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Softball Notes

Thursday, April 30, 1998

From the Pen

Canisius College Softball Game Notes

1998 MAAC Tournament
May 1 and 2, 1998
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Tourney | The Competition | The Honor Roll | Rappl Reaches Milestone | Injury Report | Softball Catagories

The Tourney

Canisius College (20-16; 14-2) enters the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament as the top seed for the sixth consecutive season and has won the last five tourney championships.  The Griffs will begin their title defense against fourth-seeded Fairfield (24-24; 10-6) at noon.  Second-seeded St. Peter's (28-10-1; 12-3-1) battles third-seeded Niagara (18-14; 10-6) at noon in the other first round contest. Canisius has competed in every MAAC Tournament since 1990 and has never lost as a number one seed.  The Griffs were the second seed in 1991 and 1992 and the fourth seed in 1990. The winner of the double elimination tournament will host the Northeast Conference postseason tournament champion in a
best-of-three series for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The Competition

Canisius defeated Fairfield (10-0 and 2-1) and Niagara (4-2 and 9-5) twice this season and split a twin bill at St. Peter's (3-1 and 1-6).

The Honor Roll

Sue Raiport, Erin Crowley and Lynn Stoczynski earned MAAC and ECAC honors for the Griffs this season.  Raiport was named MAAC Player of the Week April 13, as the slugger went 9-for-15 (.600 BA) to lead Canisius to a 4-2 record.  The senior guided the Griffs to a 9-1 home victory over Colgate April 7, with a 3-for-3 performance in which she collected two doubles, one run and two RBIs.  She had four hits, including two doubles and a homer, and three RBIs in the Griffs' two-game sweep at Manhattan April 9.  Crowley was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week April 27 after winning two games and saving another in her three appearances. The junior came on in relief and pitched a shutout inning in the Griffs' 4-2 victory at Niagara, April 22, and started the next game against the Purple Eagles, throwing four innings and allowing just one hit and one run in the 9-5 Canisius victory. She pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just four hits to earn her ninth victory of the season, a 5-0 win at Siena.  Stoczynski won ECAC Player of the Week April 27.  The freshman was 3-for-7 with two RBIs in the Griffs' twin bill at Niagara.  She went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and hit her first two career homers in a doubleheader at Siena April 25.

Stiff Competition

The Griffs played seven nationally ranked teams this season.  Canisius dropped two games to fourth-ranked Oklahoma State (10-3, 3-2) and two contests to 10th-ranked Long Beach State (4-3, 5-0).  Canisius lost  6-3 to 15th-ranked South Carolina, 8-0 to top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Arizona, 7-5 to third-ranked Washington and 1-0 to 25th-ranked Florida.  The Griffs beat 22nd-ranked Texas A&M 4-3 in eight innings.  Canisius was 3-13 in its first 16 games but holds a 17-3 mark in its last 20 contests.

Rappl Reaches Milestone

Canisius College softball head coach Mike Rappl collected his 400th career victory April 18 with the Griffs' 9-1 win over Iona.  The 19-year veteran skipper (408-185-2; .687) is the 35th Division I coach to reach the 400 plateau.  Rappl has guided the Golden Griffins to five consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference Championships, four NCAA Play-In Series and one appearance in the NCAA Regional.  Under Rappl's direction, the Griffs have posted 10 straight 20-win seasons, four 30-win seasons in the past five and 17 consecutive winning campaigns. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Canisius has the seventh-winningest softball program in the 1990s.

Injury Report

The Griffs will be without the services of first baseman Joy Judski who broke her leg in a 1-0 victory over Marist, April 27.  The junior was hitting .388 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

Softball Catagories



Raquel Alvarez (7) 
Jacqueline Fusco (4) 
Janice Hoeltke (3) 
Tracy Horvath (11) 
Joy Judski (13) 
Sue Raiport (8)  
Jesse Rosenhahn (11) 
Jen Silata (9) 
Lynn Stoczynski (6)


Raquel Alvarez (3) 
Jacqueline Fusco  
Janice Hoeltke (2) 
Tracy Horvath (5) 
Joy Judski (5) 
Sue Raiport (4) 
Jesse Rosenhahn (6) 
Jen Silata (3) 
Lynn Stoczynski (4)

NCAA Rankings

MAAC Rankings

Joy Judski - third (.396)  
Sue Raiport - seventh (.376)  
Jesse Rosenhahn - 15th (.343)  
Tracy Horvath - 17th (.337)  
Jen Silata - 28th (.292)  
Lynn Stoczynski - 35th (.272)
Joy Judski - sixth (1.21) 
Joy Judski - third (.33)  
Sue Raiport - fourth (.32  
Jen Silata - sixth (.29)
Home Runs 
Jesse Rosenhahn - first (.25)  
Joy Judski - fourth (.12)  
Sue Raiport - seventh (.09) 
Joy Judski - third (.42) 
Jesse Rosenhahn - fourth (.65)  
Tracy Horvath - sixth (.56)  
Stolen Bases 
Jacqueline Fusco - ninth (.19) 
On Base Percentage 
Joy Judski - fourth (.479)  
Sue Raiport - 10th (.424)
Erin Crowley - second (1.22)  
Kristina Chavez - 16th (2.85)  
Sarah Skorupa - 20th (3.89) 
Erin Crowley - sixth (9)  
Kristina Chavez - eighth (8) 
Sarah Skorupa - first (4)
 Innings Pitched 
Kristina Chavez - eighth (103.0) 
Winning Percentage 
Erin Crowley - second (.692)  
Kristina Chavez - 10th (.500)
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