Softball Splits MAAC Doubleheader at Canisius
April 8, 2004
BUFFALO -- Freshman Jennifer Griner's second inning single plated the tying and eventual winning run as the Saints battled back to take the second half of a MAAC doubleheader at Canisius Thursday afternoon. Tara Campbell went the distance allowing just one unearned run in Siena's 5-1 triumph. Canisius won the opener 3-1.
The Golden Griffins (10-16/2-2) scored in their first two at bats of the day, taking advantage of a travel-weary Siena team that arrived in Buffalo shortly before midnight after a doubleahder sweep of St. Francis (NY) on Wednesday in Loudonville. The first pitch was tossed at 11 a.m. this morning. Becky Owen walked and scored the Griffs first run as Caitlin Levin followed with a double to left centerfield. Ashley Gonnello singled and scored on an error to give Canisius a 2-0 lead in the second.
Siena got in the board in the top of the fourth on a homerun to right centerfield by Adrian St. Cin. St. Cin's blast was her third in three games. Natalie Osiaka singled home a run in the home half of the frame to account for the final 3-1 margin.
In the backend of the twinbill, Canisius again struck in their initial at bat. Lever walked and came around to score when Tempe Coelho-Feeman's two-out single following a Siena error. It would be the only run Canisius could manage off Campbell who went all seven innings, scattering six hits and striking out six for her second straight MAAC win.
Griner's clutch hit came with two outs in the top of the second and chased in Campbell as well as teammate Jamie Walker, who reached on a single to centerfield. In the fifth, the Saints added two runs on a fielding error off the bat of Campbell. Sarah Rose scored along with Griner who had reached on a walk and stole second. Griner was the only Saint with a multi-hit game as well, starting the game with a slash single. She reached base in each of her four plate appearances.
Siena went on to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Lisa DiBlasi's single through the right side of the infield scored Rose with her second run of the game.
The Saints travel to Vermont for a doubleheader on Monday before taking on Holy Cross at Siena Field on Tuesday.