April 22, 2008
Contact: Greg Murphy
LORAIN, Ohio - Cleveland State head coach Kevin Kocks won his 500th career game as the Vikings swept a nonconference doubleheader from Canisius on Tuesday at The Pipe Yard.
The Vikings won the opener in 10 innings, 9-8, and came back to win the nightcap, 5-3.
"I didn't even know I was so close to 500 wins," Kocks said after the game. "I guess it means I have been around a long time."
CSU improved to 17-18 overall and took all three games from the Golden Griffins this season, while Canisius fell to 29-8.
"It wasn't pretty out there, but we'll take it," Kocks said. "We started out slowly, but were able to get some momentum and timely hitting. Nate and Jeremy gave us good performances on the mound today."
Both games were scheduled to be seven inning affairs, but the opener didn't end until a Brad Buell double scored Tom Carter with one out in the 10th. Buell was a late arrival at the game and was not inserted until the sixth inning as he was in class back on the CSU campus.
The opener didn't start well for CSU as the Vikings fell behind 6-1 after four innings. Canisius added another run in the top of the fifth, but the Vikings then started to chip away at the lead by scoring four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to knot the score at 7-7.
It stayed that way until the eighth when Kevin Mailloux hit a sacrifice fly to score Ian Choy with the go-ahead run. However, CSU came right back in the home half of the eighth with a run to extend the game.
Carter struck out to start the inning, but got to first on a wild pitch. He was sacrificed to second by Buell and after Kerins walked, the duo executed a double steal. Golden Griffin catcher Kevin Reimer's throw to third sailed over the head of the third baseman, which allowed Carter to come in with the tying run.
After both teams were retired in the ninth, Canisius had a chance in the 10th as Ryan Asis led off with a double. After a Choy flyout, Kocks decided to walk Branson Joseph to set up a force out. The decision paid off immediately as Kevin Mahoney hit Drew Fronczek's first pitch for an inning ending double play.
Carter hit a one out double in the 10th and came in to score the game-winning run on Buell's double down the leftfield line.
Fronczek worked the final four innings, allowing just one run on four hits to improve to 2-2.
Carter finished the opener 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBI, while Adam Heideman went 2-for-4.
Canisius started quickly again in game two with a single run in the first, but CSU responded with four runs in the second, using three hits, three walks, four stolen bases and a hit batter to take a 4-1 lead.
Raggi began the third inning, but after the first two batters reached, Kocks went to the bullpen and Hartman responded with five strong innings, allowing just three hits to earn his first win of the season (1-0).
Bischof added another RBI single in the sixth and finished the nightcap 2-for-3 with two RBI.
CSU will return to action on Wednesday (April 23) when the Vikings host Mount Vernon Nazarene at 5:00 p.m. at The Pipe Yard.