Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pitch For Pink

Bring your cash!

The Niagara softball team’s 2010 home opener against archrival Canisius on Saturday, April 3 will be the inaugural “Pitch for Pink” series between the two softball programs. The “Pitch for Pink” games are an effort to bring local awareness to breast cancer....

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Games 23 & 24 Griffs Split With Penguins

Canisius and Youngstown St. both came back from late inning deficits to win games and split the doubleheader between them.

I thought the Griffs looked a little rusty today, which is about what I expected after not playing much the last month. Lizzy Gatto did not play today, I understand she has the flu...hope she gets well soon.

Canisius did make a lot of big plays in this doubleheader though, especially Paige Freiberger's 7th inning homer in game one which brought the Griffs back from behind. Michelle Fridey drove a double before Paige came up to bat with the Griffs trailing by one. At McCune Park, the right field fence is a lot higher than ordinary. Paige blasted a towering shot that cleared that fence by ten feet at least. Her 6th home run gave the Griffs the lead. Katie Lancellotti earlier got Canisius back in the game. In the 4th inning, Katie was interfered with at shortstop (the runner was called out), and she was down for quite a while. Not sure how she was hurt. But in the sixth, she came up with two runners on and blasted one over the center field fence to make the score 5-4 YSU.

The Canisius pitching rotation was thrown out of kilter today. Amanda Baun came into game one in the 7th with the Griffs up by one run, and allowed a homer which sent the game to extra innings. She then ended up pitching four innings of game one, and got the win when Lauren Falzone knocked home Kerry Ulmer with a double. But then Amanda started game two with four innings already pitched, Caroline Main relieved her, Amanda came back in, then Amanda Cannizzo made her first appearance in the circle...and the Griffs lost an 8-3 lead. I do believe all the down time has affected the young pitchers, but they won't have much down time from here on in. So it's a good thing they got this non conference game in , because the bullets fly beginning Saturday at Niagara.

Eight home runs were hit today ...mainly because there was a strong wind blowing straight out to center field. Katie Medina hit her first career homer in game one.
8-3 battery goin write later
Great diving catch lauren falzone
7-2 griffs 3rd
5-2 griffs 3rd
Wind still blowing 2-1 ysu
Griffs win 7-6! 10 innings lauren falzone wins it. Windy here lots of homers. Game 2 next
10th inning!
Paige! 2 run homer griffs lead! She creamed it! Wow
Griffs coming back!
3 run homer katie lance!
3-1 ysu after 4 katie lancellotti was shaken up but is ok after being run into
YSU up 2-1 after 3
Katie medina homer! Griffs up by 1
Text message. Hi from Canfield Ohio! sunny but cool will update

Monday, March 29, 2010

MAAC Team Stats 3-29-10

The Griffs are still number one in hitting and pitching.
Some observations:
You see that Niagara is beginning to warm up their powerful bats after a slow start, but their pitching is not where it needs to be. In fact, they started 3rd baseman Kayla Hines in the circle Sunday against Lehigh, she didn't do too badly but when she was relieved the Purple Eagles got bombed for 9 runs. A couple of their pitchers left, or were asked to leave, this past offseason and it's hurting them so far.

Fairfield's pitching isn't so hot right now...Sarah Minice has been up and down, mostly pitching well though. The Stags are erratic---they won at South Florida, but lost a home doubleheader to Harvard. Of course, come MAAC Tournament time Sarah Minice will pitch every inning.

Manhattan looks good to me this season. Erika Sullivan is doing very well in the circle, and the Lady Jaspers have some very good hitters, including Jaci Rahey who is very athletic and currently leads the MAAC with a .441 average. They are doing much better in non conference games this season than they did last year.

Iona is getting great hitting from freshman Eileen McCann, and Allyssa James. Pitcher Sarah Jackson is mostly doing quite well in the circle. The Gaels seem to be on the verge.

Marist is in trouble this season, they just aren't getting any pitching, and Melissa Giordano hasn't been replaced and probably never will be.

