The Canisius softball team snapped its four-game losing skid and earned its first MAAC victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Fairfield in the second game of a conference doubleheader Monday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The Golden Griffins moved to 8-20 overall and 1-3 in conference play with the split. The Stags are now 8-15 overall and 5-2 in MAAC action.
In the second game, Canisius senior Jen Consaul earned her seventh win of the season after she went the distance and fanned five for her second shutout of the year. Canisius scored all three of its runs in the home-half of the fifth inning, with the key hit coming off the bat of sophomore Meghan Cuda, who ripped her team-leading seventh homer of the season in that frame. Freshman Jessica Berzins had a double in the game two victory, while teammates Alexis Roman, Lindsey Silfer, Michelle DelPrince and Tori Nappo also added base hits to the winning effort.
Canisius was able to keep the game scoreless in the top-half of the fifth after Berzins gunned down a potential run at the plate from centerfield on a base hit by Fairfield outfielder Sammy Ruffalo. Berzins’ assist, her third of the day and fourth of the season, set the Griffs up to plate their three runs in the bottom of the inning. DelPrince started the fifth off with a base hit through the right side and she later scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Bethany DeMarco to make the game 1-0 in favor of the Blue and Gold. Tori Nappo followed DeMarco’s sac-fly with an infield single and she scored moments later on Cuda’s blast that went over the fence in right. Consaul made Canisius’ 3-0 lead stand-up in the game’s final two innings, as she allowed just one Fairfield base runner to reach third base.
Fairfield starter Rebecca Trott took the loss for the Stags after she allowed three runs on six hits to go with two strikeouts. She is now 2-7 on the year. Consaul moved to 7-11 on the season with the win in the circle and her pair of complete games on Monday gives her 15 for the season.
In the first game, Fairfield scored three times in the top of the first and added four runs in the top-half of the sixth to post a 7-0 win over the Griffs. Fairfield’s Kristen Filicia went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the win for the Stags, while Tori Reed also had two hits for Fairfield. Fairfield starter Rae Ball earned her sixth win in the circle after she posted a complete-game shutout with three strikeouts. The Griffs managed five hits off Ball, including a double in the fifth by Tori Nappo.
Canisius will return to action Wednesday, April 9, when the team travels to Olean, N.Y. for a non-conference doubleheader at St. Bonaventure. Game time between the Griffs and the Bonnies is set for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: This marked the 66th and 67th all-time meeting between Canisius and Fairfield in softball and the Griffs lead the series 36-31… Canisius is averaging 4.7 runs per game at home so far this season… Consaul owns both of the team’s shutout wins this year, as she also picked up the win in the circle against Bethune Cookman March 20 in the Blue and Gold’s 3-0 victory… Consaul now has 290 career strikeouts – she needs 10 more to become the 11th pitcher in school history to record 300 career Ks… Consaul’s starts in both games on Monday gives her 70 for her career, which ties her for seventh all-time in program history with former Griff hurler Caroline Main… Cuda is just the eighth player in program history to have seven or more home runs in a season… DeMarco gunned down two potential base stealers in the doubleheader… Silfer extended her hitting streak to five straight, the longest of her career as a Griff.