* Left-handed hitting Brett Siddall (Windsor, Ont.) went were no visiting hitter has gone since the Iona Gaels moved into City Park in New Rochelle, NY (home of Dick Van Dyke) in 2013. It was only the first homer by a visiting college player and only the second homer since opening day 2013.
Griffs Completes Sweep of Iona
Canisius baseball completed the three-game sweep of Iona on Monday afternoon, as the Griffs used four runs in the top of the sixth to notch a 7-1 victory at City Park in New Rochelle, N.Y. The win was Canisius’ third-straight and improved it’s overall record to 10-13 and its conference mark to 3-0. Iona fell to 3-19 and 0-3 in MAAC play.
With the game knotted at 1-1, the Canisius offense cranked out five hits and scored four runs to take a decisive advantage.
Canisius pounded out 11 hits, as eight different Griffs recorded hits. Brett Siddall (Windsor, Ont.) led the way with two RBI as he went 2-of-5 for the day. Mike Krische (Langley BC) and Siddall had a pair of hits, apiece.
For the fifth-straight contest the Griffs scored a run in the top of the first inning, as Jake Lumley (Windsor, Ont.) led off the game with a triple and a batter later, Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) drove him in with a fly ball to give the Griffs a 1-0 lead.
The Griffs put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth as Krische got things started with a leadoff double. Panas then singled as Krische moved to third. The Blue and Gold tallied three more runs on two hits to push four across in the inning.
Canisius added a run in the top of the eighth and ninth for to seal the victory.
The Griffs swept Saturday’s double header, winning the first game 8-0, and the second 7-0. Four different pitchers between the two games held the Gaels scoreless.
The Griffs pitchers allowed just eight total hits on the way to its 2-0 record, while the offense cranked out 17 hits in the pair of victories.
Canisius starter Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC) continued his mastery of Iona as he pitched eight strong innings, allowed just four hits and fanned five as he improved to 2-4 on the year. Stewart has now pitched 15 straight scoreless innings against the Gaels and has never allowed a run to cross the plate. He is 2-0 all-time against Iona and has allowed just six hits and struck out 10.
Krische led the way offensively with a pair of RBIs and two hits.
Canisius had struggled in its non-conference schedule with getting off to a good start as it had allowed teams to cross the plate in the first three innings in 15 games thus far this year. However in this contest, not only did Canisius hold a clean sheet, it scored at least one run each of the first five innings.
Am RBI double got things started in the top of the first, while Siddall scored in the top of the second and another run in the third gave Canisius a 3-0 lead.
A Krische RBI double in the top of the fifth and a Siddall homerun in the top of the seventh capped the scoring for Canisius. Siddall’s homerun is the only the second long-ball to be hit at City Park since the Gaels moved there in 2013. It’s the first time an opponent has ever done it, and the first time since the last game of the 2013 season.
Josh Shepley (Tecumseh, Ont.) came on in the bottom of the ninth to close out the contest as he faced three batters and struck out two.
Following suit to his veteran teammate, J.P. Stevenson (Hunter River, PEI) pitched a gem as he started the second game and went six innings, allowed just four hits and fanned six batters in the contest. With the win he improved to 3-0, while Iona’s Mariano Rivera Jr. pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two hits and one earned run as he fell to 1-4.
In this game, leadoff man, Lumley led the Canisius offense with two RBIs as he recorded a hit and three walks. Seven different Canisius batters recorded hits in the contest.
For the third straight-contest the Griffs got on the board in the top of the first as Panas drove in Lumley on an RBI single down the left field line, to make it 1-0.
Rivera held Canisius scoreless the rest of the way until the Griffs notched two runs in the top to the sixth. After two quick outs, Krishe got on thanks to a walk and proceeded to steal second. Nick Capitano (Bolton, Ont.) doubled to right field to drive Krishe in to make it 2-0. A bases-loaded walk put the Griffs up 3-0.
A four run seventh inning broke the game wide open as the Griffs scratched out four runs on four hits, as Siddall recorded one RBI and Lumley drove in a pair to make it 7-0.
Zachary Sloan (Brampton, Ont.) came on in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game as he faced three batters to secure the victory.
The Blue and Gold will now settle in for an extended homestand, beginning with a mid-week game against Buffalo tomorrow and its first home MAAC series on Saturday and Sunday, against the Fairfield Stags.