Thursday, March 31, 2011

SLAMphoma Benefit Postponed Until May

More information coming on this, but the Jenna Baker fundraiser will not be held this coming Sunday as originally planned due to the never ending winter around here. It will be held in May. I will remind you of the new date later in April.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lauren Hope #3 In The Nation

An interesting note, as we go through another lull in this season. Senior Lauren Hope is once again amongst the nation's leaders in triples. Currently she ranks #3 in triples per game.
Sure eye Paige Freiberger is 20th in the nation in walks.

Hopefully this (past) winter will finally realize it's an unwelcome guest and the weather will warm up and at least allow the Griffs some quality outdoor practice time.

The Home Opener Is...Off

The Canisius site is blaming Buffalo for this postponement. According to them, UB won't allow their players out on the field. The Canisius baseball team is playing at the Demske later today against St. Bonaventure. Maybe UB shouldn't have home games until May. Or move the campus to Florida.

I guess they were hoping that the weather forecasts were wrong. It's very sunny, but the snow is still on the ground.
For yet another season, the scheduled Buffalo @ Canisius March game is postponed. Tentatively rescheduled for April 19.
Maybe we should take up a collection and build a domed stadium!

Jen Sansano Wins First Collegiate Game

Former Clarence High School pitcher Jen Sansano won her first game at the collegiate level when St. Bonaventure defeated LaSalle 3-2 Sunday in an Atlantic 10 game in the Bronx, NY. The game was played at Fordham University due to the storm we had last week. Jen allowed one earned run and struck out 6 in the effort. Her St. Bona career has gotten off to a bit of a slow start---she had missed the last two weeks of action due to illness and family reasons, but she has pitched quite well so far.

Jen and the Bonnies will visit Canisius on April 12 for a doubleheader.

Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure blog.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Home Opener Is...On

According to the official Canisius College site, the Golden Griffins' home opener vs. crosstown rival Buffalo will be played as scheduled. The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies...but a high of only 35! Niagara was forced to cancel their home opener, but they don't have an artificial field. At least it's not going to rain/snow.

This could be an interesting match up because both teams are preparing to begin conference play. The Bulls are currently at 5-19, and have had their struggles this season. They have performed better their last 3 games. Last season the teams played one game after having failed twice at playing at the Demske. Buffalo won 4-3 in a game that I described as "fall ball like".

Benefit For Jenna Baker

*This has been rescheduled for May 8*

On Sunday May 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. - rain or shine - at the Niagara University Softball field - the Niagara University and Hilbert College Softball teams are joining forces to hold a fundraiser for Niagara University Softball Alumnus Jenna Baker class of 2010. Jenna was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. In an effort to raise awareness for this disease as well as to alleviate some of the cost of her treatment we will be holding a home run derby on Sunday April 3, 2011.

To make a donation, please contact Melissa Markle at:

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On a personal note should Jenna read this,
my mother fought this particular form of Lymphoma and WON. That was 7 years ago and she is with me and doing well. Rest assured that you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers (:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The First Part Ends

The tournament portion of the season is ended, and now the Griffs will play at home, close to home, and very soon in conference. So where do the Griffs stand?

With a 10-10 record, Canisius is virtually at the same record they've had the last couple seasons when coming home to play. And that record is still currently the best in the MAAC. I think the missed weekend at the end of February hindered the Griffs' progress, but on the other hand, they only played 4 days of March last season. It's always hard to tell how the team will do in the second part of the season; I'll review what the rest of the conference has been up to in about a week. At any rate, we're about to enter the intense part of the season.

Canisius is scheduled to host Buffalo on Tuesday, but that's still up in the air. I know Canisius played some lacrosse on the Demske field this weekend, so I guess the field has been cleared of snow, but the temperatures are not forecast to hit 40 by game time. So we'll have to wait and see.

Lauren Falzone brings her .404 average back home to the Demske Sports Complex.

Game 20 @ Fullerton

Fullerton 6
Canisius 4

The Griffs go down in order, and so ends the California trip.

Once again, Stephanie Pfentner ends an inning by throwing out a base stealer. Last chance coming up for the Griffs down by 2 runs.

The Griffs can't get her home and trail 6-4 heading to the bottom of the 6th.
Pinch runner Lauryn Chris bunted to 2nd base by Stephanie Pfentner...
Emily Helbig opens the 6th with a walk...

Amanda Baun retires the Titans in order to end the 5th inning.

Griffs down 6-4 after 4 1/2 innings.

Fullerton adds a run to take a 6-4 lead after 4 innings.

9 hits for the Griffs so far.
Paige grounds out to end the inning. Griffs down 5-4.
A walk to Lauren Falzone and singles by Lauren Hope and Katie Medina have loaded the bases with 2 outs...

Fullerton up 5-4 after 3 innings.
A single, hit batter and a home run and the Griffs' lead is gone...
Walk and home run for Fullerton make it a 4-2 game...

Griffs explode for 4 runs on 5 hits and lead 4-0 after 2 1/2 innings.
Katie Lancellotti singles home Paige, 2-0!...
Paige Freiberger ends the 29 inning scoreless streak with a single that scored Lauren Falzone...still batting...
Lauren Hope follows with a single...
Lauren Falzone continues her hot streak with a leadoff single...

Amanda Baun has allowed just a single through 2 innings. She ended the 2nd inning with her first strikeout. Lizzy Gatto and Paige Freiberger have each hit a double, but the game is scoreless after 2 innings.

Early start.

