ninth. The Bulls had loaded the bases when Dana Carter and Candice Sheehan singled, followed by a Lindsey Hampton walk. Up to the plate stepped senior Erin Zilka, who hit a two strike, two out pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam home run and a 6-2 victory. The clutch hit gave the Bulls their third win in four games in Michigan.

Buffalo is now 21-20; 4-10 in the MAC.

Box Score Game One
Box Score Game Two

Riley

Game 35 @ Fairfield

Juliette Bowers will start in the circle as the Griffs attempt to gain a split of the doubleheader against the Stags.

*UPDATE*
In the first inning, Lauren Hope tied the all time Canisius record for stolen bases in a career after she opened the game with a single. However, she got no further than 3rd base for the inning.

*UPDATE*
Fairfield had a threat in the bottom of the first inning, but Cameron Norton threw a runner out at home plate. Scoreless after 1 inning.

*UPDATE*
Fairfield scored a run in the 2nd inning off of 3 singles and a wild pitch. However, Emily Helbig threw a runner out at home plate to limit the damage.
Fairfield 1 Canisius 0

*UPDATE*
The Griffs start the 3rd by getting 2 runners on base and Fairfield does not hesitate---Sarah Minice is back in the circle, which shows how seriously they are taking this game.
Lauren Hope sacrifices Lauryn Chris and Lizzy Gatto to 3rd and 2nd. Lauren Falzone walks and loads the bases, 1 out. Lauryn Chris out at home, 2 outs. Lizzy Gatto scores and ties the game on a fielder's choice, bases still loaded. Paige Freiberger pops up to end the top of the 3rd inning. Canisius ends a 15 inning scoring drought.
Canisius 1 Fairfield 1

*UPDATE*
Juliette retires the Stags in order in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Meanwhile, Niagara has lost their first game against Iona, dropping to 1-4 in the MAAC.
Canisius 1 Fairfield 1

*UPDATE*
Canisius takes the lead. Amanda Cannizzo walked to begin the 4th inning. She was moved to 2nd by Katie Lancellotti, and scored when the Stags committed an error off the bat of Lizzy Gatto. The Griffs have scored both their runs without hits.
Canisius 2 Fairfield 1

*UPDATE*
After a hit batter and a walk, Fairfield ties the the game with a single in the 4th inning. Juliette strikes out the last batter, leaving the game tied after 4 innings.
Canisius 2 Fairfield 2

*UPDATE*
Paige Freiberger hits a double in the 5th inning and Cameron Norton scores from 1st base to give the Griffs the lead back.
Canisius 3 Fairfield 2

*UPDATE*
Fairfield just scored 2 runs on 2 Canisius errors. Fairfield scored again on the 3rd Canisius error of the inning. Caroline Main has replaced Juliette in the circle. Fairfield scored again---4 unearned runs, and still no outs. The Stags score their 5th unearned run of the inning. The disastrous 5th inning is finally over.
Fairfield 7 Canisius 3

*UPDATE*
Fairfield scored again the the bottom of the 6th inning. The Stags have scored 6 unearned runs in this game.

*FINAL*
FAIRFIELD 8 CANISIUS 3

Coach Rappl can't be happy with the Griffs' performance in the 5th inning which spelled their doom. The Griffs have fallen to 6-4 in the MAAC, 17-18 overall. They have now lost 4 games in a row, 5 of their last 6 and must regroup Sunday at Iona.

BOX SCORE

Game 34 @ Fairfield

Well, it only took an hour for the people at Fairfield University to remember they were doing live stats today. After 4 innings, Fairfield leads 2-0. Mallory Aldred is pitching for the Griffs.

*UPDATE*
For the 2nd inning in a row, the Griffs had a runner on 3rd base they could not get home.

*UPDATE*
The Canisius bats are cold. Heading to the bottom of the 6th inning with the Stags leading 2-0.

