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HOOVER LEADS NIAGARA PAST CANISIUS IN BASEBALL

Third baseman Geoff Hoover had three hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs Friday to lead Niagara to a 14-10 non-league baseball victory over Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex.

Hoover's three-run homer was a key blow of an eight-run second inning for the Purple Eagles (4-6-1), along with catcher Glenn Trevett's two-run double. Trevett, who also finished with five RBIs, had belted a two-run homer in the first inning.

Mark Drabik also had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times for NU. Reliever Bill Conboy got the win.

Canisius (2-6) got two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs from catcher Ryan Mahoney (North Tonawanda). Daryl Besant added a two-run homer for the Griffs.

Erie CC blasted the University at Buffalo, 11-3, behind a three-run homer from Dave Spitzer (Jamestown) and three hits from Brian Malcolm (Maryvale). Phil Villhauer gave the Kats (5-4-1) five good innings on the mound.

SOFTBALL: Buffalo State came up short in a pair of games in Fort Myers, Fla., falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 9-3, and Southern Maine, 7-6.

The Bengals (6-4) got two hits and a run from sophomore Jennifer Brosius (North Tonawanda) against Whitewater (11-0) as Kari Raymond was the losing pitcher.

Against Southern Maine (7-3), Nicole Cefaratti (West Seneca West) starred at the plate with four hits with a double and a run scored while Cheryl DiPasquale (Sweet Home) went 3 for 3 with Melanie Reed (North Tonawanda) taking the loss.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Katie Prem of Canisius finished fifth with a 71.163 score in the B Figures Final at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Teammate Heather Forester was seventh (70.697).

In the Duet preliminaries, Canisius' Michelle Bilkey and Mindy Fox were fifth with 88.080 and teammates Caren Gellin and Jennifer Muzyk were eighth with 85.840. Canisius stands fourth in the Team prelims at 90.390. The finals are today.