Games 44 & 45
Canisius (15-28, 7-5 MAAC) at Niagara (12-27, 5-7 MAAC)
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Time:
Game One begins at 3 p.m. Place:
Niagara Field - Lewiston,
The Canisius College softball team starts the final week of
the 2012 regular season Wednesday afternoon when the team takes on long-time
rival Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y.
The Golden Griffins have won five of their last seven games
after splitting a MAAC twinbill at Marist last Saturday afternoon.
The Griffs start Wednesday's action tied for third in the
MAAC standings with Rider, as both teams have a 7-5 league mark. The Griffs
will host the Broncs on Senior Day May 6, at the Demske Sports Complex on the
final day of the regular season.
GRIFF NEWS AND NOTES
Canisius will be closing out its 10-game road stretch at
Niagara, which dates back to April 17 at St. Bonaventure. The Blue and Gold is
5-3 in its previous eight games during the road swing.
On the year, the Griffs are 7-11 in all road games and 4-2
in conference road contests.
Senior Lauren Falzone
leads the team with her .317 batting average this season. She is one of three
Griffs (along with Lizzy Gatto and Katie Medina) to be hitting better than
.300 on the year.
Falzone is currently tied for third in the MAAC with 34 runs
scored this season, which ranks her tied for 21st all-time for runs
scored in a season by a Griff.
Gatto hit her team-leading sixth home run of the season last
Saturday at Marist, which gives her the most home runs by a Canisius outfielder
since Jenny Maheu had seven homers
Gatto's homer in the team's game one loss to Marist was the
12th home run in her career, which ties her for 10th in
career homers. Her first career home run came in a MAAC Tournament game at
Marist during her freshman season of 2009.
Gatto and freshman Robin
Kennery lead the Blue and Gold with 23 RBIs this season. In her career,
Gatto has driven in 85 runs, which ties her for 14th in program
Lancellotti leads the team and the MAAC with her four sacrifice flies this
year, which currently ranks her 12th in the nation in that category.
Lancellotti has 99 fielding assists this year, leaving her
one assist shy of becoming the eighth player in program history to tally
100-plus assists in a season.
For her career, Lancellotti has moved into third-place
all-time in career fielding assists with 336 - six assists shy of passing
former Griff Tricia Andres for
second all-time in that category.
Medina has hit safely in six-straight games after returning
from a midseason leg injury.
Nappo has 327 defensive putouts as the team's primary first baseman. She
ranks sixth all-time in single-season putouts.
Senior pitcher Caroline
Main has moved into ninth-place all-time with her 411.0 career innings
pitched. She ranks second on this year's roster with 103.0 innings of work
through 24 appearances.
Sophomore Jen Consaul
leads the Griffs' staff with eight wins in the circle. She is currently tied for 21st
all-time with her 26 appearances this year.
The Purple Eagles are on a three-game winning streak after
splitting with Manhattan and sweeping Saint Peter's on the road last weekend.
Niagara comes into Wednesday's games two back of Canisius
and Rider for the last spot in the 2012 MAAC Softball Championship.
Sophomore Jessica Hitchcock is hitting a team-best .314 for
Niagara, which is hitting .222 as a team.
Junior Becky Zill is hitting .246 for Niagara, but she leads
the team with nine doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs.
Sophomore Kim Bryson leads the Purple Eagles' pitching staff
with five wins on the year. She has fanned 140 batters this year and ranks 22nd
in the country with 8.6 strikeouts per seven innings.
CANISIUS vs. NIAGARA
Wednesday's doubleheader will mark the 106th and
107th all-time meeting between these two schools on the softball
field, with Canisius holding an 84-20-1 lead in the series.
Last season, Canisius and Niagara split the doubleheader
when the teams played at the Demske Sports Complex. It marked the
third-straight split in regular season play between the two schools, which are
only separated by 20 minutes.
The last time there was a sweep in this series, the Griffs
came out on top - taking down Niagara by scores of 6-1 and 3-1 in nine innings
at Niagara Field on April 19, 2008.
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