Date: May 12-13, 2012
Site: McCann Field (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Game 1: RHP Garrett Cortright (5-6, 3.97 ERA) vs. LHP Chad Gallagher (6-3, 3.87 ERA)
Game 2: RHP Devon Stewart (4-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Houseal (3-5, 4.68 ERA)
Game 3: RHP Billy Martin (5-4, 4.91 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Bielak (2-2, 3.96 ERA)
- The Canisius College baseball team plays its final two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series away from home, starting with this weekend’s three-game series at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
- The Golden Griffins currently sit alone in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings at 11-7 in league play, one game behind first-place Manhattan (12-6) and 1.5 games ahead of third-place Marist (9-8).
- Marist leads the all-time series 35-11 between the schools. The Red Foxes have won the season series each of the past three seasons and have won 11 of the last 19 meetings between the schools.
- Canisius last won a series with Marist in 2008, when the Golden Griffins swept a three-game series in Poughkeepsie.
- Canisius is 28-10 in MAAC series during the past four-plus seasons, including 12 three-game sweeps and one two-game sweep.
- Canisius won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2008 and 2010 and is second in the MAAC with a .688 winning percentage (77-35) in conference play during the last four-plus seasons.
- Canisius coach Mike McRae is in his eighth season at Canisius, and has a 215-218 record with the Golden Griffins, including 168-114 (.596) since the start of the 2008 season. He is a three-time MAAC Coach of the Year, including 2008 and 2010 with the Golden Griffins.
- McRae won his 200th game with Canisius in the 7-3 win in the second game of the March 23 doubleheader against Siena.
- McRae has led the Golden Griffins to the postseason in each of the last five seasons. The program advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Tournament in 2009 and 2010 -- the first appearances in program history.
- Sophomore Shane Zimmer set the program’s single-season walks record in the April 24 game against Akron. Zimmer has 46 walks on the season, breaking the mark of 39 walks set by Kevin Mahoney during the 2009 season.
- Zimmer entered the week ninth nationally in walks per game (0.98) and 43rd in on-base percentage (.474).
- Sophomore Jon Fitzsimmons owns the program’s single-season saves record, totaling 10 saves so far this season. Fitzsimmons broke the mark of seven saves, set by Ryan McGorman (2008) and Shayne Willson (2010).
- Fitzsimmons entered the week 22nd nationally in saves.
- On May 3, senior Drew Pettit was named to the Capital One All-Academic District I First Team. Pettit, a 2011 Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, moves on to the national ballot with All-America honors being released at the end of May.
- Canisius starting pitchers are averaging 2.82 walks per nine innings, the lowest mark in the eight years under McRae.
- Canisius starting pitchers are averaging 6.4 innings per start in MAAC play, the highest average in the conference.
- In league play, the Canisius bullpen has a 3.41 ERA in 31 and two-thirds innings pitched.
- Canisius has 168 wins since the start of the 2008 season, ranking fourth among Division I teams in the Northeast region. The Golden Griffins trail Connecticut (183), St. John’s (182) and Stony Brook (171).
- Canisius was projected first in a tight MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Griffs received 61 of a possible 90 points, followed by Rider (60), Manhattan (59), Iona (56) and Marist (53).
- Pettit and sophomore Jose Torralba were named to the preseason all-MAAC team in February.
- Marist enters the weekend with a 23-21 overall record. The Red Foxes have won five straight and 13 of their last 15 after sweeping Lafayette in a non-conference series last weekend.
- Marist is 10-5 at home this season, winning home series against Manhattan and Saint Peter’s while dropping a home series to Siena.
- Marist is hitting .263 in conference play, which ranks eighth in the MAAC. The Red Foxes lead the MAAC with a 3.27 earned run average in MAAC play as well as a league-best .972 fielding percentage.
- Zach Shank leads the Marist offense with a .341 batting average, which ranks fifth in the conference. Mike Orefice, the reigning MAAC Player of the Week, is fourth in the MAAC in on-base percentage (.441).
- Marist ranks 11th in the country with 79 HBP, led by Eric Helrich (15).
- Marist has stolen 22 bases on the season, the lowest total in the conference.
- Closer Jake Rifkin is 2-2 with a 2.10 earned run average and five saves in 19 appearances.
- Game one starting pitcher Chad Gallagher is 6-3 with a 3.87 earned run average in 11 starts. Marist pitchers are averaging 5.7 innings per start in conference play, which ranks sixth in the MAAC.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Canisius relievers have stranded 36 of 51 inherited runners (70.6 percent) in the last 24 games.
- Canisius relievers have retired the first batter in 33 of their last 46 appearances (71.7 percent).
- Canisius has used 49 different batting orders in 50 games this season, repeating the batting order in both games of the May 5 doubleheader against Iona.
- Entering the week, Canisius is second in the MAAC in batting average (.277), fourth in ERA (4.92) and second in fielding percentage (.968).
- Canisius leads the MAAC in on-base percentage (.377) and is tied for the MAAC lead in stolen bases (67).
- Canisius starting pitchers have received a decision in 15 of the last 17 games.
- The Golden Griffins average a league-best 4.08 walks per game, .38 walks better than any other team.
- The Griffs’ pitching staff allows 3.44 walks per game, which is the fewest in the MAAC, just ahead of Saint Peter’s (3.45).
- Canisius has allowed 15 stolen bases in the last 28 games after allowing 28 stolen bases in the opening 22 games.
- Canisius has allowed 16 runs in the first inning of the last 16 games after allowing three runs in the first inning of the opening 34 games. Canisius didn’t allow a first-inning run against Iona.
- Canisius has hit not hit a homer since April 14, going without a homer in the last 13 games.