Canisius College was two outs away from its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship against top-seeded Manhattan, but one swing changed the Golden Griffins' fortunes.
Ahead by a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Jaspers' Joe Rock hit a solo homer then Manhattan scored a run in the 10th to win, 5-4, over Canisius on Saturday and set up a winner-take-all championship in the double-elimination tournament.
The No. 2-seed Golden Griffins meet Manhattan again at noon today for the MAAC title in Troy. A win today would give Canisius its first league title and an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Canisius led, 4-3, when Rock hit a solo shot to left to tie the game at 4. In the 10th, Manhattan's Nick Camastro opened with a triple and scored on a one-out single to center by Brenden Slattery.
Canisius won its first two games in the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history and the loss snapped a six-game winning streak, the team's longest of the season.
On Friday in Avon, Ohio, the University at Buffalo was eliminated by Kent State from the Mid-American Conference Tournament after losing to the Golden Flashes, 8-3. The Bulls, who competed in the MAC Tournament for the first time, finished the season 20-36.
The Bulls finish the season with program records for most games in a season as well as the most at-bats, innings pitched and doubles, among other stats.
TRACK AND FIELD: UB shot putter Rob Golabek (Frontier) has now earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His top throw of 63-2.75 made him one of 12 qualifiers to advance in the men's shot put. NCAA Championships will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Buffalo State's Erica Johnson wrapped up her career by setting a school record with seven All-America certificates, earning No. 7 in her final race by placing second in the 100-meter dash today at NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in Claremont, Calif.
Johnson broke her own school record with a time of 11.8 seconds.
Also, Alfred senior Rich Scott (Eden) finished in 10th place in the 400-meter dash at the Division III championships. Scott's time of 48.67 was just six one-hundredths of a second off from qualifying for the finals in the event.