Saturday, April 30, 2011


Just one more Lauren!

When Canisius senior Lauren Hope stole third base in the first inning of the second game of the Griffs' doubleheader with Marist Saturday afternoon, she tied the MAAC All-Time record for stolen bases in a career held by Ellen Sarosy (Fairfield '03). Lauren actually had a chance to break the record in the 6th inning, but was thrown out for the first time this season. She will now have four games to break the record, beginning Wednesday at Robert Morris. And with the Griffs eliminated from the MAAC tournament, I'm sure she will have the "green light" whenever she gets on base.

The Griffs lost game one today, 3-1 in 9 innings. Caroline Main pitched very well again, but gave up a one out home run in the top of the 7th inning that tied the game. It was the second consecutive game she gave up only a single run (in 7 innings) but received no offensive support. Canisius won game two 4-3, with freshman Jen Consaul picking up another win. Amanda Baun entered in relief in the 7th inning for the save.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Corinne Schaus Stuns Naples

This just in...

Barron Collier has upset 10 time Florida State Champion Naples High 6-1 tonight in the Florida State Class 4A Region semi-finals. Canisius College recruit Corinne Schaus not only pitched a masterful game, but drove home the winning run in the 7th inning. Corinne pitched a great game, allowing only an unearned run while striking out 8. She allowed only 2 hits against the powerful Naples team, the most successful High School program in Florida history. Barron Collier will host the Region final at home next Tuesday.

Senior Day 2011

Saturday is Senior Day at Canisius. Being the fan that I am, it's always difficult to see players end their careers especially considering that I have followed their steps before they even arrived at Canisius to play. So I don't really like senior day that much :(

I'll remember things like Kerry's text book stretch at first base; Emily's calm demeanor on the field, even mimicking other team's cheers,; Lauren stepping up to the plate and drawing a line in the dirt with her bat, then flying around the bases for a triple after a perfectly placed ball; and of course Paige's dramatic late inning hits. These players have won two championships in their time here, won an NCAA tournament game, and provided many thrills. But most of all, I will simply miss their presence on the field; I thank them for the many great memories.

Kerry Ulmer

Kerry came to Canisius after a great career at Williamsville North. She was also a member of the 2006 Amherst Lightning PONY National Champions. She has twice been named to the All-MAAC Academic team.

Emily Helbig

Emily came to Canisius and became an immediate starter, and one of the school's best defensive players ever. Every season she has been one of the leading hitters in conference games, and has twice been named All-MAAC.

Lauren Hope

As of this writing, Lauren is 2 stolen bases away from becoming the All-Time MAAC base stealer. She already is the MAAC single season stolen bases record holder, and owns all the Canisius stolen bases records. Recently, she was ranked number one in the nation in triples. She has been named to the All-MAAC team every season she played, and was MAAC Rookie Of The Year in 2008. A sure Canisius Hall Of Famer IMO.

Paige Freiberger

Paige holds the Canisius records for home runs in a season, walks in a season, and walks in a career. Twice she has been named to the All-MAAC team. She has been a clutch hitter during her career at Canisius, and has served as the team's captain. I don't like to play favorites, but I think Paige is my favorite player of all time :)

Future Griffs Still Rivals For The Time Being

Michelle hit one out

Robin Kennery and Michelle DelPrince will be teammates come this fall, but for now they are still looking at each other across the field.

Williamsville North and Lancaster played a wild game Thursday in very windy conditions at North. North won the game by a score of 19-14! Robin had 4 hits and 3 RBIs for North; Michelle had 3 hits, including a home run for Lancaster. Not an ordinary game for these two ranked schools, but it has not been an ordinary spring weather wise. This year's high school season has been plagued with many postponements and cancellations. Hopefully the weather will break and we can get what should be an interesting season going.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Corinne Schaus In State Regionals

Here is a brief video of Barron Collier pitcher Corinne Schaus closing out an extra innings win in the Florida Class 4A quarter finals on Wednesday. She will pitch again Friday in the semi finals against powerful Naples High.
Corinne will join the Golden Griffins this fall.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Some Positives Out Of Split With Niagara

Caroline Main struck out 10 Purple Eagles

Game one of this MAAC doubleheader really was a classic struggle. As you know, the Griffs lost the game, and with it any realistic chance of qualifying for the MAAC tournament. But they laid it all on the line. Caroline Main pitched a fabulous game, after missing the last two conference doubleheaders. Becky Zill hit a home run off her for the game's only run, but Becky's a great hitter who leads the conference in homers. Obviously Caroline pitched well enough to win. She shut down Teresa Healy, which is an accomplishment in itself. Teresa's 17 game hitting streak ended. This has to have been a very frustrating season for Caroline, although I have no information whatsoever on her injury problems. But the Caroline we saw today was the shutdown pitcher we saw all last season. And she will return for her senior season in 2012.

Secondly, freshman Jen Consaul has really elevated her game in recent weeks, rapidly progressing into a dependable starter of conference games. She did a very good job against a powerful Niagara team who are fighting for position in the MAAC. She gave up a homer to Teresa Healy, but who doesn't? She now has the top ERA on the team, an ERA she has been steadily whittling down. Her record is now 6-3 with 3 saves.

Lauren Hope stole a base today, meaning that the next time she does, she will tie the all-time MAAC career record; then one more will give her a record that will be hard to beat. Hopefully Lauren will accomplish the feat during the Griffs' last home date, Saturday against Marist.
Rain delay hope there are no tornadoes coming
Kim Bryson holds on to win it for Niagara 1-0 both pitchers were great, but Becky Zill wins it with a solo homer. As much as i hate to tell you this, this loss makes it very difficult if not impossible for the griffs to qualify for the tournament. They gave it all they had today but it just is not their year i guess. I will write more later tonight when I get home
Caroline Main strikes out Teresa Healy caroline did everything you cold ask of her and now the Griffs have one last chance 1-0
1-0 caroline has pitched great but its time for the Griffs to play with desperation
Becky Zill homers for Niagara to break the tie and she now leads the conference
Kim Bryson is pitching a great game too--scoreless after 5
8 strikeouts for Caroline and pitching very well
So far its a pitchers duel between top 2 hitting teams in the MAAC
wow! caroline has struck out 6 in the first 2 innings--she has not pitched in 11 days
Both pitchers strike out 3 to begin the game-Caroline for the griffs and Kim Bryson

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Local Rivals Meet In Crucial MAAC Matchup

2011 Record: 5-3 (17-13)
Leading Hitter: Teresa Healy (.495; 10 HR, 37 RBIs, 1.011 Slugging %)
Leading Pitcher: Kim Bryson (8-5; 2.06 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 19-83-1
Last Meeting: 2010 MAAC Tournament (Canisius 4-0)

Those numbers by senior Teresa Healy are mind boggling---she's top 10 nationally in average and slugging percentage. The Griffs have faced her many times, and know they have to be very careful pitching to her. But as usual, the Purple Eagles have other great hitters as well. Sophomore Becky Zill, who bats behind Teresa in the order, is having a very productive season, hitting .363 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs. Jen Hare has hit 6 homers; Niagara has hit a total of 40 over the fence this season. Niagara's pitching has definitely improved this year, with freshman Kim Bryson leading the way. Junior Julie DiMatteo doesn't have the overall numbers she has had in the past, but she is doing very well in MAAC play; she usually pitches a good game against Canisius.

