by Amy Moritz
The longest winning streak in the nation just kept roling on Friday as the Canisius Golden Griffins defeated Fairfield, 6-2, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
It was the Griffs 18th straight win -- the longest streak in the country -- and their 40th overall. That's the second straight season, and third since 2008, that the Griffs have registered 40 wins.
The offense worked incrementally but again forcefully. Senior Jimmy Luppens reached base in all five plate appearances getting base twice via hit, twice via walk and once via hit by pitch. Sophomore Anthony Massicci was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Junior Connor Panas reached base three times while senior Ronnie Bernick was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Alex Godzak won his sixth straight start, giving up two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings.
Iannick Remillard shut the door over the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Canisius will play in the championship round Saturday. The schedule will be based on the results of the next two games of the tournament. The Griffs will defend their MAAC title against one of three remaining teams -- Siena, Monmouth or Fairfield.