Saturday, March 30, 2013

Griffs Split At Mount St. Mary's

The Golden Griffins began their last extended road trip in preparation for MAAC season Saturday with a doubleheader split at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.

I wasn't able to watch these games as they were blacked out by both schools, so here's a summary from the box scores.
Canisius won game one 6-0 behind the complete game of Jen Consaul, who struck out seven and scattered four hits. Two bases loaded walks gave the Griffs a 2-0 lead in the second inning. In the third, Bethany DeMarco hit a double that scored Stephanie Pfentner. And in the fourth, Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo singled home runs.

Game two went 10 innings, with the Griffs losing 4-3. Amanda Baun returned to action, and pitched the first nine innings, allowing just two earned runs, and striking out six. Jen Consaul entered the circle in the 10th inning, and the game ended with three consecutive bunts and a two out single. Robin Kennery hit a home run in this game, and drove home all three Canisius runs. She was 4 for 8 on the day with four RBIs.

The Griffs continue their road trip with a doubleheader at the College of Charleston on Tuesday.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Griffs Drop Doubleheader; Head Into Final Tuneup

Bethany DeMarco hit her first career home run Saturday
Ohio 4
Canisius 0

Ohio 7
Canisius 6

The Golden Griffins were swept in Athens, OH in their doubleheader against Ohio Saturday. Canisius never got their offense rolling until late in the second game. But when they did, it was once again in quick strike fashion, as they scored four runs after two outs were made in the sixth inning. Actually, there were three outs, but the Griffs got a break with a dropped third strike after which allowed Val Nappo to reach base. Bethany DeMarco then got the rally started with her first career homer. A single by Alexis Roman, and doubles by Meghan Cuda and Michelle DelPrince cut the Ohio lead to 7-5. In the seventh inning, Tori Nappo drove home Marissa Miller, who had doubled, to pull the Griffs to within a run. But they would get no closer. Corinne Schaus started the second game for Canisius, and struggled while surrendering three home runs.  The first game of the doubleheader saw Canisius lose 4-0; they were never really in this game. Jen Consaul had a rough first inning in the circle, falling behind 2-0; but pitched well the remainder of the game.

Canisius will now have a stretch of seven games in a final preparation for the MAAC season. They are scheduled to play at Buffalo Wednesday, but weather may play a factor as spring is late in coming this year. After that, they will head south for a trio of doubleheaders.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Griffs Complete Friday Sweep

Val Nappo drove home winning run in the 7th
Canisius 6
George Mason 3

The Golden Griffins defeated host George Mason to sweep the first day of the Cherry Blossom Classic Friday in Fairfax, VA.

It really was a great day for Canisius, as they rebounded from a poor showing last weekend and returned to the top of the MAAC with a 10-4 record. After falling behind to the Patriots 1-0 after an inning, the Griffs took the lead in the top of the second inning when Michelle DelPrince, who had  a great day, singled home two runs. George Mason would again take a lead, 3-2, into the fourth inning; but again the Griffs bounced back, this time to tie the game. After Bethany DeMarco led off the inning with a single, she was sent home by Meghan Cuda. The game remained tied at 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning when the Griffs scored three runs to seal the win. It was the Nappo sisters batting in tandem that provided the offense. First Val singled home two runs; then Tori drove home another run thanks to an error. Jen Consaul pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only one earned run. The Griffs committed four errors in this one, but Jen showed good control throughout, walking no one. Michelle DelPrince and Alexis Roman both had a pair of hits.

Canisius faces a most difficult challenge on Saturday. They will play powerful Ohio State, then a rematch with revenge minded Pittsburgh, who the Griffs crushed earlier today.


Canisius 10
Pittsburgh 5

Just in...

With the Golden Griffins' destruction of Big East Pittsburgh this afternoon, Head Coach Mike Rappl reached the milestone of 800 wins. Congratulations coach on this significant achievement!

What a game for the Griffs, who absolutely stunned the Panthers in Fairfax, VA with an unrelenting barrage of offensive weaponry. Michelle DelPrince hit two consecutive triples in the game. Meghan Cuda was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo had two RBIs each. And Corinne Schaus went the distance for her first win of the season.

The Griffs will play host George Mason later today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meghan Cuda Honored By MAAC

The MAAC just named Meghan Cuda their Rookie Of The Week for her performance over this past weekend.
Meghan has gotten her college career off to a great start; she's hitting .349 with four triples. And as mentioned in the previous post, leads the nation in triples per game. She also leads the Griffs in runs (11), and steals (5). Remind you of Lauren Hope? Me too. She's a team player, currently playing a position not natural for her, third base.

Congratulations Meghan!

Two Golden Griffins Atop The Nation

Val Nappo informing the umpire that she never strikes out!
The NCAA released their first set of statistics, and a pair of Canisius players are national leaders.

Freshman Meghan "Barra" Cuda leads the nation in triples per game; and is fifth in actual triples.
Junior Val Nappo is the toughest player to strike out in the nation, which is interesting as I seem to recall that she never once struck out in high school.

Congratulations to both!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Griffs Back In Action This Weekend

The Golden Griffins will take their MAAC best 7-1 record to Hampton, VA this weekend where they are scheduled to play four games at the Lady Pirates Classic. Of particular note will be Head Coach Mike Rappl's pursuit of his career 800th win at the program, which he will accomplish with two more victories.

On Friday, Canisius will first face Delaware, who are 10-3 this season. Canisius last played the Blue Hens in 2009 at the Marshall Tournament, and split a pair of games. The Griffs will then play Central Connecticut State, 4-3 this season. Canisius split two games on the west coast with the Blue Devils in 2009. On Saturday. Canisius will play 3-8 Maryland-Eastern Shore, who they beat just last week. They will also play host Hampton, who are 8-11 this season. The Griffs swept the Lady Pirates in Hampton in 2010.

Canisius has gotten off to a very good start in 2013, and after a week off, will want to keep that rolling. The Griffs are hitting .348 as a team, led by Stephanie Pfentner who has been sizzling hot to begin her final season and has a .632 batting average. The freshmen are playing very well: Bethany DeMarco (.400); Tori Nappo (.385 and 10 RBIs); and Meghan "Barra" Cuda (.310 and 4 stolen bases) have been regulars in the lineup. Amanda Baun (1.00 ERA) and Jen Consaul (1.27 ERA) have provided outstanding pitching. Both have opponents' batting averages of under .200. Don't know if Katie Medina and Alexis Roman will return from injury.