April 8, 2008
Contact: Greg Murphy
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Brad Buell and Josh Geric drove in three runs apiece and the Vikings used nine hits, eight walks and five hit batters to score 15 runs for the second straight day as the Vikings defeated Canisius, 15-8, in a nonconference game on Tuesday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex.
CSU improved to 10-12 with the win and moved within four wins of equaling its win total from all of last season. Canisius fell to 22-4.
"We really hit the ball well for the second straight game," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "They gave us some opportunities with walks and hit batters and we were able to take advantage of those."
Adam Heideman was the only Viking to have more than one hit, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Anthony Sambula drew the starting assignment for the Vikings and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits. Jonathan Sprowls and Kyle McGuire combined for four innings of relief, while John Foco recorded the final two outs in his first outing of the season.
"Anthony did well and Sprowlsy and Kyle gave us some great innings out of the bullpen," Kocks said. "They allowed me to save some relievers for later this week."
Sprowls earned the win (1-0) by pitching 2.1 innings, while Josh Sawatzky (3-1) took the loss. He went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs (one earned) on three hits.
The Golden Griffins gave up seven unearned runs.
Leading 8-7 heading into the ninth inning, CSU erupted for seven runs to put the game away.
After Cash grounded out to begin the ninth, Foco was hit by a pitch and was moved to third on a double by Heideman. Dustin Mills drew a walk to load the bases, but Tom Carter struck out for the second out of the inning.
Buell then delivered the big blow with a two-run double and Alex Kerins followed with a two-run single to extend CSU's lead to 12-7.
"Brad's double was the biggest hit of the game," Kocks said. "It kind of took the life out of them and the Alex clearing the bases deflated them."
After Bischof was hit by a pitch - the fifth of the game for CSU - Geric cleared the bases with a three-run homer to rightfield.
Canisius scored a run in the first and two more in the second to take an early 3-0 lead.
However, the Vikings came back with two runs of their own in the fourth on an RBI single by Cash and a run scoring double by Foco that sliced CSU's deficit to 3-2.
After the Golden Griffins added a single tally in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-2, CSU responded with six runs on just one hit in the fifth to take its first lead of the afternoon.
Cash reached with one out on an error and moved to third when Foco and Heideman were both hit by pitches. Mills and Carter drew back-to-back bases loaded walks and Buell followed with a sacrifice fly to score Heideman.
After Kerins was hit by a pitch, Bischof delivered a two-run double to score Carter and Mills. Geric, the ninth batter of the inning, became the third batter to be hit by a pitch in the inning to load the bases and Cash followed with CSU's third bases loaded walk of the inning for an RBI to give the Vikings an 8-6 lead.
Canisius closed the gap to one run (8-7) on a solo home run by Kevin Mailloux in the seventh, but that would be as close as the Griffs would get the rest of the day.
CSU is slated to return to action on Wednesday (April 9) afternoon when the Vikings host Malone at 5:00 p.m. at the Pipe Yard. Dylan Henry is scheduled to start on the mound for CSU.