The Canisius softball team scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth and freshman pitcher Sarah Andrews retired Bucknell in order in the bottom half of the extra frame to help lift the Golden Griffins to an 11-10 win over the Bison Saturday afternoon in the CSU Dome Invitational in Cleveland, Ohio. The game was the 2014 season-opener for both schools.
Canisius jumped out to an early 6-1 lead at two innings thanks to a six-run second, highighted by a grand slam off the bat of sophomore Meghan Cuda. She finished the day by going 1-for-4 with five runs batted in and two runs scored. Canisius took a 7-3 lead in the fourth on an RBI-single by junior Robin Kennery, but Bucknell answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to make it 7-5 in favor of the Blue and Gold.
After Canisius scored a single run in the top of the fifth, the Griffs added two more tallies on the scoreboard in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. An error by Bucknell allowed those two runs to score, and those insurance runs would prove to be key, as the Bison mae it a one-run game at 10-9 after six innings thanks to a pair of two-run homers in the home half of the sixth frame. Bucknell added a single run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
In the extra frame, which used the international softball tie-breaking rule, Canisius wasted little time scoring the eventual game-winning run. In the eighth, with sophomore Alexis Roman on second base, junior Michelle DelPrince dropped down a bunt which was fielded and then thrown-away by Bucknell, allowing Roman to race around and score. Andrews retired the Bison in order to secure the win. She pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit.
Roman had two hits and scored two runs in the win for Canisius, while senior Valorie Nappo had two runs scored as well. Canisius improved to 23-13 all-time in the season opener.
In the second game of the day, Robert Morris defeated Canisius 9-0. Andrews took the loss in her first college start. DelPrince, along with teammates Lindsey Silfer, Jessica Berzins and Bethany DeMarco all had hits in the losing effort for the Blue and Gold.
Canisius will close out its trip to the CSU Dome Invitational on Sunday with a pair of games. The Griffs will play Bowling Green at 1 p.m.
Softball Posts Win in Season Opener
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics