The Canisius softball team closed out is west coast Spring Break trip with a pair of wins on the final day of the Loyola Marymount Invitational II, as the Golden Griffins defeated Dartmouth 4-2 before knocking off host Loyola Marymount 3-1 in the nightcap. Canisius is now 6-16 on the year.
Canisius senior pitcher Jen Consaul earned both wins in the circle for the Blue and Gold to improve her record to 5-9 on the year. She threw two complete-games on Saturday and allowed a total three runs while fanning seven opposing batters on the day.
In the 4-2 win over Dartmouth (10-11), the Griffs trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, but Canisius scored three times to take a 3-1 lead after one inning of play. Freshman Jessica Berzins led off the home half of the first with a triple, and she later scored on a fielder's choice by junior Robin Kennery to knot the game at 1-1. Sophomore Bethany DeMarco drove in two runs with a base hit to right center that allowed Kennery and freshman Lindsey Silfer to cross the plate. Canisius took a 4-1 lead in the third on an RBI-single by senior Valorie Nappo. Dartmouth scored a single run in the sixth to cut the Blue and Gold's cushion to 4-2, and the Big Green had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh, but Consaul got Dartmouth's Alyssa Jorgensen to line-out to third to end the game.
Eight different Canisius players had a hit in the victory, with sophomore Meghan Cuda registering a double and Berzins recording her triple in the first. Silfer and junior Michelle DelPrince also had stolen bases in the win for Canisius.
In the second game, Canisius trailed Loyola Marymount 1-0, but tied the game at 1-1 in the second on an RBI-single by DeMarco. The Griffs took the lead for good in the fifth on a solo homer by Cuda, her team-leading fourth home run of the year and an RBI-double off the bat of Kennery. Canisius had seven hits in the win over the Lions, led by Cuda's 3-for-3 day which also saw her score a run as well.
The Griffs will play their first games in Western New York next Saturday, March 29, when the team opens MAAC play at Niagara. The first game of the MAAC twinbill is set for 1 p.m., in Lewiston, N.Y.
Softball Ends Spring Break with Two Wins
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics