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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Manhattan And Canisius Take Care Of Business

Michelle DelPrince hit a homer and triple good for 5 RBIs in Griffs' game two romp
It's no secret that Manhattan and Canisius are playing for a position in the MAAC driver's seat Sunday, but first both teams had to get through doubleheaders in which they were heavily favored. It can be tempting to "look past" these kinds of games, but both teams were prepared and won easily over the MAAC's bottom two teams.

At Niagara, Manhattan swept the Purple Eagles 12-0 (5) and 11-3. The big news there was Elena Bowman's 14th home run of the season, and freshman Briana Matazinsky continued her torrid streak with her third grand slam homer of the season.

Meanwhile, a few miles away at Canisius, the Griffs made short work of their doubleheader vs. St. Peter's, winning two five inning run rule games, 10-2 and 9-0. Jessica Berzins continued her .400 hitting with another fine day, including a walk off home run in game one. Michelle DelPrince showed why the Griffs are second in the nation in triples, with her MAAC leading fifth of the season; she added a homer and drove home five runs in game two.

Manhattan at Canisius on Sunday will begin at 11 AM EDT. Both teams are already virtually assured of a spot in the tournament, but the new format this season calls for the number one seed to host. So a lot to play for.

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