By Colin Richey
Canisius baseball lost all three of their matchups against Kent State over the weekend, scoring no more than four runs in each game, while surrendering double-digit runs in each of the games.
The team started with a double-header on Friday, playing two seven-inning games.
The first game saw Kent State defeat Canisius 17–4, despite the Griffins opening the scoring in the 1st inning.
Junior Max Grant scored from second base on a failed pickoff attempt from the Golden Flashes. Senior Mike DeStefano singled to send redshirt sophomore Josh Niles home, and sophomore Jackson Strong hit a single that sent DeStefano home, giving the Griffs an early 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Griffs, the Golden Flashes retook the lead quickly, and never looked back. After they plated four runs in the second inning, Kent State scored five more runs in the third. A run in both the fourth and the fifth gave them a seven run lead heading into the sixth inning, where they scored six more runs to put the Golden Flashes up by 13.
Strong slugged his second of the game, a solo hit in the fifth inning to get Canisius to four runs.
Kent State dominated Game 2 of the series even more so than Game 1, scoring 21 runs compared to the three scored by Canisius. Just like the first game, the Griffs opened the game with three runs in the first inning.
Consecutive singles from graduate student Dylan Vincent, Grant, and Niles loaded the bases for Cansius, and an errant throw from Kent State’s catcher led to a double steal for Grant and Niles.
Kent State responded with eight runs in the third inning, followed by five runs in the fourth and seven runs in the fifth.
The final matchup between Canisius and Kent State was the closest game, although Kent State still ran away with an 11-2 victory. This time, it was the Golden Flashes that started off hot, recording five runs in the first four innings.
Junior Cole Sebastian put Canisius on the board in the sixth inning, hitting his second home run of the season. Kent State responded immediately, with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh. Redshirt sophomore JT Ennen reached home plate thanks to a hit up the middle by Vincent.
Canisius is now set to face a collection of MAAC opponents, starting with a three-game series against Mount St. Mary’s over the weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.