The Canisius College baseball team scored 10 consecutive runs to take control en route to a 10-6 win over the University of Akron at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio on Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Griffins improve to 22-21 on the season.
Five Golden Griffins had multi-hit games, with sophomore Jimmy Luppens going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Jesse Kelso was also 2-for-4, scoring two runs while sophomore Ryan Coppinger was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Mike Booth and sophomore Jose Torralba also had two-hit days.
Akron took the early 2-0 lead on a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first from Sam Trecaso. Canisius tied the game with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Sophomore Shane Zimmer drew a two-out walk in the third, stole second and then scored on a single from Luppens. In the fourth, Kelso led off the inning with a single. A walk to Booth and a throwing error from the Akron pitcher allowed Torralba to score and loaded the bases. Freshman Connor Panas drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2.
Canisius continued its stretch of 10 unanswered runs with three in the top of the fifth, taking the lead. Luppens and junior Chris Gruarin led off with singles and a one-out walk to junior Manny Hernandez loaded the bases. RBI singles from Coppinger. Booth and Panas gave Canisius the three-run lead.
The Griffs broke the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth, which started with walks to Luppens and Gruarin. After a single from Kelso loaded the bases, sophomore Ronnie Bernick followed with an RBI single to score Luppens. A balk forced home a run and Coppinger was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases. Pinch hitter Drew Pettit singled through the right side to score Kelso and make it 8-2. The second Akron error of the game allowed Bernick to score and a bases-loaded walk, the fourth free pass of the inning, forced home Coppinger and put Canisius up 10-2.
Seven Canisius pitchers threw for the Griffs on the day. Freshman Rohn Pierce received the start and allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. Freshman Eric Stolzenburg earned his first collegiate win, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings. Freshman Aaron Casper threw two scoreless innings while redshirt senior Tim Seil and junior Jason Rubenstein each threw a scoreless inning apiece.
Canisius resumes conference play with a three-game series this weekend at Fairfield University. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for noon.
Notes: Canal Park is the home of the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians... Canisius and Akron played for the 32nd time and for the first time since April 10, 2002, at the Demske Sports Complex... Canisius improved to 6-1 this season when scoring 10 or more runs... Canisius worked eight walks in the game, the most since April 1, against Rider... Canisius sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth, the 12th time this season Canisius has batted around... Casper has not allowed a run in his two relief appearances (4.2 innings)... Coppinger has an RBI in seven of his last eight starts... Booth made his first start since April 4, against Cornell... Gruarin scored two runs and had a multi-run game for the 12th time this season... Stolzenburg has seven strikeouts in his last five innings pitched... Zimmer matched his career high with three walks and set the program's single-season record with 41 in a season, breaking the mark of 39 by Steve McQuail from 2009.