Upcoming Opponents---Youngstown St.

  • 2010 Record: 5-14
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 11-21
  • Last Meeting: 2009 (Canisius 8-0)
  • Leading Hitter: Kristen Philen .377
  • Leading Pitcher: Cheryl Cale 3.27 ERA

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time Marches Slowly

The Griffs began their 2010 season earlier than ever, getting their feet wet quickly, and it paid off. The month of March however has seen only four days of game action for Canisius; and the scheduled March 30 doubleheader at Youngstown St. is now in doubt due to rains that have just begun and threaten to continue until Tuesday morning in northeast Ohio.

If it does get rained out, the Griffs will have a 13 day layoff before they begin MAAC play at Niagara this Saturday. Hopefully the weather here will cooperate and allow them to practice outside.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Saturday's Game @ Buffalo Canceled

Due to mud.
Funny, it's an instant replay of last season. The week before the home season was to start, the weather was sunny and in the mid 50s. As soon as game time arrives, it's back to mid winter!

St. Bonaventure Opens Atlantic 10 Play

The Bonnies will begin conference play this weekend down in Charlotte, NC with a pair of games against the 49ers.

Live video (for a fee) is available. Check the St. Bona schedule for the link:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Home Opener Postponed

The Golden Griffins' 2010 home opener, scheduled for Friday against Buffalo, has been postponed due to a forecast that calls for a high of 30 (brrr).
The game has been rescheduled for April 8. The two teams are still set to open Buffalo's home schedule on Saturday, when the temperature will be a balmy 46.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weather Report For Friday

Doesn't look too good for Friday's home opener.
Rain/snow Thursday through the night, high of 34 Friday (brrrrr!)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Home Sweet Home

The field doesn't look like the above satellite photo anymore.

I guess I wrote this same title exactly a year ago, but I was thinking during the games today that these ladies must be very weary of 1000 mile bus trips. Six weeks of that is probably enough. And of course, they want to play on their home field which just recently thawed out.
Finally they will have that chance beginning Friday afternoon. And all of you should show up---they don't even charge for parking.

The photo below is of last year's opener, which had a 2 1/2 hour rain delay. But preliminary forecasts call for-----chilly, but sunny!

Game 22 vs. Michigan St. (@ Oxford, OH)

Michigan St. 4
Canisius 3


Katie Lancellotti---homer, 3 RBIs

7th inning
Caroline Main replaced Amanda Baun in the circle in the top of the inning. Michigan St. goes down 1-2-3. Last chance for the Griffs coming up.

Griffs go down 1-2-3

6th inning
2 singles and a wild pitch score another run for Michigan St.

After a Paige Freiberger single, Katie Lancellotti homered to center field to cut the lead to one.
5th inning
Michigan St. hits 2 triples and scores twice to take the lead in the top of the inning.

Griffs go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
4th inning
Michigan St. gets a walk in the top of the inning, but that's all.

Paige Freiberger reaches 1st on an error, but that's all for the Griffs.
3rd inning
Michigan St. goes down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning.

Griffs go 1-2-3 as well. 2 hits for Canisius; 1 for Michigan St.
2nd inning
A double, a walk, and an error give Michigan St. an unearned run in the top of the inning. Amanda Baun has 4 strikeouts so far. 1-1

Griffs go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
1st inning
2 strikeouts for Amanda Baun in the top of the first inning as Michigan St. goes down 1-2-3.

Lizzy Gatto and Michelle Fridey singled for the Griffs in the bottom of the inning, then Katie Lancellotti drove Lizzy home on a fielder's choice.

I will update the game in this post. Refresh the page for new comments.
The Griffs close out the tournament portion of their schedule with one more game, this time against a team they have never played. Amanda Baun will be the starting pitcher for Canisius.

