Canisius bests St. Bonaventure in final midweek contest

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As the Canisius baseball team heads into the final week of the regular season, the Griffs got one final tune-up before its home series against Niagara on Thursday, defeating St. Bonaventure, 8-4 at the Demske Sports Complex, Tuesday afternoon. With the win Canisius improved to 32-19 overall and the Bonnies dropped to 25-18.

The Griffs scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back as it closed out its final midweek contest of the season.

Carson Perkins got the start on the mound and worked 3.0 innings and allowed three hits and yielded two runs and fanned a batter in the no-decision. Jared Kennedy got the win as he relieved Perkins and worked two innings and allowed just two hits and one run.

Nolan Hunt pitched an inning, yielding no hits but walking three batters, while Andrew Kneussle pitched a pair of frames and held the Bonnies to no baserunners and fanned a trio.

Kyle Warner closed out the final inning allowing just one hit and one run.

Three Griffs batters recorded a pair of hits for Canisius, as Jake Lumley, Christ Conley, and Mark McKenna each rapped a pair of knocks.

William Krull and Liam Wilson led the offense in RBI with a duo for the pair of players. Wilson drilled his third run of the year in the contest.

The Blue and Gold set the tone in the second inning, recording a three hit, three run rally to take the lead. Christ Conley led off the inning with a single to right field, and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. McKenna singled to move Conley to third before an errant throw allowed both runners to advance, giving Canisius its first run of the game.

Krull launched a two-run double to the outfield to push the score to 3-0.

St. Bonaventure scored two runs in the top of the third before the Griffs answered with a pair in the bottom half of the frame to maintain its lead. Canisius never looked back, winning the game 8-4.

Canisius doesn’t have long to wait before its next and final series of the regular season, hosting Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex on Thursday. The series begins with a doubleheader on Thursday followed by a finale on Friday. The Doubleheader is set for 12 p.m., and the finale slated for a 1 p.m. start.

The final series will decide the fates of a pair of teams, as Canisius looks to better its seeding for the 2017 MAAC tournament, while rival Niagara needs a series win to qualify for the tournament. The postseason tournament is co-hosted by Canisius and Niagara at Sal Maglie stadium this year, and will take place May 24-27 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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