FISHKILL, N.Y. - (Canisius) Rider scored three runs in the top of the seventh on five walks and a hit batter to take a 4-2 victory over Canisius College in the 2010 MAAC Baseball Championship game Friday night at Dutchess Stadium. The win allows the Broncs (36-21) to earn the MAAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Golden Griffins see their season come to an end with a 39-21 overall mark.
Rider took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when senior Nick Wojnowski scored from third on a groundout by catcher Eric Woodrow. In the seventh, the Broncs plated three runs without earning a base hit as the Griffs's pitching staff walked five batter and hit one with a pitch to make the score 4-0 in favor of Rider. Canisius answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh when junior Will Chomicki drove in two with a single up the middle with two down, but that was all the Blue and Gold would end up mustering off Rider starter Patrick Devlin and closer Tyler Smith.
Devlin went eight innings and gave up two runs on six hits while walking three and fanning seven to earn the victory, while Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save of the year. Chris Cox took the loss for the Griffs as he allowed four runs on two hits while walking 10 in 6.1 innings of work.
Chomicki has two hits in the loss for Canisius, while junior Sean Jameson moved his hit streak to eight games with a single to lead off the eighth. Senior Ian Choy had a hit as well in his final college game to close out his career with 256 career base knocks in Blue and Gold, which sets a new program record.