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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Griffs' Freshmen Pitchers Shine

Canisius pitchers Madi Weathers (right) and Erika Mackie (center) with fellow frosh Moriah Harris
There's a new coach at Canisius and two new pitchers, but the team is beginning to resemble the old Golden Griffins. That may not be very surprising, considering that Head Coach Kim Griffin was a protege of Mike Rappl. Canisius is using great pitching and speed as in the "old days"; their recent play makes them look like a contender in the MAAC.

The Griffs got great pitching wins from each of their freshmen. First it was lefty Erika Mackie on Friday, delivering a one hit gem vs. Towson, which resulted in a 1-0 win. Taylor Decker scored the game's only run, unearned in the second, and Erika shut the door the rest of the way.

On Saturday, the Griffs' other freshman pitcher, Madi Weathers, faced off against UMass and turned in a brilliant performance resulting in a 2-1 Canisius win. UMass scored a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly, but could not get across home plate the rest of the game. Madi was in perfect control; UMass got only one runner to third base in the final six innings, and were retired in order in three of those innings. Canisius tied the game quickly in the top of the second inning when Sam Sharkey continued her hot streak by tripling home Alexis Roman, who had singled. Canisius entered this weekend second in the nation in triples per game, like the "old days". Lindsey Silfer drove home the winner in the fifth inning. The Griffs had nine hits in the game. Jessica Berzins had two of them, as she did in each of the four weekend games; she's hitting .415 this season.

Both freshman pitchers have lost a game this weekend, but both performed well enough for their team to win. Canisius lost to W. Michigan (4-3); and N. Illinois (2-0). The Griffs continue at the USF tournament Sunday with a game vs. Hartford, then stay in Florida for a series of games over the next week.

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