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Baseball Takes Series from Rival Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/21/2010
Sophomore Drew Pettit
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The Canisius College baseball team ended its 2010 regular season with an 11-4 victory at Niagara at Sal Maglie Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Golden Griffins take the series from the Purple Eagles and are now 37-19 overall and 19-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Junior Sean Jamieson was 3-for-5 with two RBI while junior Steve McQuail went 2-for-3. Sophomore Drew Pettit scored two runs while senior Chris Cox earned the win by allowing one run and striking out five in five innings of work.

The Griffs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first and second innings. McQuail had an RBI double in the first and Ian Choy eventually scored on a throwing error. Senior Perry Silverman had an RBI double and Jamieson had an RBI single in the second.

The Griffs added a run in the fourth on an RBI double from Jamieson. The Purple Eagles (17-36, 13-11) would make it a 5-3 game when Adam Wagner had a two-RBI double off redshirt senior Andrew Van'tWout in the sixth.

Canisius broke the game open with a six-run ninth inning, scoring the six runs on just two hits. Choy and McQuail were each hit by a pitch to start the inning and Brian Burton had an RBI single to score pinch runner Aaron Barley. Sophomore Brad Medici then had a two-RBI single to score McQuail and Burton. Shayne Willson and Medici eventually scored on a Niagara error while Drew Pettit would score on a wild pitch.

Cox improves to 5-3 on the season while Willson allowed one run in two innings of relief to earn his fifth save of the season.

Canisius, the 2010 MAAC regular-season champions, opens play in the MAAC Championship on Wednesday at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. The opponent and game time will be announced later this weekend. If Rider defeats Iona on Saturday, Canisius will face Manhattan in the first round. If Rider loses to Iona on Saturday, Canisius will face Rider in the first round.

Game Notes: The 37 wins are the second-most in program history, four behind the program record of 41 wins from the 2008 season... McQuail now has 86 hits on the season, tying Kevin Mailloux's program record of 86 from last season... Canisius takes the series from Niagara for the fourth consecutive season and has won 13 of the last 16 meetings between the team... Eight of the nine Canisius starting position players scored a run on the day... Van'tWout's two innings pitched are the most since he threw two at Buffalo on April 20... Willson has thrown two innings in each of his last three outings... McQuail finishes the regular season hitting .413 overall, .505 in MAAC play and on a 13-game hitting streak.

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