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Baseball Splits Series at UNC Asheville

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 02/24/2013
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The Canisius baseball team split Sunday's doubleheader at UNC Asheville, winning the opener 6-4 in 11 innings and then falling 14-2 in the second game of the day. The teams split the four-game series, and Canisius is now 4-4 on the season.

Game One - Canisius 6, UNC Asheville 4

The Griffs scored first with a solo homer from junior Jesse Kelso in the top of the third. UNC Asheville took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-RBI double from Kyle Towles and a sacrifice fly from Billy Creighton. The Bulldogs held that lead until the seventh when the Griffs were able to force extra innings. Sophomore Jesse Puscheck led off with a pinch-hit single but was forced at second on a fielder's choice. Kelso and junior Shane Zimmer were each hit by a pitch to load the bases. After senior Chris Gruarin struck out swinging, senior Brooklyn Foster came through with the two-out, two-RBI single to tie the game.

The Griffs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth as freshman Anthony Massicci led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Foster, freshman Brett Siddall scored Massicci with an RBI single through the left side. UNC Asheville took advantage of a Massicci error to start the bottom of the ninth, using the extra out to score the game-tying, unearned run off junior Jon Fitzsimmons on a single to short from Eli Miller.

Canisius would take the lead in the top of the 11th as Foster led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. After Siddall struck out, Torralba scored Foster with a single through the left side. Torralba moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches and scored on an infield single from sophomore Mike Krische.

Redshirt freshman Iannick Remillard pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th, getting a double play to end the game and pick up his first collegiate win. Sophomore Devon Stewart allowed three runs, walked one and struck out five in a five-inning start. Sophomore Aaron Casper threw two scoreless innings in relief of Stewart.  

Game Two - UNC Asheville 14, Canisius 2

The Griffs again took the early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first. Senior Christian Segar led off with a single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a one-out, RBI single from Kelso. UNC Asheville (3-4) came back with two runs in the bottom of the first and two more runs in the bottom of the third. Despite loading the bases with one out in the third, the Griffs weren't able to score any runs.

The Bulldogs broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and then seven runs in the fifth. UNC Asheville took advantage of five Canisius errors in the game, chasing starter Alex Godzak after 3.2 innings. The freshman allowed seven runs, four earned, while striking out six. Senior Scott Whitehead allowed one run in two-third of an inning, junior Mike Tolsma allowed six runs and junior Tyler Soucie threw a scoreless 1.2 innings.

Canisius returns to the field next weekend at Murray State, with the series scheduled to start on Friday, with a first pitch of 2 p.m.

Notes: Kelso had a team-high eight hits on the weekend. Kelso set a career high with the four hits in the first game with the homer being the first of his career... Foster reached base in seven of his nine plate appearances in his two starts... The Griffs drew 15 walks and had six HBP in the four games while Canisius pitching allowed eight walks and hit just one batter in 32 innings... Canisius leadoff batters reached base 50 percent of the time and is at 49.3 percent in eight games... The Griffs hit .170 with runners in scoring position on the weekend while UNC Asheville hit .368. Canisius is hitting .198 with runners in scoring position through eight games.

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