BURTON'S TWO HOMERS PACE CANISIUS TO 18-7 WIN OVER UMES
April 5, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Brian Burton went 5-for-6 with two home runs, a triple and drove in six runs to lead Canisius to an 18-7 win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team at Hawks Stadium Monday.
The Golden Griffins (17-11), who scored in every inning except the sixth, banged out 24 hits on their way to the victory. The Hawks, who got two hits in four at-bats from senior center fielder Phil Vaughn (Clinton, Md.), fell to 2-24 with the loss.
Eight of the nine UMES starters had at least one hit and seven scored runs. The Hawks collected three extra-base hits, including Donnie Haines' (Carneys Point, N.J.) second career home run, a solo shot down the right-field line in the second inning.
Haines' homer cut the Canisius advantage to 3-1, the closest UMES got to the lead all day. The Griffs scored in bunches, putting up four in the third and another three in the eighth frame. Perry Silverman, Will Chomicki and Steve McQuail accounted for nine of the visitors' runs, scoring three times apiece.
Down, 11-3, in the bottom of the fourth, UMES got back into the game with four runs off relief pitcher Matt Thomas (1-0).
Luis Mena (Cape Coral, Fla.) led the inning off with a single and scored on Vaughn's triple to the gap in right center. J.J. Corriveau (Hollywood, Fla.) then picked up Vaughn from third with a base hit through the right side. Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) followed, working a hit-and-run perfectly with another single which moved Corriveau to third. Johnson stole second, going onto third on a passed ball that brought Corriveau home to make it 11-6.
Alston added a sacrifice fly to right, plating Johnson for the Hawks final run of the game.
Pinch hitter Drew Pettit had a sac fly of his own and Josh Lewyckyj (4-for-6 with an RBI and run) tallied a run-scoring single to push the lead to 13-7 in the seventh.
Up, 16-7 in the ninth, Paul Panik hit the Griffs third longball of the afternoon - a two-run bomb off senior Jervonta' Wright (Salisbury, Md.) for the final margin.
Haines (0-6) took the loss for the Hawks, going the first two innings. He gave up seven runs on eight hits before giving way to Tony Gonzales (New Braunfels, Texas). The freshman righty went the next four, surrendering only two earned runs.
Thomas earned the win despite giving up six runs on six hits.
UMES is on the road at Mount Saint Mary's in Emmittsburg, Md., Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.