March 23, 2012
MAAC preseason favorite Canisius pounded out 23 hits and outscored the Saints 16-6 in a doubleheader sweep late Friday afternoon in Buffalo. The Griffs won the opener 9-3, and took the seven-inning nightcap 7-3. The two teams complete the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m.
C.J. Sohl worked 7.1 innings of relief, appearing in both games for the Saints. He allowed just one run and two hits.
The Griffs (11-12, 2-0) got four hits from Manny Hernandez, and three apiece from Jose Torralba and Shane Zimmer in the opener. They out-hit the Saints (2-19, 0-2) 16-8, and jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings.
Eight different Saints hit safely in the first game, but Siena never seriously threatened. John Ronney and Ted Trymbiski drove home runs in the sixth to make the score 7-3, but Canisius answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, and tacked on an insurance tally in the seventh.
Ryan Poplawski worked into the sixth for Siena, surrendering seven earned runs on 14 hits.
Garrett Cortright tossed seven innings to pick up the win for Canisius, evening his record at 3-3.
The Griffs picked up right where they left off in the second game, striking for five runs in the first inning. Siena starter Justin Brantley hit three men to load the bases, and then Jesse Kelso cleared them with a triple. When all was said and done, Canisius scored five times in the first. They tacked on two runs in the second, chasing Brantley from the game.
Sohl was stellar out of the pen in his second appearance of the day, working the final five innings without allowing a hit. His effort allowed Siena to make things interesting with a run in the third and two in the fifth, but that's as close as the Saints would get. The knuckleballer also kept the rest of the Saints pen fresh for the series finale.
Tyler Bell had two hits, including an RBI double in the fifth for Siena.
Devon Stewart pitched the first six innings, sacrificing six hits and three runs to pick up the win for Canisius.
Brantley and Poplawski each fell to 0-5 on the year.