Friday, March 30, 2012

Genovese Plays With Love For Game

With a team-high 55 assists, Genovese has become the team's best defensive player, Earleywine said, and a lineup spark that rarely strikes out — just six in 73 at-bats. In conference play, Genovese leads Missouri and ranks among the Big 12's top 10 in six categories: doubles, runs, total bases, stolen bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Earleywine initially planned for the East Amherst, N.Y., native to be his second baseman, but the club's infield defense has improved with freshman Ashtin Stephens at second, Princess Krebs at shortstop and Genovese at third. Earleywine said he envisions Genovese moving to shortstop her junior year, after Krebs' eligibility is up.

"It's just amazing what she does," he said. "She makes hard plays look easy."

Read the article here:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lizzy Gatto Named MAAC Player Of The Week

The MAAC honored senior Lizzy Gatto today as their Player Of The Week after her big performance Saturday in Syracuse. Lizzy became the first Golden Griffin to hit a home run this season, hitting one in both games played at the Duel In The Dome. She drove home six runs on the day. No doubt she has stepped up her play, which the Griffs need as they prepare for conference play.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Griffs Beat Themselves Twice

Caroline Main pitching in the middle of a football field!

Colgate 5
Canisius 4 (8)

#24 Syracuse 6
Canisius 5

It's plain to see that the Golden Griffins are scrambling to regain their confidence amidst the worst start in program history, and they came oh so very close to doing it Saturday. But in the end, they self destructed as teams with fragile confidence will do.

Canisius opened the day outdoors with a game against Colgate. It marked the official first start of freshman Corinne Schaus, and she pitched well. She did give up a two run home run in the second inning, but would allow only one hit the next two innings before she was pulled in favor of Jen Consaul. The Griffs began a comeback in the fifth inning when Lizzy Gatto hit a solo homer, cutting the Colgate lead to 2-1; it was the start of a big day for her. Lizzy tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, with a double that scored Stephanie Pfentner. The game went to extra innings, and in the top of the eighth, the Griffs went on top with a pair of runs, thanks to three hits and RBIs by Robin Kennery and Lauryn Chris. But disaster would strike in the bottom of the inning. After Colgate doubled home the runner who had been placed on second base for the international tiebreaker rule, freshman left fielder Michelle DelPrince dropped a fly ball that allowed two runners to score and give Colgate the win.

Later that evening, Canisius played indoors for the first time ever at the Carrier Dome. The Griffs played inspired softball in an exciting game against the nationally ranked Orange. Lizzy Gatto put the Griffs up 1-0 in the first inning when she smashed a double to right field. Syracuse did come back with a run in the second inning and two in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but Canisius hung in there. The Griffs had a great fifth inning, scoring four times, highlighted by Lizzy Gatto's stunning two out, three run home run blast that whistled over the left field fence. That gave Lizzy four RBIs on the game, and six on the day, and knocked All-Big East senior pitcher Jenna Caira out of the game.

Syracuse got one back in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 5-4, and then everything unraveled for Canisius. Caroline Main walked the first two Orange batters on eight pitches to begin the sixth inning, and was relieved by Jen Consaul. Jen was called for an illegal pitch, which moved the runners up, and then walked a batter to load the bases. Shel then induced a ground ball to shortstop Katie Lancellotti who made an easy throw home for the force out, but catcher Stephanie Pfentner dropped the ball for an error and the tying run. It looked like she was thinking ahead to a double play, and took her eye off the ball. Jen Consaul retired the next two batters easily. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Jen Consaul got two quick outs. She then allowed a single, but the inning seemed to be over when freshman Erica Afanador, filling in for Katie Medina who was injured earlier in the game, muffed a ground ball. The next batter singled, and the game was over. Jen Consaul suffered two losses without allowing a single earned run. It was a sad ending to a game that looked like a sure win for Canisius, but they did compete very hard.

Canisius is hard to figure this season. They go toe-to-toe with nationally ranked powers from the Big East (Syracuse and South Florida), losing both games on an unearned run, then get crushed by 6-26 Long Island. Lizzy Gatto was on fire Saturday, hitting the ball hard and often. But Katie Lancellotti was 0 for 6, and saw her average plummet to an abysmal .140. What's going on with Katie this season, I do not know. And where is Amanda Baun? I saw her in uniform, but she has pitched only nine innings this season. Throw in Stephanie Pfentner's back problems and freshmen in pressure situations, and you have 4-19. But as I wrote previously, the team is 0-0 in a wide open MAAC. If they compete like they did against Syracuse and their great pitcher, they can do damage in the conference.

I mentioned that Katie Medina was injured during the Syracuse game. She was making a difficult tag out to end an inning, a very nice play, when the base runner ran into her hard as she was in a vulnerable position. Since the game was indoors, the surface was not soft I presume. Katie was down for a few minutes, then did walk to the bench, but did not return to action. I don't know what she injured; hopefully not her knee.

Canisius returns to the local area for a game at Buffalo's Nan Harvey Field on Wednesday.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Game 23 @ #24 Syracuse

Updates on twitter:!/WNYsoftball

Griffs lost earlier today, 5-4, to Colgate in 8 innings. It was their 10th consecutive loss.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Upcoming Opponents---Duel In The Dome

Duel In The Dome
Syracuse, NY
March 24, 2012

Colgate Red Raiders
Patriot League

2012 Record: 4-13
Leading Hitter: Eileen Ornousky (.294)
Leading Pitcher: Michelle Hollebeke (1-2; 2.42 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 8-11
Last Meeting: 2007 (Canisius 3-1)

#24 Syracuse Orange
Big East

2012 Record: 17-8
Leading Hitter: Lisaira Daniels (.382)
Leading Pitcher: Jenna Caira (13-3; 1.45 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 9-5
Last Meeting: 2010 (Split-Syracuse 4-2; Canisius 3-3)

Canisius Leaders
Hitting: Lauryn Chris (.310)
Pitching: Jen Consaul (1-4; 4.34 ERA)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Griffs Lose 9th Consecutive Game

The Griffs lost their final game of the USF Tournament this morning in Clearwater, FL 7-5 to Towson.

Canisius took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but surrendered the game's next seven runs.
Michelle DelPrince was 3 for 4 in the game, with an RBI. Lauren Falzone had a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored twice. Katie Medina also had two hits, and drove home a run.
Caroline Main started the game, but was pulled early after walking five batters. Jen Consaul was also ineffective. Freshman Corinne Schaus completed the game with 2.2 innings of hittless pitching. The Griffs attempted to come back with two runs in the fifth inning, but the rally fell short.

Canisius will next play Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse with a split doubleheader against Colgate, and the host Orange.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rocky Road

The Griffs' woes continued Saturday with a couple more losses. Now, I know that 4-16 does not reflect the talent on this team. They are in a bad slump; gripping the bat tighter, thinking too much when that ground ball comes their way, trying too hard to avoid walking a batter. Playing not to lose.

Of course, a team that is slumping needs to taste success, and the Griffs will have an excellent chance to wipe the slate clean when the real season begins in a few weeks. Canisius will open their MAAC schedule at home against three top contenders. That opportunity should be their focus now. Stop playing not to lose, and just play! Leave the field knowing you gave your best effort, and don't worry about the outcome. It's all a player can do.

The Griffs close out the tournament portion of their schedule Sunday with a game against Towson. When they return home, they will find a week of 70 degree temps that will allow them to practice outdoors every day. They will have some home games and local games to tune up for conference play. Then they will have a new mission and a 0-0 record.

Game 18 vs. Maryland

Maryland 8
Canisius 0 (5)

Maryland scored seven unearned runs in this one as a result of four Canisius errors. Even from a distance it's easy to see that the team is totally uptight and not prepared to play. Too early to call the season a loss, since conference play has yet to begin, but the Griffs have fallen way behind the front runners. Consider this: Iona's Sarah Jackson struck out 15 in a game today; her ERA is about 1.00. Marist lost to the number one team in the country today, 1-0 while pitching a freshman, and outhit California. Fairfield beat South Florida, and has won 10 games. Siena is much improved offensively. At this time, Canisius is not prepared to compete with these teams.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Game 17 vs. Chattanooga

Chattanooga 8
Canisius 0 (5)

Updating on twitter today:!/WNYsoftball

Upcoming Opponents---USF Tournament

South Florida Tournament
Clearwater, FL

Southern Conference

2012 Record: 14-9
Leading Hitter: Sara Poteat (.468)
Leading Pitcher: Taylor Deason (9-4; 2.15 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 0-1
Last Meeting: 1994 (Canisius 8-7)

Atlantic Coast Conference

2012 Record: 16-6
Leading Hitter: Lexi Carroll (.342)
Leading Pitcher: Kendra Knight (11-2; 2.80 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-0
Last Meeting: 1999 (UM 16-4)

