Coach Rappl's 400th Win!
Canisius College (12-15; 7-1) softball head coach Mike Rappl collected his 400th career victory Saturday afternoon as the Griffs swept Iona College (12-25-1; 3-6-1), winning the first game 5-2 and the second 9-1.
Rappl (400-169-2; .702) was forced to watch the last three innings of game two from the dugout after being ejected in the top of the third for arguing a call at second base. It was the first ejection of his 19 year career.
"It wasn't the greatest way to get the 400th win having to watch from the dugout, but I think about all the great players we've had here over the years and they're the ones who really won the games," said Rappl.
Trailing 5-1 with two outs in the seventh inning of game one, Iona second baseman Erin Hoey singled in catcher Laurie Lawler to bring the Gaels within three, but Griffin pitcher Kristina Chavez got the next batter out on a fly ball to left field to earn her fifth victory of the season.
Canisius took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on catcher Jesse Rosenhahn's RBI single, which scored Jen Silata. The Griffs added three more runs in the second on two Iona wild pitches and a bases loaded single by Silata. Sue Raiport scored the final Griffin tally with a solo home run to left field in the fifth.
Chavez went the distance, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and three walks while striking out four batters.
In game two, Canisius exploded for five runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth to invoke the eight-run rule in the 9-1 win.
Rosenhahn followed Raiport's leadoff double in the fourth with a homer to left center, and Raquel Alvarez drove in Silata with a triple down the left field line. Tracy Horvath singled with the bases loaded, scoring Nicole Guadagna and Lynn Stoczynski before the Gaels could get out of the inning.
Iona pitcher Jennifer Goerge walked the bases loaded in the sixth, and Jacqueline Fusco cleared the pads with a double to the gap in left center, ending the game.
Erin Crowley improved to 6-4 after pitching six innings and allowing
five hits and no earned runs.