Game 21 vs. Robert Morris (@ Oxford, OH)

Robert Morris 5
Canisius 2


Lizzy Gatto---2 for 4, triple...Michelle Fridey---single, RBI...Katie Lancellotti---RBI

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blasted Out Of The Park

The captains come up with their team down 2-1, two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning in hostile territory. Michelle Fridey singles, then....BOOM! Over the center field fence! 3-2 win.
That was Paige's 5th of the year.

Game 20 @ Miami (OH)

Canisius 3
Miami 2


Paige Freiberger wins game with 2 out, 2 run home run in 6th inning...Lauren Hope--triple, run...Amanda Baun---6 strikeouts for the win...Caroline Main gets save in 7th inning relief...Michelle Fridey---single, run...Lizzy Gatto--sac fly RBI...Grifs now 11-9

Game 19 vs. Toledo (@ Oxford, OH)

Toledo 5
Canisius 4


Griffs lose close game in bottom of the 7th...Lauren Falzone--2 for 3, RBI...Michelle Fridey...double, RBI...Paige Freiberger--double, run...Katie Lancellotti--RBI...Kerry Ulmer---double, RBI...Emily Helbig---RBI...Griffs now 10-9

Thursday, March 18, 2010

While The Griffs Were Taking A Break

It's time to get back at it.
The Golden Griffins complete the tournament portion of their schedule in Oxford, Ohio at the Miami Invitational this weekend beginning Saturday. I mentioned earlier that I like the way Coach Rappl has scheduled this season---the earliest start in school history against very challenging opponents. Then on the road for three weeks. Thirteen days off, then one more tournament before the battle for the MAAC begins.

And let me tell you, during the Griffs' spring break I have been following the rest of the MAAC very closely. I now believe there's no reason the Griffs won't win it all IF they continue playing the way they have been. Since that first tournament five weeks ago, the Griffs have won ten of thirteen, two of the losses were to powerful DePaul; the other a 1-0 loss to Binghamton. Six of the Griffs' wins have been by seven runs or more. They have scored in double figures four times; and "run ruled" the opposition four times. The Griffs have hit 13 homers in 18 games; in 2009 they hit 20 in 51 games. They have four players hitting over .350. In 2009, they did not have a .300 hitter.

I was thinking the other day that this team is beginning to remind me of the 2008 team---the one that won a school record 39 games. So I took a look at the numbers. Of course, the '08 team had Katie Miranto and Jenny Maheu, two great players who each hit .405. This year Michelle Fridey is currently hitting .407, and hasn't slowed down all season. Emily Helbig is hitting .373. Lauren Hope is hitting .355, in 2008 she hit .354. Lizzy Gatto is at .354. The 2008 team hit 12 homers all year---13 so far this year. The 2008 team hit .300, this year the team is currently at .295. What about the pitching? 2008 team ERA: 2.22. This year so far: 2.67. I do believe Caroline Main and Amanda Baun will have even better success against the MAAC. One more thing---this year's team has played a more difficult schedule than the 2008 team. The 2008 team was 9-9 after 18 games; this year's team 10-8.

It's too early to know if this year's edition of the Griffs is as good as the 2008 model, but one thing I do know----the rest of the MAAC isn't looking so hot right now. Marist, which lost two great players and a starting pitcher, all of them All-MAAC Honorees, is off to a 1-11 start this season. Niagara is not getting the pitching they need (so far), and some of their big players are having slow starts. Fairfield is hovering around .500. Their Ace Sarah Minice has pitched some very good games, and some very poor ones. And they still have the same trouble as last year---no offense. Iona is getting some good pitching from Sarah Jackson, but recently they been handled very easily. Manhattan has been up and down, but the Griffs handled them easily three times last year.

Canisius, as far as I can tell, is still the class of the MAAC. As long as they keep supporting their young pitchers as they have, and those young pitchers keep improving, they should have no problem qualifying for the MAAC Tournament which they host. I am looking forward to the home schedule beginning next Friday!