*FINAL*
FAIRFIELD 2 CANISIUS 0

The Griffs could not solve Fairfield pitcher Sarah Minice. They have now gone 13 consecutive innings without scoring a run. Mallory Aldred had 8 strikeouts. Game 2 coming up soon.

BOX SCORE

Friday, April 17, 2009

MAAC By The Numbers



This is a photo from the last time the Golden Griffins played on the Fairfield Diamond. They're not pointing at the sun, they are indicating that they are number one in the MAAC again!

Canisius Softball will attempt to win their 12th MAAC Championship, and although Saturday's games in Fairfield won't be the deciding factor, they will be an indicator of how the team has progressed this year. The Griffs lost some very good players to graduation last year. So the young players have to pick up the slack beginning now. I think they will.

Here are some current MAAC statistics:

Canisius is:
2nd in hitting (.262)
1st in pitching (2.92)

Lauren Hope is 10th, and Paige Freiberger 11th in hitting (by my calculations--I remove those with only a few at bats).

Mallory Aldred is 4th, and Juliette Bowers 6th in pitching.

Lauren Hope is 1st in triples (8th in the nation; 5th in the nation for triples per game).

Katie Lancellotti is 4th in homers.

Lauren Hope is 1st in stolen bases.

Mallory Aldred is 2nd in strikeouts.

Here are some interesting tidbits:
In MAAC games only, Rachelle Barrientos is hitting .429; Paige Freiberger .421; and Emily Helbig .400.

Again in MAAC games only, Lauryn Chris is 2nd in the conference with 6 runs scored.

Bulls Take Two At Central Michigan


The Buffalo Softball Bulls snapped a 6 game losing streak by beating the Chippewas of Central Michigan twice in Mount Pleasant this afternoon by scores of 3-1 and 3-2.

Pitcher Sharon Barr picked up a win, a save, and three hits in the sweep. Alex Bejarano hit her first career home run in game one and Dana Carter drove in the winning run in game two. Terese Diaz picked up the win in game two.

The victories give the Bulls a 20-19 record for the season, 3-9 in the MAC. Saturday finds them in Ypslianti for a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan (rescheduled from a Saturday/Sunday meeting). First pitch at 1pm.

Box Score Game One
Box Score Game Two
Riley

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Big Weekend In The MAAC


This is an important weekend in MAAC softball as teams will be fighting for a spot in the top 4 which will qualify them for the tournament in 3 weeks.

The Golden Griffins hit the road beginning Saturday when they will play a crucial doubleheader against the Fairfield Stags in Connecticut. Currently the Stags are in 1st place in the MAAC (5-1) followed by the Griffs (6-2). A sweep by either team means the driver's seat as far as qualifying for the tournament is concerned. A team just has to get in to win, but they don't want to be scrambling for a spot on the last weekend of regular season play, and they certainly don't want to be depending on another team to do their work for them. So the games against Fairfield should be intense.

The Stags are led by sophomore pitcher Sarah Minice, who threw a no hitter last week against Siena. Currently she has a record of 12-8 with a 2.71 earned run average. Kristina Lingo leads the Stags with a .304 batting average. Canisius has an all time record of 33-22 against Fairfield. It will be a tall task for the Griffs to sweep the Stags, but Juliette Bowers has been pitching well as of late, and although Mallory Aldred has had a little difficulty her last 2 games, I think she will pitch well also.

The Golden Griffins will then travel to New Rochelle, NY for a doubleheader against Iona Sunday. The Gaels are 0-4 in the MAAC thus far and this weekend will be do or die for them. Pitcher Sarah Jackson has a 1.90 earned run average, but has a record of 6-6 so she doesn't get a lot of support. Canisius has an all time record of 31-5 against Iona.

Elsewhere in the MAAC, Niagara of course will be playing the same 2 schools as the Griffs, and they need wins now. They are currently 1-3 in the conference, and IMO are too talented not to make the tournament. I'm still wondering how they got swept at home by Manhattan. But they are well coached and should be ready to play. 3 wins this weekend will put them back in the thick of things.

