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Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season at Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/19/2010
Freshman Scott Whitehead
Courtesy: Dave Schofield
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Games No. 54-56 Canisius College (35-18, 17-4 MAAC) at Niagara University (16-34, 12-9 MAAC)
May 20-21, 2010
Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Sal Maglie Stadium)

Probable Starters:
Game 1:
LHP Mike Goemans (5-3, 4.59 ERA) vs. LHP Daniel Morari (4-6, 4.87 ERA)
Game 2:
LHP Shane Davis (7-3, 4.87 ERA)  vs. RHP Marcus Spaulding (1-5, 9.96 ERA)
Game 3:
TBA vs. RHP Bill Rafferty (4-6, 6.21 ERA)

  • Canisius concludes the regular season with a three-game series at rival Niagara at Sal Maglie Stadium.
  • Last weekend, the Golden Griffins clinched the outright, regular-season MAAC title and No. 1 seed in next week’s MAAC Championship.
  • Canisius has won the MAAC title for the third time in progarm history (1994 and 2008) and for the second time in three years.
  • Canisius will be playing in the MAAC Championship (May 26-30, Fishkill, N.Y.) for the fourth consecutive season.
  • Canisius and Niagara met in a non-conference game on May 5, with the Golden Griffins winning 18-17 in 10 innings at the Demske Sports Complex on a walk-off homerun by junior Steve McQuail.
  • The series is the final meeting between the teams in the Battle of the Bridge competition, an all-sports competition between the schools. Niagara has clinched the 2009-10 competition, winning the Canal Cup for the first time since 2006-07.
  • Since the start of the 2008 season, Canisius has 112 wins — five more than any other team in the Northeast region (St. John’s has 107) and 18 more than any other team in the MAAC (Manhattan has 94).
  • Canisius has won 30 games in three straight seasons — the only three seasons in program history with 30 wins. 
  • Canisius (35-18) is one of four teams in the Northeast region with at least 35 victories — Connecticut (41-11), Pittsburgh (36-14) and St. John’s (35-16).
  • Canisius is the only team in the Northeast to win 35 games each of the last three seasons, and after Tuesday’s games, is one of 15 teams across the country to accomplish the feat.
  • Three Golden Griffins were selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team — senior Ian Choy, junior Josh Marshall and senior Perry Silverman. All three are now eligible to be named Academic All-Americans. Canisius is one of two schools in the country, along with Western Kentucky, to have three First-Team All-District selections.
  • At the start of the week, McQuail ranked second in the country and currently has 76 RBI on the season, setting the Canisius and MAAC single-season records. 
  • At the start of the week, Silverman ranked seventh in the country in runs scored and currently has 70 runs scored on the season. Silverman has set the program’s single-season record and is four runs away from setting the MAAC record.
  • In MAAC games, Canisius is hitting .371, 43 points better than any other team. The Griffs rank fifth in ERA (5.62) and are first in fielding (.974).
  • In conference games, the Griffs have the three of the top four and five of the top nine players in batting average, two of the top three in on-base percentage, the top four in runs scored, top four in RBI and two of the top three in home runs.
  • During the past three seasons, Canisius has a record of 23-5 in May regular-season games.
  • Canisius is 19-4 in MAAC series during the past three seasons.


  • Niagara enters the weekend with a 16-34 overall record and 12-9 record in conference play. The Purple Eagles start the three-game series in a three-way tie with Rider and Siena for fourth place for the final spot in the MAAC Championship. Niagara is also one game out of second place.
  • The Purple Eagles swept the three games against Saint Peter’s last weekend to stay in the postseason race. 
  • Matt Wietlispach leads the team with a .329 batting average while Jason Cramer is hitting .328 overall and .402 in MAAC play. Niagara leads the MAAC in stolen bases with 95 
  • Niagara is starting three seniors on the mound, with Daniel Morari posting a 3-2 record with a 3.12 ERA in seven MAAC stats while Bill Rafferty is 3-2 with a 4.47 ERA in conference play.


  • Niagara leads the all-time series 74-68 as the Purple Eagles are the most common-opponent in program history.
  • Canisius has won the last seven and 11 of the last 13 meetings after an 18-17 win over Niagara on May 5, in a non-conference game at the Demske Sports Complex. 
  • Canisius took two of three in the last meetings between the teams at Sal Maglie Stadium to conclude the 2008 season.
  • Canisius and Niagara are meeting in the final regular-season series for the fourth consecutive season and is 8-1 in those previous three series.
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