Long Island
Northeast Conference

2012 Record: 6-21
Leading Hitter: Karina Cervantes (.290)
Leading Pitcher: Megan Sheaf (2-4; 2.80 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-2
Last Meeting: 2010 (LIU 5-1)

Northeast Conference

2012 Record: 2-8
Leading Hitter: Aubrey Mable (.538)
Leading Pitcher: Brittany Hart (2-2; 5.89 ERA)
First Meeting

Colonial Athletic Association
2012 Record: 10-9
Leading Hitter: Erika Stasch (.373)
Leading Pitcher: Katie Lingmai (5-2; 2.25)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 5-5
Last Meeting: 2011 (Towson 5-1)

Canisius Leaders

Hitting: Erica Afanador (.333)
Pitching: Jen Consaul (1-2; 4.12 ERA)
RBIs: Robin Kennery (8)
Stolen Bases: Lizzy Gatto (8-8)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Game 16 @ #24 South Florida

USF 1 Canisius 0
Griffs had their chance, but a 2 out error in the 5th inning cost them this game. Caroline Main walked only two, and both of those in the first inning.

*6th inning*
Griffs down 1-0 headed to 7th. Caroline Main has allowed no earned runs.

*5th inning*
A 2 out error gives USF a 1-0 lead after 5 innings.
Griffs loaded the bases in the top of the inning, but could not score.

*4th inning*
Quick 1-2-3 inning for Caroline Main, and this game is still scoreless. Lauryn Chris had a hit.

*3rd inning*
0-0. Griffs playing much better against a nationally ranked team.

*2nd inning*
Scoreless after two. Katie Lancellotti singled for the Griffs who had a pair of baserunners.

*1st inning*
South Florida loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but Caroline Main got a couple pop ups to end the inning. 0-0

Caroline Main in the circle for this one. The Griffs lost 2-1 to the Netherlands earlier today in an exhibition.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Game 15 @ Florida Gulf Coast

The Griffs lose in 5 innings 9-0.

9-0 in the 3rd. Amanda Baun is back in the circle. Katie Lancellotti is back on the bench.

*First inning*
And the first inning mercifully comes to an end with the Griffs trailing 7-0.
The Griffs lost their game to N. Illinois earlier today when they surrendered 9 runs in the 7th inning.
7 walks in the 1st inning.
2 hits for FGCU, 7 runs.
Home run, 7-0.
Jen Consaul in, foul ball sac makes it 5-0.
And that's it for Amanda Baun. 6 batters faced, 1 hit, 5 walks.
5 walks in the first inning 3-0.
4th walk of the first inning, no outs...
Amanda Baun walked the first 3 batters, and the Griffs are quickly down 2-0.

Amanda Baun will start for the Griffs. Katie Lancellotti is back in the lineup at shortstop; Erica Afanador will start in left field.

Game scheduled for a 4:45 ET start.

Kyle Plimpton Throws Perfect Game

Kyle begins college career 3-0 with 0.00 ERA

Williamsville's Kyle Plimpton tossed an 8 inning perfect game yesterday for St. Lawrence University in a 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary's in Fort Myers FL. She mowed down all 24 batters she faced, remarkably striking out 20 of them. At one point she struck out 17 consecutive batters. The Saints won with a run in the bottom of the 8th inning. It was the first perfect game in St. Lawrence history; and Kyle already holds the school's single game strikeout record. Kyle has led the Saints to a 5-1 record, and has yet to allow an earned run in the three games she has started. She is averaging two strikeouts per inning.

Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence Athletics

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dutch National Softball Team

Courtesy of the Dutch National Team site

On Wednesday, the Golden Griffins will play an exhibition against the national team of the Netherlands, the reigning European Softball Champions. The game won't count in the standings, but it will be a tough test and an interesting game. The Dutch team is doing quite well during their recent tour; they recently beat South Florida, a team Canisius will also face Wednesday, 8-1.

They have a nice website with lots of information which you can view here:

Game 13 vs. N. Iowa

N. Iowa 8
Canisius 0 (5)

I'd like to say that the Griffs didn't "show up" for this game, but the unfortunate truth is that maybe they did. If they didn't "show up", they wasted an opportunity to tune up for MAAC play, which begins in a couple weeks. Canisius will have to produce lots of offense to compete in the MAAC this season. They'll stay in Florida, and play two games at Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday; one against the host school, and one against N. Illinois.
I will update the game here:!/WNYsoftball

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Griffs' Offense Comes Alive

Lauren Falzone hit and ran wild

The Golden Griffins scored 17 runs today on the way to a pair of wins in Clearwater, FL at the USF Showcase.