This is a very important doubleheader for both teams, so the rivalry should be more heated than usual as both teams fight for a berth in the tournament.

The great Teresa Healy will make her last appearance at the Demske Sports Complex Wednesday.

Jen Consaul Honored As MAAC Rookie Of The Week

MAAC Release

I think Jen should have been named Pitcher Of The Week considering she won a MAAC game with a complete game shutout.

Anyway, you probably have noticed Jen's pitching has improved dramatically recently, and she is number 2 in the MAAC in ERA in conference games.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What Do The Griffs Need To Do To Qualify For The MAACs?

Win their next four games.

On the last day of the 2011 season, Canisius will visit MAAC rival Rider, and if still in contention for one of the top four spots in the conference they will likely need to sweep the Broncs. Rider is having a down year, winners of only 7 games. They are the only MAAC school to lose to St. Peter's. So if the Griffs are still in contention, I have little doubt that they would handle Rider easily. But they have to get to that situation first.

The Griffs have four MAAC games coming up at the Demske Sports Complex this coming week. Niagara and Marist will visit. Three wins against these teams may be enough (or may not). Looks more like four wins will be needed, and it won't be easy. Niagara comes in Wednesday with a 5-3 record, and are fighting for a spot in the tournament. They are still the same power team, but they now have improved pitching this season. Marist will be here Saturday. The Red Foxes won only 10 games last season, but have won 27 this year and with no seniors. They are 8-2 in the MAAC, and are a hard hitting team.

It's no secret that the Griffs have not gotten the kind of pitching they are accustomed to this season, although freshman Jen Consaul put in an heroic performance Friday at Siena, a complete game shutout that has kept the Griffs alive in the MAAC race. At least one of the Griffs' All-MAAC pitchers must find her game this coming week. The seniors on the team, Paige,Lauren and Emily are all having very good seasons, but they will have to step up their play even more and carry the team on their backs. They are looking at the end of their careers in a couple weeks; so they may as well leave it all on the field. I'm reminded of the 2009 team that struggled to qualify until the seniors on that team lifted them to the championship.

The Griffs will have to forget the past couple weekends and concentrate on these next four games as if they were their whole season----because they are.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Game 35 @ Siena


After Siena pounds out 10 runs in 4 innings in game one, freshman Jen Consaul responds with a great game, a complete game shutout. Jen struck out 3 batters and walked no one, holding the Saints' big hitters in check. She did not allow a Siena runner past 2nd base. Jen is now 2-1 in MAAC games with a 1.59 ERA.

Griffs up 7-0, and Jen Consaul will now try to close this one out.
Lizzy Gatto doubles home another run, 7-0, still no outs...
Lauren Hope singles to open the 7th, then with Katie Medina batting, gets all the way home on an error. 6-0 Griffs...

Jen Consaul gives up a single, but gets Shannon Jones to ground out to end the inning. Griffs up 5-0 after 6 innings.

Griffs retired in order in the top 0f the 6th inning.

Another 1-2-3 inning by Jen Consaul, who struck out 2 batters. 5-0 Canisius after 5 innings.

Griffs up 5-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
Emily Helbig doubles home Katie Medina, and the Griffs are up 5-0...

Jen Consaul allows a single to Shannon Jones, but that's all. Griffs up 4-0 after 4 innings, and Jen is pitching quite well, no walks.

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

Another quick 1-2-3 inning for Jen Consaul. Griffs up 4-0 after 3 innings.

A couple walks for the Griffs in the top of the 3rd, but that's it. Still up 4-0.

You're right Jesse, I was stunned! I know some of you can't get game tracker on your phone.
1-2-3 inning for Jen. She has allowed just a single so far.
4-0 Canisius going into the bottom of the 2nd. Jen Consaul is pitching for the Griffs; Amanda Filippazzo for Siena...

Sorry for being late. Griffs are up 4-0 after scoring twice on an error and a 2 RBI single by Val Nappo. They are now batting in the 2nd inning. Courtney Brinkman committed that error, and the Siena coach took her right out of the game. Katie Medina and Paige Freiberger also have hits.

Game 34 @ Siena


I don't even know what to write about this.

The Griffs will have to score a run in the top of the 5th to avoid a humiliating loss.
10-2, and the Griffs are watching their season go up in flames...
3rd passed ball puts Saints on 2nd and 3rd...
Amanda walks the #9 hitter for the 2nd inning in a row...

The Griffs go quietly in the 4th.

6-2 Siena after 3 innings. This has been the trend for the Griffs, giving up big innings. Saints hit 3 doubles. Griffs have no choice but to rev up their offense, because they are getting no pitching this season.
An error, 2 passed balls, and hits by Jessika-Jo Sandrini and Mandy Ferro have given the Saints a 3-2 lead...

Griffs are retired in order in the top of the 3rd, leading 2-0.

Amanda retires the Saints in order, striking out 2 more. 2-0 Canisius after 2 inning.

Val Nappo and Lauren Falzone also singled in that inning. 2-0 Canisius after 1 1/2 innings.
Emily Helbig homers after Paige walks, 2-0 Griffs!...

Shannon Jones reaches on an error by Emily Helbig, but Amanda Baun strikes out a pair to end the first innning.

Griffs are retired in order to begin the game.

