Manhattan junior Mickayla Romero’s three-run walk-off homer to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped lead the host Jaspers to a 3-1 win and a doubleheader sweep of Canisius in MAAC softball action Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y. Manhattan won the first game by the score of 3-0, as the Jaspers improved to 13-19 overall and 3-3 in conference play with the two victories. The Golden Griffins saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with the loss in game one and the Blue and Gold fell to 10-22 overall and 1-5 in league action with the pair of losses.
In the second game, runs were at a premium, as the Griff and Jaspers combined for no runs and two hits through six innings of play. Canisius took a 1-0 lead in the top-half of the seventh on an RBI-double by senior Valorie Nappo. Freshman Lindsey Silfer got the inning started with a leadoff hit and then she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Michelle DelPrince. Nappo followed DelPrince with a ground-rule double to left that allowed Silfer to score from second. Nappo would later advance to third in the top of the seventh, but Manhattan starter Amy Bright was able to get out of a jam by inducing a fly-ball out to end the frame.
In the home-half of the seventh, Manhattan took advantage of a batter hit-by-pitch and a Canisius fielding error to have runners at second and third with two outs. That set the stage for Romero, who hit her first homer of the season over the fence in left field to lift the Jaspers to their fourth-straight win.
Bright earned the win in the circle for Manhattan after she went the distance and allowed just one run on three hits to go with six strikeouts and a walk. Senior Jen Consaul was the tough-luck loser for Canisius as she allowed three runs on two hits while fanning two and walking one. Silfer, DelPrince and Valorie Nappo all had hits in the loss for Canisius.
In the first game, Manhattan scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings to earn the 3-0 win. Manhattan banged out seven hits off Consaul, who started both games of a doubleheader for the third time this week. Canisius had just three hits in the loss and failed to advance a base runner to third base. Silfer had two hits, including her sixth double of the season.
Canisius will return to action Sunday when the team travels to play at Saint Peter’s in a MAAC twinbill. Game time is set for 11 a.m.Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time against Manhattan 49-12… This marks the first time since 2011 where the regular-season series between these two schools was not a split… Consaul’s 13 innings of work through the two doubleheaders on Saturday gives her 151.0 innings in the circle this season… She now ranks second in school history with 542.2 innings of work… Valorie Nappo’s double in game two was the 20th of her career, which ties for 25th all-time in career two-base hits.