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LET'S PLAY FOUR? CANISIUS, SIENA MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME

Jesse Burdick's suicide squeeze scored Daryl Besant in the bottom of the eighth inning as Canisius College capped a marathon day of baseball with an 11-10 victory over Siena Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex.

The Golden Griffins (5-7, 3-1) lost the opener, 6-3, then won the last three games in the 10-hour, 5-minute Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quadrupleheader. The teams, scheduled for a doubleheader, played four games to make up for Saturday's postponed doubleheader.

Carl Kossow (Pioneer) was hot all day, going 9 for 13 with three doubles and two home runs. He was 3 for 3 with three RBIs in a 9-4 win in Game Two. He added had two hits and drove in three as Canisius won the third game, 9-6.

Ryan Mahoney (North Tonawanda) contributed a pair of homers, including a three-run shot in a five-RBI performance in Game Two. Besant (Cheektowaga) had seven hits and Burdick added six.

Elsewhere, Niagara (4-8-1) dropped a season-opening MAAC doubleheader to Marist, 6-3 and 3-1. Mark Drabik and Brian Spadafino each had two hits and drove in a run in the opener for the Purple Eagles.

In the second game, pitcher Ken Keilman threw a complete-game two-hitter and yielded one earned run, but didn't get much offensive support as Niagara's only run came on Aaron Mendel's RBI single in the third.

St. Bonaventure collected 10 hits, but left 10 runners on base in a 13-1 Atlantic 10 loss at Xavier. Greg Mamula had three hits for the Bonnies.

SOFTBALL: Erie CC (4-8) placed fourth in the nine-school Pasco Hernando Tournament in New Port Richey, Fla. Run-scoring singles by freshman Kim Lawrence (Hamburg) and sophomore Jessica Miranda (West Seneca East) in the bottom of the seventh gave the Kats a 4-3 win over Hillsborough CC (31-10). However, ECC was eliminated in its next game by St. Petersburg, 10-0. Lawrence, Sarah Brozyna (Mount Mercy), Krista Haynes (Amherst) accounted for the Kats' three hits.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Canisius finished third overall in the U.S. Collegiate Championships at the University of Minnesota. Canisius finished with 60 points, 34 behind Stanford, which ended second-place Ohio State's run of 13 straight titles.

Mindy Fox (Kenmore West) finished fifth in the solo competition with 88.533 points. Michelle Bilkey (Tonawanda), Caren Gellin (Tonawanda) and Jennifer Muzyk finished fifth in trio with 87.400 points. Heather Forester, Gabriella Nanni and Katie Prem (Tonawanda) was sixth with 86.0 points. In duets, Bilkey and Fox (88.467 points) were seventh and Gellin and Muzyk placed eighth (86.333).

Sweet Home graduate Heather Moore, who competes for Ohio State, earned All-America status with her third-place finish in figures with 81.203 points. Tonawanda native Kelly Barker of St. Mary's (Cal.) finished third in solo with 90.200 points.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Farrah Stewart scored the first goal in school history to give Canisius a 1-0 lead, but that was one of the only highlights in a 19-3 home loss to Marist. Lauren Lukowski and Staci Handley added goals for the Griffs (0-2), members of the first-year MAAC league.

Siena held Niagara scoreless in the second half to win, 4-3, in other MAAC action. Mary Cutia had two goals and Lisa Herdzik added the other for the Purple Eagles (1-2).

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