Canisius sophomore Jen Consaul tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout and senior Katie Lancellotti and freshman Michelle DelPrince each had a home run as the Golden Griffins defeated Manhattan 5-0 in game one of a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Riverdale, N.Y. In the second game, the host Jaspers hit two two-run homers to post a 4-0 win over the Griffs. Canisius is now 14-27 overall and 6-4 in MAAC play, while Manhattan moves to 5-27 overall and 1-5 in conference action.
The win for Consaul improved her to 8-8 on the season and marked her fourth-straight win as a starter and third victory this week. She faced just 23 batters and did not allow a Manhattan base runner to reach second base. The shutout-win for the Chili, N.Y., native was her fourth of the season and she also recorded her 10th complete-game this season with the win.
The Griffs gave Consaul all the support she would need in the top of the fourth when the Blue and Gold scored first. With two outs and two runners on, Lancellotti reached base on a fielding error by the Manhattan first baseman, which allowed senior Lauryn Chris to score from second base. In the fifth, Canisius added another run to take a 2-0 lead when senior Lizzy Gatto raced home to score on a bunt single by teammate Valorie Nappo. In the sixth, junior Stephanie Pfentner led off the frame with a ground-rule double, and DelPrince followed with her second homer in as many days, this time over the fence in center. After Manhattan got an out, Lancellotti followed and smashed her first home run of the season, a solo shot, over the fence in right to give the Griffs a 5-0 lead.
Canisius pounded out 11 hits off losing pitcher Kelsi Redding, who fell to 2-9 on the year after she gave up five runs on 10 hits while walking five and striking out three. Nappo, Pfentner and DelPrince had multiple hits in the game one victory, with DelPrince leading the team with two RBIs. Lancellotti, Gatto and freshman Robin Kennery also added stolen bases to the Griffs' winning effort.
Manhattan scored two runs in the home half of the second and never looked back en route to the Jaspers' 4-0 win in game two. With a runner on and two outs in the second, Manhattan's Meghan McDevitt hit a homer off losing pitcher Caroline Main to put the home squad up 2-0 after two. Manhattan added two more runs in the sixth on a two-run homer by Mickayla Romero with one out. Manhattan starter Kate Bowen moved to 3-8 on the year after she scattered six hits and walked three in seven innings of work. Canisius senior Lauren Falzone had three hits, including a double in the nightcap loss, while junior Katie Medina added two hits as well, including her third double of the season.
Canisius will return to action Saturday, April 28, when the team travels to meet Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Game one is set to begin at noon.
Game Notes: Canisius is now 48-9 all-time against Manhattan... The two teams have split in each of the last two seasons... The home run for Lancellotti was the 16th in her career, which ranks second all-time in school history... Gatto is now tied for sixth in school history with her 113 career runs scored... Consaul is now tied for 15th in school history with five career shutouts... Main made the 69th start in her career, which ties her for seventh in the program's history.