March 11, 2014
Another day, another lead and another loss for Siena baseball. The Saints gave up 5-4 and 9-7 leads in a 15-9 loss at Georgia State Tuesday night in Atlanta. Winless Siena has had leads in nine of 13 games this season.
Tuesday's effort marked the team's top offensive performance with six of the first seven men in the batting order produced multi-hit games. Lead-off man Vincent Citro raised his team-leading batting average to .352 with a 3-for-6 showing. He singled and scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning.
Caden Bailey, Nic Wilson, Chase Raffield and David Mayo all had three hits for Georgia State (8-8). Wilson and Raffield both homered in the win.
After the Panthers scored four times in the second to take a 4-1 lead, Siena answered with four runs in the third in a rally highlighted by Swain's second home run of the season - a three-run blast that put the Saints back up 5-4.
GSU answered with three runs in the bottom of the third, but Siena scored four times in the fourth to regain the lead. Mike Allen drive home two runs with a single, Justin Esquerra and Dave Hoffman each added RBI hits.
The Panthers scored the final eight runs of the game, striking for two in the fourth to tie the game 9-9, two in the fifth and four in the eighth. Ben Burns tossed four scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory. GSU had 19 hits in the game.
John Rooney and Andrew Ortiz joined Allen, Citro, Esquerra and Swain with multi-hit games for the Saints.
The two teams play the final game of a mini two-game set Wednesday at 5 p.m.