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Rappl Gets Career Win 800 as Softball Sweeps

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/15/2013
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The Canisius College Golden Griffins scored a pair of wins on the first day of the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic, defeating Pittsburgh 10-5 before knocking off the host George Mason Patriots by a 6-3 count. The wins improve Canisius to 10-4 on the year.

The team's win over Pittsburgh was the 800th in the 34-year career of Canisius head coach Mike Rappl. The only head coach the program has even known, Rappl is the fourth Division I head coach this season to reach the 800-career win milestone. A 1977 graduate of Canisius and a member of the school's Sports Hall of Fame, he is the winningest coach of any program in the MAAC.

Rappl earned win No. 800 after the Griffs exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third against Pitt and Canisius took advantage of five Panther errors to score the 10-5 victory. In the nightcap, Canisius broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh to secure the Blue and Gold's 10th win of the year.

The Griffs will play a pair of games on Saturday as the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic continues in Fairfax, Va. Canisius will start the day at 10:30 a.m., when the team plays Ohio State and the Griffs will meet Pitt again, with first pitch scheduled for 12:45 p.m.

Game One
Canisius trailed 1-0 through 2.5 innings of action, but a five-run third frame, two runs in the fourth and three more in the bottom half of the fifth allowed Canisius to present Rappl with his 800th career victory as Canisius defeated Pittsburgh 10-5. Canisius pounded out 10 hits while Pitt (9-10) was charged with five errors.

Three Canisius players had multiple hits in the win over Pitt, led by freshman Meghan Cuda, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Michelle DelPrince went 2-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and a run batted in, while fellow sophomore Robin Kennery went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Freshman Tori Nappo also added two RBIs in the win for Canisius, which posted double-digits on the scoreboard for the fifth time this season.

Sophomore Corrine Schaus earned the win in the circle after she went the distance and gave up five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one. The win for Schaus was her first of the season and the fourth of her career.

Game Two
In the Griffs' second game of the day, a three-run seventh inning helped break a 3-3 tie and lift the team to a 6-3 victory over George Mason (6-12). With two outs and the bases loaded, junior Valorie Nappo singled to drive in two runs to give the Griffs a 5-3 lead. She was followed by her sister Tori Nappo, who knocked in a run as well to put the Blue and Gold up 6-3.

Those three runs were more than enough insurance for Jen Consaul to close the door for the Blue and Gold as she moved her record to 6-2 on the season with the complete-game win. Consaul allowed three runs on six hits and struck out one.

Canisius has eight hits in the win over the Patriots, led by DelPrince and freshman Alexis Roman, who each had two singles. Valorie Nappo and DelPrince each knocked in two runs, while Cuda and Tori Nappo had RBIs as well.
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