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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/22/2013
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Game No. 38
Canisius (27-10) vs. Akron (9-28)
Tuesday, April 23 - 3 p.m.
Demske Sports Complex

Game No. 39
Canisius (27-10) at Binghamton (19-14)
Wednesday, April 24 - 4 p.m.
Bearcats Sports Complex


  • The Canisius College baseball team is schedule to play two mid-week games this week, hosting the University of Akron Tuesday, and then traveling to Binghamton University Wednesday.
  • Canisius starts the week on a season-long seven-game winning streak, the longest winning streak since a seven-game winning streak during the 2009 season. 
  • Canisius swept a three-game series at Manhattan last weekend, the first three-game sweep by the Griffs at Van Cortlandt Park in program history and first three-game sweep by a MAAC team in Riverdale since Le Moyne in May 2007. 
  • Canisius is 20-7 in road games this season after the three-game sweep The Griffs enter the weekend first in the country at the Division I level with the 20 road wins.
  • Since starting the season 4-4, Canisius is 23-6 in its last 29 games.
  • The Griffs start the week on a five-game home winning streak, the longest streak at the Demske Sports Complex since a 10-game winning streak spanning the end of the 2010 and beginning of the 2011 season.
  • Junior Jon Fitzsimmons was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday, while infielder Anthony Massicci was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday.
  • Canisius has now had eight players win nine weekly conference awards. The eight players are twice as many as any other team in the MAAC while the nine awards are four more than any other school.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in 10 offensive categories, including by 20 points in batting average and by 1.3 in runs per contest.
  • The Canisius pitching staff leads the MAAC in strikeouts per nine innings (6.96) and in fewest walks per nine innings (2.82).
  • The Griffs also are tied for the MAAC lead in fielding percentage (.968).
  • Junior Garrett Cortright ranks 10th in the country in ERA (1.78) among pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched.
  • Junior Jesse Kelso ranks ninth in the country in on-base percentage (.513).
  • Canisius has had four winning streak of five games or longer this season. The Griffs have had 15 winning streaks of five or more games since 2008, the highest total in the conference.
  • Three Canisius pitchers combined to throw the program’s first nine-inning no-hitter at the Division I level in an 8-0 win at Iona on March 29.
  • Canisius has 13 Canadians on its roster, the most at the NCAA Division I level


  • Canisius and Akron are meeting for the second time this season. The Griffs won 8-5 in five innings, rallying from a 5-0 first-inning deficit. It was the first time Canisius rallied from a five-run deficit since a 6-5 win over Toledo on Feb. 18, 2011.
  • Akron leads the all-time series 23-10, but Canisius has won the last two meetings. Akron is visiting the Demske Sports Complex for the first time since April 10, 2002. 
  • Canisius and Binghamton are meeting for the seventh time and for the first time since the 2009 season. The all-time series is tied at 3-3.
  • Canisius defeated Binghamton 7-5 in Vestal on April 9, 2009.


  • Akron comes to the Demske Sports Complex with a 9-28 overall record and 6-9 record in the MAAC. The Zips snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. 
  • Matt LaRocca leads the team with 18 RBI while Devan Ahart has 11 doubles and 10 steals. 
  • Akron is hitting .232 and averaging 3.4 runs per game. The Zips have a team ERA of 5.37 and a team fielding percentage of .952. 
  • Samuel Trecaso has a 4-1 record, two saves and a 0.84 ERA in 21.1 innings (12 appearances)


  • Binghamton enters Tuesday’s game at Cornell with a 19-14 overall record and 9-8 record in the America East. The Bearcats have won five of their last seven after taking two of three from UMBC last weekend.
  • Jake Thomas leads the team with a .388 batting average, 32 walks, 28 runs scored and 27 RBI with a .550 on-base percentage, ranking first nationally in the category.
  • Binghamton has a .257 batting average and is averaging 5.3 runs per game. The Bearcats have a team ERA of 3.55 and a team fielding percentage of .973. 
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