Monday, April 13, 2015

Griffs Sweep Marist In Dramatic Fashion

Michelle DelPrince's walk off grand slam won game two

Canisus 1
Marist 0

Canisius 9
Marist 5 (8)

The Canisius Golden Griffins swept the Marist Red Foxes in a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Buffalo, New York.

This was a matchup between two teams that had poured on the offense in their previous doubleheaders. But, as usual, what we got in game one was a pitchers' duel! Erika Mackie pitched her second consecutive MAAC shutout for the Griffs in a 1-0 win, scattering four hits. Her team gave her just enough to win in the fourth inning. That was when catcher Lindsey Silfer launched a rocket over the center field fence for the game's only run. Melanie White also pitched very well for Marist, striking out seven Griffs in taking the hard luck loss.

Canisius was cruising with a 5-1 lead through game two's first six innings when things got interesting in the seventh. They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning thanks to Sam Sharkey's RBI double. Marist would tie the game in the top of the fourth when Janine Lalli scored on a passed ball, but Canisius would put up a four run fifth inning with a two RBI double by Lindsey Silfer and an RBI by Alexis Roman that put them up comfortably...or so they thought. Marist, however, mounted a furious comeback in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Gabrielle Kelliher's RBI single cut the Canisius lead to 5-2, then the Red Foxes would score three more runs, all while down to their last out. After Kourtney Paul scored on a wild pitch, Kyrsten Van Natta delivered a huge single that scored two runners and made the score 5-5. Erika Mackie entered the game in relief at this point, and wound up with her second win of the day. She did so because with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior Michelle DelPrince, with the bases loaded, hit a bomb over the left field fence, which you may view in the video above. Lindsey Silfer had three hits for Canisius, as did Maureen Duddy for the Red Foxes.

Canisius is now 8-0 in the MAAC; Marist fell to 4-4.

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