Game time: 7:30 EDT
Hard to explain the Griffs' recent poor play, but I sense a loss of confidence. No one is playing well, so there is no finger pointing. The team has not scored a run in 29 innings. This will be the last game of the tournament portion of the season, and it will be important for the team not so much to win, but to play well.

Game 19 vs. Ohio

Ohio 6
Canisius 0

Griffs suffer 4th straight shutout.

Neither team is bothering to provide any coverage of this game.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Game 18 @ Long Beach State

Long Beach St. 4
Canisius 0

Jen Consaul pitched very well in both games, perhaps a start for her Saturday?
Val Nappo got her third hit of the day, but that was all for the Griffs who suffered their third consecutive shutout. Two more tough challenges coming up Saturday.

Neither team bothered to provide even minimal coverage of this game.

Game 17 @ Long Beach State

Long Beach State 4
Canisius 0

Val Nappo leads off with a single, then the Griffs put a pinch hitter in for their leading hitter and go down quickly.

Jen walks one, strikes out one, and the Griffs are down to their last chance, trailing 4-0 after 6 innings.

Jen Consaul will now pitch for Canisius.

A 2 out single by Lizzy Gatto was all the Griffs could muster in the top of the 6th.

4-0 Long Beach after 5 innings.
Consecutive homers make it 4-0...
Home Run gives Long Beach a 3-0 lead...still batting.

A single by Val Nappo, but once again the Griffs fail to move the lead runner.

Caroline gave up a walk, but that was it. And once again, Stephanie Pfentner throws out a base stealer to end an inning.
Griffs down 2-0 after 4 innings.

Lauryn Chris, pinch running for Emily Helbig, stole a base, but was stranded. 2 hits so far for the Griffs.

No runs for the 49ers; Caroline Main has struck out 3.
Griffs down 2-0 after 3 innings.

Lauren Falzone continues her hot streak with a single, and Katie Medina walked, but both are left stranded in the top of the 3rd inning.

Long Beach scores again with 3 singles.
Griffs down 2-0 after 2 innings.

The Griffs strike out 1-2-3 in the top of the 2nd inning.
Erin Jones-Wesley and her 1.47 ERA is pitching for Long Beach.

The 49ers take a 1-0 lead after a bases loaded sacrifice fly. They had 2 singles and a walk. Heading to the 2nd inning.

Katie Medina singled and Paige Freiberger walked in the top of the 1st, but Katie Lancellotti hits into a double play to end the inning.

Very challenging doubleheader against Long Beach State. Caroline Main will start game one.
Lauren Hope
Katie Medina
Paige Freiberger
Katie Lancellotti
Emily Helbig
Stephanie Pfentner
Lizzy Gatto
Val Nappo
Lauren Falzone

Snow Forces Bonnies To Hit The Road

St. Bonaventure was scheduled to open the home portion of their 2011 softball schedule this weekend with a pair of Atlantic 10 doubleheaders, but this spring storm we just had left their field covered in snow. Therefore the decision has been made, with the approval of the A-10, to move the games to Fordham. The Bonnies will play the Rams on Saturday, then will stay at Fordham and play LaSalle there on Sunday. St. Bonaventure will be the "home" team for all four games. No word yet, but it's possible the doubleheader against Fordham will be streamed live. The St. Bona-Fordham series will feature two local pitchers----Jen Sansano and Chelsea Plimpton.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Fullerton Titans

2011 Record: 8-14
Leading Hitter: K.C. Craddick (.328)
Leading Pitcher: Ari Cervantes (7-8; 2.72)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 2-0
Last Meeting: 2007 Columbus Regional (CSF 8-0)

Fullerton has played a very challenging schedule this season, so don't be fooled by the record.

Upcoming Opponents---Ohio Bobcats

2011 Record: 10-12
Leading Hitter: Melissa Bonner (.350)
Leading Pitcher: Emily Wethington (8-4; 4.03 ERA)

This will be the first meeting between the schools, and will be played on Fullerton's field. Ohio lost a doubleheader Wednesday to Long Beach State by the scores of 3-0 and 6-4.

Upcoming Opponents---Long Beach State

2011 Record: 20-10
Leading Hitter: Nalani St. Germain (.355; 5 HR 17 RBI)
Leading Pitcher: Erin Jones-Wesley (10-3; 1.47 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 6-0
Last Meeting: 2009 (LBS 14-0)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Game 16 @ Loyola Marymount

LMU 14

The most embarrassing loss in Canisius history?

I can't think of an excuse for getting mercy ruled by an average team with a losing record that plays in a conference comparable to the one the Griffs play in. The Griffs needed the work, because when they come home they will find a foot of snow on the ground and temps of 25 for the next 10 days or so.

11-0. Getting mercy ruled by this team really isn't acceptable.

9-0. Sad to say, the Griffs have simply not shown up against an average team (at best).
Amanda Baun is relieved as the Griffs' pitching becomes an increasing concern.


4 innings and still no hits.

3rd inning done with no further damage. The Griffs really need this work because they will be coming home to a foot of snow and no chance to work outdoors until the MAAC opener April 9.

...and Amanda promptly surrenders a 2 run homer. 4-0 LMU.

Amanda Baun will now relieve Caroline.

Caroline Main just surrendered a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 3rd. 2-0 LMU.

Griffs had a base runner in the top of the 3rd when Emily Helbig was hit by a pitch, but still no hits. 0-0.

2 hits for LMU; none for Canisius. BTW, we've got about 8 inches of snow today back here, and counting, and with low temps for the next 10 days, the home opener does no look good to go.

