Canisius (21-18, 6-4 MAAC) at Iona (9-33, 5-5 MAAC)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: Game One starts at 12 p.m.
Place: Rice Oval Field – New Rochelle, N.Y.
Canisius at Fairfield (23-18, 9-4 MAAC)
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time: Game One starts at 11 a.m.
Place: Alumni Softball Field – Fairfield, Conn.
Weekend Live Stats: Available through GoGriffs.com
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SOFTBALL RETURNS TO THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND
- The Canisius College softball team heads back on the road this weekend for a pair of key MAAC doubleheaders at Iona and Fairfield.
- The Griffs are 21-18 overall and 6-4 in MAAC play after losing to cross-town rival Buffalo at home April 25. The Griffs closed out their only homestand of the 2013 season with a 7-4 record at the Demske Sports Complex.
- As of April 26, Canisius, Fairfield and Iona are all in a log-jam in the MAAC’s softball standings. Seven of the league’s nine teams have a record of .500 or better in league play heading into the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.
- Canisius enters this weekend’s trip to Iona and Fairfield ranked first in the MAAC with a team batting average of .300. The Griffs’ 189 runs this season through 39 games ranks second in the league behind Siena (192).
- The Griffs have five players hitting better than .300 on the year, led by sophomore Robin Kennery and her team-best .369 batting average. Kennery is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week after she hit .455 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and seven RBIs last week against Niagara, Manhattan and Saint Peter’s.
- Kennery has driven in a team-high 36 RBIs this season. She needs for more runs batted in this year to become just the 10th player in school history to record 40 or more RBIs in a single season.
- Freshman Meghan Cuda ranks second on the roster with her .346 batting average and she’s scored a team-high 33 runs this year. The nation’s leader in triples per game with 0.18 per contest, Cuda is the 25th player in program history to score 33 or more runs in a season.
- Freshman Bethany DeMarco drove in a career-high three runs in the loss to Buffalo April 25 after she hit her second home run of the season – a three-run shot that pulled Canisius back into the game. The rookie from Victor, N.Y., has 16 RBIs, which ranks third among the team’s newcomers.
- Freshman Tori Nappo has driven in 20 runs this year to lead all Canisius freshmen.
- Senior Katie Medina is hitting .365 for the Griffs with seven doubles and four RBIs this season. Medina has missed 13 games this year due to injury, but the team’s primary first baseman leads the squad with 149 putouts.
- Sophomore Marissa Miller hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season in the team’s 8-6 loss to Buffalo April 25. As a team, Canisius has 12 homers in 39 games this year after hitting 16 long balls in 50 games a season ago.
- Junior pitcher Jen Consaul leads Canisius with her record of 15-8 to go with a 2.36 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 142.1 innings of work. She has appeared in 29 games this season, making 20 starts.
- Consaul pitched the seventh inning the loss to Buffalo at home April 25. She now has 82 career appearances in the circle for the Griffs, which ranks 10th all-time in school history.
- Senior pitcher Amanda Baun earned her first MAAC win of the season April 21, when Canisius defeated Saint peter’s by the score of 6-1 in game one of a conference doubleheader. Baun picked up that win after she went the distance and fanned nine Peacock batters.
CANISIUS – IONA SERIES
- The games at Iona on Saturday will mark the 48th and 49th all-time meetings between these two schools, with Canisius holding a 35-12 record in the series.
- Last year, Iona defeated Canisius 5-0 in the loser’s bracket championship game at the 2012 MAAC Tournament. The win allowed the Gaels to advance to the MAAC Championship round, while the Griffs saw their season come to an end.
- Canisius had won 12-straight over Iona at home prior to the Gaels posting a 5-3 win in game one of a MAAC doubleheader in Buffalo April 15, 2011.
- Canisius is 2-4 in its last three trips to New Rochelle, N.Y., dating back to the 2007 campaign.
CANISIUS – FAIRFIELD SERIES
- Canisius and Fairfield have played a total of 64 times previously, with the Griffs holding a 35-29 lead in the all-time series.
- Last year, Fairfield’ Kristen Filicia hit a walk-off home run with one out in the seventh inning in the MAAC Tournament first round game. That win was the Stags’ fifth-straight in the series, dating back to 2011.
- Canisius is 0-10 in its last five regular-season trips to Fairfield’s Alumni Field, with the Blue and Gold’s last win on the Stags’ home diamond coming in the second game of a MAAC twinbill on April 8, 2001.