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Baseball Faces Buffalo, St. Bonaventure This Week

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/29/2013
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Game No. 43
Canisius (31-11) at St. Bonaventure (16-20)
Tuesday, April 30 - 3 p.m.
Fred Handler Park (Olean, N.Y.)

Game No. 44
Canisius (31-11) at Buffalo (23-17)
Wednesday, May 1 - 3 p.m.
Amherst Audubon Field (Amherst, N.Y.)


  • The Canisius College baseball team will stay in Western New York for two mid-week games, traveling to St. Bonaventure University on Tuesday, and playing at the University at Buffalo on Wednesday.
  • The Golden Griffins are playing St. Bonaventure for the first time this season after the March 27 game between the teams at the Demske Sports Complex was postponed.
  • Canisius and Buffalo are meeting for the fourth time, with the first three meetings coming at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs won 6-5 on March 26, and then swept a doubleheader - 7-5 and 2-1 - on April 17.
  • 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 Sunday.
  • Canisius is 21-7 in road games this season after the three-game sweep The Griffs enter the week tied for first in the country at the Division I level with the 21 road wins.
  • Since starting the season 4-4, Canisius is 27-7 in its last 34 games.
  • Freshman Alex Godzak was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday, winning the award for the second time this season.
  • Canisius has now had eight players win 10 weekly conference awards. The eight players and 10 awards are more than any other school in the MAAC.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in nine offensive categories, including by 21 points in batting average and by 1.3 in runs per contest.
  • The Canisius pitching staff leads the MAAC in strikeouts per nine innings (6.8) and in fewest walks per nine innings (2.92).
  • The Griffs also lead the MAAC in fielding percentage (.969).
  • Junior Garrett Cortright ranks 16th in the country in ERA (1.94) among pitchers with at least 75 innings pitched.
  • Junior Jesse Kelso ranks 40th in the country in on-base percentage while junior Jimmy Luppens ranks 47th in the category.
  • 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.


  • St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series 43-24-2 against Canisius. The Griffs have won 10 of the last 14 meetings with the Bonnies.
  • Canisius won both meetings between the teams last year, including a 4-3 win in Olean on March 27.
  • Buffalo owns a 46-31 lead in the all-time series between the teams. Canisius has won 12 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.
  • The teams split their two meetings in Amherst last season, with Buffalo winning 13-4 on April 10, and the Griffs responding with a 14-4 win nine days later. 


  • St. Bonaventure enters Tuesday’s game with a 16-20 overall record and 6-9 record in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies are on a season-high five-game winning streak after a three-game sweep of Dayton on the weekend.
  • Jason Radwan leads the team with a .415 batting average and 26 runs scored. Billy Urban has a team-best 24 RBI.
  • St. Bonaventure is hitting .268 as a team and has a .963 fielding percentage and team ERA 5.33.


  • Buffalo starts the week with a 23-17 overall record and 13-4 record in the Mid-American Conference, sitting in first place in the league standings. The Bulls are 8-3 at home this season.
  • Jason Kanzler leads the team with a .321 batting average, eight home runs, 40 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
  • Buffalo is hitting .267 as a team and has a .962 fielding percentage and team ERA 3.82.
  • The Bulls have won five of their last six games, including a three-game sweep of Kent State on April 20-21.
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