Siena seems to me to be the surprise of the MAAC with a 5-3 record. They will be playing Manhattan and St. Peter's this weekend. Splitting those games would keep them in good shape. Marist, who will be hosting the tournament in 3 weeks, and wants to play on their home field, is currently 4-4. They will play Manhattan (2-2) and St. Peter's this weekend. The problem for the Red Foxes is that they've played all their home games for the season, and will now need to win on the road to stay in contention.

So, when the Griffs come home Sunday night they could be in 1st place, and very comfortable, or in 4th place and very nervous! Good luck girls!


Will Juliette lead the Griffs to another title?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lizzy Gatto Named MAAC Rookie Of The Week

The MAAC announced today that centerfielder Lizzy Gatto was honored as their rookie of the week. Last week Lizzy hit for a .308 average scoring 3 runs, stealing 2 bases and she also had 1 RBI. The freshman from Hollister, CA is currently 3rd on the team in batting with a .288 average. She has also been excellent in the field. Congratulations Lizzy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Video Highlights From Today's Game At Syracuse

OK, there weren't many highlights from today's doubleheader loss, but there were some nice moments. I put this video together, and you will see in order: A hit by Lauren Hope; a hit by Rachelle Barrientos; a great catch by Rachelle that robbed Syracuse of a homer; a great catch by Lizzy Gatto at the fence; and of course Katie Lancellotti's homer to centerfield.


You can watch in full screen by clicking the square button on the player.

Game 33 @ Syracuse

Waiting for game 2 of the doubleheader to begin here in Syracuse at the Skytop field. With the game 1 loss, the Griffs are now 17-15. Coach Rappl got all his freshmen on the field in the non-conference game (except pitcher Caroline Main). Lizzy Gatto sure is a hard nosed player! She slid hard into 2nd base while stealing it, where the Syracuse player was blocking, I think Lizzy hurt her shoulder on the play, or maybe her arm, but she stayed in the game. She's starting game 2. Speaking of fresmen playing, Caroline Main is starting game 2! Jenna Caira is pitching for the Orange. Updates for game 2 coming up.
BTW, Caroline hasn't pitched since the California trip, which was 3 weeks ago, so she may be rusty. But she needs the innings. Lauryn Chris is starting at 2nd base, Paige Freiberger at 1st base.

Good start for Caroline in a 1-2-3 inning; she had 1 strikeout. The game is scoreless after 1 inning. Jenna Caira is pitching well, she's not a hard thrower but she has great control.

Caroline got into a little trouble in the 2nd inning, but escaped with no damage done and another strikeout. The game is still scoreless after 2 innings.

2 Canisius errors and a Syracuse homer resulted in 6 runs for the Orange in the 3rd inning.
SYRACUSE 6 CANISIUS 0

*FINAL*
SYRACUSE 8 CANISIUS 0 (5)

A bizarre ending to the game---With 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Griffs had not 1 but 2 runners caught in a rundown and missed them both! They both scored to end the game and give Syracuse freshman Jenna Caira her 2nd no hitter in 2 weeks. Not a good afternoon of softball for the Griffs. But they have an important weekend of conference games coming up, beginning at Fairfield on Saturday. The Stags and the Griffs are the 2 top teams in the MAAC right now, so it will be a huge doubleheader. So long from Syracuse!

BOX SCORE

Game 32 @ Syracuse

Hello from beautiful Syracuse! It looks like Juliette Bowers will be pitching the first game against the Orange today. The game starts at 3:30. Updates to follow. Angie Sagnelli is pitching for the Orange.

