Friday, April 30, 2010

Weather Forecast For This Weekend

The chance of precipitation Saturday is not too high (10%-35%) and with temps in the mid 70s a little rain wouldn't matter much, but the chance of thunderstorms is why the games have been moved to 10am which is before thunder activity is supposed to take place.

Sunday is trickier---as of now, there does not seem to be a window of opportunity to avoid thunderstorms. Plus there is a higher chance of rain. So the Iona games possibly could be delayed until Monday when the threat of lightning disappears. Of course, the same forecast applies to the Niagara games against the same teams. The weather around here can change quickly though.

Game Time Change

Saturday's doubleheader against Fairfield has been moved to a 10am EDT start, due to possible rain later in the day.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Upcoming Opponents---Fairfield Stags


  • 2010 Record: 5-3 (21-17)
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 24-33
  • Last Meeting: 2009 @Fairfield (FFD 2-0; 8-3)
  • Leading Hitter: Dani Griswold (.364)
  • Leading Pitcher: Sarah Minice (12-11; 3.27 ERA)
Saturday's MAAC doubleheader is going to be a big one for both teams. The Griffs at 8-2 are currently in second place in the MAAC; the Stags are in fourth place with a 5-3 record. Fairfield also plays at Niagara on Sunday, and three or four losses could land them in a fight to qualify for the MAAC Tournament.

The Stags are led by 2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice. And although she is not quite having the season she did in 2009, the junior is experienced and will pitch in both games if the situation calls for it. She did out pitch Mallory Aldred in 2009.

Fairfield doesn't have as explosive an offense as Canisius, but they are improved from last year's team. Senior Dani Griswold has overcome serious illness to be near the top of the MAAC hitting list all season. Meghan Borst (.345) has had a very hot bat as of late. The Stags have six seniors who play major roles on the team.

Saturday's games could have a large impact on the final seedings of the conference heading into tournament time.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Game 41 Griffs Lose; Michelle Fridey Ties

Buffalo 4
Canisius 3


Box Score

Senior Michelle Fridey wrote herself into the record book when she doubled home Katie Medina in the 3rd inning of Wednesday's game at Buffalo.

It was Michelle's 47th RBI of the season, which tied her with Colleen Sandor who hit the same number way back in 1985. Michelle now has at least 8 more games to break the record and cap off her fabulous final season with the Griffs.

This game, which was a rescheduled condensed version of three early season weather postponed games, resembled a fall ball game. The two local rivals are looking ahead to very important home conference matchups this weekend. Sharon Barr never saw the field for the Bulls. Paige Freiberger was hit in the hand with a Terese Diaz pitch in the first inning, much to her discomfort, and got another at bat before being replaced by Stephanie Pfentner at third base.

Katie Lancellotti and Lauren Hope had a pair of hits each; Katie Medina and Michelle Fridey doubled. Caroline Main got the start for the Griffs. She allowed only 2 hits, but had 3 unearned runs scored against her due to errors and bad throws. Amanda Baun took the loss because of an error and Buffalo's speed in the 7th.

The Golden Griffins next play a crucial pair of doubleheaders---Saturday against Fairfield; and Sunday against first place Iona.
Bulls win 4-3 on taylor franich grounder. Not a very well played game by either team. Paige did come out of the game hope she's ok more later
3-3 headed to the 7th
3-3 after 5
Michelle Fridey just tied the rbi record 3-2 bulls in 3rd
Paige was hit in the hand with a pitch and was in considerable pain but is back in this
Wind is blowing straight out to center field here at nan harvey field

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jen Consaul Signs Her Letter Of Intent


It's official...Jen has signed her National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning this fall.
Earlier today, Churchville-Chili student Jennifer Consaul signed her letter of intent to play softball for Division 1 Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. The press conference took place at The Battery in Gates, where Jen trains year round...

http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/chili/2010/04/26/c-cs-jen-consaul-signs-letter-of-intent/

You can catch Jen and the Rochester Lady Lions play this July at the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament.

Griffs Have Clinched A Winning Record

By my calculations, Canisius College Softball Head Coach Mike Rappl has secured his 28th winning season out of 31 total seasons. In addition, this is the 23rd season Coach has had at least 20 wins; and he has a very realistic chance at his 9th season with 30 or more wins. He now has 743 career wins; and has won 12 MAAC Championships, including those of the last three seasons. Currently his team has won 14 of their last 15 games.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lizzy Gatto, Katie Medina Honored By MAAC

Lizzy Gatto was named MAAC Player Of The Week.

LIZZY GATTO, CANISIUS
Sophomore, OF, 5-1, Hollister, Calif./San Benito

Gatto hit .750 (6-for-8) with a double, a triple, a home run, five runs scored and four RBIs as the Golden Griffins went 4-0 for the week to stretch their winning streak to seven in a row overall. In the team's 6-4 come-from-behind win over St. Bonaventure, she hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh to push the Griffs to victory. In the Blue and Gold's 12-2 win over Rider, Gatto scored three times and hit her second triple of the season. During the week, she extended her hitting streak to seven games and posted an .833 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage.



Katie Medina was named MAAC Rookie Of The Week.

KATIE MEDINA, CANISIUS
Freshman, 2B, 5-11, Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg

Medina hit .500 (4-for-8) with seven runs scored, two runs scored and two stolen bases. She scored two runs in three of the team's four games last week, including Canisius' 8-0 win over Rider, where she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal. For the week, she registered a .600 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage while also recording six putouts and two fielding assists.


Lizzy is now over .400, and Katie has joined the .300 club. Congratulations to both!

MAAC Statistics 4-26-10

Williamsville North's Corrin Genovese Good Out Of Gate




"'I don't want to curse it or anything, but we should be better than last year," said Genovese. "Everyone came back except for one, two starters. I expect more than we got out of last year.'

Genovese has always been able to deliver on her lofty goals. Her winning attitude was one of the many things that helped her land a full scholarship to the University of Missouri. The five-year package is valued at $38,000 per year.

Missouri is ranked No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Softball Division I rankings. She signed early with the Tigers after being heavily recruited by Arizona..."


http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/04/12/1017449/norths-genovese-good-out-of-gate.html

Canisius-Buffalo Drop Game

The scheduled doubleheader between the Griffs and Buffalo has been reduced to a single game which will be played at 4pm at Nan Harvey Field on the UB campus.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Games 39 & 40 Griffs Sweep Rider

Canisius 12
Rider 2 (5)

Canisius 8
Rider 0 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Amanda Cannizzo (pictured) went 3 for 5 with a grand slam homer and 5 RBIs as the Griffs showed no mercy to MAAC rival Rider in sweeping them in a pair of run rule games.

The Griffs made quick work of the Broncs which was a good thing because the weather was miserable at the Demske Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. The wind and the rain did not slow down the Griffs' powerful offense however. Rider actually got off to a very good start, scoring twice in the first inning of game one on Amanda Centeno and Heather Muscara RBI singles, however they were outscored 20-0 the rest of the way. In the bottom of the inning, after a Katie Medina walk, Michelle Fridey launched a bomb over the center field fence to tie the game. Michelle ended the day with 6 RBIs, giving her 46 for the season and leaving her one shy of the 25 year old Canisius record for RBIs in a season.

In the second inning, Lizzy Gatto walked and once again went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt, this coming from the bat of Emily Helbig. I think it's the third time this year I've seen Lizzy do that. Amanda Cannizzo then drove her home with the first of her 5 RBIs. Then with the bases loaded, Paige Freiberger blasted one to left field that came within inches of going over the fence and setting a new Canisius home run record. Paige had to settle for a 3 RBI triple. In the third, Lizzy Gatto tripled and was sent home by an Emily Helbig ground ball making the score 8-2.

The Griffs ended the game early in the fifth inning when after three walks, Amanda Cannizzo sent one deep to center field for her first career homer, a grand slam. She was mobbed by her delighted teammates and the Griffs won 12-2. Caroline Main, after a rough first inning, cruised through the rest of the game. She allowed only three hits while striking out four and winning her eighth consecutive game. Caroline is now 12-5.

Game two was all Canisius. Katie Medina scored in the first inning after singling, stealing second base, moving to third on a ground ball, and reaching home on a wild pitch. The Griffs scored twice more in the third inning when Katie Medina and Michelle Fridey both singled home runs. In the third, Lauren Hope singled home two runs; Katie Medina singled home another; and Michelle Fridey doubled home two more. Amanda Baun had little trouble in this one, earning her MAAC leading 14th win.

Katie Medina, whose hitting has progressed by leaps and bounds recently, was 3 for 3 in game two with 2 RBIs, 2 runs, and a stolen base. She scored twice in game one. Lizzy Gatto went 2 for 3 in the doubleheader, and is now hitting a whopping .406 for the season. Lizzy also almost hit teammate Emily Helbig, who was on deck, with a foul ball and couldn't stop laughing! She then was walked, and with the 4th ball going by the Rider catcher ran all the way to second base. She seems faster this year to me.

Michelle Fridey is having a fabulous senior season, and is about to break a Canisius record that was set before she was born. She has 10 (or more) games to get two more RBIs. The Co-Captain has been the foundation of the 2010 team.

Amanda Cannizzo has quietly become a very dependable hitter this season. Of course, she was an All-Western New York player when she was at Sweet Home, known as a very tough out. Her average is up to .294 now. And as we know, she has a 0.00 ERA!

The Golden Griffins are now 8-2 in the MAAC, good for second place. They have equaled last season's win total with their 26-14 record. They will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Buffalo, then next weekend will host a pair of big MAAC doubleheaders. Fairfield comes to town Saturday, and then the 10-0 Iona Gaels will be at the Demske Sunday for what may be a first place showdown. Hopefully we will have decent weather!
Griffs sweep! More later
8-0
Griffs up 3-0 after 2 stopped raining finally
Amanda was mobbed by her teammates. Never really stopped raining. Game 2 shortly
Grand slammer Amanda Cannizzo ends the game!! 12-2 Griffs
Lizzy Gatto triples she's over .400 now
Paige just missed breaking the hr record by about 2 inches! Triple makes it 7-2 griffs Michelle creamed one over center
Still working on the field. Rain almost gone
The tarp is still on the field so look for more delay
Scoreboard is on rain is supposed to end soon it's drizzling
Teams are on the field but it's still raining
The umpires are here but it's still raining
Noon is the new start time
Text from the Demske. raining still. Rider's bus is here but the field is covered

Game Time Changed To 11 am

The Canisius-Rider doubleheader at the Demske Sports Complex is in rain delay, with the new start time projected to be 11 am or later.
Weather forecast calls for chance of precipitation to drop significantly after 11 and leave a window of opportunity throughout the afternoon to get the games in.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sweep Will Earn 2nd Place For Griffs

With Iona's sweep of Fairfield today, a Canisius sweep of Rider Sunday will give the Griffs second place in the MAAC.
As for Sunday's weather---a slightly improved forecast shows a much lower chance of precipitation after 11am.
Niagara wins again 12-0
Teresa Healy almost took Mr. Riley's head off with a foul ball LOL then she hit a homer 5-0 Niagara
Rider is now 4-3 another loss and a Canisius sweep puts the Griffs in the driver's seat. Niagara too
Teresa Healy continues her hot hitting. Rider was never in this one
I'm at Niagara where the purple eagles just beat rider 8-0 in 5 innings.

Upcoming Opponents---Rider Broncs


  • 2010 Record: 4-2 (11-24-1)
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 12-18
  • Last Meeting: 2009 @Rider (Split-- Rider 6-1 Canisius 2-5)
  • Leading Hitter: Heather Muscara (.397)
  • Leading Pitcher: Rachael Matreale (2.72 ERA)
Although their overall record doesn't show it, Rider is a much improved team this year, and a big hitting one. They have four players hitting over .300, including Brittany Eckett (.341) who has hit 8 homers and has driven in 32 runs. The heart of the Broncs' batting lineup is dangerous and can strike quickly. Rachael Matreale is a bit of a hard luck pitcher with a 5-13 record, but has a solid ERA.

*Note: the weather forecast for Sunday and Monday is not very promising, calling for 80%-90% chance of rain both days. It's a MAAC doubleheader, so they will try to get the games in. Another complication is that the Canisius and Rider baseball teams are scheduled to play immediately following the softball games (both sports can't play at the same time due to field configuration). Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One More Time Paige!

Paige Freiberger has 12 regular season games and possibly a number of post season games to hit one more homer and break the all-time Canisius record for home runs in a season (10) set by Jess Martin in 2005.

BTW, something I just noticed---Michelle Fridey has set the all-time Canisius record for getting hit by pitches in a season. Ouch! The old record was 9, suffered by Beth Enk in 2004. So far in 2010, Michelle has been thrown at 12 times. Of course, Michelle is hot on the trail of the RBI record, and would break it with 8 more. That would be quite noteworthy considering the record has stood for 25 years. Colleen Sandor drove home 47 runs in 1985; that was the year the Griffs beat Niagara 21-0! I'll update the record book at the end of the season, including Lauren Hope's constant resetting of the all-time Canisius record for stolen bases in a career.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MAAC Hitting Leaders 4-21-10

Average
Teresa Healy (NIA) .407
Lizzy Gatto (CAN) .398
Heather Muscara (RID) .397
Eileen McCann (ION) .396
Jaci Rahey (MAN) .389
Dani Griswold (FFD) .387
Jodi Petersen (ION) .384
Allyssa James (ION) .381
Amanda Centeno (RID) .372
Michelle Fridey (CAN) .368

Home Runs
Eileen McCann (ION) 11
Paige Freiberger (CAN) 10
Brittany Eckett (RID) 8
Jodi Peterson (ION) 7
Katie Lancellotti (CAN) 6
Kristin Sito (NIA) 6
Jaci Rahey (MAN) 6

RBIs
Michelle Fridey (CAN) 40
Paige Freiberger (CAN) 35
Katie Lancellotti (CAN) 32
Brittany Eckett (RID) 32
Jaci Rahey (MAN) 31

*8 more RBIs gives Michelle the all-time Canisius record
*1 more home run gives Paige the all-time Canisius record

Games 37 & 38 Griffs Come Back Twice To Sweep Bonnies

7th inning, 2 outs, 1 run down
No problem!
Canisius 6
St. Bonaventure 4

Canisius 7
St. Bonaventure 3




With the Golden Griffins trailing St. Bonaventure 4-3 in game one in the 7th inning with 2 outs, Lizzy Gatto stepped up to the plate with a pair of runners on and...

silenced the partisan crowd with a monster blast over the center field fence.

It was a beautiful sunny day down in the hill country as Big 4 rivals Canisius and St. Bonaventure played a doubleheader. Both games followed the same pattern. Canisius got ahead early, the Bonnies stormed back to take the lead, and then the Griffs won late with home runs. St. Bonaventure played well today, and could have won both games, but could not hold on in the end.

The Griffs jumped up early in game one scoring three times in the first inning. They only had one hit in the inning, a Lizzy Gatto RBI single. Otherwise they were helped along with a St. Bona wild pitch and error. The Bonnies came back quickly, scoring once in the first and three times in the second. After that, Caroline Main settled down and Bonnies' starter Erin Nargi was very much in control. But Erin was removed in the seventh when the Griffs led off with a Katie Medina walk and a Michelle Fridey single. Sherri Thompson came in and quickly struck out Paige Freiberger and Katie Lancellotti. But then Lizzy stepped to the plate. The St. Bonaventure faithful were raucous anticipating the final out when Lizzy just hit a moonshot over the center field fence that silenced the crowd and brought wild celebration pouring forth from the Canisius bench. Lizzy was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs in game one.

Game two saw the Griffs get a first inning lead again, this time from the legs of Lauren Hope. Lauren drew a walk, her third of the day, and promptly stole second. She reached third on a wild pitch and then noticed that St. Bonaventure was sleeping and took off for home, sliding in under the tag and scoring! Lauren, who leads the MAAC in thefts, stole four bases today to raise her total to 25. The Bonnies came right back and scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Amanda Baun seemed uncomfortable in the circle, walking three and giving up a couple of singles. In fact, when she came out for the second inning, Coach Rappl accompanied her, and had a long discussion with the umpires and acted as his own ground crew while manicuring the circle with his feet. Don't know exactly what the problem was, but Amanda seemed to settle down after that.

In the 4th inning, Paige Freiberger lifted her 10th homer over the center field fence to tie the game. Paige is now second in the MAAC in home runs. The Bonnies took the lead right back in the bottom of the inning, setting up the Griffs' second comeback of the day. Amanda Cannizzo led off the sixth inning with a single, and she was followed by Michelle Fridey who launched a "no doubter" over the left field fence to give Canisius the lead for good. Emily Helbig knocked Lizzy Gatto home with a double to give the Griffs a 7-3 victory.

Caroline Main won her 7th game in a row, striking out 8. Lizzy Gatto was 4 for 5 with 5 RBIs. Lauren Hope was 2 for 5 with 3 walks, 4 stolen bases, and 3 runs. Amanda Baun struck out 8 for her MAAC leading 13th win. Michelle Fridey had a homer and 3 RBIs. The Griffs are now 24-14 on the season with MAAC rival Rider coming to town Sunday. BTW, St. Bonaventure played very today, it just didn't go their way. But it's always a pleasure watching games down there.
Griffs win 7-3! Heading back north more later
Michelle Fridey creamed one over center! griffs lead 4-3
Paige just blasted her 10th homer to tie it at 2!
Lauren Hope stole all 3 bases! 1-0 griffs
Lizzy destroyed that ball! Deep centerfield! Stunned the Bona fans! caroline got out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th for her 7th straight win game 2 shortly
Griffs win! 6-4
Lizzy Gatto 3 run 2 out homer!!! 6-4 griffs!
2 runners on in the 7th no outs
Lauren Hope got a good laugh when Emily Helbig fell getting out of katie medinas way still 4-3
4-3 bonnies after a couple throwing errors
3-0 griffs
Beautiful day down here at St. Bona almost 70

Amanda Werth Commits To Niagara

Royalton-Hartland junior Amanda Werth has verbally committed to play softball with Niagara, and will join the Purple Eagles for the 2012 season. Amanda is a first team All-Western New York honoree as well as second team All-New York State and was Niagara Orleans League Most Valuable Player. She plays travel ball with the Diamond Girls.
Congratulations Amanda!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Caroline Main In MAAC Games

Here's an eye opener...

4 starts, 27 innings pitched
4-0
1.81 ERA
27 strikeouts
4 walks

This includes two huge wins AT Niagara and Manhattan.
And finally, a photo of Caroline in a Canisius uniform.

The Heart Of The Canisius Lineup


Those are the current MAAC statistics for runs batted in. The Canisius trio are 3-4-5 in the batting lineup. We know that Michelle and Paige have been having terrific seasons, but Katie Lancellotti has rebounded from a bit of a slow start and is inflating her numbers at a rapid pace. Bad news for the rest of the MAAC.

Empire State Games Softball Tryouts

The Games are getting closer, they will be held in Buffalo July 21-25. The Softball tournament will be held at the Amherst Audubon Complex (formerly known as the Amherst Pepsi Center). Tryouts for the Western team will be held May 30 and June 6.
More information here:
http://www.empirestategames.org/summer/pregames/softball.htm
and
http://www.empirestategames.org/summer/tryouts/sched/default.asp?region=western&division=open

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Getting Serious Time

If you look at the MAAC standings on the right hand side of this page, you'll see that the Griffs have, with their 3 for 4 performance this past weekend, solidified their position (for now) within the top 4 of the conference (only 4 will qualify for the tournament).

The Golden Griffins have one more MAAC road date, with Marist who are having a difficult season thus far. They have already played Niagara. Rider comes in to town this weekend, it could make or break them. Fairfield lost once to Siena today, but are in good shape. Iona is having a terrific season. The Gaels are doing something they did not do last year---they are giving ace pitcher Sarah Jackson run support. Fairfield and Iona will be visiting the Demske soon in what should be the biggest weekend of softball for Canisius. Remember---the MAAC Tournament will be held at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs just have to get in to have home field advantage. But at the same time, they can give these teams something to think about in the back of their minds.

This is still in the future. Root for the Griffs and Niagara to sweep Rider this weekend, because that would give the Griffs the upper hand at qualifying. It will get intense from here on in.

Games 35 & 36 @ St. Peter's

Canisius 9
St. Peter's 1 (6)

Canisius 14
St. Peter's 0 (5)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Katie Lancellotti--grand slam homer, 5 RBIs...Lauren Hope--2 hits, 2 RBIs...Michelle Fridey--4 for 6, triple, 4 RBIs...Caroline Main--6th consecutive win...Paige Freiberger--triple, 3 RBIs...Lizzy Gatto--4 hits, 4 RBIs...Katie Medina--5 for 5, 4 runs...Lauren Falzone--3 hits...Emily Helbig--3 RBIs...Amanda Baun--5th shutout of season...Stephanie Pfentner---double, RBI...Chloe Contreras...hit, run scored...Griffs 6-2 in MAAC, have won 10 of 11

Coverage Of Today's Games

Coverage out of St. Peter's is spotty at best, and Canisius doesn't cover their own games on the road, so I will write a summary later on today.

Griffs Just Moved Up To Third

Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly just hit a homer in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat Niagara 3-1.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Game 34 @ Manhattan

Canisius 5
Manhattan 2


Box Score

Paige Freiberger--2 run homer...Lauren Hope--double, 2 runs, stolen base...Lizzy Gatto--single, run, RBI, stolen base...Katie Lancellotti--RBI...Michelle Fridey--32nd RBI...Katie Medina--hit, run...Caroline Main--5 strikeouts, 5th straight win...Emily Helbig--hit...Griffs 4-2 in MAAC, reach 20 win mark

Nice win for the Griffs to gain the split. Caroline Main gave up two late solo homers, but the Griffs had good leads at the time. She was in control mostly in this game---she is steadily improving during the course of the season, now winning five in a row, and continually shaving down her ERA. Most importantly though, she won when the Griffs had to have a win, as she did in the Niagara series.

The Griffs used their speed and hitting ability in the 5th inning with Lauren Hope running wild on the bases and Lizzy Gatto doing the same. Katie Lancellotti had 2 RBIs on the day. And of course, Paige Freiberger hit a big late inning homer. Our Paige is always producing the crucial hits. That homer gave Caroline the breathing room she needed. Michelle Fridey had her team leading 32nd RBI in this game.

