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College Baseball: Canisius’ Cortright, Bonnies’ Radwan begin season with a bang

Garrett Cortright has started the season 5-0, including this win at rainy Murray State. (Photo courtesy of Murray State)

The Canisius College baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Ohio University with a 6-2 win on Sunday (March 17), the first four-game road sweep for the Griffs since accomplishing it at Mount St. Mary’s in 2008. The Golden Griffins improve to 14-5 overall and have won nine of their last 10 games.

Using a dominant pitching performance from junior Garrett Cortright of Hamburg in the opener and rallying from a 7-4 deficit after six innings by scoring six unanswered runs in the nightcap, the Canisius baseball team swept a doubleheader at Ohio in the opening day of the series on Friday afternoon.

Cortright improved to 5-0 on the season after posting the first shutout of his career, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out two. The Frontier High School graduate retired the first six batters of the game as well as the final seven. The 6-foot-5 righty won for the fifth time in five starts in 2013 and now has a 0.97 ERA in 37 innings.

Canisius opens its home and conferences schedules this weekend with a three-game series against Saint Peter’s University. The doubleheader on Saturday (March 23) will start 11 a.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.
Jason Radwan is nationally ranked among Division I college baseball players with a .474 batting average. (Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure)

Also in Division I baseball, St. Bonaventure scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a come-from-behind win and four-game series split against Rider on Sunday (March 17) in a 2-1 game. The Bonnies improved to 5-8 with the win.

Senior Jason Radwan of Angola started the comeback with a single through the left side and later scored on another hit to tie the game. This was Bonaventure’s seventh one-run game of the year already (3-4) and third in a row decided by a single tally.

Radwan produced another multiple-hit game with a 2 for 4 effort. The Lake Shore High School graduate leads the team and ranks fourth nationally with a .474 average in 13 games. The senior second baseman has 27 hits, averaging more than two per game with two doubles, 11 runs and 12 RBI. He also has a .516 on base percentage and leads the team with 30 total bases.

Earlier in the month, the second baseman was named the Atlantic-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He had recorded two hits in five of six straight games.

The Bonnies are now scheduled to open the home and Atlantic 10 Conference portion of their 2013 schedule this weekend. However, snow and cold weather could impact that as well as temperatures that are not expected to get out of the 30s all weekend. For the latest information, continue checking online at GoBonnies.com.

In Division I women’s softball, Canisius has begun the season at 11-6 after winning three of five games at the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, Va. Locals who are members of the team include Katie Medina of Hamburg and Kalie Michalski of Derby. Medina, who started the first four games before being injured, recorded one hit, while Michalski has scored five runs in a mostly pinch-running role. The Griffs will get back to action Saturday, March 23 when the team plays a non-league doubleheader at Ohio University.

St. Bonaventure split its Sunday (March 17) games at the Delaware State Hornet Invitational. The Bonnies (3-17) bounced back Sunday morning to claim a come-from-behind victory over Delaware State before falling to Mount St. Mary’s in the afternoon. Sophomore outfielder Katherine Caboot of Angola, a Lake Shore graduate like Michalski, has played in 12 games for the Bonnies, starting five, with five hits and four runs. The Bonnies will be back in action when they open up Atlantic 10 play at Butler on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Saint Louis for a double-header on Sunday.
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