Saturday, April 20, 2013

Manhattan And Canisius Split

Robin Kennery drove home 5 runs in the doubleheader
Manhattan 5
Canisius 4

Canisius 6
Manhattan 1

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers and Canisius Golden Griffins split a MAAC doubleheader on a cold Saturday in Buffalo, NY.

The Demske Sports Complex used to be a house of horrors for the Lady Jaspers, having gone something like 20 years without winning there, but no more. They earned their second consecutive split at Canisius when they won game one 5-4. The LJs stormed to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, knocking Canisius starter Amanda Baun out of the game in the process, thanks to Sydney Weedon's home run blast and RBIs by their two big hitters, Katie Bowen and Elena Bowman. Manhattan incresed that lead to 5-0 when Andi Stallard hit a two run homer, the first of her college career, off reliever Jenn Solis. The Griffs attempted to come back, first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, with RBI singles by Val Nappo and Robin Kennery; then with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, when pinch hitter Marissa Miller hit a two run home run. But Manhattan reliever Erin Hamm shut the door for the final 1.2 innings, earning a save and preserving Katie Bowen's win. Amanda Baun took the loss for Canisius.

Game two was dominated by Canisius pitcher Jen Consaul, who gained her MAAC leading 14th win by holding Manhattan to one unearned run in a 6-1 win. She struck out eight in the game. Offensively for Canisius, Robin Kennery drove home four runs, three of which came in the bottom of the third inning when she hit her second home run of the season. Jen Consaul and Marissa Miller also drove home runs in that inning. Amanda Paxson drove home Manhattan's only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning, but Robin Kennery matched that in the bottom of the same inning with an RBI single. Amy Bright took the loss for the LJs. Robin Kennery and Meghan Cuda were both 3 for 4 for Canisius.

Manhattan improved to 7-3, and are tied at the top of the MAAC with Fairfield, although the Stags hold the tiebreaker against them. Canisius is now 4-4, and have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to qualify for the tournament.

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