Using a dominant pitching performance from junior Garrett Cortright in the opener and rallying for a 7-4 deficit after six innings by scoring six unanswered runs in the nightcap, the Canisius baseball team swept a doubleheader at Ohio University on Friday afternoon. Canisius won 12-0 and 10-7 to improve to 12-5 overall. The Griffs have won eight of their last nine games with the sweep and improve to 10-4 on the road.
Ten Golden Griffins had multiple hits on the day with junior Jimmy Luppens going 6-for-11 with four RBI. Senior Chris Gruarin was 5-for-12 with two homers while junior Jesse Kelso was 4-for-9 with three runs scored, a double and a triple. In game one, junior Ryan Coppinger was 4-for-4 with three RBI while freshman Brett Siddall was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Junior Ronnie Bernick reached base seven times and scored seven runs, posting five walks and hitting his first career homer.
Game One - Canisius 12, Ohio 0
Junior Garrett Cortright (5-0) posted the first shutout of his career, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out two in the nine innings. Cortright retired the first six batters of the game as well as the final seven batters. The 6-foot-5 righty won for the fifth time in five starts in 2013 and now has a 0.97 ERA in 37 innings.
The Griffs went down in order once in the nine innings and scored 10 of their 12 runs in the game with two outs. Canisius got on the board with two unearned runs in the second inning. Sophomore Connor Panas reached on a one-out single to second base and scored when the left fielder misplayed a two-out fly ball from Bernick. The Griffs took advantage of the extra out with a double from Coppinger, his second hit in as many innings, to go up 2-0.
Siddall had a two-out, two-run double in the sixth while Luppens followed with an RBI single. Coppinger had a two-out, two-RBI single in the seventh with Siddall following with an RBI single. Gruarin hit a two-run homer in the eighth while senior Brooklyn Foster later scored on a passed ball and sophomore Mike Krische had an RBI single.
Game Two - Canisius 10, Ohio 7
Canisius hit three homers in the second game, starting with a one-out homer from Kelso in the top of the first. Ohio scored one in the bottom of the first before the Griffs used the second homer of the day from Gruarin and an RBI single from junior Jose Torralba in the third to go up 3-1. The Bobcats scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to go up 4-3, and the Griffs would tie the game in the sixth. Bernick led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from senior Christian Segar and scored on a one-out RBI single from Luppens.
Ohio (3-13) took a 7-4 lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Griffs would score the final six runs of the game for the win. Sophomore Mike Booth drew a one-out walk, and Torralba extended the inning by reaching on catcher's interference with two outs. The Griffs again took advantage with the first career homer from Bernick to knot the score at 7-7.
The Griffs took the lead for good in the eighth with Kelso leading off with a triple and scoring on a single from Luppens. Gruarin eventually scored Luppens with a one-out RBI single to make it 9-7. The Griffs pushed their lead to three with another insurance run in the ninth. Bernick was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Segar and scored on an RBI single from Luppens.
Five pitchers saw action for the Griffs in the game. Sophomore Rohn Pierce allowed three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Redshirt freshman Iannick Remillard allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in two innings. The trio of sophomore Eric Stolzenburg, sophomore Aaron Casper and junior Jon Fitzsimmons combined for 3.1 scoreless innings. Casper earned his first win of the season while Fitzsimmons retired all six batters he faced for his second save of 2013.
Canisius and Ohio are scheduled to continue the four-game series on Saturday, with first pitch for the single game set for 1 p.m.
Notes: Canisius and Ohio met for the first time since the 2003 season when the Bobcats swept a three-game series from the Griffs... The shutout from Cortright is the first nine-inning shutout by a Golden Griffin since Mike Goemans had a one-hitter against Manhattan on May 9, 2010... Canisius had shutouts in back-to-back games for the first time since May 5, 2012, when the Griffs held Iona scoreless in a doubleheader... The 20 hits for the Griffs in the opener were a season high and the most since they had 28 at Morehead State on March 22, 2011... Canisius won for the third time this season when trailing after the sixth inning. The Griffs had four such wins last season... Canisius had three homers in the first 16 games before their three homers in the second game of the day... Canisius has at least two stolen bases in eight straight games.