1-0 Griffs! Bases loaded. Lauren Hope, Rachelle Barrientos, and Michelle Fridey all hit singles, Paige Freiberger was hit by a pitch. But Katie Lancellotti and Emily Helbig struck out to end the top of the 1st inning.
CANISIUS 1 SYRACUSE 0

Syracuse ties the game with a sacrifice fly. First inning complete.
CANISIUS 1 SYRACUSE 1

Angela Turrey just missed hitting a homer! But now she hits a single! Griffs couldn't score in the 2nd. Angela missed that homer by inches! They called Angela's hit an error, I didn't think so. Griffs have 3 hits so far. Still tied at 1.

Rachelle Barrientos just robbed Syracuse of a homer with a great catch, but the Orange score on a sacrifice fly. Nice catch by Lizzy Gatto to end the inning. Syracuse leads after 2 innings.
SYRACUSE 2 CANISIUS 1

Syracuse scores on a wild pitch. Juliette walked 2 batters in the 3rd inning, but got out of it allowing only 1 run.
SYRACUSE 3 CANISIUS 1

1-2-3 4th inning for Juliette. Still a 3-1 Orange lead.

Lizzy Gatto just stole 2nd base after getting on base with a Syracuse error. No outs for Lauren Hope. Lizzy looks like she got a bit hurt on the play, but she's OK. Lizzy is on 3rd with 2 outs. But the Griffs can't score. Amanda Cannizzo is in the game for Rachelle and Kerry Ulmer replaces Emily Helbig. Lauryn Chris is in at 2nd base. Mallory Aldred has relieved Juliette. Heading to the bottom of the 5th inning.

Syracuse just scored 2 runs after loading the bases. The Orange just scored another 3 in the 5th inning.
SYRACUSE 8 CANISIUS 1

Katie Lancellotti just hit her 6th homer to centerfield!
SYRACUSE 8 CANISIUS 2

Mallory has been struggling her last 2 appearances. She just hit a batter with the bases loaded. Heading into the 7th inning.
SYRACUSE 9 CANISIUS 2

*FINAL*
SYRACUSE 9 CANISIUS 2

The game started out well for the Griffs loading the bases in the 1st inning, but they could only get 1 run. The 5th inning was a disaster though. Canisius had 5 hits for the game. Game 2 of the doubleheader begins in about 15 minutes.

BOX SCORE

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Live Blogging From Syracuse

Hope you all had a pleasant Easter weekend! Thanks for your updates Riley!

I will be attempting to live blog from Syracuse Monday, don't know how it will work out but I'll give it a try. The Griffs hit the road to play a doubleheader against the Orange. Syracuse played at the Demske Sports Complex in an exciting game last year that saw the Griffs win 4-3 when Cameron Norton hit a 2 run homer.

Syracuse is having a good season this year, they are 19-13 and the Griffs will be facing freshman pitcher Jenna Caira who threw a no hitter 2 weeks ago against Villanova. Maybe she will be facing fellow Canadian Mallory Aldred tomorrow. The Orange are led by Stephanie Watts who is hitting for a .378 average, and Halie Gibbs who is hitting for a .321 average.

For the Griffs, Lauren Hope leads the team with a .326 average. And if Lauren should steal 2 bases tomorrow, she will set the all time Canisius record for career stolen bases.

This is a non conference doubleheader. On Saturday, the Griffs get back to conference play at Fairfield for a first place showdown against the Stags.

Jenna Caira

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ohio Hangs On To Beat Bulls

The Buffalo Bulls saw their seventh inning comeback fall short losing 6-5 to the Ohio Bobcats this afternoon.

Terese Diaz did start against Ohio today but did not do quite as well against the MAC batting leaders. Buffalo did jump out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but fell behind 6-3 after Ohio put up four runs in the sixth inning. The Bulls didn't give up and hit three singles in the seventh inning including Erin Zilka's two out two rbi base hit. She was on second base when Kristin Waldron came up and hit a sharp line drive to left centerfield that looked like a game tying rbi except for a great catch by Ohio centerfielder Shalene Petrich. It was the second time Waldron was robbed by a Bobcat outfielder.