Joining the game in progress; they started early without telling us (typical).
Scoreless after 2 innings; Caroline Main is pitching for the Griffs.

Griffs Split; Lauren Reaches Milestone

When Lauren Hope stole second base in the second inning of the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Riverside, it was the 100th time she has done so in her career. She's the first Golden Griffin to have stolen 100 bases. She is only the second player in the history of the MAAC to have done that. 13 more stolen bases and she will eclipse Ellen Sarosy's MAAC record. I hope Canisius will prepare to remove the base wherever she does it, and I know she will. She's just getting warmed up---she missed the first 4 games of the season due to food poisoning, and the Canisius schedule is short 5 games so far. Lauren is up to .419 currently, after a great second game. So Canisius should bring a replacement base when they hit the road next month.

The whole Golden Griffin offense is starting to roll now. Add another .300 hitter to the statistic sheet---Emily Helbig had 5 hits today and has had a great trip after a slow start to her season. Paige Freiberger improved her average to .395. Lizzy Gatto is beginning to warm up too; she's at .280. Katie Lancellotti hit her first homer, and is among the MAAC leaders in RBIs. As is Stephanie Pfenter. Stephanie had a great day today, offensively and defensively. Right now she is certainly the best defensive catcher in the conference, leading the MAAC in throwing out runners. She once again ended an inning with a great double play in the 6th of game one. Her offense isn't bad either. She's up to .357 now. The team as a whole is leading the MAAC with a .316 average.

Should we worry about the Griffs' pitching? Perhaps. A team ERA of 3.55 is going to make it very difficult for them to win the MAAC. It may make it difficult for them to qualify for the tournament. Currently, the Griffs' pitchers are ranked 11th, 12th and 13th in the conference. The last two times Canisius lost, they had double digit hits and 4 runs. They still have a little time to return to form before MAAC play begins; but not much time. I wouldn't be alarmed yet, but the pitching must improve. I think they will once the seriousness of conference play begins.

Rain may force the cancellation of Wednesday's scheduled game at LMU.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Game 15 @ Riverside



Lauren Hope-4 for 5, RBI, 2 runs, Stolen Base...Emily Helbig-3 for 3, RBI...Paige Freiberger-2 for 2, RBI...Stephanie Pfentner-2 RBIs

Jen Consaul will pitch the rest of this game for the Griffs. Canisius up 9-2 in the bottom of the 5th.

Griffs increase their lead to 9-2 with RBI singles by Lizzy Gatto, Stephanie Pfentner and Emily Helbig. Emily has 5 hits for today.

UCR picks up another run, but the Griffs lead 6-2 after 3 innings.

Lauren Hope, Paige Freiberger and Emily Helbig each have 2 hits. Lauren Hope made history by becoming the first Griff and second MAAC player to steal 100 bases.

Griffs have a 6-1 lead. Paige Freiberger with 2 RBIs; Lauren Hope and Stephanie Pfentner with RBIs; plus 3 unearned runs.

Game 14 @ Riverside


With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and a runner on 2nd base, the Griffs made the mistake of pitching to the Highlanders' leading hitter, Kameryn Hebenton (a .400 hitter), and it cost them the game. Katie Lancellotti hit her first homer of the season, and Stephanie Pfentner had a great game behind the plate, making a game saving double play in the 6th inning. The Griffs fell behind early, 4-0, but climbed back into a tie. Canisius had 11 hits---Katie Lancellotti, Emily Helbig, Lizzy Gatto and Stephanie Pfenter each had a pair of hits. Caroline Main struck out 6.

Game is scheduled for a 4 pm EDT start time.
Caroline Main will be in the circle for the Griffs and...
Chloe Contreras gets her first start in a Canisius uniform as the designated player.

Weather Report

Forecast for Riverside, CA looks good today---sun and about 60.
Wednesday's forecast for the scheduled game at LMU does not look good---rain all afternoon.
Now, as far as the Griffs' home opener next week against Buffalo on the 29th---not looking good. Buffalo is forecast to be hit with a lot of snow tomorrow ):
...and for the next 10 days (or longer) temps are supposed to be 15 degrees below normal.
St. Bonaventure is scheduled for a pair of home doubleheaders this weekend---no way.

The Griffs have already lost 5 games off their schedule.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Riverside Highlanders

2011 Record: 6-15
Leading Hitter: Kameryn Hebenton (.396)
Leading Pitcher: Jordyn McDonald: (4-6; 4.68 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 3-2
Last Meeting: 2007 (Split-Canisius 3-6 Riverside 5-3)

Amanda Baun returns to her hometown of Riverside for the first time in a Canisius uniform.

Griffs In The MAAC


Lauren Falzone #2 (.441)
Lauren Hope #4 (.400)
Katie Medina #6 (.378)
Paige Freiberger #7 (.368)
Stephanie Pfentner #17 (.324)


Amanda Baun #10 (3.38)
Caroline Main #11 (3.87)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Yasmin Harrell Commits To Seton Hall

Yasmin Harrell of Cheektowaga has verbally committed to play softball at Seton Hall beginning with the 2013 season. Yasmin holds most of the records at Cheektowaga High and has been a First Team ECIC honoree.
She will be playing with the TC Tremors Elite this travel ball season, along with Caitlin Attfield and Meghan Cuda. Yasmin has also played with the Diamond Girls and WNY Sting.

Congratulations Jazzy!