Amanda Baun will start for Canisius; Jessika-Jo Sandrini for Siena.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Siena Saints

2011 Record: 3-5 (15-20)
Leading Hitters: Shannon Jones (.414; 8HR, 34 RBI)
Jessika-Jo Sandrini (.407)
Leading Pitcher: Jessika-Jo Sandrini (9-7; 2.96 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 5-35
Last Meeting: 2010 (Canisius 6-0, 7-2)

Halfway through the MAAC schedule, this is a crucial doubleheader for Canisius; and for Siena as well. The Griffs will likely have to win 6, probably 7 of their remaining 8 conference games to qualify for the tournament. Siena is a team they ought not to take lightly. They have sophomore All-MAAC shortstop Shannon Jones, a dangerous hitter who does have a lot of power. The Griffs' pitchers must be very careful with her. This season, the Saints have given her support with the addition of freshman phenom Jessika-Jo Sandrini. She has been hitting over .400 since she began college softball, and is the Saints' lead off hitter. A very smart player who knows how to get on base, especially at crucial times in a game. Canisius pitchers watch out---Jessika-Jo is not afraid to "take one for the team" when needed. She leads the conference in getting hit by pitches. She is also among the MAAC's leaders in walks. Another freshman they have is Samantha Ray, a very good fielder hitting .322. Although the Saints have gotten timely hitting from other players on their roster, these are the three players the Griffs need to be careful with.

Jessika-Jo Sandrini is also the Saints' number one pitcher. She's a hard thrower who is getting better as the season progresses. She will soon be the top pitcher in the MAAC, maybe not this year, and she is capable of shutting down the opponent. Amanda Filippazzo is the Saints' second pitcher, and has thrown a lot of good games this season, but still has uneven results. The Saints are well coached, and are an up and coming team in the MAAC who have lost a few extra innings conference games this season. Forget last year's results---this is a different team.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Schedule Changes

The Griffs' scheduled game at Buffalo today has been canceled.

The Griffs' MAAC doubleheader at Siena will now be played on Friday at 1 PM, due to forecast rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Can't remember a worse spring around here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Griffs Defeat The Bulls

Homer and 4 RBIs for Paige


Box Score

It wasn't exactly a nice day for the two city of Buffalo rivals to meet, but they did play and the Griffs prevailed, thanks largely to the bat of Paige Freiberger.

Buffalo opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd inning when Tori Pettine scored on a rare throwing error by Griffs' catcher Stephanie Pfentner. Tori was on 3rd after she and Andi Saucier singled. The Griffs took the lead in the bottom of the same inning however. After Katie Lancellotti walked and stole 2nd base, she scored on a 2 out single off the bat of Lauren Falzone. Lauren continues her great junior season, now hitting .371. Lauren then stole 2nd base, and was sent home by a Lauren Hope single to give Canisius a 2-1 lead. After Katie Medina walked, the two base runners stole bases. Lauren Hope is now 3 stolen bases away from breaking the MAAC career record. The Bulls tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning when the speedy Holly Luciano made it all the way to 3rd base on an error, something she has done often this season. She was then sent home by Ashley Bertot's single.

Paige Freiberger began her domination of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. A Lauren Falzone walk and Lauryn Chris single put two runners on for the Griffs. After a Lizzy Gatto sacrifice moved them both up a base, Paige crushed a double to center field to send them both home and give Canisius a 4-2 lead. In the 6th inning, after Lizzy Gatto singled, Paige hit a shot to right field. Did it go over the fence? Paige stopped at 2nd base thinking it was a ground rule double, but the umpire said "home run"! and she had 2 more RBIs. That was your final score, 6-2. Amanda Baun started for the Griffs, picking up the win after pitching 4 innings and striking out 5. She did not allow an earned run. Jen Consaul finished the game, striking out 4 and getting the save. Holly Johnson started for Buffalo, and pitched 2 innings, striking out 3. Tori Speckman pitched the rest of the game, and struck out one batter. Emily Helbig had a pair of hits for Canisius; Ashley Bertot was 2 for 2 for the Bulls, and stole a base.

The two teams are scheduled to meet tomorrow at Nan Harvey Field on the Buffalo campus. The game is supposed to be televised locally, and streamed over the Buffalo website. However, the weather may have something to say about that.

Monday, April 18, 2011


The weather this season has not been kind to Western New York softball. Poor St. Bonaventure still has not played a home game, and may never play one this year. They've already played "home" games in Kent, OH and The Bronx, of all places. I guess their field being submerged last December really was an omen. Buffalo had to play a conference doubleheader at Niagara. And, as usual lately, the annual UB-Canisius matchup was postponed. The teams are scheduled to meet the next two days, but it snowed today. It really did. It's all melted now, but some rain is in the forecast for Tuesday. That game is scheduled to take place on the rug at Canisius, so they may get it in. But the game Wednesday at UB, which they intend to stream live on video, is doubtful. The forecast that day calls for 100% chance of rain all day.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Griffs Drop Second Game At Iona

Griffs lose 5-0 to Iona, and drop to 3-5 in the conference.
Not much to say, Canisius was totally outplayed by the Gaels.

The Griffs will next host Buffalo on Tuesday at 5 pm, then play at Buffalo the next day, weather permitting.

Griffs Drop First Game At Iona

Iona wins game one by a score of 5-1. The Griffs quite frankly did not play well at all. They did take a 1-0 lead when a Lizzy Gatto single scored Lauren Falzone, but that lead disappeared quickly. Emily Helbig was 2 for 3 in this game; Caroline Main took the loss. Katie Medina did make an appearance late in the game, so she may start the second game. One thing the Griffs failed to do was to work Iona starter Sarah Jackson hard---she pitched 14 difficult innings against Niagara yesterday. But they did not do that, often swinging at first pitches. So although she probably will not start game two, if it's close, she will be in. Another loss to Iona will make it very difficult for Canisius to even qualify for the tournament. This will be their most important game of the season coming up.

Iona Video Stream

The video out of New Rochelle appears to be down. I wanted to tell you that should it come back, do not close your browser between games or you will not be able to get back in.

OK, it just came back.

And now it's gone again.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Box Scores

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Fairfield did provide box scores, so here they are. Val Nappo was a perfect 3 for 3 in the second game, driving home a run with a double in the 4th inning. Emily Helbig also drove home a run. Lauren Hope scored on an error.


