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Baseball Continues MAAC Road Stretch At Rider

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/05/2013
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Games No. 28-30
Canisius College (20-7, 4-2 MAAC) at Rider University (13-12, 2-1 MAAC)
April 6-7
Sonny Pittaro Field - Lawrenceville, N.J. 

Probable Starters
Game 1: RHP Garrett Cortright (6-1, 1.42 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Smith (4-2, 1.29 ERA)
Game 2: RHP Devon Stewart (2-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Kurt Sowa (5-1, 4.01 ERA)
Game 3: LHP Alex Godzak (4-1, 2.48 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Murphy (2-4, 3.68 ERA)


  • The Canisius College baseball team continues its stretch of nine consecutive road MAAC games with a three-game series at Rider University this weekend.
  • Canisius enters the series having won 16 of its last 19 games and on a season-long six-game winning streak.
  • Canisius has won nine straight road games, the second-longest streak in the country. North Carolina holds the longest active streak in the country with 13 straight road wins.
  • Canisius has a 16-4 road record, with the 16 road wins standing as the most at the Division I level.
  • Canisius is on a winning streak of five or more games for the 14th time since 2008, the highest total in the conference.
  • Canisius is one of 40 teams in the country with 20 or more wins. Canisius and Pittsburgh are the only teams in the Northeast region with 20 wins.
  • Three Canisius pitchers combined to throw the program’s first nine-inning no-hitter at the Division I level in an 8-0 win at Iona on March 29.
  • Freshman Alex Godzak won four awards this week after throwing seven no-hit innings against the Gaels, including Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball.
  • Senior Christian Segar earned MAAC Player of the Week honors on Monday, after Segar hit .643 with five runs scored, five RBI and five steals in four games last week.
  • Canisius has won 195 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 307 wins in his career, trailing only Don Colpoys (325 wins) in the Canisius record books.


  • Rider leads the all-time series 28-22 between the teams,  but Canisius holds a 14-7 lead in the last five years.
  • Canisius won all four meetings between the teams, including a three-game sweep at the Demske Sports Complex that included two one-run (6-5, 8-7) wins in Saturday’s doubleheader and a 14-8 win in the series finale.
  • No. 2 seed Canisius also defeated No. 4 seed Rider 10-3 in the winners’ bracket game at the 2012 MAAC Championship. The teams have met in each of the last five MAAC Championships, splitting the six meetings.
  • Rider won the last series between the teams in Lawrenceville, which came in 2011. The teams split the Saturday doubleheader with Rider winning the rubber match.
  • The only series win for the Griffs in Lawrenceville came in 2009. Rider has won five series and the teams have split two two-game series.


  • Junior Jose Torralba is hitting .548 (17-for-31) in eight starts, with nine RBI.
  • Junior Garrett Cortright has 12 strikeouts in 19 career innings, posting a 3.32 ERA in three starts (1-0).
  • Senior Brooklyn Foster went 5-for-11 with four runs scored and two RBI last season.
  • Junior Shane Zimmer has a .455 on-base percentage in eight career starts, to go along with eight RBI.
  • Junior Jimmy Luppens hit .417 in four starts last year, with three runs scored and two RBI.
  • Sophomore Devon Stewart allowed three runs in eight innings and struck out seven while picking up the win in the MAAC Championship last year.


  • Rider enters the weekend series with a 13-12 overall record, 5-2 home record and 2-1 record in the MAAC.
  • The Broncs took two of three games from Fairfield University last weekend, sweeping the Saturday doubleheader. Rider dropped mid-week games to Seton Hall and Maryland this week.
  • Rider is hitting .268 as a team while averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Broncs have a team ERA of 3.71 and a team fielding percentage of .966.
  • The Broncs rank second in the MAAC in hitting, first in team ERA and second in fielding percentage.
  • Junior Jerry Mulderig ranks fourth in the MAAC in on-base percentage (.472) and leads the conference with 12 stolen bases. Mulderig leads Rider’s offense with a .382 batting average.
  • Tyler Smith leads MAAC starting pitchers with a 1.29 earned run average and with 39 strikeouts. Kurt Sowa is third in the MAAC with an opponents’ batting average of .200. Zach Mawson leads the MAAC with five saves.
  • Rider has allowed 12 runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings combined.
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