Saturday, April 17, 2010

Manhattan And Canisius Split

Manhattan 5
Canisius 1

Canisius 5
Manhattan 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan earned their first MAAC win of 2010 in a doubleheader split vs. Canisius Saturday at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.

The story of game one was Manhattan's junior pitcher Erika Sullivan (pictured). Pitching perhaps her best game of the season in a crucial matchup, Erika delivered a sparkling 3 hitter, allowing only a Katie Lancellotti home run and showing her typical control in walking no one.

The Lady Jaspers got out of the gate early, scoring three times in the first inning. After Kristina Walraven struck out to lead off, Manhattan produced four consecutive hits, including RBI doubles by Jaci Rahey and Nicole Michel. Katie Lancellotti hit her homer in the second inning for the Golden Griffins, but the Lady Jaspers got that right back in the bottom of the same inning, fueled by an error by Canisius pitcher Amanda Baun and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Monica Evangelista. Erika Sullivan helped her own cause in the fourth inning when she singled, stole second base, reached third base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Kristina Walraven grounder.

This win was only the seventh for Manhattan against Canisius in 51 games, and they earned it from start to finish. Erika Sullivan is now 9-4; Amanda Baun took the loss and is now 11-9.

Game two was the opposite of game one as the Golden Griffins scored first and controlled play throughout the game. Canisius opened the scoring in the third inning, with the help of two Manhattan errors. Katie Medina singled to open the inning, then with one out Lizzy Gatto laid down a sacrifice bunt which was thrown away by pitcher Melissa Donnelly allowing the runners to advance to second and third. Michelle Fridey drove in the Griffs' first run off an error by Erika Sullivan, who was playing at second base this game.

Canisius broke the game open in the fifth inning using their speed. Lauren Hope led off with a double; then the MAAC's leading base stealer stole third base. Lizzy Gatto then drove her home with a single giving the Griffs a two run lead. Lizzy then stole second, and was eventually driven home by a Katie Lancellotti single making the score 3-0.

Manhattan would respond in the sixth inning with a Kristina Walraven homer to center field, but in the top of the seventh inning Canisius added some insurance. Lauren Hope led off with a walk, and then was sacrificed to second base by Lizzy Gatto. Lauren slid past the bag and was originally called out, but upon appeal by Canisius Coach Rappl, the ruling was overturned. Two batters later Paige Freiberger hit her 9th homer of the season over the right field fence and the Griffs had a 5-1 lead. Ashley Rampino would add a solo homer for the Lady Jaspers in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all they would get off Canisius starter Caroline Main who struck out five and improved her record to 9-5. Melissa Donnelly took the loss for Manhattan and is now 2-6.

Canisius stands at 4-2 in the MAAC, and 20-14 overall. Manhattan is 1-3 in MAAC play and 13-15-1 overall.

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