Despite 10 hits, the Canisius baseball team could only muster a ninth-inning run and lost 6-1 to the University at Buffalo at Amherst Audubon Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Griffins drop to 32-12 on the season.
Sophomore Connor Panas was 2-for-4 with a triple while senior Brooklyn Foster was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored. Junior Jimmy Luppens also reached base twice with a single and hit by pitch.
Sophomore Rohn Pierce started and went 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out four.
Canisius received back-to-back singles from Panas and sophomore Jesse Puscheck to start the second innings and had two runners in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt from junior Jose Torralba. Buffalo starter Dan Ginader was able strike out freshman Anthony Massicci and get sophomore Mike Booth to line out to end the inning. Foster had a one-out double in fourth but was thrown out trying to steal third base after a walk to Torralba.
Sophomore Mike Krische was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth and went to third on a single from pinch hitter Shane Zimmer. Zach Stephens struck out Luppens and got junior Jesse Kelso to ground out to end the inning. Panas led off the sixth with a triple but was stranded at third after Foster flew out to shallow center, Torralba lined out to second and Massicci struck out.
The Griffs scored their only run in the ninth inning as Foster led off with a double and eventually scored on a single from senior Christian Segar, the fourth hit of the inning for the Griffs. River McWilliams struck out Luppens to end the game.
Buffalo (24-17) scored once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and three times in the eighth. A sacrifice fly from Mike Burke got the Bulls on the board in the sixth. A two-out, two-RBI single from Jon Mestas gave the Bulls two insurance runs in the seventh. A two-RBI single from Ryan Tulloch in the eighth made it 5-0, and Tulloch scored the sixth run of the day for Buffalo later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Canisius used four relievers after Pierce, with sophomore Eric Stolzenburg (1-2) taking the loss by allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning. Sophomore Aaron Casper, senior Scott Whitehead and junior Tyler Soucie also pitched for the Griffs.
Canisius returns to conference play for its final MAAC series away from the Demske Sports Complex this season. The Golden Griffins have a three-game series at Siena College this weekend, with first pitch for the doubleheader on Saturday set for noon.
Notes: Canisius lost to Buffalo for the first time in four meetings this season and lost to the Bulls for the fourth time in the last 16 meetings… Canisius was 0-for-5 in the game with a runner on third and less than two outs… Canisius has eight errors in the last three games after posting eight errors in the previous 16 games combined… Canisius has been hit by a pitch 94 times this season, five away from tying the program record set in 2010… The Griffs now have 21 triples on the season, the most triples by a MAAC school since Niagara had 22 triples in 2004, a team also coached by Mike McRae.