- Andrew Crooks
Softball Falls to Syracuse in Home Opener
By Andrew Crooks
The Canisius College softball team had an eventful week as they played in both an invitational and their home opener. Playing Cornell, Penn State and Syracuse across five days the Golden Griffins finished with one win and three loses versus non-conference competition.
In the Penn State Invitational in University Park, Pennsylvania the Golden Griffins faced both the Cornell Big Red and the Penn State Nittany Lions. At their Saturday games, they finished with one win and one loss with a 2–0 win versus Cornell and a 7–0 loss versus Penn State.
Junior Megan Giese tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits against the Big Red. While keeping Cornell scoreless, the Golden Griffins were led by a two-run home run by junior Sydney Costan to score the two lone runs of the game.
This led the Canisius College softball team to their 1,000th win in program history. With ten wins in their first eighteen games, the Golden Griffins were destined to break this record in the early games of the season.
In their second game of the day, the Nittany Lions were led by a dominant pitching performance that took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. In that sixth inning the Golden Griffins would register a hit that would break up the potential no-hitter.
These games would lead up to the home opener for Canisius against Syracuse on Wednesday.
In this double header, the Golden Griffins lost two close games to the Syracuse Orange by a score of 3–1 and 7–4. In the first game of the day, sophomore Rosie Gomez sent a ball over the left field wall for the lone run of the game for Canisius.
In the second game of the double header, the Golden Griffins started off red hot with the bats. After sophomore Saige Alfaro got her first of two hits on the day, graduate Nicole Rivait would hit a two-run home run to give a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Golden Griffins would follow up with three hits on the day from freshman Gabi Farris and two hits from junior Destiny Falquez. However, this would not be enough to take down the Orange of Syracuse who would sweep the double header.
This upcoming Wednesday, the Canisius College softball team will travel across Buffalo to play the Buffalo Bulls in a double header.
These will be the last two games for Canisius before they start MAAC conference play.