The Canisius baseball team split a doubleheader at UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Griffins won the opener 4-2 and then lost 6-4 in the second game of the day at Greenwood Field.
Game One - Canisius 4, UNC Asheville 2
Canisius (3-3) scored quickly in the top of the first as junior Jesse Kelso led off with a walk and scored on a triple form junior Shane Zimmer. The Griffs added two unearned runs in the fourth as sophomore Connor Panas reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third on a double from senior Chris Gruarin. An RBI groundout from freshman Brett Siddall scored Panas and an RBI single from senior Christian Segar would score Gruarin. The Griffs went up 4-0 in the fifth as Kelso led off with a single and eventually scored on an RBI single from Gruarin.
Junior Garrett Cortright picked up his second win of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, in 6.2 innings. Cortright allowed eight hits and struck out four. Junior Jon Fitzsimmons got the final out of the seventh for his first save of the season.
Game Two - UNC Asheville 6, Canisius 4
Canisius built a 3-1 lead in the second game as sophomore Mike Krische led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and eventually scored after a UNC Asheville throwing error. A sacrifice fly from Kelso scored Zimmer later in the inning. After the Bulldogs scored once in the bottom of the first, the Griffs answered with a run in the top of the second. Siddall led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
UNC Asheville (2-3) scored three runs in the third, including a two-run homer from Ian Graham to go up 4-3. The Griffs tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth, which started with Siddall reaching on an error and Siddall being hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Mike Booth, a sacrifice fly from freshman Anthony Massicci scored Siddall to tie the game.
The Bulldogs used the long ball again in the fifth inning to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Robert McIntosh hit a two-run homer to put UNC Asheville up 6-4. Canisius got the tying run to third base in the top of the seventh, but Gruarin lined out to second base to end the game.
Rohn Pierce (1-1) took the loss for
the Griffs, allowing six runs, five earned, in five-plus innings. Senior Jason Rubenstein threw a scoreless
inning of relief. UNC Asheville used six pitchers in the game after starter Elliot
Criss left after the first batter of the day. Nick Schavone picked up the win
by throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings.
Canisius and UNC Asheville are scheduled to wrap up their series on Sunday, with another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.