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Canisius opens key baseball series at Niagara

Still not assured of a berth in the six-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs later this month, Canisius will travel to Lewiston today for the first of two key games against Niagara at Bobo Field. Start time will be 3 p.m. each day.

Canisius (24-16, 10-5 MAAC) in its first season under coach Matt Mazurek stands second in the conference behind Quinnipiac (11-4).

After the Niagara series, the Griffs have six games against the two teams with winning records in the MAAC. They will play three games at third-place Manhattan (9-6) on May 12-13 and a three-game home series against third-place Marist (10-5) May 17 and 18.

Niagara (15-22, 7-8 MAAC) is not out of the playoff picture after sweeping three games from last place Saint Peter’s over the weekend. Also in contention are Monmouth (9-6) and Siena (8-7).

Canisius routed Niagara in a sloppy game, 17-10, at the Demske Complex last week.

The Niagara offense has been led by junior shortstop Greg Cullen, who leads the nation with .455 batting average with 60 hits in 132 at-bats to go along with 28 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

Sophomore Peter Battaglia and senior Owen Dziados are batting .355 and .325, respectively.

Canisius will be home to St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. on Thursday and face the Bonnies in a doubleheader at Fred Handler Field on Sunday starting at noon.

Softball

Rider 3-0, Niagara 1-2: Junior Jennifer Szilagyi pitched a no-hit game for the Purple Eagles in their 2-0 win. Szilyagi struck out nine and walked only one in giving the Purple Eagles (15-28, 7-7 MAAC) a split of the MAAC doubleheader played at Niagara Falls High School. Rider (6-28, 7-9) won the first game 3-1.

Szilagyi, a junior from North Granby, Conn., has a 4-5 record and 4.40 earned-run average this season.
Sierra Bertrand, the loser in the first game Monday, pitched Niagara’s last no-hitter against Quinnipiac last season.

 

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