The Canisius softball team closed out the 2014 campaign with a MAAC doubleheader sweep on Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. The Golden Griffins won game one by the score of 5-4 before taking the nightcap 6-2. Canisius ends the 2014 season with an overall record of 18-30 to go with an 8-12 mark in MAAC play.
Canisius senior pitcher Jen Consaul closed out her collegiate career by earning the win in both games. In the first game, the Chili, N.Y., native gave up four runs on six hits to go with nine strikeouts, and then she came back and allowed just two runs while scattering seven hits with nine strikeouts in game two. Consaul ends the 2014 season with a record of 17-19 to go with a 2.56 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 246 innings of work. Consaul recorded 33 complete games on the year after she faced 971 batters in 40 appearances.
The Griffs scored single runs in each of the first four frames and the Blue and Gold held a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom-half of the fifth. There, the Bobcats (11-36, 6-14 MAAC) scored three times to make the game a one-run contest at 4-3. The Griffs added a key insurance run in the top of the seventh to make the score 5-3 after junior Michelle DelPrince scored from third base on a throwing error by a Quinnipiac outfielder. The Bobcats added a run in the home-half of the seventh on an infield single to make the score 5-4 with the game-tying run at first, but Consaul buckled down and got Quinnipiac junior Jordan Paolucci to ground out and end the game.
Canisius racked up 11 hits in the first game, with five different players recording multi-hit efforts in the win. Junior Robin Kennery and freshman Lindsey Silfer each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the victory, while sophomore Meghan Cuda went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Valorie Nappo had two hits and scored a run for the Blue and Gold in the winning effort, and DelPrince also added two base hits and a run scored as well.
Canisius led 1-0 after four innings in the second game and then broke the contest open with a five-run fifth frame, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of redshirt sophomore Erica Afanador. Silfer had two hits, including her ninth double of the season, and two RBI in the nightcap win and DelPrince scored twice for Canisius.Game Notes: This marked the first time Canisius and Quinnipiac have played in softball… Silfer ends her rookie season with the program as the team’s leader in batting average, as she hit .336 (48-for-143)… DelPrince scored a team-high 29 runs for the team this season… Kennery’s team-high 26 RBI this year makes her the team’s leader in runs batted in three-straight years.