Canisius baseball team had its best offensive day of the early season,
defeating Murray State 15-5 in the first game of the weekend series at Reagan
Field in Murray, Ky. The Golden Griffins improve to 5-4 on the season.
Golden Griffins had multi-hit days, led by senior Brooklyn Foster going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, six RBI and two
doubles. Leadoff hitter Mike Krische
went 2-for-4 with a walk while junior Jesse
Kelso was 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Freshman Brett Siddall was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Junior Jimmy Luppens reached base four times
in five plate appearances, scoring four runs, while sophomore Connor Panas was 2-for-4 with a walk.
Garrett Cortright pitched well for
the third consecutive start, allowing one unearned run in seven innings. The
Hamburg, N.Y. native improved to 3-0, struck out six and lowered his earned run
average to 0.87 through three starts.
scored three runs in the top of the first, starting the rally with a two-out
single from Kelso. After Luppens was hit by a pitch, an RBI single from Siddall
and two-RBI double from Foster gave Canisius the 3-0 lead. The Griffs doubled
their lead in the third, again getting an RBI single from Siddall and RBI
double from Foster to go along with an RBI single from Panas, to take a 6-0
Murray State scored once in the bottom of the fifth, Canisius broke the game
open with a four-run top of the seventh. Kelso had an RBI single, junior Shane Zimmer had a pinch-hit, two-RBI
single and Foster scored Luppens with an RBI groundout. The Racers scored four
runs in the bottom of the eighth before Canisius regained control with a
five-run top of the ninth. Foster had a two-RBI single, junior Jose Torralba had an RBI single, junior
Ryan Coppinger had a pinch-hit, RBI
single and Torralba closed out the production by scoring on a balk.
and Murray State will resume the series on Saturday, with first pitch set for 3