The Griffs built leads in each of their games today, saw those leads shrink, but held on to win each time. Against Wisconsin-Green Bay this morning, Canisius jumped in front 6-0 early. An RBI by Robin Kennery gave the Griffs a 1-0 lead after one inning; the second inning saw them explode for five runs. A single by Jen Consaul, and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Lauren Falzone (she beat the throw to first base) gave Canisius a 3-0 lead. Lizzy Gatto then smashed a double to right center field for two more runs, chasing the Green Bay pitcher out of the game. Val Nappo topped off the inning with an RBI single for a 6-0 lead. After that big inning, the Canisius bats went cold for a while, and the Phoenix chipped away at Caroline Main to close to within 6-5. With the game still in doubt, Robin Kennery hit a big two out single in the top of the 7th inning which scored Lauren Falzone. This gave relief pitcher Jen Consaul some breathing room which she used to retire Green Bay in the bottom of the 7th inning and preserve a 7-5 win.

The second game of the day, against Cleveland State, seemed to follow the same pattern. Canisius burst out of the gates with an eight run first inning courtesy of eight base hits. After Lauren Falzone and Lizzy Gatto started the party off with singles, Robin Kennery smashed a ball down the left field line for a double, driving them both home. After Val Nappo singled, Erica Afanador hit a hard double to center for two more runs. Michelle DelPrince then singled for a pair of RBIs of her own; after Lauren Falzone got her second hit of the inning, the two executed a double steal with Michelle scoring. Lizzy Gatto then drove home the eighth run of the inning. Phew.

Starting pitcher Amanda Baun got into trouble immediately beginning the second frame. She walked the leadoff batter on four pitches. An error by Katie Medina didn't help, but Cleveland State started to hit the ball hard, and three runs later Coach Rappl had seen enough and brought Jen Consaul in to pitch the rest of the game. The Vikings did pull to within 8-6, but the Griffs scored two more insurance runs in the 5th inning with two steals of by Stephanie Pfentner and one by Lauren Falzone, and won the game 10-6.

As noted earlier, Katie Lancellotti did not play today. She was last seen Friday night being replaced by a pinch runner in the 7th inning of the game against ETSU after walking. Freshman Erica Afanador played shortstop, and looked very comfortable in the position that could be hers for the next three seasons after this one. Actually, she played great. Lots of chances, no errors, nearly turned a couple double plays. She did a nice job of holding runners at second and third and getting an out when CSU was threatening in the 6th inning. She was 3 for 4 against CSU, and swung the bat very well.

Robin Kennery had another great day with four RBIS; Lauren Falzone had five hits, a couple of RBIs, a bunch of runs and four stolen bases. Lizzy Gatto extended her consecutive stolen base streak to 28, and had four hits and a pair of RBIs. Jen Consaul earned a save and a win. Sonia Aguilar threw out two runners attempting to steal in the CSU game. The Griffs stole home three times against the Vikings.

Canisius has another game at this tournament, against a good Northern Iowa team Sunday morning at 9 am. Turn your clocks ahead!

Katie Lancellotti Out?

Katie Lancellotti did not play in either game today; it was the first time she did not start since game one in 2009. Do not know her status.
Freshman Erica Afanador played both games at shortstop, and was quite simply outstanding today. She was 3 for 4 in the game against CSU, and made a lot of good plays in the field all day.

More on the games later today.

Game 12 vs. Cleveland State

Canisius 10
Cleveland St. 6

This game is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am EST
I will update on twitter:!/WNYsoftball

Game 11 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay

Canisius 7
Green Bay 5

Game scheduled for a 9:15 am start.
I will update on twitter:!/WNYsoftball

Friday, March 9, 2012

Game Notes vs. ETSU

I wasn't able to be around a computer to cover this game, but I was keeping track on my phone. A couple of crucial mistakes cost the Griffs dearly in this one, as they lost to East Tennessee State 6-5 while allowing only two earned runs.

The Griffs finally played with desperation in the 7th inning, when they nearly came back all the way from a 6-1 deficit. The freshmen made big contributions---Robin Kennery drove home a pair of runs; Sonia Aguilar drove home a run; Erica Afanador singled, stole a base and scored; Corinne Schaus made her debut in the circle for the Griffs and pitched very well in relief of Jen Consaul. Kalie Michalski scored as a pinch runner. Canisius will need to show this desperation every game from here on out to compete in the MAAC this season.

