May 22 – Siena defeats Quinnipiac 6-5 in 10 innings to advance to the MAAC Championship Series for the third straight year. Dan Swain’s RBI single in the 10th was the difference after the Bobcats scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.
Why We Loved It
The Saints lost several key pieces from their historic MAAC Championship team in 2014 which went on to defeat Dallas Baptist in the NCAA Tournament (our top moment in last year’s countdown), but this team never backed down from a challenge. The Saints entered the Championships as the No. 4 seed, and defeated Monmouth 12-0 in the First Round to announce their arrival. Later that night, they rallied to beat top-seed Rider 5-4 to stay in the winner’s bracket thanks to MAAC Rookie of the Year Joe “The Big Show” Drpich’s three-run homer.
Behind the Scenes
Senior Matt Quintana delivered one of the great performances in MAAC Tournament history with a three-hit shutout in Siena’s opening win over Monmouth. Quintana ended the year with a MAAC-best 1.50 ERA, striking out 64 with just 14 walks in 60 innings of work.
Did You Know?
Head coach Tony Rossi is the longest tenured active coach at the same institution in all of Division I in any sport. He guided the Saints to the MAAC Championship game for the fifth time since 2008 and ninth time overall.
“I think this whole year we kind of came together. We’re a band of brothers. It’s really easy for us to pick each other up, and keep spirits up because we’re so close."– Centerfielder Dan Swain
Relive the Moment
Heart of a Champion