Friday, April 19, 2013

Chloe Steals A Win!

When Chloe Contreras stole home in the sixth inning of game two of the Griffs' MAAC doubleheader with Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex Thursday, it was the first stolen base of her career. And it couldn't have been any bigger, as it was the game winning run and averted what could have been a disastrous sweep.

The Golden Griffins' 1-0 game one loss against a team in disarray was extremely puzzling. Canisius came into the game leading the MAAC in offense, against a team whose pitching has been generally pummeled all season long, and yet Canisius could manage only two singles. What made the game even more painful was that they made a waste of Amanda Baun's three hit pitching performance, in which she allowed no earned runs. It's a loss that may come back to haunt Canisius, especially if they don't sweep their final four home games (this weekend). The Griffs got very good pitching in game two also, this time from Jen Consaul who won her 13th game of the season. Yet they very nearly lost that game too, ultimately winning it 2-1, thanks to Chloe.

So, Canisius is 3-3 at present. They wrap up their MAAC home schedule this weekend, then play their final six conference games away from home, including the bi-annual Fairfield-Iona trip which has not been kind to them, even in their championship years. Canisius really needs a sweep of their final homes games; if they don't get it, qualifying for the MAAC tournament is going to be most difficult.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Griffs Split MAAC Home Opener

The Golden Griffins opened their home MAAC schedule with a split against the Marist Red Foxes on a cold day at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game one started out great for Amanda Baun. She struck out the first seven Marist batters she faced; all of them went down swinging. But a pair of walks got her into trouble in the third inning. After two of them and an infield single, Nicole Cheek finally put a ball out of the infield for Marist, and they had a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the same inning, Meghan Cuda hit yet another triple, and scored on Val Nappo's ground out. It was Meghan's seventh triple of the season, leaving her two short of Jody Tassone's school record, set back in 1995. A fifth inning bases loaded triple by the same Nicole Cheek gave Marist an insurmountable lead, as the Griffs were held at bay by Emily Osterhaus, who has been MAAC Pitcher Of The Week two weeks running. Val Nappo added a solo home run, but the final score was 10-2 in favor of Marist. Amanda Baun did strike out 12 in the game, but after the exciting start, surrendered nine earned runs.

Canisius fell behind 1-0 early in game two, and like last week, finally hit the panic button and put six runs on the board in the third inning for a lead they would never lose. A double by Robin Kennery produced two runs; another double, from the bat of Tori Nappo, produced one more. This brought a new pitcher into the game for Marist, and Marissa Miller greeted her with a three run bomb over the left field fence. Marist rallied for three more runs in the game, but the Griffs' lead held out and they won 6-4. Jen Consaul got the win for Canisius.

Getting game two was crucial for the Griffs, as Manhattan comes to town next week. The Lady Jaspers are currently 6-0, and playing very well. The Griffs are 2-2 in the MAAC, good for fifth place at the moment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jenn Solis Earns First College Win

Freshman pitcher Jenn Solis finally was given her fist career start Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex, and achieved her first college win with a 4-2 win over St. Bonaventure. Jenn pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three Bonnies. Amanda Baun pitched the final two innings, and was awarded with the save. Meghan Cuda got the Griffs on the board in the first inning, after leading off with a single and eventually scoring due to a St. Bonaventure error. Meghan was 3 for 4 in this game, and hit her sixth triple of the season, which kept her in the top five nationally in that category. St. Bona tied the game in the second inning, but the Griffs would score three times in the fourth to go ahead for good. Canisius had four hits in that inning, and scored on RBIs by Tori Nappo and Meghan Cuda. Stephanie Pfentner made it home on another St. Bonaventure error.

The Griffs also won game one of the local doubleheader. After falling behind 4-0, they strung together six consecutive singles in the fifth inning to tie the game. Robin Kennery drove home two runs, and Stephanie Pfentner and Katie Medina drove home single runs for a 4-4 game. Canisius scored three more runs in the sixth inning to win 7-4. RBIs by Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery, her third of the game, sealed the game for the Griffs.

Canisius is now 16-13, and will next host MAAC rival Marist in a crucial conference doubleheader Saturday.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Griffs Pound Out 21 Hits In Game 2 Win

Katie Medina led the comeback
When Katie Medina returned from injury last season, the Golden Griffins began a surge that led them to the MAAC tournament. It was no coincidence; the same thing seems to be happening again this season. The senior had missed about half the team's games this year; she came back to the lineup and has been on fire. She's hitting .400 at present, and in today's second game at Rider, was a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. All four were key hits, the last being a two RBI double that brought home the winning run. Katie is the only player remaining from the last Canisius championship team. She didn't play that year (2009), but she was on the bench with the team when they won it all; she's seen it done. Keep your fingers crossed that she stays healthy.

Canisius played very poorly in the game one loss at Rider, being shutout by a team that has struggled with pitching all season. They only had three hits. Once they fell behind early in game two, they seemed to play scared, and went on a barrage of endless hitting. They had an incredible 21 hits in the game. Besides Katie's 4 for 4, Meghan Cuda, Alexis Roman, Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery each had three hits. Canisius will have to play with this attitude for the rest of the season to be effective.