Upcoming Opponents---Robert Morris

  • 2010 Record: 3-6
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 4-8
  • Last Meeting: 2008 (Canisius 6-2; 8-5)
  • Leading Hitter: Jaci Timko .320
  • Leading Pitcher: Annie Dubovec 2.62 ERA

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chelsea Plimpton Tosses Shutout

Former Williamsville South pitcher Chelsea Plimpton led her Fordham Rams to a 3-0 win over Seton Hall earlier today. She struck out eight while allowing only three hits.

The Rams are 15-5 this season, and have received national top 25 votes after upsetting #8 Georgia Tech this past weekend.


Upcoming Opponents---Miami (OH)

  • 2010 Record: 8-12
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 0-1
  • Last Meeting: 1999 (Canisius 6-5)
  • Leading Hitter: Daniela Torres .340
  • Leading Pitcher: Jessica Simpson 1.82 ERA

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Upcoming Opponents---Toledo

  • 2009 Record: 3-15
  • All Time vs. Canisius: Never Played
  • Leading Hitter: McKenna Smith .333
  • Leading Pitcher: Hannah Rockhold: 3.90 ERA

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Marissa Miller of Nichols, NY has verbally committed to play softball for Canisius College beginning with the 2011 season.

Marissa is a senior at Tioga Central High, where as a catcher (she also plays outfield) she led her team to the 2009 Class "C" Championship game. She has also been honored twice as an All-New York State player.

Marissa also plays for the STPS Ponies of Binghamton, NY. She joins Val Nappo and Jen Consaul as freshmen on the 2011 team.
Congratulations Marissa, see you in the fall!

A sample of Marissa's hitting. Quite a powerful swing!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Paige Freiberger And Amanda Baun Honored By MAAC

Junior Third Baseman Paige Freiberger was honored by the MAAC today as its Player Of The Week...

Freiberger hit .364 (4-for-11) with five RBIs, three runs scored, a double and two homers
last week as the Golden Griffins went 3-1 in the Colonial Classic in Washington, D.C. In
the team’s 10-2 win over Army March 6, she went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs
scored after she hit a pair of two-run homers, and she drove in Canisius’ first run in the
team’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Binghamton later that afternoon. Freiberger went
1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in the Griffs’ 4-1 win over George Washington as well.

For the second consecutive week, freshman Amanda Baun was honored by the MAAC as its Pitcher Of The Week...

Baun went 2-1 with a save and an 0.47 ERA in 15 innings of work last week as the Golden Griffins posted a 3-1 record at the Colonial Classic in Washington, D.C. She on in relief against Army and earned the win after she tossed four innings of one-hit ball, and then picked up her second win of the weekend in relief after she held Binghamton scoreless over two innings in the team’s 3-2 come-from-behind win March 6. Against George Washington, the freshman hurler picked up her first collegiate save after she logged two innings and struck out three in the team’s 4-1 win over the Colonials.

Congratulations Paige and Amanda!

Brittany Wood Has Left Canisius

Although she used a year of eligibility by playing in fall ball last September, pitcher Brittany Wood has decided to leave Canisius College, and will not be playing for the Griffs. Good luck to her wherever she goes.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Brief Summary Of The Colonial Classic

Because Saturday's games this past weekend were blacked out and information was days in coming, for the record here is what happened:

Canisius 10 Army 2 (6)

Paige Freiberger was 2 for 2 (both homers) with 4 RBIs
Lizzy Gatto was 2 for 4 with a homer, 2 RBIs and a stolen base
Lauren Hope was 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 stolen bases
Michelle Fridey was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 stolen bases
Katie Lancellotti had 2 hits; Stephanie Pfentner hit a double; Emily Helbig had a hit
Caroline Main started the game, and was relieved by Amanda Baun in the 3rd inning.

Canisius 3 Binghamton 2

The Griffs were losing 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning with one out when...
Emily Helbig singled
Chloe Contreras pinch ran for her
Katie Medina singled
Lauren Falzone singled, loading the bases
Lauren Hope doubled in Chloe for the tying run, and Katie with the winning run
Caroline Main started the game, and was relieved by Amanda Baun in the 6th inning.

