Good to see the Niagara University baseball team get a win on Sunday over reigning MAAC champ Siena, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. When Mike McRae switched ends on the Battle of the Bridge after the 2004 season, hopping from Niagara to arch-rival Canisius, the Purple Eagles were second in the MAAC and had just posted a program-high 27 wins.
Things went well when Chris Chernisky coached many of the players McRae recruited the next few seasons, and the Eagles put up 25 and 28 wins.
Since then, the bottom had fallen out. NU win just three games in the MAAC two seasons ago, and Chernisky quit just before the season started in what can only be considered a peculiar series of events. How peculiar? The program’s media guide has a bio on Chernisky, and he’s listed throughout as the coach. And the team just opened its home schedule Saturday at Sal Maglie Stadium. NU came into a series with reigning MAAC champ Rider with a 3-11 record.
Meanwhile, McRae has his Griffs poised for the best season in school history. Baseball America picked Canisius to win the league and lauded McRae as a guy who resurrected a program.