The Canisius softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit en route to a 4-3 win in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The visiting Orange bounced back to take the nightcap by an 8-0 count. The Golden Griffins are now 14-26 on the year while Syracuse moved to 22-23 overall with the split.
Canisius trailed 3-0 heading into the home-half of the sixth inning, but scored four times on the power of six singles to post the 4-3 victory. After back-to-back base hits by junior Michelle DelPrince and freshman Sam Sharkey, junior Robin Kennery put the Griffs on the board with a base knock back up the middle that allowed DelPrince to score from second. Sharkey and Kennery scored a short time later in the frame on a fielder’s choice groundout by sophomore Alexis Roman. On that play, the ball got away from Syracuse first baseman Nicole Lundstrum, which allowed Roman to move up to second base and let two runs to score to tie the game at 3-3. Senior Valorie Nappo drove in the game-winning run with a base hit to center, which allowed Roman to score from second base. In the seventh, Canisius starter Jen Consaul set the Orange down in order to secure the win, her team-leading 13th victory of the season.
Syracuse scored all three of its runs in game one in the top-half of the first on a three-run homer by Jasmine Watson, her 14th home run of the year. Consaul settled down after the first and ended up allowing just the three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three. Sydney O’Hara took the loss for the Orange after she went six innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hit to go with five strikeouts and a walk.
In the second game, Syracuse scored three times in the top of the first on a three-run home run off the bat of Corinne Ozanne and never looked back. The Orange scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings and then added two more insurance runs in the seventh. That support was more than enough for Syracuse starter Christina Clermont, who moved to 5-5 on the year with the win in the circle. She gave up just four hits and posted three strikeouts in the win. Canisius sophomore Jenn Solis took the loss for the Blue and Gold after she allowed eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and six walks.
Valorie Nappo had two hits in the losing effort for the Blue and Gold, including her first triple of the season, which came in the game’s fourth inning. Sharkey and Kennery also had hits for Canisius in game two.
Canisius will continue its eight-game homestand on Saturday when the team plays host to Rider in a MAAC doubleheader. Game one is set for 3 p.m., at the Demske Sports Complex.Game Notes: Canisius and Syracuse have now played a total of 17 times, with the Orange leading the all-time series 11-6… The win in game one was the Griffs’ first win over Syracuse since May 4, 2010… The win over Syracuse also stands as the Griffs’ first win over an ACC member school since March 28, 1999, when Canisius defeated Georgia Tech 2-1 in eight innings… The Griffs are 3-6 this year in one-run games… Consaul’s string of 13-straight starts and 93 consecutive innings pitched came to an end when she did not start game two of the doubleheader… Kennery’s RBI in game one gives her 21 this season, which ties her for the team lead with sophomore teammate Meghan Cuda.