Thank you to the unknown person who was kind enough to send us scores and keep us updated.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Iona Gaels

2011 Record: 3-3 (13-16)
Leading Hitter: Alyssa Maiese (.329; 6 HR)
Leading Pitcher: Sarah Jackson (8-6; 2.76 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 8-34
Last Meeting: 2010 MAAC Championship (Iona 4-1)

The 2010 MAAC champs are having a down year at the plate, hitting .239 as a team. But they still have a lot of talented hitters, so the Canisius pitchers better be wary. Senior Alyssa Maiese is having a very good offensive season, and is the Gaels second pitcher. Iona will start 2010 pitcher of the year Sarah Jackson in game one, but she's not likely to see action in the second game, unless the Gaels' backs are up against the wall. Sarah is 0-2 in MAAC play, but can still be a dominant force. She has 107 strikeouts in 86 innings this season. She was 2-1 against the Griffs last season. Iona will play Niagara on Saturday, and with a 1-3 record, this is a big weekend for them.

Time Change

The Griffs' scheduled doubleheader at Fairfield Saturday will now begin at 11 am EDT due to possible rain later in the day.


I really don't have much information about this. You see my crude rendering pointing out Katie Medina's knee. She was wearing an ice pack the other day. The last we heard of Katie was in the second game at Detroit Mercy. She walked in the first inning, then Lizzy Gatto walked behind her. She was at that time removed from the game, and has not returned since. I do not know the seriousness of this injury, or whether it has ended her season.

One thing I neglected to mention previously is that freshman Marissa Miller, who had not played during the tournament portion of the season, could be seen in street clothes during the recent home games. Has she been red shirted? Why doesn't the "official" site ever write about such things? With Amanda Cannizzo having quit the team prior to the beginning of the season, the Griffs are now down to 14 players. Fortunately, Lauryn Chris has been doing a great job filling in for Katie Medina. In fact, I've never seen her hit so well. Chloe Contreras has done well also, when given the chance. Freshman Val Nappo has improved her hitting in recent games. Everyone will have to pull together for the remainder of the season.

Lauryn "Lo" Chris is hitting .286

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Fairfield Stags

2011 Record: 3-1 (18-13)
Leading Hitter: Lauren Liseth (.347; 5 HR)
Leading Pitcher: Sarah Minice (8-5; 1.76 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 24-35
Last Meeting: 2010 (Canisius 3-2 & 11-3)

Biggest test of the season coming up for the Griffs this Saturday when they play at Fairfield. Senior Sarah Minice is leading the MAAC in pitching and Coach Brzezinski has used her very wisely this season in not over pitching her in February and March. But expect to see Sarah pitching in both games, although not necessarily starting both. The Stags lost 8 seniors from last season, but the freshmen they have this year have done a great job. Lauren Liseth may be the top freshman in the MAAC; she leads the Stags in extra base hits and has a very high slugging percentage. Kristen Filicia is a very good lead off hitter, in the Lauren Hope mode; she has 17 stolen bases and knows how to get on base and around them. Kimi Kurata and Rae Ball are two more freshmen to be wary of. Senior Kristina Lingo is having a very productive season with 25 RBIs. The Stags have beaten Iona's Sarah Jackson, and Siena twice. But now they will face the MAAC's leading offense. Canisius beat Sarah Minice last season on a 7th inning comeback when Emily Helbig won the game with a double. Speaking of Emily, she is still the "MAAC Killer", number one in MAAC only games with a huge .778 average! I don't know what it is, but every year of her career, Emily has dominated the conference's pitchers. We'll see what happens this weekend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Griffs Split A Slugfest With Bonnies

4 RBIs for Emily Helbig today, including the winner in game 2



Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Anyone following St. Bonaventure this season will tell you that they have turned into a home run machine, and they hit some long ones Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex as the two local rivals slugged it out in a doubleheader. The Griffs pounded out 27 hits in the two games.

The first game of the doubleheader tilted in the Bonnies favor in the 6th inning with St. Bonaventure clinging to a 4-3 lead with 2 outs. That's when Canisius starter Caroline Main walked Maureen Wells. Turned out to be fatal, because the next batter, Brooke Frey, crushed a pitch over the center field fence good for 3 runs. The very next batter, Jessenia Andujar, then crushed one over the right field fence, and suddenly the Bonnies were up 8-3. This was the heart of the St. Bona lineup, and they've been doing this all season, leading the Atlantic 10 in hitting. Even though the Griffs were stunned, they didn't give in and came very close to winning anyway. After a Lizzy Gatto triple drew Canisius a run closer in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Griffs mounted a comeback in the bottom of the 7th. Stephanie Pfentner and Val Nappo singled home runs to close the gap to 8-6. The Griffs then loaded the bases with no outs, but two force outs at the plate ended hopes of a comeback. Lauren Falzone was 3 for 5 in this game; Emily Helbig 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs; Lauryn Chris continued her hot streak with a pair of hits. Jen Sansano pitched for St. Bonaventure, and was doing well until the latter innings; but she picked up the win in front of family and friends who were cheering her on. Caroline Main did strike out 8 batters in this one, but she was charged with 8 earned runs, and walked 7. I'm not being critical when I say that she does not look like the same pitcher she was in 2010. I just don't think she's all the way back from her injury. But that's all I know.

The Griffs got off to a powerful start in the second game, scoring 5 runs on 4 hits in the 1st inning. Another triple by Lizzy Gatto scored Lauren Hope and Lauren Falzone who had both reached on singles. Then, after a walk to Paige Freiberger, Stephanie Pfentner hit a moon shot homer that I think landed on the street on the other side of the complex! She really crushed the ball, and got 3 RBIs for her effort. The Griffs added 2 more runs in the 2nd inning when Paige Freiberger lined a single to center field that scored the two Laurens once again. The Griffs had a 7-0 lead, and starting pitcher Jen Consaul had not allowed a hit through 3 innings. But the powerful St. Bonaventure bats warmed up again. First it was Lancaster's Ashley Snider who hit one over the right field fence. She was followed by Brooke Frey who hit a very hard line drive over the center field fence. In the 5th inning, the Bonnies would pull to within 7-6. This they did with 5 hits and 4 different players driving home runs. The Griffs got a run in the bottom of the 5th when Lauryn Chris knocked home Katie Lancellotti, who had singled. But the Bonnies came all the way back to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning when Brooke Frey, who had a great day, doubled home a pair of runs. As in the first game, Canisius then loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. And as in the first game, the Bonnies showed good defense by forcing 2 runners out at the plate. Canisius went on the win the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the day getting late, and the lights on at the Demske. After Lizzy Gatto was issued a walk, she stole 2nd base making a great slide. Lizzy is a perfect 17 for 17 in stolen bases this season. St. Bona took a Paige Freiberger grounder and tried to pick off Lizzy at 2nd, but no doing. Emily Helbig then singled past the 2nd baseman, scoring Lizzy and ending the game. Lizzy was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs and 3 stolen bases. She is really coming on lately. Lauren Hope had a pair of hits, as did Lauren Falzone. The 2nd Lauren was 5 for 9 today. Val Nappo was 3 for 4. Jen Consaul struck out 5 and earned her 4th win. BTW, Lauryn Chris is swinging the bat very well, and playing great softball. Katie Medina was walking around with an ice pack on her knee, so it looks as if Lauryn will be in the lineup this weekend.

