Home runs from Jake Hutchins and Brady Desjardins led Niagara to a 6-3 victory over Canisius on Senior Day, though the Golden Griffins still clinched a spot in the MAAC Baseball Championship playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. Canisius, now 18-27 overall, secured their playoff position with a conference record of 11-12 after losses by Manhattan and Quinnipiac. The game honored nine Canisius seniors for their contributions to the program. Niagara improved to 19-4 in the MAAC and 34-15 overall, with a significant performance in the fifth inning scoring five runs. Despite Canisius's efforts, including a late rally, Niagara maintained their lead.

By the Numbers
  • Canisius clinched a 17th straight playoff berth with an 11-12 conference record.
  • Niagara's overall record stands at 34-15, with a 19-4 MAAC record.
  • Canisius set a historic mark with 120 stolen bases this season, tied for third all-time in MAAC history.
Yes, But

While Niagara secured the win and bolstered their impressive season record, Canisius's consistent playoff qualification demonstrates their resilience and ability to perform under pressure. The Griffs' strong showing in stolen bases and consistent player development are noteworthy aspects of their season, even in the face of a tough loss.

State of Play
  • Canisius's Giuliano pitched well with a career low opponent batting average of .245 and a career high in innings pitched at 56.2.
  • The Griffs' high stolen base count and individual player achievements highlight their competitive edge, despite recent setbacks.
  • The recognition of nine seniors underscores the team's experience and leadership moving into the playoffs.
What's Next

The Canisius Baseball team will conclude their regular season with a series finale against Niagara tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The upcoming MAAC Baseball Championship playoffs will provide the next stage for the Golden Griffins to leverage their season's progress and strive for postseason success.

Bottom Line

Despite a tough loss to Niagara, Canisius's securement of a playoff spot for the 17th straight year highlights their sustained excellence and competitive spirit. The team’s achievements in stolen bases and significant individual performances set a strong foundation for their playoff campaign.