Saturday, April 28, 2012

Canisius And Marist Split

Katie Medina kept the Griffs' postseason hopes alive with 7th inning game winner

Marist 6
Canisius 2

Canisius 4
Marist 3

Game One Box

Game Two Box

The Marist Red Foxes and Canisius Golden Griffins both got a needed win in their doubleheader split Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Canisius visited Marist today having to get at least a win, and things were looking good in the top of the first inning of game one when senior Lizzy Gatto smashed her sixth homer of the season over the left field fence, which also scored Lauren Falzone and gave Canisius a quick 2-0 lead. But Marist starter Emily Osterhaus brushed it off and continued her hot streak, shutting down the Golden Griffins the rest of the way, allowing them only two more hits in the final six innings. The Red Foxes caught a break in the third inning, when Lauryn Chris' two out error allowed Ally Klemmer to score and halve the Canisius lead. Marist did some more two out work in the third inning, this time leading to much more damage. Consecutive home runs by Alyssa Zhaka and Ally Klemmer gave Marist a 4-2 lead, and chased Canisius starter Jen Consaul from the game. The Red Foxes added two more runs in the fourth inning when Dani Koltz, again with two outs, singled home Ashley Corriss and Christina Lausch. Emily Osterhaus retired the last seven Canisius batters to improve her record to 9-5.

Coach Ausanio decided to stick with the hot hand for game two, and started Emily Osterhaus again. But Canisius once more jumped to a first inning lead when a two out, bases loaded error scored Lizzy Gatto for a 1-0 lead. The Red Foxes tied the game in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a Haley Birnbaum double and Ashley Corriss single. Catcher Megan Lamoureux's dropped third strike in the top of the fourth inning would prove costly for Marist, as after the speedy Michelle DelPrince beat the throw to first base, Stephanie Pfentner clubbed a pitch over the center field fence to give the Golden Griffins the lead back at 3-1. Marist, however, would tie the game back up in the bottom of the fifth inning, again hitting consecutive two out homers, by Nicole DiVirgilio and Alyssa Zhaka. Marist again chased a starting pitcher, this time Corinne Schaus. Senior Caroline Main made her second relief appearance of the day, and would shut down Marist the rest of the way. The game entered the seventh inning tied 3-3, with Canisius desperate for a win to stay alive in the MAAC race. A one out double by Lizzy Gatto put a runner in scoring position. Robin Kennery singled to move her to third base; and Katie Medina hit a sacrifice fly that scored Lizzy for the win. Caroline Main picked up the win in relief.

Marist is now 7-3; Canisius 7-5.

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