Canisius sophomore Alexis Roman ripped an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to help lift Canisius (7-17) to an 8-7 extra-inning victory over cross-town rival Buffalo Tuesday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. In the second game, the Bulls (15-14) scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning en route to a 6-3 win. The home games were the first of the season for Canisius, which opened the year by playing 22-straight games away from the Demske Sports Complex.
Canisius senior pitcher Jen Consaul earned the win in the first game after she went the distance and allowed seven runs, four earned, on 12 hits to go with a walk and two strikeouts. The win improves Consaul to 6-9 on the year in the circle for the Golden Griffins. Buffalo started the first game of the non-league doubleheader by scoring seven runs in the game’s first four frames. The Bulls scored three times in the top of the first with an RBI-double by Holly Luciano and a two-run homer off the bat of senior Heather Ryder. Luciano added another RBI in the second on a double that was misplayed by the Canisius outfield, which allowed another run to score. Buffalo took a 7-0 lead through 3.5 innings of play after the Bulls scored single runs in the top of the third and fourth innings.
Trailing 7-0 in the fifth, Canisius scored seven times on the power of five hits in the fifth to knot the game at 7-7. Sophomore Meghan Cuda put Canisius on the board with a three-run homer to right in the fifth and freshman Lindsey Silfer knocked in a pair of runs with a single back up the middle that allowed teammates Jessica Berzins and Roman to score. Senior Valorie Nappo tied the game with a double to left center with two outs in the fifth. That two-base hit allowed Silfer and junior Michelle DelPrince to cross the plate for the Blue and Gold.
After neither team scored in the sixth and seventh, the game went to the eighth inning where Buffalo started the extra frame with a base hit by Ryleigh Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashton Earnhardt, but the Bulls helped Canisius get out of a jam when Buffalo was called for batting out of order for the second out. Consaul was able to get a ground out to end the eighth inning, setting up the Griffs’ late rally to win the game, the team’s third-straight win, dating back to March 22.
In Canisius’ half of the eighth, sophomore Tori Nappo reached with a one-out single to left, and she advanced to third base on a ground-rule double by Berzins with two outs. That set the stage for Roman, who drove a pitch to center field, allowing Nappo to score the winning run.
Tori Speckman took the loss for Buffalo in game one. She is now 10-8 on the year. Speckman allowed six runs, all earned, on 12 hits while striking out eight. Sophomore Nicole Aviles came in to the game in relief of Speckman in the fifth and allowed two runs after she walked two batters and did not record an out. Berzins had three hits in the win for Canisius, while Roman and Silfer also had multi-hit efforts in the victory.
In the second game, Canisius jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, powered by a two-run homer off the bat of Cuda in the home half of the third. Buffalo tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth with three runs and then took the lead for good with two unearned runs in the fifth. Ryder picked up the win in the circle for Buffalo after she went the distance and allowed three runs, two earned on five hits while striking out three and walking three. Canisius freshman Sarah Andrews took the loss for the Griffs after she allowed two runs and walked five in 0.2 innings of work. Sophomore Jenn Solis stated the game for the Griffs, and she gave up three runs on three hits while fanning three and walking two in four innings of action. Cuda went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a run scored in the loss for the Blue and Gold, while freshman Taylor Decker, Berzins and Roman also had hits for Canisius.
The Griffs will return to action Saturday, April 5, when the team plays host to Iona in a MAAC doubleheader. First pitch at the Demske Sports Complex is set for 3 p.m.Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time series against Buffalo by a 25-20 count… The their last 51 home dates, the Griffs are 34-17… The win in game one improves Canisius to 23-2 all-time in the first game of the season played at the Demske Sports Complex… The Griffs are now 3-1 this year in extra-inning games… Cuda has a team-high six home runs this season and she also leads the team with 15 RBI… The win in game one was the 29th career victory in the circle for Consaul… Consaul has 12 complete games this season in 14 starts… The win in game one was the 820th career victory for Canisius head coach Mike Rappl.