It was a must win, because the MAAC is competitive at the top. I wrote during the game that Niagara was "shockingly" losing to St. Peter's 6-4 in the 5th inning. Well, the Purple Eagles came back to win 16-7! Iona is undefeated, as is Fairfield, so the Griffs must keep winning. They will be at St. Peter's Sunday against a team that gives up an awful lot of runs. A sweep will be needed.


Game 33 @ Manhattan

Manhattan 5
Canisius 1


Box Score

Katie Lancellotti---homer...Griffs fall to 3-2 in the MAAC

Live Strean Canceled

Manhattan College has canceled their live stream of today's doubleheader vs. the Griffs due to "technical difficulties".
One of these days these schools will take softball seriously.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Upcoming Opponents---Manhattan


  • 2010 Record: 0-2 (12-14-1)
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 6-44
  • Last Meeting: 2009 MAAC Tournament (Canisius 8-2)
  • Leading Hitter: Jaci Rahey .368
  • Leading Pitcher: Erika Sullivan 2.69 ERA

This will be a very important doubleheader for both teams. The Lady Jaspers were the 2009 MAAC regular season co-champions, but have begun 2010 with a 0-2 record and can't afford to drop to far behind the pack. For the Griffs this represents an opportunity to put one of their prime competitors in the rear view mirror.

The Griffs' pitchers will have to be wary of two sport star Jaci Rahey. Jaci is having a tremendous season, at or near the top of the MAAC in hitting all season long. She's athletic, and at 6 feet tall hits with power. Melissa Donnelly and Nicole Michel have been steady .300 hitters all season. Kristina Walraven is having an off year for some reason, hitting only .235 with just one homer and 7 RBIs. But she could break out at any time.

In the circle, Erika Sullivan has been leading the way for Manhattan. She's not a power pitcher; won't strike out many, but has great control. Melissa Donnelly has pitched well at times. Ashley Rampino is having a down year, but has shown signs of returning to form lately.



Jen Sansano: 35 Strikeouts, 2 Shutouts, 1 No Hitter

That's Jen's work for two days.

On Wednesday, she and her Clarence Red Devils beat Hamburg 1-0. This was a 9 inning no hitter by Jen; she struck out 18.

On Thursday, she and Clarence beat Frontier 4-0. Jen struck out 17 (in 7 innings).

It's safe to say she's not taking it easy her senior season before heading down to St. Bonaventure!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jen Consaul Strikes Out 17


In Tuesday's 8 inning 3-2 loss at Brockport, Churchville-Chili's Jen Consaul struck out 17 batters. Jen, who will be joining Canisius this fall, also plays for the Rochester Lady Lions who will be participating in this year's Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament in Amherst.

I happened to see Jen pitch last season at the Aunt Rosie's. Of course I had no idea at the time that circumstances would require that the Griffs get another pitcher for 2011. But at the time I wondered where she would be going to play college softball, and was impressed with her intensity---she was head and shoulders above the other players on the field. She throws very hard. When she joins the Griffs, she should be able to work herself into the lineup with little pressure on her.

*Update*
Jen struck out 15 in a win over East Irondequoit Thursday. She also hit a home run.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Games 31 & 32 @ St. Francis (PA)

Canisius 3
St. Francis 2


Canisius 15
St. Francis 2 (5)


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Lauren Hope--4 for 4 game one, leads MAAC and is 18th in the nation with 20 steals...Emily Helbig--4 RBIs including game winner in first game...Paige Freiberger--winning run in game one, hit 8th homer, 5 RBIs on day, average up to .330...Michelle Fridey---grand slammer in game 2, leads team with 31 RBIs...Lizzy Gatto---3 for 4 with 2 steals and 3 runs in game 2...Katie Medina---2 hits and game saving double play in game 1...Katie Lancellotti---3 hits, RBI...Amanda Cannizzo-- 2 RBIs...Chloe Contreras--first collegiate hit...7th straight win...Griffs hitting .301 as a team

*UPDATE 6:34*
Griffs mercy rule the Red Flash 15-2.
There was no coverage of this game, so look for box scores later on.

*UPDATE 5:52*
GRAND SLAM HOMER BY MICHELLE FRIDEY!!!
12-0 Griffs in the 3rd inning.

*UPDATE 5:35pm*
Griffs score 3 more in the 2nd inning of game 2 to take an 8-0 lead.

*UPDATE 5:30pm*
Griffs have scored 5 runs in the first inning of game two.
Griffs won the first game 3-2.
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Neither school is bothering to cover this doubleheader.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Upcoming Opponents---St. Francis (PA)


  • 2009 Record: 9-26
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 2-17
  • Last Meeting: 2008 (Canisius 8-4, 8-0)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Amanda Baun Named MAAC Rookie Of The Week

The honors keep rolling in for the MAAC's top ranked pitcher...


Freshman, P, 5-8, Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King

Baun tossed her fourth complete-game shutout of the season where she fanned eight and
walked just two in the Golden Griffins’ 6-0 win over Siena at home April 10. Baun gave
up just four base hits and allowed only two Siena base runners to reach third base en route
to her team-leading 10th win of the season in the circle for the Griffs.

...and she's still getting better. Amanda has a 0.54 ERA in MAAC games.

And here is where the team stands in the MAAC as of today...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Griffs Currently In Third Place

With Iona's sweep of Rider today, the Golden Griffins are currently in third place in the MAAC. Standings are on the right hand side of this page.