The Griffs will next face a major test when they hit the road for a pair of MAAC doubleheaders this weekend. More on that later.
Emily Helbig wins it!!!
Extra innings-once again the bonnies survive a bases loaded 7th
Close play at the plate but the Bonnies tie it up and the lights are on here
Great catch by Val Nappo to save a homer
Griffs r hitting the ball hard and often
Big inning for the bonnies. Griffs clinging to a 7-6 lead. Lizzy has a couple triples today
Stephanie just hit a pitch into tomorrow! 5-0
Caroline walked too many which is unlike her. Still does not look 100% griffs loaded the bases in the 7th but bonnies throw out 2 runners to hold on for the win
Caroline Main is starting for the first time since march 25 i believe
Mostly sunny with a slight breeze not bad 2day

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

I thought I'd take a look back in these archives to exactly one year ago: what I found was that the Griffs are basically now in the same position as they were 365 days ago. Then they were 17-13; and 3-1 in the conference. The Griffs are 14-12 now, but they had a tournament canceled in late February this season.
Below are the current MAAC team statistics (click to enlarge), and as you can see, Canisius is doing quite well. You can see Niagara is too, in particular their pitching has improved. And Fairfield, who I believe is a serious contender (the Griffs will play them this weekend) is a team to watch.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---St. Bonaventure

2011 Record: 8-13
Leading Hitter: Maureen Wells (.362; 5 HR, 21 RBIs)
Leading Pitcher: Diana Phalon (3-5; 3.91 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 11-49
Last Meeting: 2010 (Canisius 6-4 & 7-3)

You'll recall that the last time these teams met, Lizzy Gatto hit a dramatic 7th inning, 2 out, 3 run homer to win a game. St. Bona's Jen Sansano will pitch against three of her old Clarence teammates (Katie Lancellotti, Stephanie Pfentner and Val Nappo). Jen, Ashley Snider, Danielle Frye, Katie Taylor and Kristin Sullivan are all from the Buffalo area. The Griffs' Lauren Hope is 4 stolen bases away from breaking the All-Time MAAC record. Weather: mostly sunny, about 50.

At St. Bonaventure, April, 2010.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Griffs Split With Manhattan

Paige let one sail




Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

The Griffs overwhelmed Erika Sullivan in game one of this MAAC doubleheader; The Lady Jaspers relied on experience to take game two.

Manhattan's Erika Sullivan had just pitched a great game in a win over Niagara Saturday, but the Griffs shocked her with 8 runs on 11 hits in a run rule shortened game. You'll remember that last season Erika was masterful against the Griffs at Manhattan (she was injured afterward, and did not play in the tournament). She had pitched up in Niagara yesterday, against a team that has scored 49 runs in their last 3 games. So I expected a low scoring game, but the Griffs came out swinging. It all began in the 2nd inning when Paige Freiberger annihilated a pitch over the center field fence to give Canisius a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, Lizzy Gatto and Paige hit long doubles to extend the lead to 3-0, followed by Emily Helbig's single that gave the Griffs a 4-0 lead. Lauryn Chris made it 5-0 with a double that scored Stephanie Pfentner in the 5th. Lauryn, who has been filling in for the injured Katie Medina, had a fabulous weekend, coming through with 6 hits. She's was good in the field, as she always has been. I was very happy for her seeing her get that extended playing time and doing so well. The Griffs would put up runs in 5 consecutive innings to end this one early---a 2 RBI single by freshman Val Nappo in the 5th inning made it 7-0, then, just like yesterday, Lauren Hope enabled the walk off by scoring after a wild pitch. Offensively, the Griffs were powerful. They stole 4 bases, hit 3 doubles along with Page's homer. Amanda Baun started this game and pitched 5 strong innings, striking out 7. Caroline Main pitched the final inning to complete the shutout.

You have to credit Manhattan for not getting down on themselves for game two, but as I told you the other day, they have 8 seniors on the team with a lot of big game experience. Jen Consaul started for Canisius, and pitched, I thought, very well, giving up a run on a sacrifice fly. It was my opinion that she should not have been taken out of the game, although it didn't surprise me when she was. It is obvious that Caroline Main had at some point re-injured herself, and Coach Rappl is now working her back in gradually. At any rate, the Griffs did not lose this game due to pitching. After falling behind 1-0, Katie Lancellotti put the Griffs on top 2-1 when she hit a rope over the left field fence after Lizzy Gatto had walked and stolen a base. Manhattan tied the game at 2-2 in the 5th inning off a Nicole Michel single that scored Kristina Walraven. Lauren Hope then made a great play to give Canisius the lead once more in the 5th inning. She stole home. Not in the double steal fashion when the catcher throws to 2nd base, but by catching the Lady Jaspers sleeping. With the soon to be all-time MAAC base stealing queen on 3rd base (after a wild pitch), they only have themselves to blame. It would have been quite a way to win the game, but it was not to be. Amanda Baun came in to pitch the top of the 7th inning, and this is when Manhattan's seniors came through in the clutch. Kristina Walraven led the inning off with a double, followed by Melissa Donnelly who singled. That set the table for All-MAAC and East Region All Star Jaci Rahey, who sent a pitch over the center field fence for the win. Jaci's a great player, and you have to give her credit for coming up with a huge hit when her team was desperate for a win. The Griffs had a final chance in the bottom of the inning, and got 2 runners on, but could not score. it was a tough loss, but the Lady Jaspers' had their backs up against the wall and dug out. The teams may meet again next month in Poughkeepsie.

The Griffs won 3 of 4 MAAC games this weekend, and are in good shape at this point. A tough road test is coming up next weekend, but first they will host local rival St. Bonaventure for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Griffs drop the 2nd game--tough loss. more later
One again. Lauren ends it on a wild pitch--Griffs win 8-0 beating Erika Sullivan quite easily. 3 maac mercy rules in a row!
Paige you always come through in the big games dont you!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Griffs Take Care Of Business

Where There's Hope, There's Life!