Lizzy Gatto extended her stolen base streak to 26 in a row. Jen Consaul drove home a run that gave the Griffs a 1-0 lead. The Griffs will play two more Saturday.

Game 9 vs. Toledo

Toledo 1 Canisius 0

Very little offense for the Griffs in this one. In fact, Caroline Main has allowed one run in her last two starts, but has received only one run and four hits. She is pitching very well as of late. Val Nappo hit two singles, and Stephanie Pfentner had a bunt single. The Griffs loaded the bases in the first inning, but that was their only real threat with Katie Medina being thrown out at home after Val's single. Toledo scored the game's only run in the bottom of the 6th due mostly to a pair of perfectly executed bunt singles. The Rockets used their team speed well. The Griffs did play well in the field, turning two double plays and throwing a pair of runners out at the plate. They will play East Tennessee St. at 6:30; I will not be able to be here for that game.

*6th inning*
A couple of perfect bunts helps give Toledo a 1-0 lead after 6 innings, and the Griffs are suddenly down to their last chance.

Val Nappo got her 2nd hit of the game, but was stranded. Canisius and Toledo still scoreless headed to the bottom of the 6th.

*5th inning*
Toledo had a threat, but Michelle DelPrince throws out a runner attempting to score. 0-0 still.

Griffs go 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, still scoreless.

*4th inning*
Toledo got a couple runners on, then tried to double steal, but Katie Medina throws the runner out at home. 0-0 after 4 innings.

Griffs go down in order in the top of the 4th; still scoreless.

*3rd inning*
Couple hits for Toledo, but Val Nappo saves a run with a double play. 0-0 after 3.

Griffs go down in order in the top of the 3rd. 0-0.

*2nd inning*
Another 1-2-3 inning by Caroline Main. Katie Lancellotti made a great diving catch in shallow left. 0-0

Griffs have 2 runners on, no outs. Toledo changes pitchers...Griffs loaded the bases with walks to Robin Kennery and Lizzy Gatto and a bunt single by Stephanie Pfentner, but can't score. 0-0

*1st inning*
Quick 1-2-3 inning for Caroline. 0-0

The Griffs got two runners on in the top of the first, but Katie Medina was thrown out at the plate after a two out single by Val Nappo. 0-0. Caroline Main pitching.

Canisius vs. Toledo. Refresh for updates.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upcoming Opponents -- South Florida Showcase

March 9-11 2012
Tampa & Clearwater, FL

Toledo Rockets
Mid-American Conference

2012 Record: 4-12
Leading Hitter: Lindsey Tobias (.357)
Leading Pitcher: Amy Newell (1-2; 5.14 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-0
Last Meeting: 2010 (Toledo 5-4)

East Tennessee St. Buccaneers
Atlantic Sun Conference

2012 Record: 5-12
Leading Hitter: Casey Horner (.447)
Leading Pitcher: Katie Wolff (3-4; 3.00 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 0-1
Last Meeting: 2011 (Canisius 8-4)

Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix
Horizon League

2012 Record: 1-3
Leading Hitter: Miranda Reinke (.375)
Leading Pitcher: Ashley Nannemann (1-1; 4.20 ERA)
First Meeting

Cleveland St. Vikings
Horizon League

2012 Record: 2-11
Leading Hitter: Dara Toman (.405)
Leading Pitcher: Megan Bashak (1-7; 2.79 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 6-7
Last Meeting: 2007 (CSU 3-1)

Northern Iowa Panthers
Missouri Valley Conference

2012 Record: 10-4
Leading Hitter: Daigh McKenzie (.472)
Leading Pitcher: Jamie Fisher (6-0; 2.52 ERA)
First Meeting

Current Canisius Stats

2012 Record: 2-6
Leading Hitter: Katie Medina (.364)
Leading Pitcher: Caroline Main (2-2; 4.20 ERA)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Second Place All-Time For Lizzy Gatto

In the history of NCAA Division 1 softball.

When Canisius senior Lizzy Gatto stole a pair of bases in the first inning of the Griffs' 1-0 win over Princeton Sunday, she officially moved into the number two position for all-time career stolen base percentage in the nation. Lizzy has stolen 49 bases out of 51 attempts (the two times she was caught stealing occurred in the same game, that odd tournament game vs. Manhattan in 2010). This is a remarkable accomplishment considering that Lizzy has been in the "shadow" of all-time Canisius base stealing leader Lauren Hope for the past three seasons. What is more remarkable is that Lizzy joins a national group of elites who played in the 1990s, when the game wasn't quite as developed as it is now. To put it in perspective, the only other "modern" player close to the top 5 is the legendary Caitlin Lowe (.945). Lizzy's place in the record book is subject to change this season of course. We will follow this developing story.

