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Baseball Open Home, MAAC Schedules This Weekend

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/21/2013
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Games No. 20-22
Canisius College (14-5, 0-0 MAAC) vs. Saint Peter's (5-10, 0-0 MAAC)
Demske Sports Complex
March 23-24

Game 1: RHP Garrett Cortright (5-0, 0.97 ERA) vs. RHP Zachary Hopf (0-3, 3.96 ERA)
Game 2: RHP Devon Stewart (1-2, 5.20 ERA) vs. RHP Matthew Yuhas (2-1, 3.91 ERA)
Game 3: LHP Alex Godzak (2-1, 2.66 ERA) vs. TBA


  • Winners in 10 of its last 11 games, the Canisius baseball team opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Saint Peter’s University at the Demske Sports Complex.
  • Canisius played its first 19 games of the season away from home, with its 12 road wins standing as the most in the country.
  • The 14 wins for the Golden Griffins are the most of any team in the Northeast region.
  • Canisius was named the Northeast Region Louisville Slugger Team of the Week by College Baseball Insider on Tuesday.
  • Canisius is one of 48 teams in the country with 14 or more wins.
  • Canisius has won 189 games since the start of the 2008 season, the fourth-highest total in the Northeast.
  • Canisius has qualified for the MAAC Championship in each of the last six seasons, winning the MAAC regular-season title in 2008 and 2010.
  • Canisius has had eight players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since 2008.
  • The Golden Griffins have had three All-Americans in the last five seasons.
  • Canisius has had three freshman All-Americans since 2007, including sophomore Devon Stewart following the 2012 campaign.
  • Coach Mike McRae won his 300th game on March 16. McRae has 301 wins in his career, trailing only Don Colpoys (325 wins) in the Canisius record books.


  • Canisius leads the all-time series 29-17 with Saint Peter’s. The Griffs won the series in Jersey City, N.J. last season, sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader before losing on Sunday.
  • The Griffs won both games between the teams at the Demske Sports Complex in 2011, with the third game being cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Canisius has won 15 of the last 17 meetings between the schools and is 10-2 in the last 12 games between the teams in Buffalo.


  • Junior Ryan Coppinger has a hit in all five career games against the Peacocks, going 8-for-15 with two homers, eight RBI, three walks and three steals.
  • Junior Garrett Cortright went seven innings and struck out six in a win last season.
  • Senior Brooklyn Foster had four hits in the series last year, scoring two runs and recording two RBI.
  • Sophomore Devon Stewart threw a seven-inning complete game in a 10-1 win in the second game of last year’s series, allowing six hits and walking one.
  • Junior Shane Zimmer is 6-for-16 with four RBI and two walks in five career games.


  • Saint Peter’s enters the weekend series with a 5-10 record after a 10-1 loss against Seton Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Senior Matt Speckmann leads the Saint Peter’s offense with a .340 batting average, as well as with team highs in RBI (11) and runs scored (10).
  • John Leiter has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings, allowing a .200 opponents’ batting average, striking out 13 and walking 12 in five appearances.
  • Saint Peter’s is 5-1 this season when scoring four or more runs in a game and is 0-9 when scoring two or fewer runs.
  • Saint Peter’s pitchers have yielded 61 walks in 117.2 innings.
  • The Peacocks are hitting .244 as a team, have a 4.82 team ERA and have a .960 fielding percentage.
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