Comeback Effort Runs Out of Gas as Baseball Loses in MAAC Title Game
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
The Golden Griffins won the first game 5-4 on Saturday, and sent the teams to a winner-takes-all championship game.
Canisius finishes the season with a 36-22 record and advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history.
In the title game, Canisius scored the opening three runs to take the 3-0 lead on RBIs from Kevin Mahoney, Branson Joseph and Steve McQuail.
The Red Foxes (31-26) chipped away at the Canisius lead, scoring single runs in the second and third before breaking through for six runs in the fourth inning, to take an 8-3 lead. Marist only needed four hits in the inning as the Griffs went through four pitchers in the frame. After two hits to start the inning of Canisius starter Mike Goemans, the Red Foxes had the next four batters reach without a hit. The Red Foxes eventually got the big hit as Brian McDonough cleared the bases with a three-run double to put Marist up by five.
Canisius would chip away at the lead but every time the Griffs scored, Marist answered. Canisius scored in three of the next five innings but so did Marist. The Griffs got as close as 12-9 in the eighth but could get no closer as Jacob Wiley got the final four outs to give Marist the win.
Canisius forced the second game on Saturday with another one-run victory – the third straight one-run victory for the Griffs. Canisius trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Brian Burton cleared the bases with a double to center field. Senior Alex MacKenzie closed out the game for the Griffs with his first career save.
On the day, senior Kevin Mailloux led the Griffs with five hits while Burton had four hits and three RBI. McQuail had a two-run homer in the first game and scored a team-high three runs.
Game Notes: Four Golden Griffins earned all-Tournament Team honors – Mailloux (8-for-22, HR, four RBI), Burton (8-for-16, three RBI), Joseph (6-for-19, five RBI) and Shane Davis (complete-game victory, 9 IP, 2 ER)... The teams combined for 10 pitchers in the title game that lasted 3 hours, 4 minutes... Goemans also started the first game of the tournament for the Griffs on Thursday... Freshman Benson Merritt started the first game and he went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs... Matt Weber earned the win in the first game, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings of relief... MacKenzie’s relief appearance was the first for the senior since April 2007... Perry Silverman threw two runners out at the plate in the second game.