Canisius sophomore Valorie Nappo and freshman Michelle DelPrince each had their first career home runs and the Golden Griffins pounded out 22 hits in two games as the Blue and Gold swept Saint Peter's Friday afternoon by scores of 5-3 and 11-2 in five innings in Jersey City, N.J. Canisius has now won three-straight and four of its last five to improve to 13-26 overall and 5-3 in MAAC play, while the Peahens fell to 5-36 overall and 1-7 in conference action.
Nappo's homer, a two-run shot in the fourth inning of game two, put the Griffs up 9-2 en route to the 11-2 victory. DelPrince's first career home run stands the Griffs' first grand slam of the season, and it came in the top half of the fourth inning with Canisius trailing Saint Peter's by a score of 2-1. With the bases loaded, DelPrince ripped a 2-1 offering from Saint Peter's pitcher Shelby Beaver over the fence in center to give the Griffs the lead for good. Nappo also had four RBIs in the nightcap for the Blue and Gold as Canisius extended its winning streak to 13-straight over Saint Peter's, dating back to 2006.
Canisius sophomore pitcher Jen Consaul earned her team-leading seventh win of the season in game one after she allowed three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one on 97 total pitches. Senior Lauryn Chris added three hits to the winning effort for Canisius in the first game, while junior Stephanie Pfentner posted two base hits as well to the Griffs' victory.
In the second game, Canisius scored two runs in the top of the first and added four runs in the top half of the third to take a 6-2 lead after three innings of play. The Griffs added four in the fourth, highlighted by Nappo's homer to center field, and then posted an insurance run in the fifth when Nappo drove in teammate Katie Lancellotti with a sacrifice fly to center. The run support was more than enough for senior starter Caroline Main, who went the distance and fanned nine while allowing two hits to earn her fourth victory of the year.
The Griffs had 12 hits in the game two win, with senior Lauren Falzone leading the way by going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Freshman Marissa Miller was credited with two hits in the victory, her first career multi-hit game, and Lancellotti added her third double of the season to the final box score. Junior Katie Medina was also credited with two hits in the victory for Canisius.
Canisius will close out its weekend road trip at Manhattan on Saturday, with game time in Riverdale, N.Y., set for 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time series against Saint Peter's by a 42-11 count... The Griffs have outscored Saint Peter's by a combined 111-17 in the last 15 meetings... Both DelPrince and Nappo set career highs with their four RBIs on the day... Freshman Robin Kennery had two stolen bases in game two, which is a new career-high for her as well... The win in game one for Consaul is the 15th of her career.