Yasmin's Buffalo Recruit Page:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Griffs Take 3 Out Of 4

There are your two leading hitters, both top 5 in the MAAC. They both played very well in this just completed tournament which saw the Griffs win 3 of 4 games. Lauren Falzone, who is in her junior season, is off to the best start of her career. She's hitting .441 currently and was 7 for 9 (.778) during the tournament. Thinking back to that huge triple she hit last week, maybe that increased her confidence. Coach Rappl has her hitting in the 9th spot, and with the hot streak she's on sees no reason to move her up.

Lauren Hope is currently hitting .400. She was at .467 this tournament, hit a couple triples and seems to just be hitting her stride. Stephanie Pfentner had a great tournament, hitting for a .429 average while hitting a homer and driving home 3 runs. She leads the team in home runs and RBIs and has been outstanding defensively too. Katie Medina has been stepping up her play, hitting .533 this tournament with a homer and 3 RBIs. There were lots of good performances. And the Griffs did not lay down and die in their only loss.

Caroline Main really had a big tournament; in fact I think her performance was the most important element of this weekend. She pitched a one hit shutout, and a 6 hitter in which she didn't allow a run until the 7th inning. Her ERA for the tournament was 0.50. She struck out 11 and walked only 5 in 14 innings pitched. She seems to be getting back into pre-injury form. Amanda Baun had one rough inning against Loyola Marymount, and she didn't pitch her best in this tournament. But she was at her best beforehand. And I am interested in seeing how she does in her hometown Tuesday.

The Griffs have a lot of challenges this coming week, and they need them. The MAAC is shaping up to be very interesting this season. There may be a team or two emerging that you wouldn't think would be factors. Marist, for example, is playing very well and showing a lot of toughness. So is Siena, and they have a freshman phenom on their team this year who hits and pitches equally well. As for the projected contenders, Iona beat a top 20 team, although their offense is struggling. And Niagara is hitting everything in sight (as usual). Manhattan has a lot of seniors and one great freshman. Fairfield's freshmen are making key contributions. So the Griffs need this work out in California to prepare for what may be a very intense conference season.

Game 13 @ Loyola Marymount


Katie Medina-3 for 4, 2 runs...Lauren Falzone-2 for 3, RBI...Katie Lancellotti-2 for 4, RBI...Lizzy Gatto-2 for 4, RBI...Lauren Hope-2 for 4...Stephanie Pfentner-2 for 4, RBI

Stephanie Pfentner singles to make it 6-4...
Griffs down to their last out...
Single by Katie Medina and double by Katie Lancellotti make it 6-3. Still batting with one out...

Jen Consaul retires all 4 batters she faced. Last chance coming up for the Griffs down 6-2.

Lauren Falzone continues her hot streak with a single, she is now hitting .441, but that was it for the Griffs in the top of the 6th inning.

Jen ends the misery with a strikeout. Griffs down 6-2 after 5 innings.
Jen Consaul comes into to pitch...
Double makes it 6-2 and this game is in danger of getting out of reach...
Single makes it 4-2...
LMU has the bases loaded with one out...
Leadoff homer gives LMU the lead back, 3-2.

Lauren got tagged out at the plate, but Lizzy Gatto singles home Katie Medina and the Griffs tie the game 2-2 after 4 1/2 innings.
Lizzy, Lauren Hope and Katie Medina are all 2 for 3.

Paige moves the runners up a base...
Singles by Lauren Hope and Katie Medina to open the 5th, still batting...

Amanda Baun walks a batter, but gets out of the inning with a strikeout. Griffs down 2-1 after 4 innings.

Griffs go 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th trailing 2-1.

LMU has taken a 2-1 lead after a walk and home run.

Griffs couldn't get them home, but they have 6 hits and lead 1-0 after 2 1/2 innings.
Katie Medina and Katie Lancellotti both hit singles, Griffs still batting...

An error by Katie Lancellotti and a walk put 2 runners on, but Amanda Baun threw out the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt attempt and retired the next 2 batters. Griffs up 1-0 after 2 innings.

RBI single Lauren Falzone! Lauren remains red hot and gives the Griffs a 1-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings.
Singles by Lizzy Gatto and Stephanie Pfentner, Griffs still batting...

LMU hit 2 singles in the bottom of the first inning, but one of them was thrown out attempting to get to 2nd base. Scoreless after an inning.

Lauren Hope opened the game with a single, but was stranded.

Amanda Baun gets the start.

The start time for this game should be about 4:20.

Caroline Main Throws One Hitter

Caroline Main has pitched very well this weekend, allowing only a single earned run in two starts. Against Northern Colorado, she allowed only a 6th inning single, while striking out 6 batters. She walked only one and improved her record to 4-1. Offensively, the Griffs have gone on a bit of a home run spree, hitting 4 so far this weekend. Katie Medina hit one in the first, and has 3 RBIs her last 2 games. Stephanie Pfentner continued her good hitting this tournament with a homer in the 6th. The Griffs will play host LMU at 4 pm EDT.

Game 12 vs. N. Colorado


Caroline Main-1 Hit Shutout, 6 Strikeouts...Katie Medina-Home Run...Stephanie Pfentner-Home Run

3 fly balls to Lizzy Gatto,

Stephanie gives Caroline Main some breathing room and she will try to close this one out in the 7th.
Stephanie Pfentner gives the Griffs a 2-0 lead with her 3rd homer of the season!!

Caroline surrenders her first hit, a single, but she snuffs the threat. Canisius up 1-0 after 5 1/2.

