May 4, 2013
Canisius pounded out 19 hits in a dominant 17-1 win in the first game, and snuck out a 1-0 win in the second to take a key MAAC doubleheader from Siena Saturday in Loudonville. The Saints have now dropped four straight MAAC games after beginning the year 10-3 in league play.
Garrett Cortright worked eight solid innings to improve to 9-2 in the opener for Canisius. The Griffs scored six times in the fifth, and pushed across four runs in the eighth and ninth to account for the lopsided margin.
Jesse Kelso and Brooklyn Foster led the Canisius' attack with three hits each. No Siena player managed a multi-hit game, and all four pitchers used were ineffective.
Senior Justin Brantley delivered his best outing of the season in a tough-luck 1-0 loss in the second game. Brantley worked all seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven.
Canisius pushed across the game's only run in its final at bat. Pinch hitter Jesse Puscheck singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ronnie Bernick then delivered the game-winning hit, fighting off a full-count offering with a soft opposite field blooper over the left side of the Saints' infield.
Alex Godzek went six innings, allowing just four hits to get the win for Canisius, his seventh in nine decisions. Jon Fitzsimmons stuck out the side in the seventh to earn his eighth save, but he had to work around a one-out hit by Nick Wolyniec who advanced to second on a wild pitch before Martis and Vincent Citro struck out to end the game.
Brian Fay had two hits in the second game for the Saints.
The two teams complete their three-game set at noon Sunday. Following the game, the entire Siena team will shave their heads to help bring awareness to the St. Baldrick's Foundation supporting the fight against childhood cancer. The Saints have already raised over $7,500 for the cause.