LAUREN HOPE TIES MAAC RECORD
Canisius senior Lauren Hope tied the MAAC record for career stolen bases as her team split a doubleheader with Marist Saturday in Buffalo, NY.
The Marist Red Foxes began a very important MAAC weekend by first visiting Canisius College. Game on pitted the Golden Griffins' Caroline Main against the Red Foxes' Emily Osterhaus, and both pitchers were in excellent form. Canisius opened the scoring in the 2nd inning when pinch runner Chloe Contreras scored on a Kerry Ulmer sacrifice fly. There would be no more scoring until there was one out in the top of the 7th inning. That was when freshman Haley Birnbaum smacked a pitch over the center field fence to bring Marist back even. In extra innings, Canisius had a chance when Lauren Hope walked, and was sacrificed to 2nd base. Emily Osterhaus induced a couple ground outs however, and Marist was out of danger. The Red Foxes won the game in the top of the 9th inning when Caitlin Schell scored Alyssa Zahka with a single. Caitlin was 2 for 4 in this game, also hitting a triple. A Christina Lausch sacrifice fly added another run, and Marist had a huge road victory.
Game two began with the Golden Griffins' Lauren Hope making history. After singling and being bunted to 2nd base by Katie Medina, Lauren took off for 3rd base and slid in safely. It was her 112th career stolen base, tying Ellen Sarosy, who set the mark in 2003 while playing with Fairfield. Lauren then made it home when catcher Sarah Carmody threw the ball away on the play. Canisius scored again in the 2nd inning on a Katie Medina single that scored Lauren Falzone. The Golden Griffins added two more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning when Katie Lancellotti singled home Chloe Contreras, and Val Nappo scored on a wild pitch. But, as I have written many times, the Red Foxes never give up, and they nearly came all the way back in the top of the 7th inning. After Danielle Koltz singled to open the inning, freshman Haley Birnbaum hit her second homer of the day to halve the Canisius lead. Canisius starter Jen Consaul was then relieved by Amanda Baun, who walked Caitlin Schell. Caitlin eventually scored after a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Stephanie Pfentner. Marist got the tying run on base when Ashley Corriss singled, but Amanda Baun then struck out Sarah Carmody and got Nicole DiVirgilio to pop up to end the game. Jen Consaul picked up her 7th win for Canisius; Paige Lewis suffered the loss for Marist.
The Red Foxes will have another big test Sunday when they visit Niagara.