The Griffs continue MAAC play this weekend on the road at Manhattan and St. Peter's. This will be a great opportunity to put Manhattan in the rear view mirror, but it won't be easy.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Not An Easy Road

Rider and Iona have come alive. Fairfield has improved offense to complement Sarah Minice. Manhattan has solid pitching, and Niagara is as powerful as ever. Only 4 spots are available for the MAAC Championship to be held at Canisius this May. Keep an eye on our MAAC blog to see what the other teams are up to.

Games 29 & 30 Golden Griffin Trifecta

Canisius 6
Siena 0

Canisius 7
Siena 2


GAME ONE BOX SCORE
GAME TWO BOX SCORE

The Golden Griffins hit 4 triples while sweeping the Siena Saints today at the Demske Sports Complex on the Canisius Campus.

It was bright and sunny in Buffalo Saturday, but a brisk breeze blowing in from right field made it somewhat chilly. Typical early April softball weather, but the Griffs got warm by running wild on the bases. It all started on their very first at bat in game one with Lauren Hope (pictured) hitting her MAAC leading 4th triple to the center field fence. Lauren came home on a Michelle Fridey single to make the score 1-0.

Speaking of Michelle Fridey, she hit a triple of her own in the 4th inning, this one with the bases loaded! Amanda Cannizzo, Lauren Falzone and Lauren Hope all singled (Katie Medina reached on a fielder's choice with Amanda out at second), and Michelle sent them all home! She scored on the same play due to a throwing error. The next batter, Paige Freiberger, also tripled but ended up stranded at third base.

That was all the Griffs would need as starting pitcher Amanda Baun was in control from start to finish, striking out 8 while allowing only 4 Siena singles. Amanda improved her record to 10-8, and has allowed only one run her last three starts.

Michelle Fridey was 2 for 2 with 4 RBIs. Paige Freiberger was 2 for 3, also hitting a double and had a RBI. Lauren Hope had 2 hits, as did Lauren Falzone. Lizzy Gatto had a hit and scored twice; she also went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt, never hesitating when she reached second.

Lizzy Gatto scored the Griffs' first 2 runs of the second game, both on wild pitches. The second of her runs gave Canisius a lead they would never lose. Siena had tied the score in the third inning on a Shannon Jones RBI single. Then play was delayed for a quite a while when the Saints' Courtney Mahan was injured after fouling a pitch off her knee. She was in considerable pain and had to be helped off the field. The Saints would load the bases in the 7th, and score a run, but that was as close as they would get.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, after Lizzy Gatto scored on a wild pitch, Katie Lancellotti drove home a pair of runs with a single to right field. Katie was then sent home by an Emily Helbig double.

The Griffs would add a couple more runs in the 5th inning, when after Paige Freiberger singled and Emily Helbig got hit by a pitch, Kerry Ulmer tripled down the left field line for a pair of RBIs and a 7-1 Griffs lead.

Caroline Main picked up her third win in a row (she's 7-5 on the year). She was steady throughout, getting into a bases loaded jam in the top of the 7th inning that was resolved when third baseman Paige Freiberger snared a line drive and toed third base ending the game with an unassisted double play. Caroline set a personal best by striking out 10. That's two strong performances in MAAC play for her.

Lizzy Gatto was 2 for 3. Lauren Hope, Michelle Fridey, Paige Freiberger, Katie Lancellotti, Emily Helbig, and Kerry Ulmer all had hits. The Griffs improved to 17-13. They are 3-1 in the MAAC, and at the present time in 4th place. Canisius will next play at St. Francis on Wednesday the 14th.
Caroline wins her 3rd in a row more later bye from the Demske!
Paige ends the game with an unassisted double play! 7-2 griffs
Lauren Hope Michelle Fridey Paige Freiberger each hit a triple. Carolind Main starts next game
You should have seen Lizzy Gatto fly from first to third on a bunt griffs 16-13 2-1
Amanda Baun has allowed 1 run in her last 3 games
Griffs win 6-0!
3 triples by the griffs 3 rbi triple michelle fridey 6-0 griffs end of 5
Looks to be a big crowd today
Wind blowing in from right field
Text: sunny here @ the demske sports complex 46 at the moment

Friday, April 9, 2010

Saturday's Weather Forecast

Forecast for the Griffs' MAAC doubleheader against the Siena Saints:

52 and sunny.

It snowed a little today, but not enough to fill a thimble.

Upcoming Opponents---Siena Saints


  • 2010 Record: 0-0 (4-25)
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 5-33
  • Last Meeting: 2009 (Split-Canisius 3-0 Siena 0-6)
  • Leading Hitter: Shannon Jones .369
  • Leading Pitcher: Courtney Brinkman 5.05 ERA

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rescheduled UB Game

Today's rained out game will be tacked on to the game at Buffalo on April 28th, just like last season.
Game called off
UB is headed for the bus
Pouring rain!
Dont see them playing today
The field was never uncovered teams r in dugouts
Coming down good now
Thunder!
Looks like rain any minute
Text- the teams r on the field its drizzling right now

Status Of Today's Game

*UPDATE 2pm*
Looks like they are going to try to play

*UPDATE NOON*

As of noon, the game is still on. Could change though.

At this time (10:20am EDT), there is no official word on the status of today's game vs. Buffalo. At the moment it is not raining, but the forecast calls for rain and possible thunderstorms.
I will update as soon as any decision is made.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

St. Bona At Niagara Canceled

Today's scheduled doubleheader at Niagara has been canceled due to rain.

Thursday's Forecast

Not looking too good for Thursday's scheduled game vs. Buffalo at the Demske Sports Complex.
80% chance of rain leading up to and then 70 % chance of rain at game time.
Friday has a chance of ---snow!---but Saturday is looking good at this point.
Stay tuned.

*Update*
Make that 100% chance of rain all day.

Amanda Cannizzo Leads The MAAC In Pitching!


