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Maryland Sweeps Doubleheader To Take Series From Baseball

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/05/2011
Junior Ryan Fennell
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The Canisius College baseball team dropped both games of a nine-inning doubleheader at the University of Maryland on Saturday. The Golden Griffins lost 6-2 and 9-1 to lose the three-game series to the host Terrapins. Canisius falls to 4-6 on the season.

The teams moved up Sunday's game to Saturday due to inclement weather moving toward the East Coast.

Maryland limited Canisius to seven hits on the day, with the Terrapin starting pitchers throwing a combined 14 innings and allowing three runs. Maryland scored the first six runs in the opener, scoring two runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings. The Terrapins would chase Canisius starter Chris Cox (0-3) in the bottom of the third inning when they had the bases loaded with no outs. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Linseman would get a strikeout and groundout to keep Maryland from extending its lead.

After Maryland extended its lead to 6-0 after the sixth, the Griffs came back with two runs in the top of the seventh, scoring both runs with two outs. Junior Drew Pettit singled to shortstop and Frank Polino walked. Freshman Ryan Coppinger singled up the middle to score Pettit and senior Sean Jamieson had an infield single to load the bases. Senior Brian Burton was hit by a pitch to force home Polino, but Shane Zimmer hit a grounder to short to force Burton and end the rally.

David Carroll (2-0) threw seven innings, allowed six hits and two runs while walking three and striking out four. Canisius left nine runners on the base in the opener while Maryland stranded 11.

Maryland took control of the second game with a four-run bottom of the fourth inning off Canisius starter Garrett Cortright (1-2). The freshman had allowed two hits through the first three innings before the Terrapins scored four runs on four hits to take the 4-0 lead.

Canisius got on the board without a hit in the sixth when Jamieson drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a throwing error by the Maryland third baseman. Jamieson would score on a passed ball to make it 4-1.

The Terrapins broke the game open with a five-run eighth inning, with four of the runs being unearned. Eric Potter (2-0) allowed one run on one hit, walked one and struck out six in seven innings to earn the win. Brady Kirkpatrick retired all six batters he faced, striking out five to earn the save.

Canisius returns to the field for four games at the Dayton Flyer Classic next weekend. The Golden Griffins play a single game against Wright State on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

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