The Canisius College baseball team scored at least three runs in four innings, including three of the first five, and won its 2012 season opener 14-3 against Youngstown State at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. on Friday afternoon.
Five Canisius players had multiple hits on the day, with junior Chris Gruarin going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBI, a stolen base and a walk. Junior Brooklyn Foster went 2-for-5 with four RBI, including a two-run homer. Freshman Connor Panas was 3-for-6 while sophomore Jose Torralba was 2-for-5 with a walk.
Canisius jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Gruarin led off with a bunt single and then stole second base. Sophomore Shane Zimmer drove home Gruarin for the first run of the season for the Griffs. Foster followed with a two-run homer to left to put Canisius up by 3-0. Canisius added three more runs in the third, taking advantage of a one-out error that allowed Graurin to reach. Torralba singled down the left-field line to put runners at the corners. After Zimmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Foster had a two-RBI single to score Torralba and Gruarin. Panas made the score 6-0 with an RBI double.
The Griffs broke the game open in the fifth, scoring five runs and sending 10 batters to the plate. Four Griffs drove in runs in the inning, starting with an RBI single from sophomore Ronnie Bernick. Freshman Mike Krische followed with an RBI single and senior Drew Pettit had a two-RBI single later in the inning. Gruarin closed out the scoring with an RBI single that made the score 11-0.
The Griffs added three more runs in the ninth when Gruarin had a two-RBI triple, and junior Christian Segar had an RBI groundout.
Redshirt junior Billy Martin (1-0) earned the win by allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits in 5.1 innings. Senior Tim Seil threw 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.
Canisius continues play with two games at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. on Saturday. The Golden Griffins face Marshall University at noon and then take on Saint Joseph's at 3:30 p.m.
Notes: Canisius opened its season at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. for the third consecutive season...Canisius won its season opener for the fourth time in the last five seasons... Canisius evened the all-time series with Youngstown State at 7-7-1 and has won the last three meetings with the Penguins... The Canisius starting lineup featured four new players from the 2011 team and featured one senior, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen in the lineup.