Siena Baseball split its series opening doubleheader Saturday at Ohio. The Saints won the opener 4-2, while the Bobcats took the nightcap 7-4 at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Sophomore infielder Brian Kelly reached base safely six times on the day, while junior second baseman Jordan Bishop recorded four hits and reached base five times.
Miller scattered six hits and two runs while walking just one and striking out three to record his second win of the season. Sophomore righthander Tom Sutera tossed a pair of clutch scoreless frames, and freshman righthander Danny Hobbs recorded the final three outs to post his first collegiate save.
Offensively, the Saints did their damage with a three-run sixth inning. Bishop tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch, and Swain produced what would ultimately be the game-winning, two-run single to put Siena in front. Junior first baseman Joe Drpich added a key insurance run with a solo home run leading off the ninth.
Spencer Ibarra and Michael Klein each recorded solo homers to account for the Ohio (10-7) scoring.
Game Two: Ohio 7, Siena 4
Six Bobcat batters recorded two hits apiece to lead Ohio to a Saturday split. Ibarra recorded his second home run of the day, and Rudy Rott added two more hits to finish the afternoon 5-8 with three doubles.
The Saints overcame an early two-run hole with a three-run third, capped by a two-run single from Bishop. But the Bobcats responded with three runs of their own in the home half of the fourth to reclaim the lead for good.
Siena rallied within 6-4 in the eighth and had the bases loaded with one out, but back-to-back pop outs ended the threat. Bishop led the Saints with two hits, while Swain smashed his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
Butch Baird allowed just one earned run over 5.1 innings to improve to 3-0 for Ohio. Baird recorded seven of the 13 strikeouts tallied by Bobcat pitching in the nightcap.
The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at noon.