The Canisius softball team moved to 16-13 on the season with a pair of non-conference wins over St. Bonaventure Tuesday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The Golden Griffins came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Bonnies 7-4 in game one and then took game two by a 4-2 count. St. Bonaventure has now lost nine straight and fell to 5-29 on the season with the pair of road losses.
Canisius freshman Meghan Cuda extended her hitting streak to six games with a hit in game one and three hits in game two, highlighted by her team-leading sixth triple of the season. Senior Stephanie Pfentner had three hits in the twinbill to extend her hitting streak to four games and sophomore Robin Kennery added three hits and three runs batted in as the Griffs extended their winning streak to three straight. Junior Jen Consaul moved to 11-7 on the year with her complete-game victory in game one and freshman Jenn Solis earned her first collegiate win in the circle after she gave up two runs on three hits while fanning three in five innings of work in the nightcap.
St. Bonaventure led 3-0 through four innings and then added a single run in the top of the fifth to take a 4-0 lead on the Blue and Gold in game one. Canisius rallied back with a four-run frame in the home half of the fifth to knot the game at 4-4. In that inning, Kennery drove in two runs with a base hit to center and then Pfentner followed with an RBI-single to left that allowed freshman Alexis Roman to score from third. Kennery scored the tying run moments later when senior Katie Medina ripped an RBI-base hit to right. Canisius took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. After Tori Nappo led of the inning with a ground-rule double to the gap in right center, sophomore Michelle DelPrince knocked her across the plate with a double to right center. Following a pitching change by the Bonnies, Canisius scored an unearned run on an error and Kennery drove one to the base of the fence for a sacrifice fly to give the Blue and Gold the 7-4 advantage.
Consaul allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out five and walking four. St. Bonaventure starter Carly Bilchak took the loss for the Bonnies after she allowed six runs on 10 hits while striking out two and walking two. Pfentner went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the win, while Kennery drove in three. DelPrince went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Canisius.
In game two, Canisius gave its freshman starter a run in the bottom of the first when the Blue and Gold took advantage of the first of five Bonnies’ errors in the game. St. Bonaventure designated player Jessenia Andujar knotted the game at 1-1 in the top half of the second with a leadoff homer to left center, but the Blue and Gold regained the lead with three runs in the fourth. In that frame, Canisius scored another unearned run and then Tori Nappo and Cuda drove in runs with base hits. After the Bonnies cut Canisius’ lead in half at 4-2 with a single-run in the fifth, the Griffs brought on senior pitcher Amanda Baun, who threw the last two innings without allowing a hit to earn her first save of the season.
Cuda went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the game two win, while Kennery added two hits to the Canisius attack. St. Bonaventure’s Emily Belfield also had a hit and a run scored in the losing effort.
Canisius will return to action Saturday, April 13, when the team plays host to MAAC rival Marist at the Demske Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.
Game Notes: The games on Tuesday were the 67th and 68th all-time meetings between Canisius and St. Bonaventure in softball, with the Griffs leading the series 55-13… Canisius has now beaten five-straight times, and four times this year… The win in game one moved the Griffs to 22-2 all-time in the first game of the season on the turf at the Demske Sports Complex… Dating back to 2006, Canisius is 40-14 in its last 54 home contests… Cuda has reached base safely in nine-straight games… In Canisius’ 16 wins this season, Pfentner is hitting .477 (21-for-44) and she’s scored 15 runs… Kennery now leads the team with 25 RBIs, and 22 of those have come in the team’s 16 victories this season… The save was the third career save for Baun, who had two saves during the 2011 campaign.