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Canisius, Fullerton, Alabama, and Louisville pick up wins


Canisius 21 Delaware State 12

Entering the week having scored 29 runs in its previous six games, the Canisius College baseball team has scored 33 runs in the last two games as the Golden Griffins defeated Delaware State 21-12 at Soldier Field in Dover, Del. on Tuesday. Canisius has now won four straight and 10 of its last 11.

Canisius (15-2) set a school record with 23 hits, as each starting position player recorded at least one hit and six had multiple hits in the game. The Griffs had nine extra-base hits against the Hornets (4-17), including five home runs, which tied the school record of five. Juniors Branson Joseph and Kevin Mahoney each hit two homers for the Griffs. Joseph matched school records with his five hits and four runs scored while going 5-for-6 overall with five RBIs. Senior Adam Donato finished a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Mahoney also drove in five while senior Ryan Asis was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

After each team scored two runs in the first, the Griffs took the lead for good with two runs in the second on a two-run homer by Mahoney. Each team scored two runs in the fifth to make it 6-4.

Canisius then scored 15 consecutive runs – getting three in the sixth, three in the seventh and nine in the eighth. Donato’s three-run home run accounted for the scoring in the sixth while a RBI single by Paul Panik and two-run triple from Donato plated the runs in the seventh.

In the eighth, the Griffs sent 14 batters to the plate. After singles by Joseph and Kevin Reimer started the inning, a groundout by Brian Burton was the first out of the eighth. The next five Canisius batters reached, which included a three-run home run by Mahoney. After Choy grounded out, the next five Griffs reached base, including a two-RBI double by Joseph. A RBI single from Asis, that scored Reimer, capped off the Canisius scoring and made it 21-4.

The Hornets would score four runs in the eighth and ninth innings, with six straight batters reaching base in the eighth and the first five batters reaching base in the ninth.

Freshman Josh Marshall received his first collegiate start and went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking eight and striking out four. Junior Aaron Boag picked up the win with 3.2 innings of relief.

Freshman Eric Hawes went recorded two outs in the ninth in his first collegiate action while freshman Shane Davis faced one batter in the ninth to finish the game.

Canisius and Delaware State wrap up the two-game mid-week series on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Cal-State Fullerton 6 San Diego 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 21 Cal State Fullerton scored four runs in the first inning that proved to be too much for the 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to overcome in a 6-3 non-conference loss at Cunningham Stadium.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 17-8 overall and saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Titans improve to 13-8 overall.

The Titans wasted no time in scoring as they put up four runs on three hits in the first inning. The Titans runs, which all came with two outs, were scored on a Jared Clark run-scoring double, a Joel Weeks bases-loaded walk, run three came when Dustin Garneau was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the final CSF run came on a Gary Brown RBI single to give the Titans a 4-0 lead.

After the Titans added one more run in the second, San Diego then took two runs back in the bottom of the third inning. Sean Nicol got things started with a walk and freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez then launched his first home run of the game, a two run blast over the left field fence to cut the deficit to three. James Meador then doubled down the left field line to keep things rolling. Anthony Strazzara singled to left field, and Meador rounded third and headed for home. The CSF left fielder made a throw from left field that put the Titan catcher in the air at the plate, he caught the ball but Meador slid head first into the plate and didn’t appeared to be tagged out, but the home plate umpire called it an out ending the USD scoring threat and leaving the score at 5-3.

Fullerton then took back one run in the fourth inning on a Jared Clark run-scoring double, which scored Josh Fellhauer, who had singled.

The Toreros would score their final run of the game in the fifth inning on a Sanchez solo home run over the left field fence, which runs Sanchez’s home-run total to nine on the season, and also marks the second time this season Sanchez has hit two home runs in a game.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way with his 2-for-4, two home runs and three RBI performance. The only other Torero to record multiple hits was Meador, who went 2-for-4 with one double.

Ricardo Pecina (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work. Travis Kelly (1-0) picked up the win for the Titans as he allowed two runs on five hits in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host Harvard University in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

Alabama 12 Jacksonville State 6

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball team took advantage of 11 walks and three errors to post a 12-6 win over Jacksonville State in a marathon game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa.

Junior right fielder Kent Matthes went 2-for-3 with five RBI to lead the Tide offense. Junior DH Alex Avila was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Junior center fielder Tyler Odle had one hit and two RBI for the Tide.

Alabama and Jacksonville State used a combined six pitchers and the team’s combined for 19 walks, eight wild pitches, five errors and one hit batter in the game. The teams also turned five double plays, including four by Alabama.

“It was a sloppy game to say the least,” Matthes said following the game. “When you put up 12 runs, you don’t really have to have a lot of pitching.”

Alabama (12-11) scored quickly with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of some wildness by JSU starter Justin King, who walked four batters and uncorked two wild pitches. After freshman second baseman Ross Wilson reached on a one-out infield single, before King walked the next three Alabama batters as the Tide took a 1-0 lead. Senior first baseman Matt Bentley’s bases loaded walk scored Wilson.