Singles for Lauren Falzone and Lauren Hope, but they are left stranded. 5 innings complete with the Griffs holding on to a 1-0 lead.

Caroline Main retires the side in order again, with 2 strikeouts. She has 6 for the game and has not allowed a hit through 5 innings. Griffs coming up in the bottom of the 5th.

Griffs go down in order for the third consecutive inning. They lead 1-0 after 4 innings, and have 2 hits.

Caroline Main retires the side in order. Griffs coming up in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Griffs go down in order again and lead 1-0 after 3 innings complete.

Caroline Main hits another batter but gets her 4th strikeout and has not allowed a hit through 3 innings. Griffs coming up in the bottom of the 3rd.

Griffs go down 1-2-3, lead 1-0 after 2 innings.

Caroline Main walked a batter, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, but gets a strikeout for the final out. Griffs up 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 2nd inning.

After Katie's homer the Griffs loaded the bases on 2 walks and a Lizzy Gatto bunt single, but could not get anyone home. 1-0 Griffs after an inning.
Katie Medina hits a home run!! Griffs still batting.

Carloline retires the side 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Caroline Main starts this game, and the Griffs are the "home" team.

The Griffs are about to take the field for the first of two games today.

Change In Schedule

Because of heavy rain forecast for Los Angeles on Sunday, there has been a change in the LMU Tournament schedule. Instead of playing North Dakota Saturday, the Griffs will instead play host Loyola Marymount. The start times remain the same. They will also be playing a single game at Loyola Marymount next Wednesday at 4 pm EDT.

Friday, March 18, 2011

99 And Counting

Lauren Hope really is a complete softball player. She chases after uncatchable foul balls as hard as she does anything within reach. You have to love the plays she made in the top of the 7th inning against Utah Valley. With her team up 1-0 and with two outs, she could have taken that one run lead for granted. But she played it as if she knew it wouldn't be enough. So after she singled (her third hit of the game), she got into scoring position by stealing second base. Katie Medina then executed the killer instinct and drove Lauren home. Just like the two of them did in the previous inning. I'm sure the Griffs were tired after arriving from the east the previous night and being at the tail end of a doubleheader. But Lauren kept playing on right through, like when she chases foul balls. And she was right...her team needed that run because Utah Valley did get one back in the bottom of the inning. Lauren is about to become the first Golden Griffin to steal 100 bases; and is now 13 stolen bases behind Ellen Sarosy's all-time MAAC record. But she didn't steal that base for a record, she stole it to help her team win.

I thought Caroline Main showed a lot of toughness against Utah Valley. She was hit early, and she worked her way out of a couple of bases loaded, 1 out situations. After that she got into a groove. The game could have been long gone before Katie Medina drove home those runs, but Caroline kept the game scoreless. I think she did a lot today to work herself back into last season's form.

Emily Helbig was the star of the game against Bethune-Cookman. It was a foreshadowing when the official Canisius site chose her photo for the west coast trip preview. She went out and hit two huge homers in what was turning into a goofy game. There was Bethune-Cookman with a 2-0 lead and NO hits. But Emily hit homers in consecutive innings for 3 RBIs and ended the strangeness of the game. She was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

The start of that game was strange. Amanda Baun did everything but allow a hit! Walks, wild pitches, illegal pitches...maybe she was trying too hard because she was pitching at home for the first time. She did eventually settle down and strike out 6.

Lauren Falzone is now hitting .414 and is on the hottest streak of her career. She was a perfect 4 for 4 today...and got pinch hit for twice! Go figure. Stephanie Pfentner had a very good day. She was 3 for 7 with 2 big RBIs against Bethune-Cookman. Twice she ended innings by throwing out runners attempting to steal. She is leading the MAAC in throwing out runners.

It was a good start of the trip for the Griffs. They fought hard for wins in both games.
Rain may play a factor the rest of the weekend, stay tuned.

Game 11 vs. Utah Valley


Katie Medina-2 for 4, Double, 2 RBIs...Lauren Hope-3 for 4, 2 Triples, 2 Runs, Stolen Base...Stephanie Pfentner-2 for 3...Caroline Main-5 Strikeouts...Lauren Falzone-4 for 4 For The Day

Maybe a little jet lag, but the Griffs get it done.

Good thing they scored that run, because Utah Valley leads off their half of the 7th with a homer. 2-1 Griffs, UVU still at bat.

Lauren Hope and Katie Medina did it again! 2 out single for Lauren, she stole a base, and Katie drove her home. Griffs up 2-0 heading to the bottom of the 7th inning. That was Lauren Hope's 99th career stolen base.

Caroline Main issued a walk, UVU's first base runner since the 3rd inning, but no damage done. Griffs up 1-0 after 6 innings complete.

After scoring, the Griffs loaded the bases with a Lizzy Gatto walk and Stephanie Pfentner single, but could not score. They lead 1-0 after 5 1/2 innings.

Lauren Hope tripled for the second time this game then Katie Medina singled her home to give the Griffs a 1-0 lead. Still batting in the 6th.

Caroline Main has retired 7 in a row and after 5 innings, this game is still scoreless.

A 2 out single by Kerry Ulmer was all the Griffs could muster in the top of the 5th.

1-2-3 inning for Caroline Main. Scoreless after 4.

Against all odds, the Griffs were taken out of a third consecutive inning with a double play!
Scoreless after 3 1/2.

Caroline got into trouble again in the bottom of the third inning, but Utah Valley could not score. 0-0 after 3 innings.

