Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Golden Griffins Split With St. Bonaventure

Lizzy Gatto hit 2 triples, drove home 3 and stole 3

St. Bonaventure 8
Canisius 6

Canisius 9
St. Bonaventure 8 (8)

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Canisius split a pair of big hitting games with local rival St. Bonaventure Tuesday in Buffalo, NY.

After falling behind in the first inning of game one, Canisius responded in the bottom of the same inning with 3 hits and tied the game when Emily Helbig singled home Lauren Falzone. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Emily singled home 2 more runs after Lauren Hope and Lauren Falzone both reached on singles. But with two outs in the top of the 6th inning, Griffs' starter Caroline Main issued a walk that proved costly, as the next two St. Bonaventure batters hit home runs. Finding themselves down 8-3, the Griffs began a comeback attempt. In the bottom of the 6th, Lizzy Gatto tripled home Lauren Falzone to cut the Bonnies lead to 8-4. In the bottom of the 7th inning, after Stephanie Pfentner and Val Nappo singled home runs to make it an 8-6 game, Canisius loaded the bases with no outs. They would score no more however. St. Bonaventure forced two runners out at the plate, and held on for the win. Lauren Falzone was 3 for 5 in the game; Emily Helbig was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

Canisius came out of the gate quickly in game two, striking for 7 runs in the first two innings. After Lizzy Gatto's 2nd triple of the day produced a pair of runs, Stephanie Pfenter blasted her 6th homer of the year to give Canisius a 5-0 lead after one inning. The Griffs would score twice in the next inning, as the result of a 2 run single by Paige Freiberger. But the Bonnies, no hit by Jen Consaul through the game's first three innings, mounted a steady comeback, scoring 8 times afterward, and tying the game in the top of the 7th inning. Once again, the Golden Griffins loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 7th and were forced out twice at home plate. Canisius won the game in the 8th inning when Lizzy Gatto walked and stole 2nd base, and was subsequently driven home by Emily Helbig's single. Lizzy was 3 for 4 in this game, with 2 RBIs. Freshman Val Nappo was 3 for 4. Jen Consaul improved her record to 4-2. The MAAC's batting leaders pounded out 27 hits on the day.

Canisius will next play at Fairfield on Saturday.

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