The Canisius baseball team is one win away from capturing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship. What’s more, the Golden Griffins will have two chances to take the title.
Canisius knocked off Rider, the No. 1 seed, 18-7, on Saturday in a game played in Trenton, N.J. The game started on Friday night and was suspended due to rain.
The Griffs will play No. 4-seed Siena today at noon. If Canisius loses that one in the double-elimination tournament, it will play another game immediately following the first one to determine the champion. Siena advanced with an 11-8 win over Rider in 10 innings Saturday night.
The score of the game was tied, 5-5, after four innings on Friday when rain caused the suspension of play. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth inning, but then Canisius erupted for eight runs in the sixth. That matched the team’s biggest one-inning output of the season. Mike Krische, Ron Bernick, Ryan Coppinger and Brooklyn Foster all drove in two runs each in the uprising. Canisius added three runs in the seventh.
Jesse Puscheck finished 3 for 6 including a grand slam, and scored four runs. Coppinger had five RBIs while Krische had three hits.
Devon Stewart earned the win in relief to improve his record to 5-5. It was the first time in his career that he had appeared in a game without starting. Stewart gave up the two runs in the fifth but blanked the Broncs the rest of the way.
Elsewhere in baseball, Niagara County Community College won its first game in the Division III NJCAA World Series. The Thunderwolves defeated Montgomery (Md.), 15-7, in a game played in Tyler, Texas.
The contest started at 9:08 a.m. Central time, and it took a while for NCCC to get into the swing of the game. Montgomery College had a 4-3 lead after five innings. Then the Thunderwolves had an 11-run outburst in the top of the sixth to blow the game open.
Eight NCCC players had hits in a balanced attack. Patrick Quinn led the way with three hits; he also drove home four runs. Pitcher Mike Elwood and outfielder Michael Orlowski were 3 for 4, while catcher Anthony Schiro led his team with three runs scored.
Niagara CCC (38-16) will play Gloucester County (N.J.) late this afternoon. Gloucester blanked Century (Minn.), 9-0, on Saturday to improve its record to 46-3 on the season. That’s the best record in the tournament.
TRACK: Buffalo State’s Sasha Henry and Jazmin Dunham won national championships on the last day of the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships in La Crosse, Wis.
Henry took the 100-meter title in 12.01 seconds. Dunham won the 200 meters in 24.34. The Bengals finished in a tie for third place in the team competition, despite having only four athletes post scores.