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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Golden Griffins Stage Comeback and Sweep Saints

Freshman Corinne Schaus gave her team the chance to rally with 7.1 innings of relief

Canisius 9
Siena 8 (10)

Canisius 6
Siena 3

Game One Box
Game Two Box

The Canisius Golden Griffins swept the Siena Saints in the MAAC openers for both teams Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

Game one of this MAAC doubleheader was a wild one. The Saints came ready to play, and stunned Canisius by taking a 7-2 lead by the third inning, pounding out seven hits and knocking starter Caroline Main out of the circle. Siena got three runs in the top of the first inning when Mandy Ferro led off with a double, getting to third on a throwing error. Samantha Ray immediately singled her home. Another throwing error allowed Shannon Jones to reach safely; she and Samantha were then moved over a base by Jessika-Jo Sandrini's bunt. Nastasha Powlowsky then stroked a pitch up the middle, and the Saints were quickly up 3-0. Canisius did get two back in the next two innings; Robin Kennery drove home a run in the first, then in the second, Lauryn Chris scored on one of seven errors Siena would commit in this game. Siena then exploded for four runs in the third. Jessika-Jo Sandrini smashed a double for one run; Meg Volz followed with a double of her own that scored J-J; Alyssa Sceppaguercio and Stephanie Viggiano singled home runs, and that was it for Caroline Main. Freshman Corinne Schaus entered the third inning with two runners on, and proceeded to retire the next ten Saints. She went on to pitch a great game allowing only one run over 7.1 innings of relief. In the meantime, her teammates began to crawl back into the game. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Canisius began to rally, scoring four times in the inning. RBIs by Lauryn Chris and Erica Afanador cut the lead to 7-4. With two outs, Michelle DelPrince blasted a double to the fence, and Siena's lead shrunk to 7-6. Canisius again threatened in the sixth, with runners at second and third, but Siena starter Jessika-Jo Sandrini held them at bay. The Saints then finally scored on Corinne Schaus in the top of the seventh inning, courtesy of a Nastasha Powlowsky RBI, her third of the game, and it seemed like the Saints secured some insurance. But the Golden Griffins would not be denied, and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. A Lauren Falzone double made it an 8-7 game, then a crucial, two out error by shortstop Stephanie Viggiano allowed Lauren to score and send the game to extra innings. The game got tense, and made it all the way to the 10th inning, with Amanda Filippazzo pitching in relief for Siena. Canisus loaded the bases after another two out error, and scored the winning run when Erica Afanador was smashed in the ribs with a pitch. Lauren Falzone, Michelle DelPrince, Erica Afanador and Robin Kennery all had three hits for Canisius. Alyssa Sceppaguercio had three hits for Siena. Corinne Schaus earned her first collegiate win. The game took 2 1/2 hours to play.

After that emotionally draining marathon, game two was a more ordinary affair. Siena jumped in front 1-0 in the second inning when Alyssa Sceppaguercio drove home Jessika-Jo Sandrini, who had doubled. Canisius then would score three runs in the third inning, and never look back. A Lizzy Gatto triple to the opposite field drove home two runs. Robin Kennery drove home another for a 3-1 lead. Siena did get one back in the fourth inning with a Meg Volz RBI, sending home Nastasha Powlowsky, who tripled. But the Golden Griffins put up another three spot in the fifth inning. Lizzy Gatto smashed a double to deep center and drove home two more runs; Val Nappo then drove Lizzy home for a 6-2 lead. Shannon Jones got Siena's final run with a solo home run in the sixth inning; but Canisius contained her lethal bat as she was 1 for 8 on the day.
Jen Consaul earned the win for Canisius, allowing five hits; Amanda Filippazzo suffered her second loss of the day. Lizzy Gatto was a perfect 3 for 3 with four RBIs. Nastasha Powlowsky finished with four hits on the day for Siena.

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