After a shutout victory on Friday and a walk-off win on Saturday, the Charlotte 49ers’ bullpen and defense couldn’t keep it together on Sunday as the Canisius Golden Griffins avoided the three-game sweep at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.
Game 1: Charlotte 6, Canisius 0
Ryan Butler didn’t look like someone who hadn’t pitched collegiately in almost three years. The redshirt junior took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to pick up his first win in a Niner uniform. Logan Sherer went 3-5 and hit his first career home run; Brett Lang went 2-4 with two RBI.
WP: Butler (1-0); LP: Godzak (0-1).
Game 2: Charlotte 4, Canisius 3 (12)
The Niners needed a little walk-off magic in this one. Trailing 3-0 in the 7th, Canisius put up three runs, capped by a Jesse Puscheck two-run bomb (helped by some shaky Charlotte defense) to tie it up. But in the 12th inning, with runners at first and second, Brad Elwood hit one down the 3rd base line just off the glove of Griffs third baseman Anthony Massicci to set off the celebration.
WP: Sherer (1-0); LP: Bielecki (0-1)
Game 3: Canisius 10, Charlotte 1
Game three started out as a pitcher’s duel as teams were scoreless after five. But after each team traded RBI singles in the 6th, Canisius touched up a shaky Niner bullpen, sending eleven men to the plate and hanging six runs and five hits to take a 7-1 lead in the 7th. They would tack on three unearned runs in the top of the 8th (partially due to a two-out error by T.J. Nichting) for good measure.
WP: Stewart (1-1); LP: Mas (0-1)
Next up: a trip to the Palmetto State. They take on College of Charleston on Tuesday before heading to The Citadel on Wednesday.