After dropping the opener, the Canisius College baseball team rebounded with a win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Rider University. The Golden Griffins lost the first game 7-0 and won the nightcap 3-1. Canisius is now 19-22 overall and 7-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Freshman Jose Torralba led Canisius with five hits on the day, reaching base in six of his seven plate appearances to go along with a two-RBI single. Senior Sean Jamieson was 3-for-5 and reached base five times while redshirt sophomore Jarred Flock was-2-for-4 with a walk.
Redshirt senior Shane Davis pitched well for the fourth consecutive start. Davis went the distance in the second game, allowing one run on five hits, walked zero and struck out three to even his record at 4-4 on the season.
Canisius took advantage of sophomore Chris Gruarin reaching on an error to lead off the second game, as Gurarin moved to second on the errant throw. After Flock moved Gruarin to third with a grounder to second, Jamieson scored Gruarin with a single to left to give Canisius the early 1-0 lead.
The Griffs added two insurance runs in the sixth as Flock and Jamieson each reached on singles to start the inning. After junior Drew Pettit advanced both with a sacrifice bunt, Torralba came through with a two-out, two-RBI single to center to score both runners and put Canisius up 3-0.
The Broncs got on the board with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Nick Crescenzo. But Davis ended the scoring by getting grounder to second. Davis allowed a leadoff single in the seventh but retired the next three batters to close out the victory.
In the opener, Rider (24-15, 11-6 MAAC) scored in each of the first four innings as Mike Thomas and Jeff Giordano combined on the eight-hit shutout in the 7-0 win. After scoring once in the bottom of the first, Rider scored three in the second on a two-RBI double from Steve Galella and RBI single from Karl Johnston. The Broncs added one in the third and two in the fourth to close out the scoring. Thomas threw seven shutout innings to improve to 6-2 on the season while Giordano closed out the game with two shutout innings.
Canisius only had the leadoff batter reach twice - in the seventh and ninth - in the nine innings, not getting a runner past second base in the entire game. Redshirt sophomore Billy Martin (4-3) took the loss, allowing all seven earned runs on 11 hits and walking two in five innings. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Linseman threw three shutout innings of relief.
Canisius and Rider play the rubber match of this weekend's three-game series on Sunday, with first pitch at Sonny Pittaro Field set for noon.
Notes: In his last four starts, Davis is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA. He has just one walk and 18 strikeouts in the 26.1 innings pitched, going at least six innings in each start... Davis improves to 21-4 in 29 regular-season conference starts and 34-10 in his career. He has allowed two or fewer walks in 22 of his last 24 starts... Linseman has now allowed one run in his last eight appearances (13 innings)... Torralba snapped out of an 0-for-12 slump with the 5-for-6 performance in the doubleheader... Flock has a hit in each of his three games since returning from injury.