Well...not really.
The MAAC has a strange notion that 1 inning pitched or 1 at bat qualifies a player to be included amongst the Conference leaders. Stop doing that MAAC!!
In reality, Amanda Baun leads all MAAC pitchers at this moment in time.
Here are the actual up to the minute leaders:

Amanda Baun (CAN) 2.07; 9-8
Melissa Donnelly (MAN) 2.31; 2-2
Sarah Jackson (ION) 3.18; 6-4
Erika Sullivan (MAN) 3.23; 5-3
Rachael Matreale (RID) 3.28; 4-9
Sarah Minice (FFD) 3.50; 6-9
Caroline Main (CAN) 3.74; 6-5

*Minimum 30 Innings

Amanda has been at or near the top all season, and she's getting better. Not only that but she (and Caroline Main) have faced tougher competition than the other MAAC teams.

My apologies to Amanda Cannizzo because after all, she is the only MAAC pitcher who has never given up a hit in her whole career!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Games 27 & 28 Paige Does It Again!

Canisius 1
Robert Morris 0

Canisius 10
Robert Morris 1 (5)


GAME ONE BOX SCORE
GAME TWO BOX SCORE

She did it against Youngstown St. last week; she did it against Miami the week before and she did it again today.

Paige Freiberger blasted a homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the 6th inning of game one vs. Robert Morris today to give the Griffs a 1-0 victory. At the time, a strong breeze was blowing from right field to left, so the left handed hitter went to the opposite field. There was no doubt as soon as the ball left her bat. That was Paige's 7th homer of the season, which leads the team and is second best in the MAAC.

Paige wasn't done however---she went 3 for 3 in the second game, a 10-1 Griffs win, and also had 3 RBIs. She raised her batting average to .303, but forget the numbers...she's coming through when it counts the most.

It was a sunny, but breezy afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex for the Golden Griffins' 2010 home opener. The Griffs and Robert Morris opened the doubleheader with a pitchers duel. The Colonials' Alexa Bryson pitched a great game, notwithstanding Paige's heroics, striking out 10 and holding the Griffs to 5 hits. But Amanda Baun was just a bit better. The freshman earned her 9th victory by holding Robert Morris to 4 hits while striking out 7. Amanda is very poised in the circle for a freshman. The only trouble she had was in the 5th when with 2 outs and 2 on, the Colonials singled. The lead runner was sent home, but 2nd baseman Katie Medina made a great throw to easily get the runner and end the inning. Amanda Cannizzo, Emily Helbig, Lauren Hope (who also stole her 17th base), and Lizzy Gatto all had hits also. It was a game marred with some very questionable calls from the umpire crew---I usually don't harp on the umpires, they make mistakes, but they really got Coach Rappl angry! After the third or fourth bad call, and they were really bad, he walked out to the circle and yelled "TIME" quite loudly while seemingly gritting his teeth! Well, the Griffs overcame it.

The second game of the doubleheader wasn't even close, as the Griffs exploded out of the gate. Lizzy Gatto, 2 for 3. Michelle Fridey 2 for 3. Katie Lancellotti, 2 for 2 and 3 RBIs. Stephanie Pfentner started at catcher and got a hit. Kerry Ulmer also had a hit and RBI. The Griffs scored 10 runs on 11 hits and the game was over in 5 innings. Caroline Main picked up the win, allowing a run on 8 hits; but a number of those were infield hits. BTW, Canisius stole 8 bases in the doubleheader.

The Griffs are now 15-13 overall, and are scheduled to host Buffalo for a single game Thursday. They then continue MAAC play Saturday when the Siena Saints come to town.
More later
Griffs win 10-1 in 5 innings!
A lot of bad calls against griffs but they ouercame it game 2 shortly
Paige blasted a 6th inning homer over the left field fence to win it! Amanda Baun was great she doesnt look like a freshman out there
Paige did it again! 1-0 griffs win
Scoreless after 5
Live stats r on gogriffs dot com
Griffs had to go back inside and change into their sunday unis cause RMU showed up in white
Griffs are warming up
Beautiful day here at the Demske Sports Complex

Weather Forecast For Today's Games

The rain moved out of the area before 9:30am, but all it amounted to was a few drops. It will be in the low 60s with clearing skies, but there will be winds at about 20mph.
Canisius and Robert Morris are scheduled to begin their doubleheader at 3pm EDT at the Demske Sports Complex.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Upcoming Opponents--Robert Morris


  • 2010 Record: 12-10
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 5-8
  • Last Meeting: March 21 (RMU 5-2)
  • Leading Hitter: Jaci Timko .462
  • Leading Pitcher: Alexa Bryson 2.86 ERA
Where have I heard this one before?...yes, the two teams played only a couple weeks ago. In the meantime, the Colonials have been on a tear, winning 9 of 13. Jaci Timko (1st row, 2nd from left, #10) was hitting .320 when she played the Griffs, now she's at a whopping .462. Robert Morris was to have played here last season, but had to cancel so they could make up a conference game. And finally, after six months, the Griffs have a home game again! Weather forecast calls for possible light showers in the morning which will be gone by game time, which is 3pm EDT.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Danielle Frye's Homer Lifts St. Bona

Former Kenmore West star Danielle Frye hit a 3 run homer today, the first of her career, against St. Joseph's that propelled St. Bonaventure to their first Atlantic 10 victory of the season. The freshman's 3rd inning pinch hit blast gave the Bonnies a 3-0 lead on the way to a 4-2 win. St. Bona is now 6-13 and will next play at Niagara on Wednesday.

BOX SCORE

Games 25 & 26 Griffs Split At Niagara

Niagara 1
Canisius 0

Canisius 6
Niagara 3


GAME ONE BOX SCORE
GAME TWO BOX SCORE

The Golden Griffins and Purple Eagles played two great games today, and the good news for Canisius is that their pitching was solid.

