Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Coach, Old Results

Canisius coach Kim Griffin has her team off to best MAAC start since '08
Canisius 13
Iona 5

Canisius 8
Iona 4

The Canisius Golden Griffins swept the Iona Gaels in a MAAC doubleheader Monday in New Rochelle, NY.

It was the Iona Gaels who ended the Canisius domination of the MAAC back in 2010, and since that time the Golden Griffins have beaten the Gaels only once...until Monday. Canisius won their first game at Iona since 2009 (their last championship season) with their 13-5 game one win. After Jessica Berzins led off the game with a solo homer, the first of her career, to give the Griffs the early lead, Iona stormed in front 5-1. A two run home run blast by Kristen Turner in the bottom of the first, followed by her two run towering double in the bottom of the third inning, with Bri Schauer's RBI, had Iona firmly in the lead. But the Golden Griffins can explode out of the batter's box at any given time, and did so, scoring the game's final 12 runs. RBIs by Sarah Andrews and Michelle DelPrince pulled the Griffs to within one in the fourth inning. They tied the game in the fifth after Moriah Harris singled home a run; and pulled in front in the sixth, 8-5, with RBIs coming from Robin Kennery and Alexis Roman. They blew the game open with a five run seventh inning, with RBIs coming from Michelle DelPrince, Sam Sharkey, Lindsey Silfer and Moriah Harris. Eight of the nine Canisius batters drove home runs in the game. Freshman Madi Weathers earned her sixth win of the season, shutting out Iona over the game's final four innings while her team rallied.

In game two, Canisius jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, and never looked back, winning 8-4. They scored six runs before the Gaels even came to bat, with RBIs produced by Sam Sharkey, Lindsey Silfer, Moriah Harris (2) and Meghan Cuda. Sam Sharkey drove home another pair in the second inning, and it was too much for Iona to overcome, although Allie Hand did hit a two run homer. The Griffs' other freshman pitcher, Erika Mackie, picked up her sixth win. First year coach Kim Griffin has her team playing like the Golden Griffins of championship years - I don't think even their best teams ever swept the Fairfield-Iona road trip, traditionally a tough one for Canisius. They are a team to watch in 2015.

Canisius is 4-0 and in first place in the MAAC. The Gaels fell to 2-2.

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