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Baseball Records First Postseason Victory

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/23/2008
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Posting double-digit runs for the 16th time this season and getting a complete game from freshman Shane Davis for the 10th consecutive game, the Canisius College baseball team defeated the Manhattan Jaspers 16-7 on Friday, in the 2008 MAAC Baseball Tournament at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. The victory is the first postseason win in program history for the Golden Griffins.

The win advances Canisius to the 7 p.m. game on Friday evening, as the Griffs will face the loser of the Siena-Rider contest that started at 3 p.m. Canisius (41-12) also recorded its 41st victory of the season, tying the league record for most wins by a team in a season.

All nine Canisius players recorded a hit in the game with seven totaling multiple hits. Junior Branson Joseph had two hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer, while junior Alec Cabello had three hits and four RBIs. Junior Kevin Reimer had three RBIs and scored three runs as Reimer and Adam Donato each hit home runs for the Griffs.

Davis (12-1) pitched all nine innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits, walking four and striking out six. Davis continues to extend his school records with his 12th victory of the season and 10th complete game.

The Griffs jumped out early, scoring six times in the first inning. Joseph hit a two-run homer to right. Reimer added an RBI single while Ian Choy had an RBI double and Cabello closed out the scoring with a two-RBI double.

The Griffs added three more in the third, getting a two-out, two-RBI double from Joseph, who advanced to third on a throwing error. The centerfielder scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0.

Manhattan (31-20-1) responded in the fourth, stringing together five consecutive two-out hits. Ruben Perez started the rally with a solo home run to left-center. Marc Girordano double, Ryan Masters doubled, Eric Nieto tripled and Mark Onorati singled to make the score 9-4.

Canisius came right back by posting two runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Donato walked to lead off the inning, Reimer smashed a two-run homer to right to make the score 11-4.

Manhattan added a run in the fifth but Canisius put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Donato led off with a homer to left, his 10th of the season. Connor Burke singled and Ian Choy walked to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Cabello hit the first pitch from Tom Moran, the third Manhattan pitcher on the day, past a diving Perez to score two runs. Mailloux capped the scoring with a single to right to make the score 15-5 after six.

Manhattan scored two runs in the seventh and Canisius added one more in the eighth, getting another RBI single from Mailloux.

Mike Gazzola took the loss for the Jaspers, going three innings. Gazzola allowed nine runs, eight earned and 10 hits while walking two and striking out four.

Game Notes: Davis also had a nine-inning complete game against Le Moyne March 23... Canisius tied the league record of Marist, who totaled 41 wins during the 2002 season... Davis had allowed seven earned runs in his previous six starts combined... Davis also yielded four homers in the game after allowing two in the regular season... Canisius scored 15 or more runs for the sixth time this season and have now scored four runs or more in an inning 37 times.
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