ST. PETER'S 1 (5)

ST. PETER'S 0 (5)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

If the Golden Griffins are going to be champs this year, they will have to be led by those who have been there before. Good grief, senior Lauren Hope is on a tear! She has raised her average to .429, and was instrumental in the Griffs' run rule sweep of MAAC rival St. Peter's Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.

Winter finally decided to take a hike; the Griffs' home opener was sunny and a lot warmer than forecast. There wasn't much suspense to the games, the Griffs were in command from the first pitch. Freshman Jen Consaul was the surprise starter for game one, and did a great job, allowing no earned runs and scattering 4 hits. When the Griffs came up to bat, they struck quickly. Lauren Hope was on 3rd base in a blink of the eye, singling, stealing 2nd base and moving on a wild pitch. She walked home when Lizzy Gatto tripled to right field. Lizzy went home when Paige Freiberger singled; Paige was sent home by a Katie Lancellotti single and Canisius had a 3-0 lead. Lizzy Gatto led off the 3rd inning with a walk and was followed by Paige who bounced one over the fence for a double. Sacrifice flies by Stephanie Pfentner and Emily Helbig gave Canisius a 5-0 lead. Paige got a RBI the hard way when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 4th inning; in the 5th inning, after Lauryn Chris and Katie Lancellotti singles, the triple queen herself Lauren Hope sent them both home, and subsequently scored the walk off run after a wild pitch.

Game two was more of the same, with the Griffs scoring 6 times in the 1st inning. Again Lauren Hope started everything going, using her speed to beat out a bunt, stealing 2nd base, then scoring when another triple was hit, this time by Lauren Falzone. Lizzy Gatto walked--stole 2nd (lauren Falzone stole home). Paige walked--stole 2nd (with Lizzy stealing 3rd). Emily Helbig singled home Lizzy; Katie Lancellotti singled home Paige; Chloe Contreras singled home Emily...well, you get the picture. The rout was on. Lauryn Chris had a RBI single, and Lauren Hope got her 2nd hit of the inning. The Griffs scored the run rule margin runs in the 4th inning, once again spearheaded by Lauren Hope who led off with a single. Lauren stole her 3rd base of the day, and after a Lizzy Gatto walk, Paige singled and everyone scored due to a throwing error. Amanda Baun started the game, and struck out 8 batters, allowing only 2 hits. Coach Rappl gave Caroline Main an inning of work, and she struck out the side to end the game.

Lauren Hope was 6 for 7 today, and stole 3 bases. She is now 7 away from setting the MAAC record. When she's flying around like this, the Griffs are awfully hard to beat. Three times today she led off an inning with a hit---the Griffs scored 12 times in those innings. Paige Freiberger was 3 for 4, with 2 RBIs; Lauryn Chris, filling in for an injured Katie Medina, was 3 for 5 with a RBI, great day for her. Emily Helbig, the MAAC killer, was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Katie Lancellotti had a pair of RBIs; Lizzy Gatto scored 4 runs.

There is no doubt that the Griffs should have run ruled this team at home. But it was a good sign to actually see them take care of business and do it. They will be facing a very experienced Manhattan team Sunday, who will be a much tougher test.
Easy sweep for the griffs. More later...
Caroline main pitching. Very confusing to me.
Looking at another run rule game perhaps
Lauren Hope-6 hits 3 stolen bases today!
Lots of strikeouts for Amanda. 6-0
Lauryn Chris has 3 hits today
6-0. Featuring another triple-this time Lauren Falzone
Griffs r pouring it on
Amanda Baun pitching game 2 which raises the obvious questiion
Lauren Hope is over .400 now
Griffs win first game 9-1
The triples queen!
Coach R not happy with the errors
Errors give peahens a run but Griffs up 6-1
Paige doubles-- 2 sac flies. 5-0. Paige 2-2
Nice sunny day btw
Lizzy triples-paige and Lance single and its 3-0 griffs
Katie Medina not playing-injured?
Jen Consaul pitching for the griffs in game one

Ashley Snider Off To Great Start

Courtesy of St. Bona Blog

Former Lancaster High School shortstop Ashley Snider hit another homer Friday as she continued her fine freshman season at St. Bonaventure. The 2010 All-New York State honoree is a regular player for the Bonnies, and for good reason. She's currently hitting .302 with 5 homers and 11 RBIs after 18 games. She also has a .679 slugging percentage, and leads the team in runs scored. In Atlantic 10 games she's hitting .400 with a hefty .933 slugging percentage. Obviously a Freshman Of The Year candidate.

The Bonnies defeated Rhode Island in an A-10 game Friday, 5-0 thanks in large part to the great pitching of Clarence's Jen Sansano, who struck out 8 batters in the effort. St. Bonaventure is currently 4-5 in A-10 play, and will be at Rhode Island again on Saturday before playing at UMass in a doubleheader on Sunday. The Bonnies will be visiting Canisius for a doubleheader next Tuesday.

Weekend Weather

The forecast for this weekend's home games looks good.
Saturday will be a sunny day with a high temp in the low 50s. Sunday has a slight chance of rain, but it will be 70 so that won't be a problem. There could be some thunder though. One clap, and there is an automatic delay. Anyway, no snow in the forecast!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---Manhattan

2011 Record: 0-0; 11-15
Leading Hitter: Katie Bowen (.317)
Leading Pitcher: Katie Bowen (2-1; 1.77 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 7-46
Last Meeting: 2010 MAACs (Canisius 5-4)

The Lady Jaspers are a senior rich team; they have 8 of them on the roster. The team has played in the last 2 MAAC tournaments. However, their senior class has not been performing as well as in past seasons. As a matter of fact, Head Coach Tom Pardalis benched most of them in Manhattan's recent game against Stony Brook, stating that he was not happy with their play. If they can raise their level of play, they will be a dangerous group. Jaci Rahey and Kristina Walraven can both hit the ball hard. Pitcher Erika Sullivan, who beat the Griffs last season at Manhattan, has shown signs recently of returning to form. She is a control pitcher who, when on her game, rarely walks a batter. Coach Pardalis is expecting a lot out of his team this weekend, so the Griffs better be ready.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Upcoming Opponents---St. Peter's

