|Freshman Madi Weathers tossed a one hit shutout|
Niagara 0 (5)
Niagara 0 (5)
The Canisius Golden Griffins moved into first place in the MAAC with their doubleheader sweep of the Niagara Purple Eagles Wednesday in Buffalo, New York.
Canisius actually began game one playing "small ball", methodically moving Lindsey Silfer around the bases in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. After that, they simply started pounding the ball, and the floodgates opened for two easy wins. Two doubles and a triple gave the Griffs a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, with RBIs coming from Jessica Berzins, Michelle DelPrince and Lindsey Silfer. They then concluded the game with a five hit, five run onslaught in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alexis Roman, Lindsey Silfer and Sammy Sharkey all earned RBIs. Erika Mackie got her fifth shutout of the season in the 9-0 run rule game.
Game two was more of the same, with the Griffs pounding out 14 hits. Madi Weathers threw a one hitter, never giving Niagara a chance. Jessica Berzins and Meghan Cuda hit triples in this game, keeping the Griffs number one in the nation in that category. Meghan drove home three runs; Jessica drove home two. Bethany DeMarco had two RBIs; and freshman Moriah Harris hit 3 for 3 in the 12-0 romp.
Canisius is now 13-3, and in first place holding (for now) the tiebreaker. They must hit the road for their final four MAAC games. Niagara fell to 4-12, but are not yet eliminated.