The Canisius College baseball team split a doubleheader on its second day at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. The Golden Griffins defeated Marshall University 7-5 in the first game and lost 10-2 to Saint Joseph's in the second game. Canisius is now 2-1 on the season.
Canisius 7, Marshall 5
Canisius overcame four errors in the opening game of the day, executing well in a number of hitting situations in the two-run win over Marshall. The Thundering Herd took the lead in the top of the third, taking advantage of three Canisius errors in the inning to score an unearned run off Canisius starter Garrett Cortright.
The Griffs came back with three runs in the bottom of the third as junior Christian Segar led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout from sophomore Ronnie Bernick. After freshman Mike Krische reached on catcher's interference, a double steal put two runners in scoring position. Sophomore Shane Zimmer scored Segar with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. Senior Drew Pettit and junior Chris Gruarin followed with two-out, RBI singles to put Canisius ahead by two.
Marshall cut the lead in half on a one-out, solo homer from Issac Ballou in the fifth. Cortright kept it a one-run game with a 1-6-3 double play to end the top of the sixth inning. The first two Canisius batters reached in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore Jose Torralba led off with a walk and junior Brooklyn Foster reached when trying to sacrifice Torralba to second. Freshman Connor Panas followed with another sacrifice bunt, trading an out to put two runners in scoring position. Segar then squeezed home Torralba and reached on the sacrifice bunt to make it 4-2 and put runners at the corners. Another bunt, this one from Bernick, put runners at second and third with two outs. The Griffs then drew three straight walks - one from Krsiche to load the bases and one each to Zimmer and Pettit to force home two runs - and go up 6-2.
The second homer of the day from Ballou made it 6-3 in the seventh and the Thundering Herd added two runs in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of a one-out error, on a two-RBI single from Adrian Farris to cut the Canisius lead to 6-5. The Griffs added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Bernick drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a one-out groundout from Zimmer and scored on a the second two-out RBI single of the day from Pettit.
Sophomore Jon Fitzsimmons retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to pick up the save. Cortright earned the win by allowing three runs, two earned, in 6.2 innings while walking one and striking out six. Redshirt junior Nathan Linseman allowed two runs, one earned, in 1.1 innings of relief.
Saint Joseph's 8, Canisius 2
Canisius scored a single run in the first and fifth innings to hold a 2-0 lead midway through the game. The Griffs took the lead when junior Manny Hernandez led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout from Segar and scored on a sacrifice fly from Pettit. Canisius extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth when freshman Mike Booth led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a single from Bernick and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Hernandez.
Freshman Devon Stewart made his first collegiate start and didn't allow a hit through 4.1 innings. Saint Joseph's chased Stewart in the sixth when the first two batters of the inning reached. Senior Alex Tufts came on in relief of Stewart and after giving up an RBI single, induced a double play that tied the game but got Canisius two outs as the Hawks didn't do any more damage in the inning.
Saint Joseph's broke open the game in the seventh when the first six batters reached. After a leadoff walk, junior Scott Whitehead relieved Tufts but then allowed another walk and four straight singles. Freshman Eric Stolzenburg came into the game and allowed two more runs before finishing the inning.
Steven Schuler picked up the win for Saint Joseph's (1-2), throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Canisius concludes its weekend against Wright State on Sunday, with first pitch set for 10 a.m.
Notes: Pettit had three two-out RBI in the win against Marshall... The four errors were the most by the Griffs since they had five at Siena on May 8, 2011... The win for Canisius over Marshall was the first in four all-time meetings. The Thundering Herd swept a three-game series March 17-18, 2007... Canisius and Saint Joseph's met for the first time in program history... Gruarin had two hits against Saint Joseph's to go along with two steals... The Canisius leadoff hitter reached base in seven innings on the doubleheader, coming around to score five times... The five sacrifices for the Griffs in the game against Marshall were the most since they had five against Rider on March 24, 2002.