Canisius' Fast Start Carries it to 11-3 Win Over Baseball

Joe Iacobucci
Joe Iacobucci

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Canisius scored nine runs on 15 hits in the first five innings, and six of its seven pitchers had scoreless outings in an 11-3 victory over the Youngstown State baseball team on a windy Wednesday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.

A leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly gave Canisius a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the Golden Griffins blew the game open with a five-run third. Two of the runs came on bases-loaded walks, and three runs came in before the first out was recorded.

A one-out RBI double in the fourth made the score 7-0, and four straight hits with one out in the fifth put Canisius ahead by nine. The Golden Griffins added two more runs in the seventh.

Joe Iacobucci's two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth gave the Penguins their first runs of the contest. The inning was prolonged when Chris Mitko reached on a passed ball after striking out, and Jeremy Banks walked to put two runners on for Iacobucci. Craig Goubeaux followed with a double to plate Iacobucci and make the score 11-3.

Iacobucci, Goubeux and Neil Schroth all had two hits apiece, but every other Penguin combined to go 1-for-21. Four of the Penguins' seven hits went for extra bases, and Goubeaux accounted for two of those with a pair of doubles.

Leadoff hitter Jose Torralba had three hits and scored four times, and No. 2 hitter Chris Gruarin went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs for Canisius. Starter Alex Tufts allowed one hit in three innings before handing the ball off to the bullpen. YSU's three runs, which were all unearned, came off Jordan Cave. Canisius' pitchers combined to strike out 14 hitters.

Blake Aquadro allowed six runs on six hits and six walks in 2.1 innings in a losing effort. Erik Okleson allowed five runs in 4.2 innings, and Jonathan Crist did not allow a run or hit in his first career appearance.

The Penguins will welcome Cleveland State to Eastwood Field for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch in game one of the set will be Friday at 3 p.m.