The Canisius softball team split a MAAC doubleheader with visiting Siena Saturday night at the Demske Sports Complex, taking game one by the score of 6-0 before falling in the nightcap by an 8-7 count. The Golden Griffins are now 12-24 overall and 3-7 in league play while the Saints moved to 20-17 overall and 8-2 in conference action.
In the team’s 6-0 win, senior pitcher Jen Consaul went the distance and earned her fourth shutout win of the season after she allowed just three hits and fanned six en route to her 11th win of the season. The complete game for Consaul, her 22nd of the season, was the 75 complete-game effort in her career, which makes her the school’s career leader in complete-games thrown. Consaul got all the help she needed from the Griffs’ offense in the second and third frames, as the Blue and Gold tallied five runs in the home-half of the second and then added a single tally in the third.
In the second, junior Michelle DelPrince ripped a triple to the base of the fence in centerfield that cleared the bases to give the Blue and Gold a 4-0 lead. Canisius got on the scoreboard first in that inning on an RBI-single by sophomore Tori Nappo, and DelPrince scored later in the inning on an RBI-base hit by junior Robin Kennery. Canisius added another run in the third after sophomore Bethany DeMarco roped an RBI-single to left that allowed teammate Valorie Nappo to score from second base.
The Griffs ended the first game with 10 hits, as Kennery collected three and Valorie Nappo had two. DelPrince drove in three RBI in the win and sophomore Alexis Roman was credited with a double as well. Siena starter Jessika-Jo Sandrini took the loss in the circle after she allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits to go with two strikeouts and two walks in two innings of work.
The Saints bounced back to take game two by the score of 8-7, with all eight of their runs coming in the game’s third inning. In that frame, Siena racked up six hits and the team took advantage of three Canisius errors. Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the third, the Blue and Gold answered with three runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by freshman Lindsey Silfer. The Griffs added two more run in the home-half of the fourth when Tori Nappo singled back up the middle to plate two runs, and the Griffs cut the Saints’ lead to 8-7 in the seventh when Roman connected with an RBI-single through the right side with one out. Canisius had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the seventh, as the Griffs advanced runners to second and third with one out, but Sandrini, who came on in relief in the second game, got a ground-ball out to second and an infield fly to second to end the threat.
Sandrini pitched 3.2 innings in relief to earn the win and move her record to 15-7 on the year. Consaul posted her 23rd complete game of the season in the loss, as she allowed eight runs, just two were earned, on 10 hits to go with a strikeout and three walks. Canisius had nine hits in the loss, with DelPrince and Kennery having mult-hit games for the Blue and Gold. Kennery, Silfer and Tori Nappo had two RBI in the losing effort and redshirt-sophomore Erika Afanador also scored a run for Canisius as a pinch runner.
Canisius will return to MAAC action on Monday, April 21 when the team travels to long-time rival Niagara. First pitch in Lewiston, N.Y., is set for noon.
Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time against Siena by a 39-9 count… The Griffs are 23-2 all-time at the Demske Sports Complex against the Saints… Consaul’s 75th career shutout allowed her to pass former Griff Michelle Corrigan for the program’s complete-game record… Consaul has thrown every inning for the team since April 7, a span of 69-straight innings… Silfer saw her 11-game hitting streak come to an end in when she went hitless in game one… Kennery moved into 17th all-time in career RBI – she now has 83 in her three-year career… The game one victory was the 825th career win for Canisius head coach Mike Rappl.