Unbelievably, the Griffs went out of the third on another double play. Kerry Ulmer was picked off third base. Lauren Falzone is 4 for 4 today.

Utah Valley loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but Caroline got a strikeout to end the 2nd inning. Still scoreless.

Stephanie Pfentner singled for the Griffs' 2nd hit, but Emily Helbig grounded into a double play to end the top of the 2nd inning. 0-0.

Caroline Main surrenders a pair of singles, but no damage done. Scoreless after one inning.

Lauren Hope tripled to open the game, but was left stranded at third base. Caroline Main will pitch for the Griffs.

This game will be starting a bit later than scheduled. The Griffs' offense was rolling vs. Bethune-Cookman, but Amanda Baun had a strange game. Didn't allow many hits, but a few illegal pitches in the first inning may have thrown her off her game. Emily Helbig raised her career home run total from 1 to 3 in a single game!

Game 10 vs. Bethune-Cookman


Emily Helbig-3 for 4, 2 Homers, 3 RBIs...Lauren Falzone-3 for 3...Stephanie Pfentner-2 RBIs, Throws Out 2 Runners...Katie Medina-2 for 4, 2 Runs...Lizzy Gatto-2 RBIs...Katie Lancellotti-RBI

Griffs On The West Coast

The Canisius softball team is now in Southern California and about to begin a big week of games in preparation for the upcoming MAAC season.
Coach Rappl has said that he wants to use this week to gear up for conference play. The Griffs' offense is doing well so far, leading the MAAC in many categories. Canisius is averaging just about 5 runs per game. As far as pitching is concerned, Amanda Baun is about where she ended last season. Caroline Main's statistics thus far are a concern; she will see plenty of action this coming week and we'll see how she progresses. I'm guessing Jen Consaul may get a start or two this trip; I think she has pitched well early in her career.

The next 7 games on the schedule are very winnable; the remaining games on the trip will be definite challenges. This is the time for the team to get the hate to lose attitude.

Amanda Baun will return to her hometown of Riverside Tuesday, and hopefully, Chloe Contreras will get a start playing in her back yard.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Loyola Marymount

2011 Record: 8-15
Leading Hitter: Danielle Smith (.377)
Leading Pitcher: Molly Madeiros (5-3; 2.51 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 6-0
Last Meeting: 2007 (LMU 7-5 and 7-2)

Upcoming Opponents---North Dakota

2011 Record: 5-16
Leading Hitter: Kaylee Schoeny (.468)
Leading Pitcher: Michelle Frank (4-3; 4.89 ERA)

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Upcoming Opponents---Northern Colorado

2011 Record: 2-20
Leading Hitter: Kelli Henderson (.377)
Leading Pitcher: Kelli Henderson (2-8; 6.67 ERA)

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Utah Valley

2011 Record: 1-9
Leading Hitter: Amanda Robinson (.370)
Leading Pitcher: Josi Summers (1-7; 7.45 ERA)

This will be the first ever meeting between the schools.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Bethune-Cookman

2011 Record: 9-14
Leading Hitter: Michelle Banuelos-Smith (.407)
Leading Pitcher: Allison Garcia (6-3; 4.07 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-3
Last Meeting: 2008 (Canisius 9-6 and 2-1)

The Griffs currently lead the MAAC in hitting.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Paige Wins MAAC's Top Honor

Paige Freiberger won this week's MAAC Player Of The Week in recognition of her great performances this past weekend. She is currently third in the conference with a .500 average.

Congratulations Paige!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Win For Jen Consaul; Griffs Sweep

MORGAN ST. 1 (5)


Morgan St. Box Score
UMBC Box Score

Freshman Jen Consaul made her first collegiate start, picked up her first win and the Griffs won a pair of games Sunday at the Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, MD.

I do believe that Jen Consaul pitched quite well in relief against Seton Hall Saturday but was shaken up by the error that led to a loss. So I was glad that Coach Rappl gave her a start the very next day and she got a win for him. Allowing only one hit and no runs, Jen was in control. She struck out 3, giving her a total of 8 for her 6 2/3 innings of work this past weekend. Caroline Main did come in to the game in the 5th inning and gave up a run, but the Griffs were way ahead at that point.

Look who's hitting .500---which puts her I believe at #2 in the MAAC. Paige Freiberger had another great day. She was 5 for 7 Sunday. Lauren Hope ran wild against Morgan State with a triple, a stolen base, and 3 runs. Lauren stole 3 bases this weekend and is now 16 stolen bases away from setting the all-time MAAC record. Katie Medina had a big game against Morgan State as well with 3 RBIs. It's difficult for me though to get a feel for this mysterious game since it was a total media blackout. So you can read the box score.

But the second game of the day was very interesting, and I followed it carefully. The Griffs played UMBC on their home field. Amanda Baun pitched this one, and showed how tough she is.
The Griffs jumped in front early when UMBC had a sloppy 1st inning. Katie Lancellotti got another clutch hit when she singled home a pair of runs. Katie Medina and Lizzy Gatto scored.

The biggest hit of the game, and probably the weekend, was when Lauren Falzone (pictured) stepped up to the plate in the 6th inning with 2 outs. She smashed a triple to center field that scored Katie Lancellotti and gave the Griffs the run they would ultimately need to win this game. Lauren is having a terrific start to her junior season, hitting .320 thus far. The team was getting a bit sluggish at that time, maybe because they were playing later on a Sunday with the bus waiting for the long trip home. But you could sense that UMBC was coming on. And that's when Amanda Baun toughed it out at the end and refused to lose. Actually, I should go back to the bottom of the 6th inning when Stephanie Pfentner made a great pick off of a runner at 2nd base that ended the inning. That was a huge play. Amanda did get into trouble in the bottom of the 7th, with the tying run at 3rd base and the winning run at 2nd base, but she wouldn't budge and got the last out herself. She struck out 6 in the game.