Tough loss for the Bulls who are now 1-8 in the MAC and 18-16 overall. They will get another chance at Ohio on Easter Sunday at 1.

Box Score

Riley

Friday, April 10, 2009

Akron Beats Bulls Twice

The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 1-7 in the MAC after losing both games of a home doubleheader to the Akron Zips.

Buffalo was in need of some conference wins today at home but simply could not produce much offense. In game one, Terese Diaz no hit the Zips for the first 6 2/3 innings. The 2 out single by Akron in the 7th produced nothing, however neither did the Bulls. So the game went to extra innings scoreless. Diaz should have had an easy 1 hit victory---instead she ran out of gas in the 8th when the Zips got 4 hits and the Bulls committed an error all of which led to 3 runs and your ballgame. A shame, she was in total control until the 8th.

Game 2 saw the Bulls make a lot of mistakes in the field, mental mistakes mostly as Coach Teague let her players know very loudly. She was not a happy lady. The Zips won the nightcap 8-1, dropping Buffalo to 18-15. Terese Diaz is doing quite well for a frosh, and I'm sure she will be starting Saturday when Ohio comes to play at Nan Harvey Field for the first of 2 conference games. Maybe Sunday too.

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score



Riley

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Games 30 & 31 Griffs Split With Niagara




*FINAL Game 1*
NIAGARA 6 CANISIUS 1

BOX SCORE

*FINAL Game 2*
CANISIUS 5 NIAGARA 4

BOX SCORE

Senior Rachelle Barrientos drove in the tying and winning runs with a 7th inning double in game 2 and completed a dramatic comeback that earned the Griffs a split with Niagara.

It was a great day of softball and sun at the Demske Sports Complex with 2 important MAAC games at stake. Don't say I never warned you---the Purple Eagles came into town determined and with power. They hit 3 homers in game one. Kayla Hines, Teresa Healy, and Kristin Sito all reached the fence off Mallory Aldred. The game was tied at 1 through 5 innings when Niagara exploded for 5 runs in the final 2 innings. The Griffs did have 9 hits in the game, but could only score once against Julie DiMatteo, who struck out 8 Griffs.

No homers for the Purple Eagles in game 2, but they did jump out to a 4-1 lead helped by a Teresa Healy double. The Griffs cut the lead in half when Lauryn Chris scored on a wild pitch in the 5th inning, her second of 2 runs for the game.

Canisius was still trailing in their half of the 7th inning when the heroics began. First Lizzy Gatto singled past the shortstop. Then Angela Turrey singled with both runners advancing to 3rd base and 2nd base on a bad throw. Lauren Falzone then pinch ran for Angela. After a Lauryn Chris popup, Lauren Hope hit the ball on the ground and Niagara had Lizzy Gatto caught between 3rd base and home. Lizzy charged home as fast as she could and caused catcher Jennifer Hare to drop the ball making the score 4-3. The 2 Laurens advanced to 2nd and 3rd. Then Rachelle Barrientos came to the plate. At the time I thought the Niagara coach would walk Rachelle, because the winning run was on 2nd base, and they could get a double play maybe and end the game. Not to mention the fact that Rachelle was hitting the ball very hard all afternoon. But, I'm not a coach. So what happened? Rachelle drove the ball all the way to the centerfield fence and the game was over! Coach Rappl had moved Rachelle to the 2nd spot in the hitting lineup for the 2nd game (she usually hits in the 8th or 9th spot) and it sure paid off!

Juliette Bowers earned her 3rd straight win in game 2. She had a rough 4th inning, but pitched very well the rest of the way shutting down the Purple Machine. Niagara loaded the bases in the 6th inning with one out but couldn't score.