There, I think I finally have it right.
Sunday's game are chronicled below.

MAAC Standings March 8, 2010

Canisius 10-8
Fairfield 4-4
Iona 3-4
Niagara 3-5
Siena 2-6
Marist 1-3
Rider 1-7
Manhattan 0-0
St. Peter's 0-0

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Game 18 @ George Washington

Canisius 4
George Washington 1

...Lauren Hope, hit-RBI-Run-2 Stolen Bases...Caroline Main gets the win, 5 strikeouts...Emily Helbig, 2 for 3, RBI...Katie Medina, 2 walks, stolen base, run...Amanda Baun, 3 strikeouts, 15 on day...Griffs 3-1 at Colonial Classic, 10-8 heading to spring break.

Paige Freiberger Hit 2 Homers Saturday

Just found out Paige hit 2 against Army yesterday to give her 4 for the season.
I told you she'd be hitting them out!

Game 17 vs. Binghamton (@ Washington, DC)

Binghamton 1
Canisius 0

Amanda Baun, 12 strikeouts

Lauren Hope's 7th Inning Double Beats Binghamton Saturday

Canisius entered the bottom of the 7th inning in their game with Binghamton yesterday down 2-1. With 1 out Emily Helbig singled; Chloe Contreras pinch ran for her. Katie Medina and Lauren Falzone then singled for the Griffs, loading the bases. Lauren Hope then doubled to center field scoring Chloe and Katie. Griffs won 3-2.

Caroline Main started the game for Canisius and was relieved in the 6th inning by Amanda Baun who picked up the win.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday March 6, 2010 Scores

Canisius 10
Army 2 (6)

Canisius 3
Binghamton 2

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Pitcher Jen Consaul, who is a senior at Churchville-Chili (near Rochester, NY), has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2011 season.

Jen was named to the 2009 All-Greater Rochester team. She finished her junior season at Churchville-Chili with a 1.22 ERA, 220 strikeouts, and 4 no hitters. On May 1 of last year, she pitched a perfect game against Olympia High, striking out 10. As a batter, she hit .403.

Jen also plays for the Rochester Lady Lions, a very good travel team. I happened to see Jen pitch at last year's Aunt Rosie's Tournament, and believe me she can bring it!

Congratulations Jen, see you in the fall!

Amanda Baun Leads The MAAC In Pitching

As of March 2, Canisius freshman Amanda Baun is the number one pitcher in the conference.

Her statistics:

ERA #1 (2.33)
Wins #1 (4)
Strikeouts #1 (53)
Shutouts #1 (2)
Opponent's Batting Average #2 (.212)

Not bad for someone who's started only 7 college games in her life!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Michelle Fridey And Amanda Baun Honored By MAAC

Michelle Fridey was named today by the MAAC as its Player Of The Week...

Fridey leads the Golden Griffin offense through the team’s first 14 games of the 2010 season, as she is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with five doubles, two home runs, a triple, 16 RBIs and six runs scored. So far this season, the senior captain has moved up the school’s career RBI list by eight spots, fueled by her team-leading four multi-RBI games. Twice this year she’s matched her career-high with four runs batted in during a game, most recently against Eastern Kentucky, where she went 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, two runs scored and four batted in as the Griffs posted a 14-6 victory

Amanda Baun was named today by the MAAC as its Pitcher Of The Week...

Baun is 4-3 with a 2.33 ERA in her first 45 innings of work in the circle for the Golden
Griffins. She leads the team’s pitching staff with 53 strikeouts in her first eight career
appearances, highlighted by her 14-strikeout, three-hit shutout victory over Norfolk State
Feb. 20. In her first collegiate start Feb. 13, against Florida Gulf Coast, she fanned 12
batters, and she has allowed five or fewer hits in her last six outings, of which, five have
been in the starting role.