Sunday, April 10, 2011

Canisius And Manhattan Split

Jaci Rahey hit a dramatic homer

Canisius 8
Manhattan 0 (6)

Manhattan 5
Canisius 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan finishes their western trip with a 2-2 record after splitting with Canisius Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, NY.

Game one of this MAAC doubleheader was all Canisius, who won in run rule fashion. Paige Freiberger started things off for the Golden Griffins when she hit a long solo homer over the center field fence in the 2nd inning. Canisius would then score in each of the next 4 innings. Doubles by Lizzy Gatto and Paige, and a single by Emily Helbig extended their lead to 4-0 after 3 innings. A Lauryn Chris double made it 5-0 in the 4th; a 2 RBI single by Val Nappo 7-0 in the 5th; and the Griffs won it 8-0 when Lauren Hope scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning. Amanda Baun picked up the win for Canisius, striking out 7; Erika Sullivan suffered the loss.

So the LJs were facing a losing conference record heading into game two; that's when their seniors stepped up their play. Manhattan scored first on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Rampino in the 2nd inning. Canisius took the lead in the 4th inning when, after a Lizzy Gatto walk, Katie Lancellotti lined a homer over the left field fence. The LJs came right back in the top of the 5th inning with the equalizer however. After walks to Kristina Walraven and Jaci Rahey by Caroline Main, who had replaced Canisius starter Jen Consaul, Nicole Michel singled home Kristina and it was 2-2. An unusual play then gave the Golden Griffins the lead once more in the bottom of the 5th inning. After advancing to 3rd base on Ashley Rampino's wild pitch, Lauren Hope spied Ashley and catcher Carla Velasquez asleep at the wheel, and immediately took off for home on a tear, sliding under the tag for the go ahead run. It was Lauren's 3rd stolen base of the day, and left her 4 short of breaking the all-time MAAC career record. Amanda Baun came into the game in the top of the 7th inning with Canisius clinging to a one run lead. The LJs were desperate for a comeback, and got it---led by 3 seniors. Kristina Walraven led off with a double, advancing to 3rd base after Melissa Donnelly singled. Then up stepped All-MAAC senior Jaci Rahey to the plate. She unloaded a rocket over the center field fence to give the LJs the winning margin. Ashley Rampino picked up the win. That huge hit evened Manhattan's record to 2-2; Canisius is now 3-1.

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