Saturday, April 21, 2012

LJs Get First MAAC Win In Split With Canisius

Meghan McDevitt launched one to center in game two for the win

Canisius 5
Manhattan 0

Manhattan 4
Canisius 0

Game One Box
Game Two Box

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers picked up their first conference win when they split a doubleheader with Canisius Saturday in Riverdale, NY.

It was a day of shutouts and home runs at Gaelic Park. Game one was dominated by Canisius pitcher Jen Consaul. The sophomore continued her hot streak with a two hitter; she did not allow a Lady Jasper past first base, striking out five, and walking no one. Canisius opened the scoring in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of Manhattan errors, one of them with two outs committed by Sydney Weeden which allowed Lauryn Chris to score. A two base error by Manhattan led off the Canisius fifth, with Lizzy Gatto eventually scoring on a suicide squeeze bunt executed by Val Nappo. Errors weren't to blame in the sixth inning---after Stephanie Pfentner opened the frame with a ground rule double, Michelle DelPrince blasted a pitch over the center field fence. It was the freshman's second homer in as many days. Two batters later, Katie Lancellotti hit one in the same spot, and the Golden Griffins took a 5-0 win.

Katie Bowen pitched game two for the LJs, escaping trouble in the early innings by getting timely outs, and helped along with some poor base running by Canisius. Manhattan jumped in front in the second inning. After a two out ground rule double by freshman Mickayla Romero, Meghan McDevitt launched a fly ball toward straightaway center field. Griffs' outfielder Lizzy Gatto got to the ball, but it bounced off her glove and over, giving the Lady Jaspers a 2-0 lead. The game stayed close, with Canisius freshman Robin Kennery just missing a home run to center that turned into just a long single in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Mickayla Romero crushed a Caroline Main pitch and sent it sailing deep over the left field fence to give the LJs their first conference win.

Manhattan improved their record to 1-5; Canisius fell to 6-4.

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