Rachelle Barrientos had a terrific day, batting 3 for 5 in the 2 games and as I said, hitting the ball very hard. She also stole a base. I was very happy for senior catcher Angela Turrey who Coach Rappl had kept on the bench for the last 6 games or so. She started game 2 and played great. She hit 2 for 3, including her big hit in the 7th inning; she threw out 2 runners attempting to steal; she made an out at home plate; and made a nice catch of a foul ball. Shortstop Katie Lancellotti made a great catch out in left field, and also made 2 great stops which didn't result in outs but were unbelievable plays that should have seen the ball in the outfield. Sometimes I think she could play shortstop and 3rd base at the same time!

I was impressed with Niagara as well. As I thought, they came to play. They are a very dangerous hitting team, and are great in the field, they robbed the Griffs of a couple of sure hits. Oddly enough, Senior Felicia Coffey, who was hitting .415 coming into the game, was 0 for 8 on the day. But she is a magnificent player who plays centerfield with ease. She was always in the exact spot she should be in, and according to my eyes, robbed Katie Lancellotti of a homer with a great catch over the fence.

Canisius did have their 17 game home winning streak ended today. They are now 17-14 overall; 6-2 in the MAAC. Niagara is 15-12; 1-3. Next up for the Griffs is a road game at Syracuse next Monday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

By The Numbers


Let's take a look at how the Golden Griffins are performing statistically speaking.

I keep a running tally of batting averages on the right hand side of this blog where you'll see Lauren Hope and Paige Freiberger are tied with .333 averages. Paige has been hot at the bat ever since winning a couple games in California. I suspect Lauren's average will be going up.

Lauren Hope also leads the team in slugging percentage (.500)--I'll be honest, I'm not sure how that number is calculated. I guess I should know this! But it sounds great!

No one gets on base more than Paige Freiberger (.444), that includes hits, walks, getting hit. Lauren Hope has made the most hits (26), Katie Lancellotti has scored the most runs (19), Katie and Cameron Norton have batted in the most runs (17).

Katie Lancellotti has the most homers (5), Paige Frieberger has the most doubles (6), and Lauren Hope has the most triples (5), which at last look was 5th most in the nation.

Lauren Hope has 12 stolen bases giving her 52 in her still young career. 2 more stolen bases for Lauren will break the all time Canisius record of 53 set by Jacqueline Fusco (class of 2000). Lauren already owns the Canisius record for stolen bases in a season (40).

In the pitching department, Mallory Aldred has an earned run average of 1.60, it has been dropping quickly as of late. Juliette Bowers checks in at 2.68. Mallory has 94 strikeouts, Juliette 47.

In the field, Emily Helbig and Lauren Hope are perfect (1.000), Emily has had 108 chances without an error.

Odds And Ends:
The Griffs are 5-0 at home; 4-7 as the visiting team; and 7-6 on a neutral field. The Griffs have outscored their opponents 124-92, including 5-2 in extra innings. When the Griffs score first, they are 12-5. When they score in the first inning, they are 3-0. When the Griffs are winning after 4 innings, they are 13-3.

And finally, when I watch games from my car the Griffs are 2-0!!

Niagara Power Eagles


Long time rival Niagara invades the Demske Sports Complex Thursday, and although they have been slumping as of late, the Purple Eagles are a dangerous team.

Niagara lost a pair of MAAC games to Manhattan Saturday (their games vs. St. Peter's were postponed). They had a 5-1 lead in the first game, but lost it. Previously they lost 2 heartbreakers at Cleveland St. So after having a great start to the season, they are now 14-11; 0-2 in the MAAC.

But they are no team to take lightly. They have a team total of 28 homers, which is the 13th highest total in the nation. They have the 31st highest team batting average in the nation (.300), they rank 30th in the nation in scoring (5.4 runs/game), they are 17th in the nation in slugging percentage (.496).

