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Canisius, Niagara softball split

Jen Consaul is turning into a one-woman pitching staff for Canisius College. On Monday, the senior extended her pitching streak in the circle for the Griffs to 82 innings, dating back to April 7.

Consaul (12-16) shut out Niagara, 4-0, on a three-hitter in the first game of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader in Lewiston. She struck out six in hurling her fifth shutout of the season.

It was a different story in the nightcap, however. Niagara (13-24, 3-9 MAAC) rallied from a 5-3 deficit with eight unearned runs in the sixth inning and went on to an 11-5 victory. Four of Niagara’s 12 hits came in the sixth, including a grand slam home run by Ali VanGiesen. Meghan Cuda hit her ninth homer of the season for Canisius (13-25, 4-8). Sydney Smyers was the winning pitcher.

In the first game, Valorie Nappo (Clarence) walked with the bases loaded in the first inning after a run had scored on a throwing error. Another run scored on an error in the fifth before Samantha Sharkey singled home the final tally. Losing pitcher Jennifer Sansano (Clarence) allowed only one earned run while striking out 10.

The first game victory clinched for Canisius the Canal Cup, which is presented annually to the winner of the Battle of the Bridge, the all-sport competition between the schools.