The Canisius College baseball team scored in four of the first five innings and defeated Youngstown State 11-3 at the Demske Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Canisius wins its third straight game to improve to 17-18 on the season.
Senior Sean Jamieson and freshman Jose Torralba each had three hits on the day with Torralba scoring four runs and Jamieson scoring twice. Sophomore Chris Gruarin went 2-for-3, including two triples, with three runs scored and three RBI.
Seven Canisius pitchers saw action for the Griffs on the day, with each pitcher recording at least one strikeout. Junior Alex Tufts (3-0) started and picked up the win by allowing one hit and one walk in three shutout innings. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Linseman, redshirt junior Tim Seil, senior Josh Marshall and freshman Jon Fitzsimmons followed by each throwing a scoreless inning of relief.
Sophomore Jordan Cave made his second appearance on the season and recorded four strikeouts in his inning of work, allowing three unearned runs. Redshirt senior Chris Cox struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to finish the game.
Youngtown State (8-27) had a chance to score in the top of the first as Jeremy Banks worked a two-out walk and stole second. On a groundball up the middle from Joe Iacobucci, Torralba dove to his right to keep the ball on the infield. Banks never stopped running as he rounded third and was thrown out at the plate by Torralba.
Canisius pushed the lead to 6-0 in the third, sending 11 batters to the plate. Torralba led off with a walk and scored on a triple from Gruarin. Youngstown State starter Blake Aquadro then issued four straight walks, forcing in one run. RBI singles from senior Nat Barone and freshman Ryan Coppinger gave Canisius the 6-0 lead.
The Griffs added a run in the fourth on an RBI single from freshman Shane Zimmer. Canisius scored two more runs in the fifth on an RBI triple from Gruarin and RBI double from Jamieson. Freshman Jimmy Luppens had a two-RBI double in the seventh to give Canisius an 11-0 lead.
Canisius plays its next 12 games away from home, starting with this weekend's three-game series at first-place Manhattan. The teams will play a split doubleheader on Friday, with game times of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Notes: Canisius has won 11 of its last 15 games... Cave pitched for the first time since Feb. 26, at Tennessee... Marshall has 10 strikeouts in his last six innings pitched... Fourteen Canisius position players recorded a plate appearance in the game... Burton and Jamieson each extended their hitting streaks to seven games... Cox has thrown six scoreless innings of relief in his last three appearances... Gruarin matched the program record for triples in a game with two, tying Jeff Grabowski from April 17, 1978, against Niagara County Community College.