March 15, 2011
The Siena baseball team picked up a signature victory Tuesday night, knocking off nationally-ranked Stetson in Deland, Fla. The Saints scored four runs in the fifth to grab the lead for good in a 6-4 triumph over the Hatters.
Sophomore transfer Adam Guinn went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and freshman Ken Kirshner was 2-for-3 with two RBI, to lead Siena (4-9) to its fourth straight victory after losing nine in a row to start the year.
Stetson (12-4) entered the game ranked 30th nationally, and already boasting a three-game sweep of Georgia and a victory over Illinois this season.
Siena jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on Kirshner's RBI double, but Stetson rallied with a run in the bottom half of the frame and two in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Saints got four runs on four hits in the decisive fifth. Mike Fish began the rally with a run-scoring single through the right side, and Guinn brought home the final two runs with a sharp single up the middle.
The Hatters closed within 6-4 with a run in the seventh, but Sohl got a strikeout to end the frame, stranding runners on second and third. That was the only serious threat the rest of the way, as Sohl worked past a leadoff walk in the ninth, by retiring the next three men he faced.
The Saints have shown steady improvement after getting blown out in three games at Central Florida to start the year. Five of their six losses against Louisiana and Charleston Southern came by a single run, and this past weekend the team easily handled Fairleigh Dickinson in a three-game sweep.
The difference has been production throughout the lineup. The big three returnees: Dan Paolini, Kevin Quaranto and Fish have had plenty of help the last two weeks, a very encouraging sign moving forward. Defense has also improved dramatically. Tuesday's victory marked the third game in the last four in which the Saints did not commit an error. Siena averaged three errors per game over its first nine games.
The two teams will complete their mini-two game set Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast live for free at SienaAllAccess.com