The Canisius College softball team improved to 8-3 on the year with a pair of wins at the Marina International Hotel Showcase in Los Angeles, Calif. The Golden Griffins started their Spring Break trip with an 8-5 win over Bethune-Cookman before holding off Utah Valley by a score of 2-1.
In the win over Utah Valley, Canisius senior Lauren Hope scored both of the Griffs’ runs. The Blue and Gold took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Hope led the frame off with a triple and then scored on an RBI-single by sophomore Katie Medina. The Blue and Gold added an insurance run in the seventh when Hope scored on an RBI-double by Medina. Those runs would prove to be large as the Wolverines would lead off the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer to make the score 2-1, but winning pitcher Caroline Main would retire three-straight Utah Valley batters to end the game and pick up her third win of the season.
Hope went 3-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored in the win, and her two stolen bases in the nightcap gives her 99 for her career. Sophomore Stephanie Pfentner added two hits in the victory as well, as the Griffs racked up a total of nine hits in the winning effort. Main allowed one run on six hits and struck out five in the win for the Blue and Gold.
In the first game of the day, Canisius scored four runs in the home-half of the third with a two-run homer by senior Emily Helbig and a two-run base hit by Pfentner to help give the Blue and Gold a 5-1 lead. Junior Lizzy Gatto drove in two more runs in the fourth frame with a single, and that would be enough to help starting pitcher Amanda Baun earn the win in the circle. Baun went the distance for the third-straight game, after she allowed five runs on five hits while fanning four.
Helbig had two homers in the win, the first multi-homer game of her career, while junior Lauren Falzone added three hits as well in the winning effort.
Canisius will return to action Saturday with a pair of games on Saturday, the final day of the Marina International Hotel Showcase. The Griffs will take on Northern Colorado at 12 p.m., eastern time, before facing off against the host Loyola Marymount Lions at 4 p.m. It was also announced on Friday that the Griffs would play Loyola Marymount in a single-game on Wednesday, March 23. That game will be played in place of the Sunday's game, which has been called off thanks to a forecast of bad weather.