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Friday, April 19, 2013

Purple Eagles Shut Down Canisius Offense In Split

Jen Sansano 2 hit the Griffs in the game one shutout
Niagara 1
Canisius 0

Canisius 2
Niagara 1

Niagara and Canisius split a MAAC doubleheader Thursday in Buffalo, NY.

The Canisius Golden Griffins came into Thursday's doubleheader as the MAAC's leading offense, but found themselves stonewalled in game one by Niagara's Jen Sansano. Jen was masterful in limiting the Griffs to only two singles. The only threat Canisius had came in the bottom of the second inning when they loaded the bases with the help of an error and a walk. But Jen struck out Michelle DelPrince and induced a fly ball out to retire Canisius, who would never seriously threaten to score again. Niagara got the only run they needed in the top of the first inning, and it was an unearned one. A two out single by Becky Zill turned into a two bagger due to catcher Stephanie Pfentner's error, and Becky was then sent home by Alexis Wayne's double. The game was scoreless the rest of the way, with Niagara winning 1-0, doing serious damage to Canisius' hopes in the MAAC. Jen Sansano struck out eight, and walked only two. For Canisius, Amanda Baun pitched very well, striking out seven while allowing only three hits.

Again in game two, Canisius could not generate much offense, this time against Niagara starter Kim Bryson, who would pitch four innings before being relieved by Jen Sansano. But they did manage a run in the bottom of the third inning after Meghan Cuda scored on a fielder's choice. The Griffs added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Michelle DelPrince and Chloe Contreras executed a double steal, with Chloe getting home safely. They would need the run, because Niagara mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, scoring a run when Gabby Lustrinelli singled home Becky Zill. They had the tying run on second base, but Amanda Werth grounded out to give Canisius the 2-1 win. Jen Consaul got the win for the Griffs, her 13th of the season. She allowed no earned runs, and struck out six. Kim Bryson dropped to 0-13 with the loss. Bethany DeMarco was 2 for 2 for the Golden Griffins. Canisius is now 3-3 in the MAAC; Niagara 2-6.

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