Pittsburgh captured both games of an afternoon twin bill to complete the three-game series sweep of Siena Baseball at historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Pitt edged the Saints in the opener 6-4, and took the nightcap 11-5.
Game One: Pittsburgh 6, Siena 4
Pittsburgh (5-1) broke a three-all tie with three runs in the seventh to rally past Siena (0-7) in the opener. Freshman outfielder Jonathan Crimmin recorded a multi-hit game for the Saints, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Freshman hurler Brendan White retired the first 11 men he faced, before running into two-out trouble in the fourth. Frank Maldonado singled, and Nick Banman followed with a two-run home run to put the Panthers in front. Nonetheless, the rookie righthander turned in another strong outing for the Saints, tossing six innings while scattering five hits and three runs. White struck out three and did not issue a walk.
Pitt tied the game in the bottom of the inning, and then reclaimed the lead for good with their decisive three-run seventh. Mann Pazos and P.J. DeMeo led off the inning with back-to-back doubles which proved to be the difference.
Game Two: Pittsburgh 11, Siena 5
Swain recorded his first collegiate multi-homer game, but it wasn't enough to overcome an 11-run output from Pitt (6-1). The Panthers scored three times in each of the first three innings to cruise to victory.
Caleb Parry and Alex Amos each recorded three-hit efforts for the Panthers, with Parry homering and driving in four runs.
Swain and sophomore infielder Brian Kelly each had multiple hit games for the Saints (0-8). Swain recorded a solo blast in the third, and deposited a two-run blast over the left field wall in the sixth.
Siena continues its season-opening 19-game road trip and makes its first trip outside the State of Florida when the Saints head to Kentucky to take on Murray State for a three-game series next weekend.