Canisius senior Lizzy Gatto scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of teammate Katie Medina with two outs in the seventh and senior Caroline Main earned the win in relief as the Golden Griffins defeated Marist 4-3 in the second game of a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The host Red Foxes downed the Griffs 6-2 in the first game, as the team split a MAAC twinbill for the fifth consecutive season.
Canisius led the nightcap 3-1 thanks to a two-run home run by junior catcher Stephanie Pfentner, which came in the fourth. The score would remain at 3-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when Marist scored twice on back-to-back home runs by Nicole DiVirgilio and Alyssa Zahka. The Red Foxes had the bases load with two outs in the sixth, but Main got out of a jam when she forced a line drive out.
Gatto started the seventh with a one-out double and advanced to third on a base hit by freshman Robin Kennery. After Kennery stole second, Medina followed and drove a 3-2 pitch to right that allowed Gatto to score the game-winning tally.
Canisius (15-29, 7-5 MAAC) pounded out seven hits in the game two win, with Gatto standing as the only Griff to record multiple hits in the game. Main came on in relief of freshman starter Corrine Schaus and earned the victory in the circle after she pitched a hitless 2.1 innings of work where she fanned three and walked two. Emily Osterhaus took the loss Marist after she allowed four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six in seven innings of work.
In the first game, Canisius put two marks on the board first when Gatto smacked her sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot, over the fence in right. Senior Lauren Falzone start the day with a base hit to the right side of the infield, and she was advanced to second by a sacrifice bunt by Katie Lancellotti. Gatto followed Lancellotti and took the 1-1 offering deep over the fence. Those two runs would be the Griffs' only markers in the first game as Oserthaus earned the win after she gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one in a complete-game effort.
Marist (25-20, 7-3 MAAC) cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second and then took the lead for good in the third with a three-run frame. Sophomore pitcher Jen Consaul took the loss after she allowed four runs on five hits to go with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Griffs will return to action Wednesday, May 2, when the team plays at Niagara in MAAC action. First pitch in Lewiston, N.Y., is set for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time series with Marist by a 25-11 count... Six of the team's 13 home runs this season have come in MAAC games.. Gatto's six home runs this season are the most for a Canisius outfielder since Jenny Maheu had seven homers in 2005... Gatto's first career home run was hit at Marist's Gartland Park in the championship round of the 2009 MAAC Tournament against Niagara... Medina has reached base safely in six straight for Canisius... Falzone is hitting a team-best .348 in league action this season.