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Softball Falls to Ohio State and Pittsburgh

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/16/2013
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The Canisius College softball team dropped a pair of games on the second day of the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, losing to Ohio State 8-0 in six innings before falling to Pittsburgh by a 9-2 count. The Golden Griffins are now 10-6 on the year.

Ohio State (16-8) sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomencio picked up the win for the Buckeyes in the first game of the day after she allowed just one hit and fanned three for her second-straight complete-game shutout win of the weekend. In the nightcap, Pittsburgh pitcher Lauren Vinson earned her first career win in the circle after she allowed two runs on three hits to go with two walks.

The Griffs will close out their weekend stay in Fairfax, Va., on Sunday when the team plays host George Mason at 10 a.m.

Game One
DiDomencio led the way for the Buckeyes and Ohio State's offense posted 13 hits en route to the 8-0 win in six innings over Canisius. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and then added a single run in the fourth inning. Leading 3-0 in the home half of the fifth, Ohio State scored two more times and then closed out the game early thanks to the NCAA softball "mercy rule" with a three-spot in the sixth.

Ohio State junior designated player Leesa Gresham posted her seventh multi-hit game of the season after she went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the winning effort. Canisius' lone hit came from freshman Meghan Cuda, who ended DiDomencio's no-hit bid in the sixth with a one-out base hit to left field.

Sophomore Corrine Schaus took the loss for the Griffs in the circle after she allowed five runs on 10 hits to go with three walks and a strikeout in five innings of work. Freshman Jenn Solis made her first appearance of the season and gave up three runs on three hits while walking two in the sixth inning.

Game Two
The Pittsburgh Panthers (9-10) banged out nine runs on nine hits and starter Lauren Vinson gave up just two runs on three hits to help lead Pitt to a 9-2 win in the second game of the day for the Griffs.

For Pitt, sophomore Carissa Throckmorton went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer and teammate Tori Nirschl had two home runs to lead the charge for the Panthers. Canisius junior Jen Consaul took the loss in the circle to see her record move to 6-3 on the year. Consaul allowed nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits while walking two.

Canisius' only runs of the day came in the top of the sixth as the team trailed 7-0. Senior Stephanie Pfentner drove in a pair of runs with an RBI-double to center that allowed Cuda and sophomore Michelle DelPrince to score. Cuda reached base with a single to left in the frame with one out, extending her hitting streak to four-straight games, and DelPrince reached base in that inning by drawing a one-out walk. For DelPrince, she has now reached base safely in six-straight contests, dating back to March 9, against UMES.
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