Softball Experiences Bumpy Road As Season Continues
By Andrew Crooks
The Canisius College Softball team continued their season with a trip to Conway, South Carolina for the Beach Chicken Brawl. Their opponents for the weekend included the Houston Christian Huskies, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
On the weekend, the Golden Griffins won two of their five games against strong competition.
The Griffs kicked off their weekend with a win against Houston Christian by a score of 2-0. Junior Megan Giese tossed a complete game shutout for her ninth career complete game shutout. Sophomore Saige Alfaro and Junior Gianna Fazzolari helped lead Canisius to the win on offense.
Alfaro led the way with three hits for the Golden Griffins and Fazzolari knocked in the two lone runs of the game. In the second game of the day versus Ohio State, the Buckeyes got the best of Canisius with an 8-0 win.
On Saturday, the Golden Griffins fought hard but undertook two tough losses against Ohio State and Coastal Carolina. Canisius lost 5-0 to the Buckeyes in their first game of the day. Next, they faced the impressive 21-3 Chanticleers which got the best of Canisius in the 5-2 loss. With three hits on the day, Junior Christie McGee-Ross helped fuel the limited offense for the Golden Griffins.
The final game took place on Sunday for the Canisius Golden Griffins against the Houston Christian Huskies. Getting back into the win column, Canisius took another game from the Huskies with a 7-4 win, improving to a 9-8 record on the season.
Early hitting production from graduate Nicole Rivait, with three hits and two RBIs led to a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. As the game got closer after the bottom of the fifth, graduate Alexis Churchill shut the door on Houston Christian’s offense. With two innings of shutout pitching she received her fourth save of the season.
The Golden Griffins will now head to Penn State for the Penn State Invitational. They will play UMBC, Penn State, Cornell and Binghamton across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All games will take place at University Park, Pennsylvania. This will be the last game that the Canisius College softball team will play before they play their home opener versus Syracuse on March 22nd.