Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Golden Griffins Split In Riverside

Riverside 5
Canisius 4

Canisius 9
Riverside 4

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Senior Emily Helbig (pictured) had 5 hits, Lauren Hope stole the 100th base of her career, and Canisius split a doubleheader at UC Riverside in Riverside, CA Tuesday.

The Golden Griffins got themselves into a hole in the first game of the doubleheader, falling behind 4-0 by the 3rd inning. Caroline Main began the 2nd inning by striking out the first two batters she faced, but then allowed 4 consecutive hits which gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead. An error by 3rd baseman Paige Freiberger led to 2 more Riverside runs in the 3rd inning, and Canisius was down 4-0. The Griffs would come all the way back in this one however, beginning with Katie Lancellotti's 2 run homer over the left field fence in the 4th inning which also scored Paige Freiberger who had reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Lizzy Gatto then singled, went to 3rd base on an Emily Helbig single, and scored on a double steal cutting the UCR lead to 4-3. Canisius tied the game in the 6th inning after loading the bases with singles by Stephanie Pfentner, Emily Helbig and Lauren Falzone. A sacrifice fly by Lauren Hope scored Stephanie for the tying run. Canisius got into trouble in the bottom of the 6th inning, but with runners at 2nd and 3rd bases, catcher Stephanie Pfentner turned a double play by picking off the runner at 2nd base, then tagging the lead runner who was caught in a rundown. Riverside won the game on a 2 out single in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Canisius scored in each of the first 4 innings of the second game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead. Lauren Hope made it home on a passed ball in the 1st inning; in the 2nd inning she singled home pinch runner Chloe Contreras and then stole 2nd base. That stolen base was the 100th of her career. She is the first Golden Griffin to accomplish that feat, and only the second player in MAAC history to do so. She and Val Nappo would score on a Paige Freiberger single. In the 3rd inning, Stephanie Pfentner sent home Lizzy Gatto, then after doubling, Emily Helbig scored on an error. Canisius scored another 3 runs in the 4th inning with Lizzy Gatto, Stephanie Pfentner and Emily Helbig all singling home runs. Amanda Baun, who was pitching in her hometown of Riverside for the first time since graduating from King High, picked up her 5th win.

Canisius is scheduled to play a game at Loyola Marymount Wednesday, but rain may play a factor.

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