All-Time Base Stealing Percentage

  1. Jen Dean, N. Iowa (1994-97) 1.000
  2. Lizzy Gatto, Canisius (2009-Present) .961
  3. Jami Koss, S. Illinois (1993-96) .955
  4. Brenda Dawson, La.-Monroe (1989-92) .953
  5. Laura Croder, E. Carolina (1989-92) .952

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stephanie Returns

Defensive stalwart was much missed

In a somewhat dramatic return, Stephanie Pfentner made her way back into the Canisius lineup at the start of the Griffs' continuation of their suspended game with UMBC. I was told she hadn't made the trip, not because of back injury which is seemingly better, but because of illness. She singled in the game too, but it's her play on the field that Canisius missed the most.

Is It A Game Or Not?

Griffs lose to UMBC 6-4, and excepting the three run gift given to them by UMBC didn't play very well. Amanda Baun had started this game (yesterday) but was chased from the circle in the 2nd inning after four hits, four walks and a grand slam home run. The interesting part is that Lizzy Gatto and Stephanie Pfentner arrived in Baltimore to be inserted into this game today.
The Griffs look in disarray this season after a three week layoff.

Looks like the Griffs will be continuing the UMBC game at 2:30 today.

The UMBC website claims that they are leading Canisius 5-0 in the 3rd inning of a rain suspended game. They insist the game will continue today at 2:30 pm.
The Canisius website claims that this game has been canceled, and will not be made up, and that they will not be playing again until Sunday.

And considering UMBC's complete lack of coverage, I question their claim that they are even hosting a tournament!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jen Sansano Throws No Hitter!

Clarence's Jen Sansano threw her first collegiate no-hitter today as she led her St. Bonaventure Bonnies to a 6-0 win over Mount St. Mary's in Jacksonville, FL.

Jen is off to a good start her sophomore season. She tossed consecutive shutouts last weekend, but topped herself with a dominant performance at the Osprey Invite hosted by North Florida. The Bonnies improved their record to 7-6.

Lizzy Gatto Out?

Here's a controversy I guess. UMBC is claiming a 5-0 lead over Canisius in a suspended game to be made up Saturday. Supposedly this game is in the 3rd inning. The Canisius site however, claims this game was canceled, and will not be made up.

Lizzy Gatto was not in the lineup today, I have to assume she is injured because the Canisius lineup was very scrambled.

Kalie Michalski is indeed a Griff, as she pinch ran.
The Griffs apparently lost to James Madison 9-5, a team shutout by Iona earlier in the day. Sonia Aguilar got her first career hits and Katie Medina drove home a pair of runs.

The Griffs are currently playing UMBC, but it may be raining. Or it may not. Who knows?

Another Wash Out

*UPDATE* Looking at the UMBC site, this has to be a mistake, because it shows Iona going from four games to five games.

The Griffs' game vs. Princeton Saturday has been canceled due to rain. This is the 6th lost game of the young season.
UMBC will be providing no coverage of the remaining Canisius games.

Game 5 vs. James Madison

No one is bothering to provide coverage of this game.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Upcoming Opponents---Retriever Classic

2012 Retriever Classic
Baltimore, MD
March 2-4
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Coppin State

James Madison
Colonial Athletic Association

2012 Record: 3-6
Leading Hitter: Ashley Burnham (.370)
Leading Pitcher: Sarah Mooney (2-3; 2.66 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 2-0
Last Meeting: 2008 (JMU 7-4)

America East Conference

2012 Record: 2-6
Leading Hitter: Jessica Warner (.435)
Leading Pitcher: Kayla Martinez (0-0; 5.60 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 1-4
Last Meeting: 2011 (Canisius 3-2)

Ivy League

2012 Record: 0-0
2011 Record: 16-26
All Time vs. Canisius: 3-1
Last Meeting: 2006 (Canisius 1-0)

Coppin State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2012 Record: 3-1
Leading Hitter: Heather Josker: (.500)
Leading Pitcher: Paige Arnold: (2-1; 1.08 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 0-2
Last Meeting: 1996 (Canisius 31-0*; 8-0)

*No, that's not a typo. I believe that is the Griffs' largest margin of victory ever.