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Softball Heads North to Battle Niagara
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 05/01/2012
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Games 44 & 45
Canisius (15-28, 7-5 MAAC) at Niagara (12-27, 5-7 MAAC)
Date:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time:
Game One begins at 3 p.m.
Place:
Niagara Field - Lewiston, N.Y.

PRACTICE SWINGS

  • The Canisius College softball team starts the final week of the 2012 regular season Wednesday afternoon when the team takes on long-time rival Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y.
  • The Golden Griffins have won five of their last seven games after splitting a MAAC twinbill at Marist last Saturday afternoon.
  • The Griffs start Wednesday's action tied for third in the MAAC standings with Rider, as both teams have a 7-5 league mark. The Griffs will host the Broncs on Senior Day May 6, at the Demske Sports Complex on the final day of the regular season.

GRIFF NEWS AND NOTES

  • Canisius will be closing out its 10-game road stretch at Niagara, which dates back to April 17 at St. Bonaventure. The Blue and Gold is 5-3 in its previous eight games during the road swing.
  • On the year, the Griffs are 7-11 in all road games and 4-2 in conference road contests.
  • Senior Lauren Falzone leads the team with her .317 batting average this season. She is one of three Griffs (along with Lizzy Gatto and Katie Medina) to be hitting better than .300 on the year.
  • Falzone is currently tied for third in the MAAC with 34 runs scored this season, which ranks her tied for 21st all-time for runs scored in a season by a Griff.
  • Gatto hit her team-leading sixth home run of the season last Saturday at Marist, which gives her the most home runs by a Canisius outfielder since Jenny Maheu had seven homers in 2005.
  • Gatto's homer in the team's game one loss to Marist was the 12th home run in her career, which ties her for 10th in career homers. Her first career home run came in a MAAC Tournament game at Marist during her freshman season of 2009.
  • Gatto and freshman Robin Kennery lead the Blue and Gold with 23 RBIs this season. In her career, Gatto has driven in 85 runs, which ties her for 14th in program history.
  • Senior Katie Lancellotti leads the team and the MAAC with her four sacrifice flies this year, which currently ranks her 12th in the nation in that category.
  • Lancellotti has 99 fielding assists this year, leaving her one assist shy of becoming the eighth player in program history to tally 100-plus assists in a season.
  • For her career, Lancellotti has moved into third-place all-time in career fielding assists with 336 - six assists shy of passing former Griff Tricia Andres for second all-time in that category.
  • Medina has hit safely in six-straight games after returning from a midseason leg injury.
  • Sophomore Valorie Nappo has 327 defensive putouts as the team's primary first baseman. She ranks sixth all-time in single-season putouts.
  • Senior pitcher Caroline Main has moved into ninth-place all-time with her 411.0 career innings pitched. She ranks second on this year's roster with 103.0 innings of work through 24 appearances.
  • Sophomore Jen Consaul leads the Griffs' staff with eight wins in the circle.  She is currently tied for 21st all-time with her 26 appearances this year.

 

SCOUTING NIAGARA

  • The Purple Eagles are on a three-game winning streak after splitting with Manhattan and sweeping Saint Peter's on the road last weekend.
  • Niagara comes into Wednesday's games two back of Canisius and Rider for the last spot in the 2012 MAAC Softball Championship.
  • Sophomore Jessica Hitchcock is hitting a team-best .314 for Niagara, which is hitting .222 as a team.
  • Junior Becky Zill is hitting .246 for Niagara, but she leads the team with nine doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs.
  • Sophomore Kim Bryson leads the Purple Eagles' pitching staff with five wins on the year. She has fanned 140 batters this year and ranks 22nd in the country with 8.6 strikeouts per seven innings.

CANISIUS vs. NIAGARA

  • Wednesday's doubleheader will mark the 106th and 107th all-time meeting between these two schools on the softball field, with Canisius holding an 84-20-1 lead in the series.
  • Last season, Canisius and Niagara split the doubleheader when the teams played at the Demske Sports Complex. It marked the third-straight split in regular season play between the two schools, which are only separated by 20 minutes.
  • The last time there was a sweep in this series, the Griffs came out on top - taking down Niagara by scores of 6-1 and 3-1 in nine innings at Niagara Field on April 19, 2008.

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