Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Niagara And Canisius Split
Freshman Kim Bryson threw a 3 hitter to shutout Canisius in game one of a MAAC doubleheader and Paige Freiberger drove home the winning run in the second game to give Canisius a split Wednesday in Buffalo, NY.
The two local rivals met at Canisius College for a crucial MAAC doubleheader, and even though they are 1-2 in offense in the MAAC, game one was a classic pitchers' duel. Caroline Main saw her first action in nearly two weeks for Canisius, and got off to a sizzling start, striking out 6 batters in the first two innings. Kim Bryson matched her though in allowing only one Canisius hit through the game's first 5 innings. It was Becky Zill who broke the standstill, and provided the only offense in this game by smashing a home run over the center field fence to lead off the 6th inning. It was Becky's 11th homer of the season, which ties her for the MAAC lead. Canisius did threaten in the 6th and 7th innings, placing runners in scoring position, , but Kim Bryson ended each frame with a strikeout. Kim improved her record to 9-5, and her ERA to 1.88. Caroline Main struck out 10 batters in the loss.
Game one virtually eliminated Canisius from the MAAC race, but they came out and played a good game two anyway. The Purple Eagles jumped in front 2-0 first however. Sarah Anthon drove home a run in the 2nd inning with a double, then in the 3rd Teresa Healy sent her 11th home run over the center field fence. Canisius responded in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a Katie Medina fielder's choice RBI after loading the bases. Niagara went back up 3-1 in the top of the 4th inning on a Maggie McDonald double (Maggie was 5 for 7 on the day) before the Golden Griffins exploded for 7 runs in the bottom of the same inning. After doubling, Stephanie Pfentner scored on a throwing error; Paige Freiberger singled home 2 runs; Val Nappo singled home another; then Katie Lancellotti blasted a pitch over the centerfield fence. In the inning, Lauren Hope stole a base, leaving her one theft away from tying the all-time MAAC record. Freshman Jen Consaul picked up the win to improve her record to 6-3; Julie DiMatteo allowed only a single earned run, but suffered the loss.
Niagara continues MAAC play this weekend when they host Siena and Marist. Canisius will host Marist.