The Canisius softball team extended its winning streak to three straight with a doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Griffins moved to 10-20 on the season by taking game one 9-7 and then dropping the Bonnies 10-3 in the nightcap. St. Bonaventure fell to 4-22 on the year.
The Griffs trailed 2-1 after two in the first game, but the Blue and Gold took the lead for good in the third with a five-run frame, highlighted by an RBI-single from senior Valorie Nappo that allowed two runners to score. Canisius knotted the game at 2-2 on a solo homer run in the fifth by sophomore Alexis Roman. For Roman, it was her first career homer. Nappo later had the single to drive in a pair and sophomore Bethany DeMarco added an RBI-single in the frame as well. Canisius added a single tally in the fourth and then posted two insurance runs in the top of the sixth an on RBI-single by freshman Lindsey Silfer and another RBI-base hit by Valorie Nappo.
The nine runs were enough for Canisius starter Jen Consaul, who earned the win after she went the distance, allowing seven runs on seven hits to go with five walks. The win improved her to 8-11 on the year. For Canisius, Valorie Nappo went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Silfer went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a run batted in. DeMarco had two hits and two RBI in the win for the Blue and Gold while junior Michelle DelPrince added two hits and two RBI as well.
In the nightcap, Canisius jumped on the Bonnies early and never looked back, posting a 10-3 win for the team's sixth-straight victory over St. Bonaventure, dating back to last season. Canisius scored three times in the top of the first on the power of a two-run homer by Silfer, the first of her career. In the second, the Griffs tacked on three more runs, with the key hit coming in the form of another two-run homer off the bat of sophomore Meghan Cuda. For Cuda, she now leads the team with eight homers this season.
Down 7-0 after the Griffs batted in the top of the third, the Bonnies tried to make a comeback with two runs in the home half of the frame, but again, Consaul was up to the task. She picked up her team-leading ninth win and MAAC-leading 17th complete game of the year after she allowed three runs on eight hits to go with three strikeouts and three walks.
Canisius posted a season-high 16 hits in the game two win, with Cuda going 4-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman Jessica Berzins had three hits, including two doubles and DelPrince posted her first triple of the season in the victory.
Canisius will return to MAAC action on Saturday, April 12, when the team plays at Manhattan. The doubleheader will start at noon.
Softball Rolls Past St. Bonaventure
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics