Mackie stellar in beginning of last go-around



Senior pitcher Erika Mackie is off to her best nine-game start in her collegiate career. (Photo courtesy of Christine Mackie)


By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

The beginning of the softball season has not got out to the start the team would have liked.

From senior pitcher Erika Mackie’s perspective, however, it has been the best beginning in her collegiate career.

Despite a record of 1-4, the senior has a 2.10 ERA in nine games this season. Her ERA is currently the third-best in the MAAC among pitchers with at least 25 innings pitched.

“Jocelyn [Cater] and I have really been on the same page this year with mixing pitches consistently, especially against St. Francis,” Mackie said. ” We’ve been keeping batters guessing which has been successful.”

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Mackie was tabbed Pitcher of the Week Feb. 27 after tossing 15 1/3 innings in three appearances (two starts) in the Pirate Invitational in Greenville, N.C. She allowed just four hits and one unearned run while striking out seven batters and walking five.

At the beginning of the year, Mackie said that with the most pitching depth the team has had in her tenure at Canisius, she was able to rest her arm in the preseason and be ready for the season.

“Being able to switch things up between the four of us (Lauren Castro, Molly Hennessy and Emily Nicosia) has been huge,” Mackie said. ” We each have different strengths that make each other more effective. Emily is a riseball pitcher and I’m a drop ball pitcher. She’s right-handed and I’m left. We all just compliment each other well.”

After opening the season in the Cleveland State Dome Invite allowing 11 hits and eight runs (seven earned runs) against Bowling Green, Mackie has an ERA of 0.90 (four earned runs in 31 innings), with 17 hits allowed. She has walked 10 batters, while fanning 16.

She pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout against St. Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 24 helping Canisius end an eight-game losing streak. She was extremely effective in the circle throwing just 64 pitches.

Lauren Castro had the lone run in the game, clubbing an opposite-field home run in the fourth inning.

Canisius followed up the win with another victory, defeating East Carolina in extra innings, 4-3. The Griffs trailed 3-1 heading into the seventh inning before Kara Paradowski would score off a fielding error. Morgan Altman would score immediately following a passed ball.

Emily Nicosia would draw a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth inning and eventually score off an infield single by Paradowski.

The Griffs went 2-3 in the tournament, dropping their first meeting with St. Francis (Pa.), 1-0. Canisius would also lose both of their games to Ball State, 2-0 and 11-4.

Canisius heads to Morehead, Ky. to partake in the three-game Morehead State Classic. The team will have a twin-bill on Friday facing the host Eagles at 1 and 3 p.m. They close out the tournament with a meeting against IUPUI on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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