2011 Record: 1-1; 1-15
Leading Hitter: Alexis Gallagher (.265)
Leading Pitcher: Shelby Beaver (1-8; 5.88)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 11-38
Last Meeting: 2010 (Canisius 9-1 & 14-0)

The Peahens last week won their first MAAC game since 2009, beating Rider 2-1. Look for Shelby Beaver to start both games, her pitching has improved steadily over the course of this season. Interesting note: Katie Lancellotti has hit a grand slam homer each of the last two seasons against the Peahens.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lizzy Saves The Day

Lizzy Gatto

Lizzy Gatto is back amongst the MAAC's hitting leaders. She had a great day today, and saved the Griffs the embarrassment of allowing a 7th inning 8 run walk off win to Detroit Mercy. The All-MAAC center fielder gunned down what would have been the winning run for Detroit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th after a Detroit hit, then scored the game's winning run herself in the 8th inning after she singled and stole a base. The Griffs' offense is fine, they scored 17 runs today. Paige Freiberger had a big game two, driving home 4 runs, including the winner. Stephanie Pfentner hit a pair of long homers, and had 3 RBIs. Lauren Hope had 5 hits, and 3 more stolen bases. Lauren Falzone raised her average, and is still hitting over .400.

But the pitching is not fine, I'm afraid. Detroit is a team that was hitting .210 going into today's games, and they don't win very often. The Griffs lost two big leads late in both games. A 5 run 6th inning, and a 7 run 7th inning. Both of those innings saw 2 out multiple run home runs. Have the layoffs this season hurt the Griffs' pitching? The whole season has been start and stop with a lot of down time, due to unforeseen circumstances. It's almost as if every new series is like the beginning of the season. I can't tell you what is wrong with Amanda Baun's game, except to say that from watching carefully, ever since the first game of the California trip when she was called for a couple illegal pitches she hasn't been the same. Before that inning, her ERA was at about 2.00; since then it's over 5.00. Caroline Main did not pitch today; and I'm left wondering if she has lingering effects from her injury. I felt bad for Jen Consaul who had pitched a great game until the unfortunate 7th inning. She did earn the win and struck out 8.

The Griffs open MAAC play Saturday, and they have shown they are capable of putting up big numbers and winning 9-8 games. Indeed, they are the number one offense in the MAAC. But without the kind of pitching they are accustomed to, it's going to be a difficult ride.

Game 22 @ Detroit Mercy


Griffs score 17 runs, but can only manage a split.

Stephanie Pfentner throws out another runner, and a grounder ends the game.
8th strikeout for Jen Consaul, 1 out...
Detroit opens with a single...

Griffs go into the bottom of the 8th with a 9-8 lead, but can they hold it?
That was Paige's 4th RBI of the game...
Paige singles her home to give the Griffs a 9-8 lead...
Lizzy Gatto is on 2nd after singling and stealing in the 8th with 1 out...

I'm speechless.
Lizzy Gatto just threw a runner out at home to save the day for Canisius. Wow.
3 run homer. Unbelievable. This 5-48 team just put up 7 runs against the Griffs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Tied 8-8. They actually have the wining run at 2nd...
Fly ball, 2 outs...
Single makes it 8-5, and the tying run is actually at the plate...
Walk loads the bases...
Runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out...
Single and fielder's choice makes it 8-3...
Detroit has runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs...

Jen Consaul takes an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning.
2 RBI double by Lauren Falzone! 8-1 Griffs...
2 on for the Griffs after Emily Helbig is hit and Katie Lancellotti singles. Chloe Contreras running for Emily...
Home Run Paige Freiberger! 6-1...

Jen Consaul surrenders a single but that's all; 7 strikeouts and pitching very well. 5-1 Griffs after 6 innings.

Canisius leads 5-1 after 5 1/2.
The ball gets by the right fielder (error) and Lauren Hope makes it all the way to 3rd base; Val Nappo scores--- 5-1 Griffs...
Val Nappo leads off the 6th with a double; Lauren Falzone sacrifices her to 3rd, 1 out...

Once again, catcher Stephanie Pfentner picks off a runner to end an inning. I've lost count of how many times she's done that. 4-1 Griffs after 5 innings.
2 runners on for the Titans, but 2 outs...

Griffs score 4 runs all with 2 outs and lead 4-1 after 4 1/2 innings.
RBI double Stephanie Pfentner ; RBI single Emily Helbig and suddenly the Griffs lead 4-1!...
2 RBI double Paige Freiberger...
Lizzy steals 2nd...
Fielder's choice puts Lizzy Gatto on 1st and Lauren Hope on 3rd with 2 outs...
Lauryn Chris single moves Lauren to 2nd...
1 out single for Lauren Hope, her 5th hit of the day...

Jen Consaul retires the Titans and now has struck out 5. But the Griffs trail 1-0 after 4 innings.

The Griffs go down 1-2-3.

1-0 Detroit after 3 innings.
Lead off homer gives Detroit a 1-0 lead...

It's snowing here :(((((
But they strand everyone. Lizzy Gatto got her 4th hit of the day. Scoreless after 2 1/2.
Bases loaded for the Griffs with 2 outs...

A couple runners on for Detroit, but Jen Consaul gets out of it. Scoreless after 2 innings.

Griffs go in order in the top of the 2nd inning.

Jen retires Detroit 1-2-3. Scoreless after one inning.
Jen Consaul takes to the circle for the Griffs. Lauryn Chris pinch ran for Katie Medina, and is now on the field. I wonder if Katie suffered some sort of injury?...

Nothing for the Griffs in the top of the 1st inning.
Walks to Katie Medina and Lizzy Gatto with one out to begin the game...

Canisius will try to rebound with Jen Consaul starting.

Game 21 @ Detroit Mercy


Detroit Mercy breaks a 12 game losing streak by defeating Canisius 9-8.
A shocking loss for the Griffs against a team that had lost 48 of their previous 52 games. If the Griffs don't solve their pitching problem soon, they will have little chance to qualify for the MAAC tournament. The Griffs produced 8 runs; but it wasn't enough.

Katie Lancellotti double and Lauren Falzone single makes it 9-8, but Katie Medina flies out to end the game.

Amanda Baun surrenders a grand slam home run.. Detroit leads 9-7 after 6 innings.

Strike out, 2 down...
Infield single makes it 7-5; but Katie Lancellotti throws out a runner at home. Bases still loaded with 1 out...
Detroit has loaded the bases with no outs...

