Thursday, May 12, 2016

Canisius Squeezes Out A Win

Canisius 1
Manhattan 0 (8)

The Canisius Golden Griffins won their first MAAC Tournament game since 2012, beating the Fairfield Stags in extra innings Thursday in Poughkepsie, NY. The defending champion Stags were eliminated.

This elimination game was a quick moving pitchers' duel. Canisius sophomore Madi Weathers, who has been on a hot streak as of late, tossed a complete game shutout, limiting the Stags to just four hits. Fairfield did have a good chance of scoring in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Madi got a key strikeout of Angelina McGuire, and from thereon out pretty much shut down the Stags' offense.

Destinee Pallotto for Fairfield also pitched a stellar game; she struck out seven Golden Griffins. So of course, seven innings was not enough to decide this one! The bottom of the eighth inning saw Canisius lead off with a Sami Sharkey single. Jessica Berzins laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Sami to second base; then Alexis Roman singled to place runners on the corners. The Griffs decided at that point to use their running game to get the win: Head coach Kim Griffin called for the suicide squeeze bunt, a play Canisius is well practiced in. Sami Sharkey broke toward home with the pitch; and just slid under the tag after a perfect bunt by Moriah Harris. You can watch the video of the play above! It was an exciting play, and it extended the Griffs' season. They will play Monmouth on Friday. Fairfield's season came to an end.

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