|Lindsey Silfer hit 6 for 7 with 6 RBIs in DH|
Rider 0 (5)
The Canisius Golden Griffins won their first MAAC regular season title since 2010 when they swept the Rider Broncs Sunday in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
After their disappointing Saturday, the Golden Griffins took a "no prisoners" approach to game one of this doubleheader, demolishing Rider with a 17 run barrage. Lindsey Silfer led the charge with a 4 for 4 performance which included a double, a triple and five RBIs. Sammy Sharkey also had a powerful game, with a home run and triple, good for three RBIs. Alexis Roman, Moriah Harris and Bethany DeMarco each drove home a pair of runs. Freshman Erika Mackie threw a three hitter for her MAAC leading sixth shutout of the season.
Game two was much, much closer with the Griffs clinging to a 1-0 lead through six innings in a game they had to have to take first place. Jessica Berzins gave them that lead with an RBI double in the top of the third inning. In the meantime, the other Canisius freshman pitcher, Madi Weathers, was holding the Broncs at bay to keep her team in the lead. Just before the seventh inning began, the Griffs learned of Fairfield's sweep. This seemed to move them to action, and they scored four insurance runs in the top of that inning to seal a 5-0 win. Five consecutive hits got them those runs, with RBIs coming from the bats of Michelle DelPrince (2), Alexis Roman and Lindsey Silfer.
Canisius finished 15-5, and earned the right to host the MAAC Championship on their field. Rider finished their season at 6-12.