Avila scored from third on a wild pitch and Matthes’ sac fly to right scored junior left fielder Brandon May with the third run. Bentley and junior center fielder Tyler Odle, who also drew a walk, executed the double-steal with Bentley stealing home to give the Tide a four-run lead.

JSU cut the lead to 4-1 in the third inning when John David Smelser, a Tuscaloosa native and Hillcrest High School graduate, drew a lead off walk and scored when Andrew Edge rapped into a double play.

Alabama scored four more runs in the bottom of the third inning, taking advantage of two JSU errors. The Tide scored two runs on a throwing error by Smelser at shortstop and added another run on an error by third baseman Matt McLaughlin. Odle drove in a run with an RBI single to right-center field to give the Tide an 8-1 lead.

King (1-2), who originally signed with Alabama, gave up six runs and two hits in two-plus innings. He also walked five batters.

Jax State (9-13) cut the lead to 8-3 in the top of the fourth inning on Daniel Adamson’s two-run double with the bases loaded. Bert Smith walked to reload the bases with no outs and chase UA starter Del Howell. Junior right-hander Jamie Manning replaced Howell and struck out three straight JSU hitters to end the inning as the Gamecocks left the bases loaded for the second time in four innings.

Matthes delivered a two-run single to left in the bottom of the fourth inning to score May and Bentley to put the Tide in front 10-3.

The Gamecocks scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning was Manning allowed a single and three straight walks. Leach walked with the bases loaded to chase Manning and Adamson and Bert Smith had RBI ground outs off Nathan Kilcrease to cut the lead to 10-6.

Kilcrease (2-0) earned the win with five scoreless innings of relief and allowed five hits and struck out one.

The Crimson Tide doubled its lead to 12-6 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matthes had an RBI single and Odle drove in a run with ground out.

Alabama and Jax State will close out this two-game, home-and-home series with a 6:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 26 at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Ala.

Louisville 19 Eastern Kentucky 6

RICHMOND, Ky. – Freshman Josh Richmond hit the first pitch of the game out of the yard, the first of 12 extra base hits for the University of Louisville, on the way to a 19-6 win over Eastern Kentucky Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.

Richmond was 3 for 6 with four runs and four RBI, Jeff Arnold went 3 for 5 at the plate, driving in five runs and Greg Del George hit three doubles in three trips to pace a Cardinal offense that scored in each of the first five innings.

Richmond, whose father played baseball at EKU, got the Cards (12-7) off to a solid start, drilling his first career home run for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.

Louisville then struck for a five-spot in the second.

Del George doubled, moved to third on a flyout to right by Nate Holland and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Drew Haynes. Richmond reached on a wild pitch on strike three and scored on Andrew Clark’s triple to right.

Justin McClanahan and Chris Dominguez walked to load the bases with two out before Arnold hammered a bases-clearing double for a 6-1 Cardinal lead.

Joe Oliver’s RBI double plated Matt Davis in the second to put the Colonels (9-9-1) on the board.

Del George opened the third inning with a double and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Richmond for a 7-1 Cardinal lead.

McClanahan hammered his fourth home run of the season to straight away center opening the fourth, extending his hit streak to a team-best 13 games, and giving the Cards an 8-1 lead.

Dominguez then walked, and Arnold singled before Del George’s double plated two more, extending the advantage to 10-1.

A second RBI double by Oliver and a sac fly off the bat of Aaron Barrows cut the advantage to 10-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

Richmond doubled to open the fifth and scored on a single by Clark. An error then scored Clark for the 12th Cardinal run.

A pair of unearned runs in the sixth by EKU made it 12-5, Cards.

Louisville then piled on seven in the seventh.

McClanahan hit a one out single and scored on a double by Dominguez. Arnold singled him home, and a fielding error on a ball hit by Alfonso put runners at first and second.

A pinch single by Wunderlich scored Arnold, Haynes doubled home a run and Richmond doubled home two more before Clark’s second triple of the game closed the Cardinal scoring.

Dylan McMaine singled home a run in the bottom of the ninth for the Colonels.

James Belanger (2-1) picked up the win, going six innings in the start, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out five.

Bob Revesz tossed two scoreless frames out of the pen, allowing a hit and a walk. B.J Rosenberg allowed a run on two hits in an inning.

EKU starter Patrick Cooper (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits and a pair of walks. He struck out two. Three Colonel relievers came out of the pen.

Clark went 3 for 7 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Haynes and McClanahan each added two hits.

Justin Haywood was hit by a pitch in his first career plate appearance.

The Cards scored a season-high 19 runs, the most they have scored since they hung 20 on Oklahoma State in the deciding game of the 2007 Louisville Super Regional.

Louisville will next host Butler Wednesday in Jim Patterson Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.

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