The Canisius baseball team completed the weekend sweep of Marist College with wins of 8-1 and 7-3 over the Red Foxes at McCann Field on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins extend their winning streak to six games and improve to 28-14 overall and 11-4 in the MAAC.
Game One — Canisius 8, Marist 1
The Griffs scored twice in the first inning, getting two-out, RBI singles from senior Jimmy Luppens and sophomore Brett Siddall. Freshman Anthony Massicci led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout. Luppens then used an opposite-field single to score Massicci. Junior Connor Panas followed with a single, and Siddall singled to left to score Luppens and make it 2-0.
Canisius doubled its lead in the third, with Massicci leading off with a single and senior Shane Zimmer working a walk. After a sacrifice from junior Jesse Puscheck, Luppens walked to load the bases. Panas was hit by the next pitch to force home Massicci and chase Marist starter Scott Boches from the game. A sacrifice fly from Siddall made it 4-0.
Marist got one back in the third before Canisius extended the lead in the sixth with two more runs. Senior Jose Torralba led off with a walk and scored on an RBI double from senior Ryan Coppinger. After a sacrifice bunt from senior Ronnie Bernick, Massicci singled up the middle to score Coppinger and put the Griffs up 6-1.
The run support would be more than enough for Godzak (6-3), who threw his third complete game of the season. The sophomore lefty allowed three hits and one run, walked two and struck out five on 85 pitches.
Massicci was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Coppinger and Siddall each posted two hits and two RBI in the game.
Game Two – Canisius 7, Marist 3
Marist (12-27, 5-10 MAAC) took its first lead of the series by scoring a run in the bottom of the first, but Canisius responded with three unearned runs in the second inning and chased Marist starter Rich Vrana by seeing 40 pitches. Siddall led off with a single and Panas reached on an error. After Luppens popped out and senior Jesse Kelso struck out, the Griffs took advantage of the extra out as junior Mike Krische worked a walk to load the bases. Freshman Christ Conley scored two runs with an opposite field single to give the Griffs the lead. After Massicci worked an eight-pitch walk to reload the bases, Torralba drew a four-pitch walk to force home Krische and chase Vrana from the game.
The Griffs manufactured a run in the fourth without a hit as Krische led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Massicci sent a grounder to second, but Krische was able to score on the play and make it 4-1. Canisius extended its lead in the sixth as Conley led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice from Massicci and scored on a double from Torralba. Siddall would bring home Torralba with a double of his own to put the Griffs up 6-1.
The Red Foxes added one run in the bottom of the sixth, but Canisius got it back in the eighth as Torralba led off with a single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on an RBI single from Siddall.
Torralba reached base four times by toing 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks and two RBI. Siddall was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a HBP. Conley was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
Junior Devon Stewart (4-5) picked up the win by allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. Stewart walked two and struck out four. The top three Canisius starting pitchers have now gone at least six innings in 28 of 32 starts this season, including 14 out of 15 times in conference play.
Canisius is scheduled to play three mid-week games, starting with a seven-inning doubleheader against Cornell at the Demske Sports Complex on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Notes: Canisius is on a winning streak of at least six games for the third time this season. The other 10 teams in the MAAC have two such winning streaks combined this season… Canisius has now won each of the past three regular-season series with Marist. Prior to 2012, the Griffs had won the regular-season series just twice in 14 previous seasons… Canisius won the three games by a combined 18 runs, the largest margin of victory in a three-game series this season. (Quinnipiac outscored Saint Peter’s by 16 runs in a sweep last weekend)… Canisius has scored at least seven runs in five of the last six games after scoring seven runs once in the previous 11 games… Massicci was hit by a pitch in his last plate appearance, recording an HBP for the first time this season (170 plate appearances)… Canisius reached base to lead off the inning 15 of 25 times on the weekend.