The Canisius Golden Griffins defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 15-7 on Sunday, Feb. 20, in the finale of their series in Snowbird Baseball Classic.
Errors killed the Panthers, contributing to six unearned runs.
Pitt’s first four batters reached base; catcher Tatem Levins hit an RBI double, and a sacrifice fly and single drove in two more runs to make it 3-0.
In the third, Panthers starter Ben Dragani issued three walks, one with the bases loaded, along with a sacrifice fly RBI and two hits as the Griffins evened the score.
In the fourth inning, head coach Mike Bell pulled Dragani for senior Baron Stuart with runners at the corners and one out. Shortstop Brock Franks committed his second fielding error on a double play opportunity in as many days, and Canisius took a 4-3 lead. An infield dribbler scored another run.
Canisius’ right and center fielders ran into each other in the bottom frame while attempting to catch a fly ball by Jeffrey Wehler, letting it drop behind them. The play was ruled a double, and allowed Jordan Anderson to score. Levins drew a walk, chasing Canisius starter Chris Pouliot from the game. Freshman Peyton Consigli entered and struck out Jack Anderson to end the inning.
Canisius scored five runs in a two out rally in the fifth, all of them unearned because of an error by first baseman Bryce Hulett. Canisius scored two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh and a solo home run in the ninth, while the Panthers added one in the sixth and two in the eighth.
The Panthers are now 2-2 on the season. Their next game is on Friday, Feb. 25 against Bradley University as part of the Music City College Classic in Nashville, Tenn.