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Softball Opens MAAC Tournament Play Thursday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 05/09/2012
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2012 MAAC Softball Championships
Day One
Canisius (19-28, 11-5 MAAC) vs. Fairfield (29-25, 11-5 MAAC)
Date:
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time:
12 p.m.
Place:
Marist Softball Park - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Live Streaming Video:
Through MAAC.TV

CHAMPIONSHIP CHATTER

  • The Canisius College softball team enters the 2012 MAAC Softball Championship as the No. 3 seed as the Golden Griffins closed out the regular season with a 19-28 overall record and an 11-5 mark in league action.
  • Canisius is making its 21st appearance in the MAAC Softball Tournament in the last 23 years. The Blue and Gold failed to qualify for the 2011 event, just the second time in program history the team did not play in the league's championship tournament.
  • Canisius is 57-20 all-time in MAAC Tournament action. The Griffs have earned the MAAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Softball Championship a league-record 12 times.
  • The Griffs come into the postseason having won five straight and 10 of their last 13, dating back to April 15, when the squad split a MAAC doubleheader with Iona at home.
  • Canisius' 8-2 win over Rider in game one of the final MAAC doubleheader of the season on May 6, marked the program's 315th all-time win in MAAC regular season play.
  • Canisius went a combined 2-4 this season against the other three team's in this weekend's field after splitting with Iona and Marist and being swept at home by Fairfield April 14.

GRIFF NEWS AND NOTES

  • Canisius opens MAAC Tournament play on a season-long five game winning streak.
  • The Griffs opened the season by playing their first 24 game of the year on the road or at a neutral site.
  • The Blue and Gold have played a total of five extra-inning games this season, with all five of those games coming since March 24, when the Griffs lost to Colgate in Syracuse, N.Y., by a score of 5-4 in eight innings.
  • Three of the Griffs' five extra-inning games have been 10-inning affairs. This marks the first time in program history the team has played three 10-inning games in the same year.
  • Canisius' 1-0, 10-inning win over Mount St. Mary's April 5, in the 2012 home opener was the longest home game in school history.
  • That home opener win over The Mount moved Canisius to 21-2 all-time in home openers at the Demske Sports Complex.
  • Dating back to 2006, Canisius is 38-14 at home in its last 52 home dates.
  • Canisius enters this year's MAAC Tournament with a total of seven position players and two pitchers who have postseason experience under their belts.
  • Seniors Lauren Falzone, Lizzy Gatto and Katie Lancellotti have played in eight career MAAC Tournament games, with each player seeing time in four games in both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments.
  • Canisius senior pitcher Caroline Main and junior hurler Amanda Baun each have a career win in the MAAC Tournament, with both pitchers collecting those victories during the 2010 event, which was hosted by Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex.

SCOUTING IONA

  • The Gaels, the two-time defending MAAC Champions, come into the 2012 MAAC Softball Championship as the No. 1 seed after the team posted a record of 31-23 overall and 12-4 in MAAC play.
  • Iona closed out the regular season with a split at home against Marist.
  • Junior Eileen McCann leads the Iona offense with her .347 batting average that includes nine doubles, seven homers and 16 RBIs to go with 25 runs scored.
  • Alyssa Maiese ranks second on the team with her .316 batting average and she leads the MAAC with nine homers and 39 runs batted in.
  • Pitchers Sarah Jackson and Maiese each have 15 wins in the circle this season, with Jackson leading the way with her 1.32 ERA and 211 strikeouts in 28 starts.

SCOUTING FAIRFIELD

  • The Stags earned the No. 2 seed in this year's field after going 29-25 overall and 11-5 in MAAC play. The Stags and the Griffs each had an 11-5 league record, but Fairfield's sweep of Canisius April 14, in Buffalo provided it with the higher seed.
  • Fairfield closed out the regular season last weekend by sweeping Siena at home. The Stags have won five of their last six entering the MAAC Tournament.
  • Sophomore Kristen Filicia leads the Stags' offensive attack with her .325 batting average and league-high 24 stolen bases. She has 55 hits this season, 13 of which have been doubles, and she's scored 36 runs.
  • Senior Ali Wigand is hitting .322 through 54 games this season with nine doubles, three homers and a team-best 35 RBIs.
  • Sophomore Rebecca Trott has 16 wins in the circle and boasts a team-best 2.29 ERA in 180.1 innings of work. She's fanned 139 batters and has 17 complete games, four shutouts and a save.

SCOUTING MARIST

  • The host Red Foxes come into this year's MAAC Championship with a 28-25 overall record and a 9-7 mark in MAAC play.
  • Marist is 12-4 at home this season, with one of those defeats coming to Canisius April 28, when the teams met in a MAAC doubleheader.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Zakha leads Marist with her .337 batting average. She also has 55 hits, 40 runs scored and 31 RBIs this year.
  • Junior Danielle Koltz has a team-high eight home runs this season and leads the team's offensive attack with 39 runs batted in.
  • Junior pitcher Emily Osterhaus has a team-best 11 wins in the circle this season in 113.2 innings of work. She has fanned a team-high 82 batters as well.

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