That was Lauren's 2nd stolen base of the game; she's now 11 away from breaking the MAAC record. 7-4 Griffs after 5 1/2 innings. 12 hits for Canisius.
Lauren steals second base, then is driven home by a Katie Medina single to give the Griffs a 7-4 lead...
1 out single for Lauren Hope; she is now 4 for 4...

Amanda Baun appears to have settled down, retiring the Titans in order. She has struck out 7, and the Griffs lead 6-4 after 5 innings.

Griffs go in order after Stephanie Pfenter's homer, but lead 6-4 after 4 1/2 innings.
Both of Stephanie's homers were over the center field fence...
Stephanie knocked the Detroit pitcher out of the game with that shot---she now has 5 homers on the season, 2nd in the MAAC...
Stephanie Pfentner leads off with her 2nd consecutive homer to give the Griffs a 6-4 lead!! 2 for 2 with 2 homers...

Amanda Baun surrenders a lead off single, but then retires the next 3 batters; she has 6 strikeouts. Griffs lead 5-4 after 4 innings.

I don't know if Coach Rappl read the team the riot act, but they finally woke up and lead Detroit 5-4 after 3 1/2 innings.
A Lizzy Gatto 2 out single gives the Griffs a 5-4 lead!...
Lauren Hope doubles to make it 4-3; she's 3 for 3...
Lauren Falzone single moves Val Nappo to 2nd...
Error scores Lauryn, 4-2-- 1 out...
Lauryn Chris pinch running...
Emily Helbig doubles, no outs. Maybe the Griffs have woken up...
Solo homer by Stephanie Pfentner cuts the Detroit lead to 4-1...

Detroit Mercy leads 4-0 after 3 innings.

Nothing for the Griffs in the top of the 3rd inning. Lauren Hope hit a single, and Lizzy Gatto hit a double.

Detroit loaded the bases but could not score and lead 4-0 after 2 innings.

Nothing for the Griffs in the top of the 2nd inning.

Detroit leads 4-0 after an inning. Frankly this is very shocking, and I have no explanation for Amanda Baun's struggles. She was very wild again.
Amanda Baun continues to struggle, giving up 4 runs in the first inning without recording an out, including a 3 run home run. And I hate to tell you this, but this is against a 4-18 team that lost 34 straight games last season.

Lauren Hope opened the game with a single. She then stole 2nd base and got to 3rd, but was stranded. She is now 12 away from breaking the MAAC stolen bases record.

Amanda Baun will pitch game one.
First game of the doubleheader. Griffs will try to break their 5 game losing streak.

Upcoming Opponents---Detroit Mercy

2011 Record: 4-18
Leading Hitter: Rachel Copple (.308)
Leading Pitcher: Karen McCarty: (2-4; 5.75)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-2
Last Meeting: 1993 (Canisius 7-0 & 5-3)

The Titans play in the Horizon League. The last time these schools met, Paige Freiberger was 3 years old! She hit 2 singles, walked once, then took a nap during the second game...

Monday, April 4, 2011


*I wanted to update this post and tell you that Corinne will sign a national letter of intent later this month. I believe the spring signing period begins on April 14th or 15th. Erica Afanador will be signing then as well. They will both join the Griffs this fall.
Corinne played this weekend at the prestigious Kissimmee Klassic down in Florida. Playing for Barron Collier, she did quite well, pitching 11 innings and allowing only 2 earned runs. At the plate she hit .357; her team finished 2-2.

Erica Afanador and Sonia Aguilar have begun play with their high school teams; I'll keep an eye on that. Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery begin their senior seasons shortly with Lancaster and Williamsville North. Then they will both be back with the Diamond Girls over the summer. I think there's a possibility of another signing this spring---I don't know though. I do know that after this season there will be 7 (or 6) signing on, and I still think I know who one of them is. And if I'm correct...I will be very happy!

Corinne Schaus is currently a senior at Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL. She's a pitcher, named to the 2010 All-Florida State Team. She's having another great season (softball starts early in Florida), recently throwing a no hitter. Her high school coach calls her a "warrior".

Not only is Corinne a great pitcher (she can hit as well), but she has a very interesting family. Her sister Kristen had a very successful pitching career at Princeton (class of '08), being named Ivy League Rookie Of The Year, Pitcher Of The Year and NFCA All-Northeast Region honoree. Her brother Jeff is a senior at Clemson where he plays baseball and is a draft pick of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Here's where it gets really interesting. Her father Michael played football at...Canisius College! Her mother Carolyn played basketball at...Canisius College! (Carolyn Gilbride class of '83). Her Aunt Barbara played basketball at...Canisius College! If that wasn't enough, her grandfather played football at...Canisius College! Her great uncle was a basketball star at Canisius in the 1940s! Obviously Corinne comes from a very athletic family. And one with deep roots at Canisius College.

The Griffs And The MAAC

The Golden Griffins will open MAAC play this weekend when they host St. Peter's and Manhattan. Six of the other teams have already begun conference play.

As I see it, the Griffs have a great chance to win it all. However, they hardly ever play anymore. And with the bad weather they probably haven't had much chance to practice outdoors. And if they did, it's hard to practice when it's 30.

There have been some developments around the conference. Even though they won only 10 games last year, Marist is dangerous. A well coached team with no seniors, they have a lot of fight in them. They've already won 17, and are 2-0 in the MAAC. Their pitching is improving over the course of this season too. Fairfield lost 8 seniors, and you'd figure they'd be down this year, but they're not. They have a dynamic group of freshmen, all of whom are contributing on a regular basis. And senior pitcher Sarah Minice has returned to her 2009 form when she was pitcher of the year. She one hit Iona Saturday.

The good news is that the preseason MAAC contenders aren't playing that great. Defending champion Iona can't seem to find their bats this season. Their All-MAAC players are hitting around .200...or less. They had an abrupt coaching change over the past summer, and it appears that it has affected them. They still have Sarah Jackson pitching, but she lost her first MAAC start, and is only 5-4 this season. The only MAAC game she lost last year was to Caroline Main, 1-0. Manhattan has 8 seniors, but they are all under performing, with the exception of Ashley Rampino. Niagara still has Teresa Healy, who leads the MAAC in hitting, but their starting pitcher Julie DiMatteo has not pitched well at all for some reason. She has been tough on Canisius in the past. This is not to say that these teams won't rebound, but as of now they look beatable.

I don't think we will know where the Griffs stand until the weekend after this one, when they travel to Iona and Fairfield. But it looks like they will be in for a real battle.