March 14, 2010
Designated hitter Gary DerHagopian smashed a three-run home run in the top of the ninth to lead Siena to a 10-9 win over Georgia Sunday at Foley Field.
With the victory, the Saints (4-11) avoided a three-game sweep as the Bulldogs saw their record fall to 8-8 overall.
Siena jumped on Georgia starter Jeff Walters in the first, sending nine batters to the plate, scoring five runs on six hits. After retiring leadoff hitter Mike Fish, the next five Saints collected hits including a two-run double from DerHagopian and a run-scoring double from catcher Larry Balkwill to highlight the outburst. The Bulldogs responded with four runs in their half of the first, chasing Siena starter Kyle Sumple who failed to record an out.
Georgia got a two-run single from sophomore centerfielder Zach Cone (2-for-5, 2 RBI) to key the rally. The Saints turned to junior Zach Hartman in relief of Sumple. Georgia grabbed the lead in the second. Freshman second baseman Todd Hankins led off with a double, stole third and scored on a groundout by Peter Verdin. Then with two outs, freshman first baseman Robert Shipman hit his third home run of the weekend, a solo shot to centerfield to put the Bulldogs in front 6-5.
Georgia added a run in the fourth. Freshman second baseman Cooper Moseley led off with a double and a bunt by freshman Todd Hankins moved him to third, and he later scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Johnathan Taylor. Walters retied the Saints in order for the next four innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Siena loaded the bases and then got a two-run single from left fielder Kyle Baldani to tie the game at 7-7. With two on and nobody out, Georgia brought in junior left-hander Chase Hawkins. Shortstop Andrew Sawyer executed a successful sacrifice bunt to move both Saints into scoring position. Then, Hawkins struck out Fish and Mike Allen to end any further damage.
Georgia quickly answered again, this time it was sophomore Colby May who led off the Bulldog sixth with a solo home run. It was May's second of the year and put the Bulldogs up 8-7. Following a walk to Moseley, Hartman was lifted in favor of Ryan Poplawski
. Hartman ended up allowing four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Hawkins got the Bulldogs to the eighth when the Saints tried to rally putting runners at second and third with one out. Georgia turned to sophomore Cecil Tanner who came on and registered back-to-back strikeouts of Sawyer and Fish to maintain a one-run lead.
In the ninth, Tanner struck out pinch-hitter Dan Paolini and then surrendered a single to Giansanti and a walk to Kevin Quaranto. Georgia turned to Moseley, who started at second base Sunday and then made his sixth appearance of the season on the mound including his first in a save situation. DerHagopian hit a 2-2 offering off the scoreboard to put the Saints ahead. In the bottom of the ninth, Georgia tried to rally off Giansanti who made his debut on the mound.
The Bulldogs pushed a run across on a pinch-hit single by Zach Taylor. With runners at the corners at two outs, Giansnanti struck out Moseley for the save. Poplawski earned the win to improve to 2-0 while Tanner got the loss to fall to 1-1.