Athletics News

Moment #3 - Baseball Captures Dramatic MAAC Championship

Matt Quintana (center) played a huge part in Siena's first MAAC Championship in 15 years
Dec. 29, 2014

The Moment:
Nov. 22 - The Siena baseball team rallied from the loser's bracket to take out regular-season champion Canisius with two victories (6-5 and 5-1) on Championship Sunday. It was the program's fifth MAAC Championship, but first since 1999.

Why we Loved it:
0-17. 34 road games and 11,000 miles away from home to start the year. Four MAAC Tournament elimination games. This team overcame the odds all season and was rewarded with the biggest prize. MAAC Tournament MVP senior Vincent Citro finished with a Siena MAAC Tournament record 14 hits, hitting .700 (14-for-20) for the week with nine runs scored on his way to earning Tournament MVP and National Player of the Week honors.

Behind the Scenes:
Seldom-used freshman Taylor Ahearn got the victory in the decisive Championship game. Ahearn worked 5.2 innings and allowed just one earned run, out-dueling MAAC Pitcher of the Year Rohn Pierce of Canisius who got the start on short rest. Siena's dominant bullpen took it from there with setup man Matt Quintana getting the ball to all-time saves leader Neil Fryer to close out the 5-1 win.

Did You Know:
Siena trailed the first Championship game 4-1 before rallying to take the lead with five runs in the eighth inning. The Griffs scored once in the ninth and had men on the corners with one out when Fryer induced a game-ending double play.

Quotable:
"I'll tell you what, our two freshmen pitchers pitched great, our bullpen has been strong, and we played solid defense. Our kids just scrapped and kept coming and coming and didn't die."
~ Head coach Tony Rossi who earned his 800th career coaching victory in the clinching win

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