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Baseball Heads To Youngstown State

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/13/2013
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Game No. 51
Canisius (37-13) at Youngstown State (14-37)
Tuesday, May 14 - 11 a.m.
Eastwood Field (Niles, Ohio)

Probable Starters:
RHP Rohn Pierce (2-1, 5.09 ERA) vs. RHP Robert Switka (0-3, 5.48 ERA)


  • The Canisius baseball team plays its final regular-season road game at Youngstown State on Tuesday morning.
  • The game will be played at Eastwood Field, the home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The Scrappers are the Class-A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in the New York-Penn League.
  • Canisius swept rival Niagara University last weekend, clinching a spot in the 2013 MAAC Championship. The Golden Griffins will be playing in the four-team conference tournament for the seventh consecutive season, the longest, active streak in the MAAC.
  • Canisius is 24-9 in road games. The Griffs start the week first in the country with the 24 road wins - ranking ahead of the 23 road victories by Cal-State Fullerton.
  • Canisius starts the weekend with a 14-7 record in conference play, sitting in a tie with Siena College for third place in the MAAC standings.
  • Since starting the season 4-4, Canisius is 33-9 in its last 42 games.
  • Canisius has won 37 games this season, the fifth-highest total in MAAC history. It is the fifth time in conference history that a MAAC team has won 37 or more games, with Canisius having three of those teams.
  • Canisius is 35-12 in MAAC series during the past six seasons, including 15 three-game sweeps and one two-game sweep. 
  • Canisius has won 21 of its last 26 home conference series and 39 of its last 51 MAAC home games. 
  • Freshman Alex Godzak was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday, winning the award for a league-best third time this season.
  • Junior Jesse Kelso was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team on May 3, the eighth Golden Griffin to earn All-District honors in the last five seasons. Kelso is now eligible to be named a Capital One Academic-All American later this month.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in eight offensive categories, including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and runs per game.
  • The Canisius pitching staff leads the MAAC in strikeouts per nine innings (6.9) and hits allowed per nine innings and is second in ERA (3.87). 
  • Canisius set a program record with an 11-game winning streak, ranging from April 10 to April 27. The Griffs saw that winning streak come to an end in an 11-6 loss to Marist in 10 innings on April 28.
  • Canisius has had four winning streaks 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.


  • Tuesday is the 16th all-time meeting between the teams. The series is tied 7-7-1.
  • Canisius and Youngstown State met in the 2012 season opener in a neutral-site game at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. The Golden Griffins won 14-3.
  • The Griffs have won the last three meetings between the teams. Canisius also won 11-3 at the Demske Sports Complex in 2011 and 16-4 in Youngstown, Ohio in 2010.


  • Youngstown State enters Tuesday’s game with a 14-37 overall record. The Penguins have an 8-13 record in Horizon League play after losing three games at Milwaukee last weekend.
  • Drew Dosch leads the team with a .328 batting average, starting all 51 games on the season. Dosch has 39 runs scored, 15 doubles, 30 RBI and 35 walks.
  • Youngstown State is hitting .264 as a team and is averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Penguins have a 6.75 team ERA and .954 team fielding percentage.
  • Probable starter Robert Switka is 0-3 with a 5.48 earned run average in 10 appearances. He will be making his fifth start on Tuesday. Switka has eight strikeouts and 13 walks in 21.1 innings pitched.
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