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Canisius beats up on Bucs

March 2nd, 2014 8:22 pm by Staff Report

Canisius beats up on Bucs

The Canisius baseball team enjoyed its visit to Thomas Stadium over the weekend. 

The Golden Griffins completed a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State on Sunday, hitting four home runs on the way to a lopsided 13-6 victory. 

They outscored the Bucs 24-8 in the series and outhit them 19-6 on Sunday. A dozen of those hits went for extra bases.

All nine starters recorded a hit for the Golden Griffins, and Brett Siddall and Jose Torralba had three hits apiece. Siddall went 3 for 4 with a triple, home run and three RBI. Torralba finished 3 for 5 with two doubles and two runs scored. 

Jimmy Luppens, Shane Zimmer, and Christ Conley also homered for Canisius.  

Junior right-hander Devon Stewart (2-1) took a perfect game into the sixth inning and earned the win after holding the Bucs to one run on two hits in six innings of work. Sophomore lefty Josh Jacques (1-1) suffered the loss for ETSU; he was charged with three runs on three hits in two innings. 

The Griffins never trailed in the series, and they jumped out to an early 5-0 lead Sunday after three innings of play. 

In the second, Connor Panas and Torralba registered consecutive one-out doubles to left, while Zimmer made it a 3-0 game when he blasted a two-run homer to center for his first round tripper of the year. 

The long ball came into play again in the third and fourth innings as Canisius extended its lead to 6-0. Luppens, who was 6 for 12 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in the series, connected on a two-out, two-run home run to left-center in the third, while Conley led off the fourth with an opposite field homer to left. 

The Griffs pushed two more runs across in the top of the sixth, before ETSU finally broke up Stewart’s perfect game bid in the bottom half of the inning. Trey York became the Bucs’ first base runner as he recorded a one-out double to right and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Clinton Freeman, making it an 8-1 ballgame. 

Canisius wasn’t done with its offensive output, however, as Siddall’s three-run blast in the seventh fueled a five-run inning to make it 13-1. 

ETSU had a five-run inning of its own in the bottom of the ninth to pull within seven, but Canisius went back to Buffalo, N.Y., on a three-game winning streak. Chris Riopedre, Jordan Sanford, Brandon Wilson  and York all had RBIs for the Bucs in the ninth. 

Freshman outfielder Brandon Moss posted his first collegiate hit with a leadoff single in the seventh and also scored a run in the ninth. 

The Bucs continue their eight-game homestand Wednesday against Eastern Kentucky at 6:05 p.m. 

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