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Red-Hot Griffs Host Streaking Monmouth
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 05/14/2014
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Games No. 50-52
Canisius (35-14, 17-4 MAAC) vs. Monmouth (22-20, 12-7 MAAC)
May 15-16
Demske Sports Complex (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Probable Starters
LHP Alex Godzak (8-3, 2.93 ERA) vs. LHP Andrew McGee (4-5, 3.48 ERA)
RHP Zachary Trumpler (0-0, 6.48 ERA) vs. RHP T.J. Hunt (6-5, 4.16 ERA)
RHP Devon Stewart (5-5, 4.89 ERA) vs. RHP Chris McKenna (4-3, 2.53 ERA)

BATTING PRACTICE

  • Canisius wraps up the 2014 regular season with a three-game series against Monmouth University.
  • The Golden Griffins enter the series on a 13-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the country. Monmouth comes to Western New York on an 11-game winning streak, the third-longest streak in the country.
  • Canisius is in first place in the MAAC standings with a 17-4 MAAC record. The Griffs have clinched a first-round bye in the 2014 MAAC Championship (May 21-24 in Lakewood, N.J.).
  • The Golden Griffins’ magic number (Canisius wins + Siena losse) to clinch the No. 1 seed is two.
  • Canisius started the week ranked No. 76 in the official NCAA RPI. In the last four weeks, Canisius has moved from No. 163 to No. 85.
  • Canisius is one of 34 teams across the country with 35 wins.
  • Canisius enters the weekend with 13 home wins, the third-highest total in program history. The Griffs need three wins to break the record of 15 home win set during the 1994 campaign.
  • Canisius finishes the regular season with 22 road wins, the second-highest total in the country.  The Griffs have 47 road wins during the last two years.
  • Since the start of the 2008 season Canisius has 252 wins, which is the highest total in the Northeast as the Griffs lead Connecticut (246) and St. John’s (246). 
  • Canisius is the only team in the Northeast to have 33 or more wins in six of the last seven seasons.

LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN THE COUNTRY

  • The Golden Griffins enter the weekend on a 13-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the country.
  • Canisius is one of two teams in the country, along with South Carolina, to have three winning streaks of eight or more games this season.
  • The Griffs also had the longest winning streak in the country last season after posting a 11-game winning streak following a doubleheader sweep of Marist on April 27. 
  • Since the start of the 2008 season, Canisius has 19 winning streaks of five games or longer. 

POSTSEASON SCENARIOS

  • Canisius, the defending MAAC champions, has guaranteed itself one of the top two seeds in next week’s MAAC Championship, which starts on Wednesday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. 
  • The top two teams receive a first-round bye in the six-team tournament.
  • Canisius has a magic number of two (Canisius wins + Siena losses) to clinch the No. 1 seed and the program’s fourth MAAC regular-season title. Canisius also won the MAAC regular-season title in 1994, 2008 and 2010.
  • The No. 1 seed will play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. while the No. 2 seed will open play on Thursday at noon.
  • Canisius will be making its eighth consecutive appearance in the MAAC Championship, the longest active streak in the conference.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS

  • Monmouth makes its first trip to Western New York with a 22-20 overall record and 12-7 record in the MAAC, sitting in fourth place in the conference standings.
  • The Hawks have won their last 11 games, averaging 7.3 runs game during the winning streak. Prior to those 11 games, Monmouth was averaging 3.6 runs per game.
  • Monmouth leads the MAAC with a team ERA of 3.63 and has only walked 65 batters in 344.1 innings. In 19 MAAC games, the Hawks’ starting pitchers have 19 walks in 112.3 innings.
  • Chris McKenna ranks second in the MAAC with a 2.53 ERA. Jeff Paglione (1.98 ERA) and Stephen Frey (2.22 ERA) have combined for nine saves.
  • Monmouth is hitting .277 as a team on the year with five batters hitting above .300. Jake Gronsky leads the team with a .335 batting average.

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