The Purple Eagles are led by their great senior Felicia Coffey. Felicia is currently hitting for a whopping .415 average. But she isn't the only one over there who can hit---Sophomore Teresa Healy is hitting .390, and is 21st in the nation with 8 homers. Her teammate Sophomore Kayla Hines is tied with her in 21st also with 8 homers. She is hitting .375. Both have 24 RBIs. And Maggie McDonald is at .311; Kristin Kill at .302---wow! these girls can hit!

I'm sure the Purple Eagles are not happy about their double loss at home to Manhattan, and I suspect they will be highly motivated when they play the Griffs in a couple days. Should be interesting!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Games 28 & 29 Griffs Sweep Manhattan

*FINAL Game 1*
CANISIUS 10 MANHATTAN 0 (5)

BOX SCORE

*FINAL Game 2*
CANISIUS 9 MANHATTAN 2

BOX SCORE

What a difference a day makes...I mean the weather, because the results were the same as the Griffs annihilated Manhattan today in a wet and windy doubleheader at the Demske Sports Complex.

It was not a pleasant day in Western New York today but it was the only chance to get these conference games in the record book, so they played. Of course, the weather didn't affect Mallory Aldred one bit as she pitched her 2nd consecutive shutout, her 3rd in 4 games. She has now allowed only 1 run in her last 25 innings pitched (she pitched 3 shutout innings in game 2). The Lady Jaspers got 2 hits their first 3 at bats, but didn't get another the rest of the game. Mallory struck out 6 to improve her record to 11-4.

The Griffs scored 10 runs in the 4th inning. Cameron Norton hit a towering homer over the centerfield fence to begin the inning. When she came up for the second time in the inning, she hit a single to knock in a run. This was an historic hit for her as it was her 100th RBI in her great career---she is the 5th Golden Griffin to accomplish this milestone. Congratulations Cameron!

Lauren Falzone continued her hot hitting with a 2 RBI double; Rachelle Barrientos also had 2 RBIs. Michelle Fridey hit an RBI triple (her first of 2 for the day); Paige Freiberger and Katie Lancellotti also had an RBI each. Oh, and so did Lizzy Gatto. All in one inning!

So the first game ended early which gave the players a chance to warm up for a while. But they were back at it quickly with Juliette Bowers starting the second game. Juliette pitched well again, striking out 4 Lady Jaspers and earning her second straight win, giving her 3 for the year. In short sleeves and sunglasses and her ever present smile! After 4 years she must know she's not in California!...the temps really dropped for the second game. Mallory Aldred did relieve her in the 5th inning, and of course allowed no runs. The Jaspars had the bases loaded with no outs and still couldn't score on her!

Michelle Fridey was 3 for 4 in the second game with another triple---she hit the ball hard. Paige Freiberger continued to hit well going 2 for 2. Lauren Hope was 2 for 4 with 2 stolen bases (she has 12). Kerry Ulmer played in the game and had a hit and an RBI. Actually in this game Manhattan had come back to tie the score at 2, but it didn't last long as the Griffs scored 6 runs in their next at bat, with Rachelle Barrientos driving in the winning run with a double.

The Griffs have now won 17 straight games at home, which is the 3rd longest streak in the nation. They have won 5 straight games. They are now 5-1 in the MAAC, which puts them in 2nd place (for now). They are 16-13 overall. More importantly, they are playing very well right now, at the right time, as usual.

Next up is a home game against long time rival Niagara Thursday, dare I say it, weather permitting!

Cameron Norton



Rachelle Barrientos about to drive in the winning run


*Taken from my nice warm car :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Games 26 & 27 Griffs Sweep St. Peter's

*FINAL Game 1*
CANISIUS 2 ST. PETER'S 0
BOX SCORE

*FINAL Game 2*
CANISIUS 9 ST. PETER'S 0 (5)
BOX SCORE

Sunshine and Softball...what a concept! Finally the Golden Griffins got to play a home game after 2 straight rain outs. It was sunny and a little chilly at first at the Demske Sports Complex on the Canisius campus as the Griffs swept the Peahens with 2 shutouts.