The Griffs took 3 of 4 in Baltimore and now will soon leave for the west coast for 11 or 12 or 13 games. This will be a real test for them before they begin MAAC play.

Game 9 @UMBC


Lauren Falzone-Game Winning Triple, RBI...Katie Lancellotti-2 for 3, 2 RBIs...Paige Freiberger-2 for 3...Amanda Baun-6 Strikeouts

No Coverage For Morgan St. Game

Canisius 9
Morgan St. 1

Neither Canisius, nor Morgan St., nor tournament hosts Coppin St. and UMBC will be providing any coverage of this match up.
If anyone knows anything about this mysterious game, please post comments here.

Chelsea Plimpton Throws No Hitter

Former Williamsville South pitcher Chelsea Plimpton continued her impressive senior season by tossing a no hitter Saturday against Princeton.

Charlottesville, Va. - The Fordham softball team evened its record at 10-10 with a 15-0 win over Princeton on Saturday, March 12. Chelsea Plimpton allowed just one base runner as she threw a five-inning no hitter to record the victory.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Griffs Get Back Into Action

Seton Hall 9
Canisius 6

Canisius 4
Brown 1

SHU Box Score
Brown Box Score

After a 20 day layoff, the Griffs finally got back on the diamond for some live action. Their offense looked to be in pretty good form, generating 8 hits in each game. Katie Lancellotti (pictured left) had a big game against Brown, driving home 3 runs. Paige Freiberger was 3 for 4 on the day with 3 RBIs and 2 runs, not to mention walking 3 times. Lauren Hope had 3 hits and stole 2 bases to move closer to the MAAC record. Kerry Ulmer hit a clutch 2 out RBI single as a pinch hitter against Brown. Lauren Falzone was 2 for 3 in the SHU game.

Canisius jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in their game against Seton Hall, but just as quickly lost that lead and the two other leads they would have in that game. Caroline Main continues to struggle, and to be honest I don't know if it's because of the injury she suffered at the end of last season. I don't even know what the injury was; Canisius has kept that a very tight secret. The one thing I did notice was that she was falling behind in the count to almost every batter she faced; and she walked 6 of them, which is very unlike her. Well, she still has time to work things out before MAAC play. As for Jen Consaul, who relieved Caroline in the 4th inning, if it weren't for one play we might be talking about her first college win today. That play came in the 5th inning when with two runners on and 2 outs she had the 3rd out in her hands, but could not make the play and was charged with an error. That may have shaken the freshman up a bit, becuase she then quickly allowed 4 runs on 2 hits. Jen actually pitched quite well, striking out 5 in 2 2/3 innings. Funny how a game can swing on one play.

Amanda Baun (pictured above) was in complete control against Brown, striking out 6 and allowing one meaningless 7th inning run that came as a result of a passed ball. Amanda got into only one instance of difficulty, that being in the 6th inning when Brown loaded the bases. But Amanda dug down deep and struck out Brown's big hitter to extinguish the threat. Amanda's a cool customer. After such a long layoff, the Griffs looked good today I thought. They have two more games Sunday before heading out to the west coast.

Game 7 vs. Brown


Game 6 vs. Seton Hall


Paige Freiberger-2 for 2, 2 RBIs...Lauren Hope-Double, Single, 2 Stolen Bases...Lauren Falzone-2 for 3...Lauryn Chris-Stolen Base, Run...Jen Consaul-5 Strikeouts...Katie Medina-Double, Run

Jen Consaul strikes out her 5th batter to end the 6th---last chance coming up for the Griffs down 9-6. In that 4 run 5th for SHU, Jen Consaul had the 3rd out in her glove, but just couldn't get the throw in time; then the Pirates got a couple hits.

Double play takes Canisius out of their half of the 6th. Griffs down 9-6.
SHU scores 4 to take a 9-6 lead after 5 innings.

Griffs 6 SHU 5 after 4 1/2 innings.

Lauren Falzone gets her 2nd hit---sacrificed to 2nd by Lauren Hope
Lauryn Chris on 3rd after pinch running for Emily Helbig who walked--stolen base and passed ball AND SHE SCORES wild pitch 6-5 Griffs!

Jen gets out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout! 5-5 after 4 innings.
Caroline Main is relieved by Jen Consaul after a SHU homer ties the game 5-5.

Griffs up 5-4 after 3 1/2 innings. 2 RBIs for Paige; 2 stolen bases for Lauren Hope.
RBI double Paige!! 5-4 Griffs

Lauren Falzone and Lauren Hope both single...stolen base Lauren Hope

Seton Hall gets a walk, but no damage done. 4-4 after 3 innings complete.

Griffs go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 3rd.

Griffs get out of a bases loaded situation with a double play! Lance throws out at the plate, Stephanie Pfentner throws out the runner at first. 4-4 after 2 innings.

Griffs loaded bases, but couldn't score. 4-4 after 1 1/2 innings.
Lauren Hope double--Katie Medina double
SHU ties it at 4 with a single. 1 inning complete.
Seton Hall bases loaded triple makes it 4-3 Griffs.
4-0 Griffs, going to bottom of 1st.
2 RBIs by Emily Helbig, 4-0 Griffs!
2 run single by Paige! 2-0 Griffs.
Lauren Hope steals her first base of the season!

