Canton baseball drops doubleheader v. OWU and Nichols
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:06 am

Punta Gorda, FL – Travis Schindler went 5-for-7 reaching base six times on the day but the SUNY Canton baseball team dropped a pair of games to Ohio Wesleyan University and Nichols College by scores of 5-4 and 9-3 on Friday.

The Roos (0-6) got on the board first in the top half of the third inning when Edward Malinoski, Jr. reached first on an error by the shortstop to open the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. On a 1-2 count Schindler singled down the left field line to score Malinoski from second.

The Battling Bishops (4-6) battled back in the bottom half of the frame scoring a run on a wild pitch and another on a sacrifice fly from Devin Van Winkle scoring John Rings. The Roos threatened in the fourth getting a runner to third with one out but a key strike out from Keaton Lahmers and pop up to short ended the inning.

OWU added a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a Colin Stolly RBI double to left center and an Anthony Crow RBI single through the left side.

The Roos got a pair back in the top of the sixth. Wilson Matos led off with a double in the gap to right center and moved up to third on a Seth Douglas line out to left field. Ben Miller stepped up and ripped a two-run bomb to right field to get Canton within 4-3.

SUNY Canton knotted the game at four in the top half of the eighth. Trevor Keleher, who came on as a defensive replacement in the seventh, laced a one out triple down the left field line near the bullpen. Brandon Welch drove the ball to left field plating Keleher on a sacrifice fly.

Dan Coant pitched the sixth and seventh innings in relief retiring the side in order but walked the first two batters of the eighth. Nicolas Demarais came on and Canton gunned down the lead runner twice using three consecutive fielder's choices to keep the game knotted at four.

Demarais sat OWU down in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras. The Roos got a runner to scoring position in the 10th but a great play by Van Winkle at first in foul territory ended the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th Anthony Crow singled down the left field line and Dalton Henderson followed with a single through the left side. Chuck Kuhn stepped to the plate and delivered the heroics with a walk-off RBI single to center.

Zack Newman earned the no-decision on the mound tossing four and two-thirds innings giving up four earned runs and seven walks. Coant tossed two and one-third innings in relief without allowing a hit but walked two batters. Demarais threw the final two and one-third innings taking the loss scattering four hits and one earned run.

Schindler led the offense going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Matos also had two hits and Miller finished with a home run and drove in a pair of runs. Welch also finished with an RBI for the Roos.

Canton got on the board in the top of the first as Schindler led off with a single to left field and stole second. He moved over to third on a Matos groundout and scored on a Seth Douglas sacrifice fly to right field.

Nichols (5-3) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Bouchard sacrifice fly and a Roy RBI single. The Bison add three runs in the second inning on a Hardy RBI single and a Roy 2 RBI double to right center. Nichols added one run each in the sixth and seventh innings, both unearned, on throwing errors from the Roos.

SUNY Canton got two back in the eighth on a Matos sacrifice fly to right scoring Keleher and a Douglas RBI single to left plating Schindler. The Bison added two of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a passed ball and walk.

Jake Vierno took the loss on the mound scattering eight hits and five earned runs over two and two-thirds innings. Anthony Tur had a strong relief appearance pitching three and one-thirds innings allowing one unearned run without giving up a hit. Danny Hayden earned the win for Nichols giving up two earned runs and four hits in eight innings.

Schindler led the team with two hits, while Douglas drove in a pair of runs.

The baseball team is back in action on Saturday when it takes on Susquehanna University at 1 p.m.