The Canisius College Golden Griffins scored six runs in the home half of the sixth inning, highlighted by back-to-back homers by freshman Bethany DeMarco and sophomore Marissa Miller, but it was not enough to overcome Buffalo’s early lead, as the visiting Bulls posted an 8-6 non-league win at the Demske Sports Complex Thursday afternoon. The win moves Buffalo to 14-26 on the year, while the Griffs slipped to 21-18 with the loss.
Canisius trailed 7-0 heading into the home half of the sixth frame before the team sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits. Freshman Tori Nappo started off the inning with a double to center and the Blue and Gold loaded the bases after a hit batter and a walk. Following a fielder’s choice which saw Buffalo get an out on the play, sophomore Robin Kennery lined a base hit back up the middle to knock in two runs as sophomore Michelle DelPrince and freshman Meghan Cuda came around to score to make the score 7-2 in favor of Buffalo. After Bulls’ pitcher Heather Ryder got the second out of the inning on a fly ball to left, DeMarco stepped in and made the score 7-5 with a three-run shot to the gap in left center. Ryder was relieved by teammate Dani Cowen, and the third pitch she threw to Miller was hit over the fence in center to make the score 7-6. Canisius had the tying run on first after freshman Alexis Roman singled off Cowen with two down, but the freshman hurler got her Buffalo team out of the frame by inducing an infield pop-up for the third out.
The Bulls tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when pinch-runner Tori Pettine scored from third base on a Canisius throwing error. Canisius was retired in order in the home half of the seventh to secure the win for Buffalo, the team’s first win at the Demske Sports Complex since April 2, 2008.
Buffalo took an early 1-0 lead in the second and then the Bulls pushed their advantage to 3-0 when senior Alyssa Ward hit a two-run homer to the gap in left center off Canisius reliever Amanda Baun. Baun came on in relief of Griff starter Jenn Solis, who took the loss after she allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work. Baun allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one in two innings, and sophomore Corrine Schaus gave up four runs, none of which were earned, on one hit to go with a strikeout and two walks in two innings. Junior Jen Consaul allowed a run and a hit in the seventh inning.
Ryder earned the win for the Bulls after she gave up five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. Cowan earned her first collegiate save after she allowed one run on two hits while fanning one in 1.1 innings of action. Buffalo starting pitcher Nicole Aviles worked the first 2.1 innings of the game and allowed three hits while walking four.
Canisius junior Valorie Nappo went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the loss for Canisius, which left 11 runners on base as a team. Kennery was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Miller had two hits, including her team-leading fourth homer of the season. DeMarco drove in a career-high three runs and DelPrince went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored for the Blue and Gold.
Canisius will head on the road for its final eight games of the 2013 regular season, starting Saturday, April 27, when the team plays at Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y. That MAAC doubleheader is set to begin at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: This marked the 44th all-time meeting between Canisius and Buffalo in softball, with the Griffs leading the series 25-19… This marks the first time Buffalo beat Canisius twice in the same season since 2009… The Griffs ended their regular season home schedule with a 7-4 record… Cuda leads the team with her 33 runs scored this year, making her the 25th player in program history to score 33 or more runs in a season… Kennery’s 36 RBIs is tops on the roster and she needs four more runs batted in this season to become the 10th player in school history with 40-plus RBIs in a single-season… Consaul has now appeared in 82 career games as a Griff pitcher, which ranks 10th in school history.