First I must say that when Katie Lancellotti came to bat in the 3rd inning of the second game with the bases loaded, I knew she was going to hit a grand slam homer. She had a look in her eye that said "this is going over the fence". And she smashed it over the left field fence for her 5th homer of the season, breaking the second game wide open. Freshman Katie isn't going to be a star...she already is one. And I don't think she's even scratched the surface of her collegiate ability yet.

Lauren Hope hit her 5th triple of the season in game 2, which ranks her 5th in the nation. She was 2 for 2 in the game. The sophomore leads the team in hitting; she really is a fabulous player. It seems that every time a second baseman tries to sneak in close, Lauren drives it over her head to the fence.

Juliette Bowers pitched very well in game 2, striking out 3 while giving up 4 hits. St. Peter's didn't come close to scoring on her as she earned a much needed 2nd win on the season. Lauren Falzone had 2 hits and 2 RBIs in the game.

In the first game of the doubleheader, it was a real pitcher's showcase. St. Peter's fine pitcher, and MAAC Player of the week Tricia Reingle was very good, only allowing 3 Canisius hits. Unfortunately for her one of them was a 3rd inning, 2 out, 2 RBI single by senior Cameron Norton---the only runs of the game for either team.

Mallory Aldred was fantastic, pitching a 2 hit shutout, her second straight at home. Mallory has allowed only 1 run in her last 19 innings pitched. She was in total control from start to finish; no one got past 2nd base on her and she struck out 7 Peahens in the effort. With a 10-4 record, she seems to be hitting her stride as conference play begins in earnest.

The Griffs have played 3 home games thus far with all of them being shutouts. They extended their home winning streak to 15--- 5th longest streak in the nation. They improved their MAAC record to 3-1, good for 3rd place at the moment. Their overall record is now 14-13.

Next up is a doubleheader Monday here against Manhattan. HOWEVER...the weather seems to want to go back to lousy, so it is in doubt.

Katie Lancellotti

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rained Out Again

The scheduled doubleheader against Manhattan has been called off. It has been rescheduled for Monday morning, but one look at the weather forecast shows 100% chance of rain/snow, so it is highly unlikely they will be able to play.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Bulls Swept At Ball State


The Buffalo Bulls remain winless in the MAC after losing both games of a doubleheader at Ball St. Jamie Sheffler hit a solo home run and Kristin Waldron tied game one in the 6th inning with an rbi double, but Ball St. came right back to score 2 in the bottom of the frame to take the win. Terese Diaz went the distance for Buffalo, striking out 5. She also started game 2 of the doubleheader, but didn't last long (6 batters) before being relieved by Sharon Barr. Not sure why she was starting the second game, and it cost the Bulls a quick 2 runs against from which they never recovered, losing 5-2. Jamie Sheffler had another rbi in the game.

The Bulls are now slumping with 5 straight losses, and are now 17-12; 0-4 in the MAC. They get right back at it Saturday against conference rival Miami (OH) in search of their first conference win. Almost a must win situation for a team that wishes to reach the conference tournament. Both games can be heard streaming live out of Oxford, Ohio here:
http://www.muredhawks.com/multimedia/mioh-MSNi.html

Game times: Saturday @ 2PM and 4PM

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

Riley

Weather Puts Saturday's Games In Doubt


Saturday's scheduled conference doubleheader against Manhattan is looking less likely to occur by the hour.Rain is forecast through tomorrow, mixing with snow, and a high wind warning with gusts up to 50mph has just been issued effective through 6pm Saturday. Not to mention cold temps. This will affect Niagara University as well, the MAAC teams travel here in pairs and play the Griffs and Purple Eagles.
Who knows what will happen Sunday!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Buffalo @ Canisius Rained Out



Today's scheduled doubleheader against Buffalo has been postponed due to rain. It has been rescheduled for April 29, but will be played on the Buffalo campus.