It was sunny and in the 80s today on the Niagara campus, more like July than the first week of April. There was a very large crowd for Breast Health Awareness Day. Both teams wore pink for the occasion, and a nice touch before the games began was added when breast cancer survivor Michelle McDonald threw out the first pitch to her daughter Maggie, the Purple Eagles' shortstop, to a loud round of applause.

These two MAAC rivals came to play today. The first game was won by Niagara 1-0 behind a fine performance by Julie DiMatteo, who allowed only three Canisius hits while striking out eight. The Griffs committed three errors in this one, however the outfielders seemed to be having trouble adjusting to Niagara's rough outfield. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Teresa Healy singled to score Maggie McDonald. Griffs' starter Amanda Baun then found herself in a bases loaded, no outs situation, but worked her way through it with no further damage. Amanda pitched very well, allowing seven hits while striking out six. The Griffs had a good chance in the top of the 6th, with runners on 2nd and 3rd after a Lizzy Gatto double. They got the bases loaded with two outs, but could not push a run across. It was a well played, hard fought game though.

So the Griffs entered game two really wanting a win, and they struck quickly scoring twice in the second inning. Emily Helbig knocked home Katie Lancellotti, who had reached on a fielder's choice, and later Lizzy Gatto scored when Niagara catcher Becky Zill tried to pick her off of third and threw the ball into left field. Lizzy would score the Griffs' third run of the game to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when she singled, reached 2nd on a wild pitch, stole 3rd, then made it home when pitcher Cassie Stone threw the ball away trying to throw her out.

The Griffs got some much needed insurance in the 7th off of a big Katie Lancellotti double, which scored two; and a Lizzy Gatto single which scored another. The Griffs won 6-3.

I thought Caroline Main was outstanding in this game (that's her in her Stevenson High days, I still don't have a good photo of her in a Canisius uniform), which she pitched from start to finish. She gave up a solo homer to Kristin Sito. But Kristin is an outstanding hitter; that was her 5th of the year. That tied the game at 2, but Caroline hung in there the whole way, getting out of jams while striking out six and walking no one. I think this was her most important victory to date. This was probably the hardest hitting team she will face in the MAAC, and she allowed only two earned runs.

Lizzy Gatto had 3 hits on the day and 3 stolen bases, Lauren Hope also had 3 hits (4 I thought, but that's an umpire's decision), and stole her 16th base of the season, Emily Helbig had a couple hits, Lauren Falzone a nice double. BTW, the Griffs were lining the ball all over the place the second game, but very often straight to a Niagara player's glove---so they hit the ball hard. Paige Freiberger made some great plays at 3rd, and got hit in the head with a pitch---she was OK, but I keep saying, she's awfully good at that. And she ended up scoring!

The Griffs are now 1-1 in the MAAC; 13-13 overall. They will host a non conference doubleheader against Robert Morris Monday afternoon.

It really was a great day of softball, sun and charity; both teams put forth a great effort and proved they are real contenders for the MAAC crown. BTW, future Griffs Jen Consaul and Val Nappo were in attendance.
Caroline main gets the win more later
Griffs win 6-3!
Big crowd
Griffs had trouble with bumpy outfield game 2 coming up caroline main will pitch
Great game griffs had chance in 6th both pitchers did great job
Niagara wins game one 1-0
Both teams r in pink!
Text-a beautiful day here in niagara

Canisius vs. Niagara Rewind


The local season, as well as the MAAC season, begins today with the two rivals facing off at the Niagara University campus. The weather will be perfect---78 and sunny. Here's a quick look back at last season.

Canisius and Niagara met five times in 2009; the Griffs won three of those games. Niagara visited Canisius on April 9 after a slow start in conference play, and in the first game of a doubleheader hit three homers to defeat the Griffs 6-1. In the second game, the Purple Eagles were controlling play until Rachelle Barrientos won the game for the Griffs with a two run double in the bottom of the 7th inning. Final score, 5-4.

The teams would meet three times at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, NY. On May 8, the Purple Eagles stormed out of the gate with four runs in the first inning. But the Griffs, led by Cameron Norton's 4 for 4 performance, would come back to win 6-4. On May 9, they would play twice. Niagara, coming out of the loser's bracket, took the first game 2-0 with Maggie McDonald driving home the winning run. Then in the game that would decide the champion of the MAAC, it was all Canisius as they won 9-0 with homers from Cameron Norton and Lizzy Gatto.

Today Canisius and Niagara open a new chapter in their long time rivalry with a pair of important conference games.

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


http://www.goldengriffinssoftball.com/2009/05/game-47-vs-niagara-poughkeepsie.html

http://www.goldengriffinssoftball.com/2009/05/game-48-vs-niagara-poughkeepsie.html

http://www.goldengriffinssoftball.com/2009/05/game-49-vs-niagara-poughkeepsie.html

Friday, April 2, 2010

Upcoming Opponents---Niagara


  • 2010 Record: 0-0 (6-10)
  • All Time vs. Canisius: 18-81-2
  • Last Meeting: 2009 MAAC Championship (Canisius 9-0)
  • Leading Hitter: Alexis Wayne .385
  • Leading Pitcher: Julie DiMatteo 6.38 ERA
Niagara is really starting to hit like their old selves as of late. They are getting outstanding production out of their freshmen (Depew's Alexis Wayne currently leads the team); but their pitching has been struggling so far this season. After a slow start, Teresa Healy is hitting very well. These could be high scoring games.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Weather Forecast For Saturday

The forecast for Saturday's big doubleheader at Niagara is:
78 and sunny with a slight breeze.
We deserve it!