1. Lauren Hope LF
2. Katie Medina 2B
3. Lizzy Gatto CF
4. Paige Freiberger 3B
5. Stephanie Pfentner C
6. Val Nappo DP
7. Emily Helbig 1B
8. Katie Lancellotti SS
9. Lauren Falzone RF
Pitching - Caroline Main

*UPDATE 10:00*
Seton Hall will be live blogging their game with the Griffs (and their game with Niagara), it will be one sided coverage, but better than nothing.
Go here:

Expect coverage for this tournament to be very poor as Coppin State, where the Griffs will be playing two games, is providing no coverage for the games being played on their field. And Canisius does not cover their own games for some reason. So anyone down in Baltimore, feel free to comment on this blog.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Griffs Postponed

The UMBC field is not in playing shape today due to the rain in Baltimore, MD yesterday, so the Griffs' game with Brown scheduled for 12:30 pm has been postponed.

The Griffs will play Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm; then Sunday at 9 am and 1 pm.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Weather Report

It's raining tonight in Baltimore, MD, but it will be winding down in a few hours. By tournament time, the rain will be gone and temps will be in the mid to high 50s throughout the weekend.

UMBC has adjusted the tournament schedule slightly, with later starting times apparently to get the fields in shape. The Griffs will be playing Friday and Saturday at UMBC; then Sunday they will play at Coppin State.

The Griffs lead the MAAC in stolen bases; Katie Lancellotti is a perfect 3 for 3

Upcoming Opponents---Morgan State

2011 Record: 5-9
Leading Hitter: Tamra Griffin (.538; 14 RBI)
Leading Pitcher: Megan Johnson (1-1; 2.95 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 0-5
Last Meeting: 2002 (Canisius 10-0)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Maryland-Baltimore County

2011 Record: 4-6
Leading Hitter: Lauren Brummell (.400)
Leading Pitcher: Katie Ferguson (0-1; 3.41 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-3
Last Meeting: 2008 (Canisius 5-2)

The last time these two teams met, Lauren Hope stole the first base of her career. She is now 19 away from setting the MAAC record.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Seton Hall

2011 Record: 5-9
Leading Hitter: Brittany Hammer (.375)
Leading Pitcher: Jen Metzger (3-1; 1.25 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-0
Last Meeting: 2000 (SHU 1-0)

The Griffs' Val Nappo Is 3rd In The MAAC In Doubles

Monday, March 7, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Brown University

2011 Record: 1-2-1
Leading Hitter: Maegan Sloggett (.600)
Leading Pitcher: Kristie Chin (1-1; 3.68)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-2
Last Meeting: 2008 (Brown 8-2)

Juliette Bowers' Smile

While sitting here at my keyboard twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Griffs to actually play a game one of these days, for some reason I thought of Juliette Bowers and her smile. The 2008 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year was known for her constant smiling while pitching. Here's something I found from her high school days:

One of the first things most people notice about Juliette Bowers is she's always smiling. Whether she's at the net playing a crucial point in volleyball, or on the mound getting ready to toss a pitch in softball, she invariably has a big smile on her face.

To the unaware observer, Bowers' smile may seem like a reflection of her ever-cheery personality, an outward reflection of her good nature.

Not entirely.

While Bowers does exude a perpetually upbeat attitude, her smile is about so much more than that, reflecting a deep-seated competitive nature not obvious to all.

"When you smile, the other team can't tell what you're thinking," Bowers said. "And, if you strike out (an opponent), it can make them mad, and take their minds off the game.

"I'm really competitive and I like to win. I hate to lose."

No kidding.

I often miss Juliette's smile, but the one pitching performance of hers I remember most was a regular season game in 2009 against local rival Niagara. She started the second game of the doubleheader, facing a Niagara team that just dominated the Griffs in the first game. She was doing well until the 4th inning when the Purple Eagles scored 3 runs on her to take a 4-1 lead. After Kristin Sito lined an RBI single to right field, all of a sudden the smile came off of Juliette's face and she put this really mean look on! She mowed down the Niagara batters the rest of the game, and the Griffs came back to win 5-4. Only then did her customary smile return to her face!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Griffs In First Place

With the Griffs' season still in a holding pattern, results around the MAAC this weekend have put the team back in first place. Not bad for not playing a single inning for two weeks!

But actually, the other MAAC teams are out there on the field playing and getting in shape for the conference season, so being in first place at this point is a small consolation. The Griffs will be at UMBC/Coppin State next weekend (let's pray it doesn't rain), and they will need to go all out in these games to catch up with the rest of the conference (except for Manhattan who have not played a single game yet).

You can see what the rest of the conference is doing by visiting the MAAC blog (link on the right side of this page).

Friday, March 4, 2011

St. Bonaventure Begins Play Tonight

Rain out in Hawai'i...are you kidding me!
Weather issues in paradise have altered the schedule:

The final Western New York school to open their 2011 softball season, St. Bonaventure, will do so at 11 pm EST tonight. The late start time is due to the fact that the Bonnies are in Honolulu for the Hawai'i Invitational. St. Bona will play the host Rainbow Wahine, ranked #14 in the nation, tonight. The game will be broadcast live here:

Saturday the Bonnies will face South Dakota St. and Weber St., then will play one more game Sunday during the playoff round of the tournament.

Local players Jen Sansano and Ashley Snider will be making their college softball debuts.